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Lafleur leads Canadiens in 1978 finals

With the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins facing off once again in a meeting of historic Eastern Conference rivals, the CBC Digital Archives looks back at key players and performances of the past. Revisit some classic Habs-Bruins matchups, as well as interviews with team legends Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur and Ken Dryden of the Canadiens, and Willie O'Ree, who broke hockey's colour barrier with the 1958 Boston Bruins.

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Game one of the 1978 Stanley Cup finals sets the tone for the entire series as the Montreal Canadiens beat Boston by a score of 4 to 1. Leading the way is Guy Lafleur, who scores a goal and assists on two more to ensure the victory. In this clip from Hockey Night in Canada, Dick Irvin interviews Lafleur after the game to assess the match, and learn more about Montreal's strategy against the Bruins.
• Montreal beat Boston four games to two to win the 1978 Stanley Cup. It was their fourth of five championships under coach Scotty Bowman (1973, 1976 through 1979). Guy Lafleur led the playoffs with 21 points: 10 goals and 11 assists.

• Lafleur's teammate, defenseman Larry Robinson, won that year's Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.  He scored four times and notched 17 assists.

Medium: Television
Program: Hockey Night in Canada
Broadcast Date: May 13, 1978
Guest(s): Guy Lafleur, Lou Nanne
Interviewer: Dick Irvin
Duration: 1:36

Last updated: May 6, 2014

Page consulted on May 13, 2014

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