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Grand moments

March 29th, 1969
NEW RECORD FOR WINS
Playing host to the Boston Bruins in the regular season finale on March 29, 1969, the Montreal Canadiens had a chance to kill two birds with one stone.

Boasting a 45-18-11 record good for 101 points, coach Claude Ruel’s team needed only one more win and an additional point to break a pair of NHL records.

By the time the opening period came to a close, it was clear that the NHL record book would need to be reviewed and updated as the Habs jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Bruins fought back and were trailing by a single goal, 4-3, as the teams headed to the dressing rooms for the second time. Bobby Rousseau scored to put the game out of reach, beating Boston netminder Gerry Cheevers with a little more than five minutes remaining.

The Canadiens picked up their 46th victory of the season, surpassing the record set by the 1955-56 Habs. The two points they earned as a result gave them 103 for the year, relegating the Detroit Red Wings’ 101-point campaign in 1950-51 to second-best.