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Grand moments

March 12th, 1975
ROAD WARRIORS
On March 12th, 1975, the Canadiens took their status as that season’s NHL road warriors into Toronto to meet the Maple Leafs.

Scotty Bowman’s squad hadn’t lost a game on enemy ice since the Buffalo Sabres managed a 6-4 win against them on November 24, 1974. The Habs went undefeated in their next 22 encounters, reeling off 14 wins and eight ties.

The Canadiens held a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play with Murray Wilson, Jacques Lemaire and Pete Mahovlich beating Leafs goaltender Gord McRae while Darryl Sittler potted the only Toronto marker.

The home team managed to cut the lead in half in the final frame and then, with three seconds remaining, Ron Ellis slipped a puck past Ken Dryden to send the game into overtime.

The extra time elapsed without either team finding the twine, extending the Canadiens’ undefeated road streak to 23 games, a run that would be halted 11 days later by the Philadelphia Flyers. During the longest winning streak away from home in NHL history, the Canadiens outscored their hosts, posting a 98-58 advantage in the goal column.

When the final game of the season was in the books, Bowman’s boys boasted a 20-6-14 record playing away from the Forum. The six losses were the fewest suffered on the road since the NHL went to an 80-game schedule, a record that would be matched by the 1977-78 Canadiens.