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April 14, 1960: The Montreal Canadiens Win Their Fifth-Straight Stanley Cup

Kevin van Steendelaar@@LeTirEtLeButAnalyst IApril 14, 2009

Led by coach “Toe” Blake, the Canadiens won the regular season, then swept their way past the Chicago Blackhawks in the semi-finals.

They would have a perfect postseason when they swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in the finals, earning their twelfth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Having already posted back-to-back shutouts to oust Chicago, Montreal goaltender, Jacques Plante would close out the Cup finals with a 30-save 4-0 victory.

Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard would lead the postseason scoring with twelve points each.

Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored his 34th and final Stanley Cup Finals goal—still an NHL record—in the third game, and his last NHL point with an assist in the clinching game.

Richard would retire after the finals with eight Stanley Cups to his name.

Twelve players (Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion, Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore, Jacques Plante, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Maurice Richard, Jean-Guy Talbot, and Bob Turner) have their names engraved on the cup five consecutive times.

For Canadiens’ defenceman Doug Harvey, it was his tenth consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearance, a league record that still stands.

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Since the Canadiens accomplished this feat, only two other runs of four consecutive Stanley Cups have occurred (Montreal again in 1976-79 and the New York Islanders 1980-83).

In all likelihood with the “new” NHL, this 49-year-old record will remain in the record books forever.

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