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Claude Ruel served as the Canadiens’ coach from 1968 to 1971, and again from 1979 to 1981. [...]More
The intensity permeating a match-up between Boston and Montreal is derived from a lifetime of [...]More
One of the best skaters in the league, Ralph Backstrom could easily be deep in the offensive [...]More
Winnipeg native Ted Harris’ path to the NHL was neither short nor simple. After finishing [...]More
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.