Friday, 7 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 7th Edition

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Patrick Roy winked his way to a Game Four win vs. the Kings in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. John LeCalir would be the overtime hero in Montreal’s 3-2 win.  (Photo: Getty Images)


1993: It was almost like deja-vu in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings. Except this game had no controversial moments, as had the previous two.

The visiting Habs took control early, as they had in the previous match-up at the LA Forum, with Kirk Muller opening the scoring off the draw, at 10:53 of the first period.     Vincent Damphouse would add a power-play goal at 5:24 of the second period.


Then it was the Kings’ turn. Tony Granato would strip Paul DiPietro in the Canadiens zone, and the puck found Mike Donnely, who put it past Patrick Roy, on his second chance, at 6:33. Marty McSorely, the goat of Game Two, would tie it up on the power-play, shooting through a crowd of Montreal defenders, with five seconds remaining in the period.


Roy was outstanding yet again in a scoreless third period, making 15 saves and flashing that unforgettable wink at Tomas Sandstrom. He would make another 10 in over time, where the Kings started out with a 9-1 shot advantage.


Kings goaltender Kelly Hrudey also had a great game, making 36 saves, but the 37th would elude him as John LeClair would be the OT hero yet again at 14:37. On a two-on-one, LeClair’s first shot pulled Hrudey out of position, and the Canadiens winger retrieved the puck off the boards and squeezed between Hrudey and defenceman Darryl Sydor.


LeClair became the first NHL player, since Maurice Richard in 1951, to score overtime goals in back-to-back playoff games. “I don’t think anybody would see me scoring back-to-back overtime goals,” said LeClair, post-game. “It’s incredible.”


“There is no better goaltender in hockey right now,” said Canadiens coach Jacques Demers. “Kelly Hrudey was awful good too. But Patrick Roy, to win two on the road,…he’s the best in the league.”


It would be the 10th consecutive overtime win for the Canadiens in the 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs, something still to be matched and may never be seen again. “We believe at this time right now, without being cocky and being modest, that we can win (any overtime game.” Demers said.


Francis Bouchard again provides us again with some YouTube links with footage from the game.


The second clip features commentary from Muller, Demers, Roy, Mathieu Schneider and Mike Keane, who discuss Roy’s promise to his teammates during the second intermission that he wasn’t letting in any more goals that night.



Also on this day…

1940: Frank Eddolls rights are traded to Toronto Maple Leafs for the rights to Joe Benoit.


1960: Montreal sends Ab McDonald, Reggie Fleming, Bob Courcy and Cec Hoekstra traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for Glen Skov, Terry Gray, Bob Bailey, Lorne Ferguson and the rights to Danny Lewicki.


Montreal also deals Guy Rousseau to the Toronto Maple Leafs for cash, and obtain Al McNeil for Toronto for Stan Smrke.


1965: Jacques Plante announced his retirement after starring in the NHL for 12 seasons with Montreal and the New York Rangers. But he would "un-retire" three years later and return to play five more seasons.



1972: Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion are announced as two of the newest members in the Hockey Hall of Fame.


The Habs send Ted Tucker and a 5th round pick (Jean-Paul Martin) in 1972 to the Atlanta Flames for a 5th round pick (Bill Nyrop) in 1972 and cash.


1977: Joseph Cattarinch is added to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder’s category.



1983: Ken Dryden is added to the HHOF.


Habs Born on This Day: Louis “Lulu” Denis (1928), Stephane Richer (1966)




Milwaukee Journal, June 7, 1993, “Montreal leaves Kings with no arguments”

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