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Habs win their 20th Stanley Cup

The Story

Three games into the 1977 Stanley Cup finals, the Montreal Canadiens are poised for a series sweep against the Boston Bruins. But early in this pivotal game, the Bruins serve notice that they have other plans. Midway through the first period, a Boston shot is redirected slightly and finds the lower left corner of the net behind a scissoring and maskless Ken Dryden, the Habs' goalie. The Habs tie the game in the second and with no scoring in the third, the game heads to overtime. In this clip, the Canadiens' Jacques Lemaire blasts the puck past Boston goalie Gerry Cheevers, winning the game and the Cup.

Medium: Television
Program: Hockey Night in Canada
Broadcast Date: May 14, 1977
Duration: 1:42

Did You know?

• Dryden's red, white and blue mask was behind his net for the first goal, having been jostled off during a goalmouth scrum moments earlier. The goal, credited to Boston forward Bobby Schmautz, marked the first time the Canadiens had been behind in the series.

• This was the Canadiens' second consecutive Stanley Cup, a feat the team would repeat the next two seasons en route to another historic dynasty.

• During this era, the Canadiens and the Bruins established an ongoing rivalry. For more, see the CBC Digital Archives clip Lafleur leads Canadiens in 1978 finals




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