The Canadiens win the 1978 Stanley Cup (Photo: www.cic.gc.ca)
On this day in 1978, the Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. With the win the Canadiens won their 21st Stanley Cup, and third of their four straight to close out the seventies.
For the second year in a row, the Canadiens would raise the Cup in the Boston Garden. It also marks the last time these two rivals have met in a Cup Final.
The Bruins struck first, but a pair of first period goals was all the Canadiens would need for the victory. Mario Tremblay’s marker, at 9:20 of the first period, proved to be the game winner. Tremblay added the insurance with his second goal of the game at 13:37 of the second period.
Larry Robinson and Guy Lafleur led the Canadiens in scoring with 21 points each. Robinson assisted on the Habs first two goals, bring his total in the playoffs to 17, on his way to being named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, as playoff MVP.
Also on this day…
1971: The Canadiens trade Greg Boddy and a 3rd round pick (Richard Lemieux - Vancouver) in 1971 to the Vancouver Canucks for a 3rd round pick (Jim Cahoon) in 1971, 4th round pick (Ed Sidebottom) in 1971 and cash. Bob Murdoch was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for Marshall Johnston, to complete trade that sent Danny Grant and Claude Larose to Minnesota on June 10, 1968. Bobby Sheehan was traded to the California Golden Seals for cash, and Leon Rochefort was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings for Kerry Ketter and cash.
Habs Born On This Day: Ric Natress (1962), Rick Walmsley (1954), Robert Picard (1957)