Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 21st Edition


Conn Smythe Trophy winner is hoisted on his teammates’ shoulders as he raises the Stanley Cup, May 21, 1979. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers in five games. (Photo: CHC)



The Canadiens’ seventies dynasty came to a close on this day in 1979, as Montreal defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Finals. The 22nd Cup win in franchise history would be the fourth straight Stanley Cup for the Canadiens, and their sixth in nine years.


Jacques Lemaire’s goal at 1:05 of the second period would prove to be the game winner. Lemaire and Guy Lafleur led the Canadiens in playoff scoring with 23 points each.



Bob Gainey’s 16 points and uncanny ability to shut down the opponents top offensesive players, would be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.



Highlights of the deciding game are shown below in a YouTube video, followed by  an nhl.com clip featuring highlights of the Cup celebration.







It would be the last Stanley Cup for Ken Dryden, Yvan Cournoyer and Jacques Lemaire (as a player), as all three would retire, following the playoffs. It was also the last for coach Scotty Bowman, who left to become GM of the Buffalo Sabres the following season.



Also on this day….



1989: Larry Robinson picked up his 8th assist of the 1989 playoffs, giving him 109 in his career and second place on the all-time list for assists in the playoffs as the Canadiens lost 4-2 to the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.



Habs Born on This Day: Reid Simpson (1969), Sylvain Blouin (1974), Greg Stewart (1986)







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