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Grand moments

April 2nd, 1977
On April 2, 1977, the Canadiens played the final home game on their schedule. As had been their practice all season long, they showed no mercy to the visiting team.

Scotty Bowman’s Habs crushed the Washington Capitals 11-0 in a game that saw Guy Lafleur and Bob Gainey each pick up a goal and three assists while Steve Shutt and Guy Lapointe both doubled that mark.

The victory extended the Canadiens’ unbeaten streak in front of Forum fans to 34 games, an all-time record. The 1970-71 Bruins had set the previous mark, going 27 games before tasting defeat.

The Bruins turned out to be the only team to emerge victorious from a game in Montreal in the 1976-77 season, thanks to a 4-3 decision on October 30, 1976. The Canadiens’ home record played out at 33-1-6, with the Habs scoring 205 times while allowing visiting teams only 75 in reply and winning 16 games by four goals or more.

Their single loss at home gave the Canadiens the NHL record for fewest defeats in their own rink since the league schedule first counted more than 50 regular season games.