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Grand moments

March 30th, 1916
On March 30, 1916, after splitting the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final against Portland, as each team had come away with a pair of wins, the Canadiens and Rosebuds met for the fifth and final game at the Westmount Arena with the evening’s winner to be declared Stanley Cup Champions.

The game was played under NHA rules, with six players a side, just as the first and third game had been conducted. The second and fourth featured the West Coast Hockey League’s, seven-man version of the game.

The Canadiens drew first blood when reserve forward Skene Ronan found the back of the net 12 minutes into the opening period. It stood as the only goal for most of the game, until the Rosebuds tied things up eight minutes into the third. Weaving his way around the Portland defense before slipping the puck past goaltender Tommy Murray, Goldie Prodger put the Canadiens up 2-1 with four minutes left to play.

Newsy Lalonde’s crew clung to the lead, running out the remaining few minutes on the clock to capture the first Stanley Cup in Canadiens history.