Sunday, 9 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 9th Edition

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1993: For the 24th time in the 100 year history of the Stanley Cup, Montreal Canadiens would have their names engraved on it yet again.

 

After a playoff run that saw an unmatched 10 consecutive wins in overtime, including a three in the Finals, the Canadiens coasted to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth, and deciding game. And what better a place to see a Cup raised then at the Montreal Forum, with Habs legends such as Henri and Maurice Richard in attendance as well.

Paul Dipetro scored the opening goal at 15:10 of the first period, after John LeClair flattened Kings’ defenceman Tim Watters, enabling Gary Leeman to find the loose puck. “We did not want to to go back to LA.,” said LeClair. “and when you have a chance to walk away with the Stanley Cup, you better do it.”

 

It could have jumped to a two-goal lead straight away, if not for Kelly Hrudey’s stop of a Vincent Damphousse breakaway.

 

Marty McSorely provided Los Angeles’ only offence, at 2:40 of the second period, when his shot went off both posts and past Patrick Roy.

 

But a minute and eleven seconds later, Kirk Muller provided the game-winner. With Muller sitting in front of the goal, Vincent Damphousse passed the puck to his winger, after seeing a wrap around attempt was not going to work. “For a young team, we played our best hockey at the right time,” Muller said. “It’s a great feeling."

 

“That goal killed us,” said Kings’ coach Barry Melrose. “Fatigue really caught up to us tonight. They are a great time with a lead. With Patrick Roy, and a one or two-goal lead, they are very hard to catch.”

 

On the power-play, Stephan Lebeau’s insurance marker at 11:31 of the second period, on a nifty drop pass by Mike Keane, put the game and the Kings Cup hopes officially out of reach. Kings goalie Hrudey did all he could to keep his team alive with a 25-save performance, but a second goal from DiPietro, at 12:03 of the third period, made it official.

 

Montreal’s defense gave their goaltender an easier night, with Roy only needing to make 18 saves on just 19 shots, spread evenly over the game. Kings’ forwards Wayne Gretzky, Tomas Sandstrom and Jari Kurri,  who had been instrumental in the Los Angeles playoff run, failed to register a single shot.

 

Too no surprise, “St .Patrick” was presented with the Conn Smythe Trophy, his second with the Canadiens. “He’s the best goalie in the league,” said Paul DiPietro, after the game.”He deserves whatever he gets. He put a ring on my finger.”

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Eight years to the day, Patrick Roy would win his fourth Stanley Cup, and third Conn Smythe Trophy, this time with the Colorado Avalanche.

 

At the Cup presentation, Guy Carbonneau accepted the Cup from Commissioner Gary Bettman and practically passed it into the hands of the injured Denis Savard to raise first. The Forum crowd cheered as the team took turns carrying the Cup.

 

After the game, Kirk Muller, who had been drafted into the NHL nine years to the day prior by the New Jersey Devils, may have summed things up best. “It’s a team game, and I think Montreal proved that.” he said. “If you get 25 guys doing it together and paying the price, it’s hard to beat you.

 

“No one thinks we have any superstars on this club. But that’s OK. We won a championship.”

 

As always, Francis Bouchard put together some YouTube compilations. The features the highlights from HNIC and some post-game commentary. The second from NHL’s Classic Series shows some pre-game activity and comments from Matheiu Schneider,

 

 

Also on this day..

 

1959: Montreal sends Murray Balfour to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash.

 

 

1965: Bernie Geoffrion is claimed off waivers from the Canadiens by the NEw York Rangers.

 

 

1970: Montreal trades Norm Beaudin to the Minnesota North Stars for cash.

 

 

1971: Jean Beliveau announces his retirement from hockey, officially taking the title of Vice-President of corporate affairs.

 

 

1984: At the 1984 NHL Draft, The Canadiens trade goaltender Rick Wamsley, two second round and a third round pick to St. Louis, in exchange for the Blues' first 2 picks in the 1984.

 

The Blues selected Brian Benning, Tony Hrkac and Robert Dirk. The Canadiens chose Shayne Corson (8th) and Stephane Richer (29th). Montreal used their fifth overall pick at the Draft to select Petr Svoboda.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Andre Racicot (1969)

 

Sources:

www.canadiens.com

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 10, 1993, “It’s Hab-itual, Canadiens top Kings, 4-1, win 24th Cup”

AP, June 7, 1993 “Canadiens Claim Stanley Cup”

 

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