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Grand moments

April 20th, 1958
On April 20, 1958, the Canadiens made the trek to Boston to meet the Bruins in the sixth game of that year’s Stanley Cup Finals with Toe Blake’s team needing only one more win to capture their third straight championship.

Showing their intent early on, Montreal got out to a 2-0 lead with both Bernard Geoffrion and Maurice Richard beating Bruins goaltender, Don Simmons. At the other end of the ice, Jacques Plante turned back 12 of the 13 shots he faced with only Don McKenney finding the twine for Boston in the opening 20 minutes.

The Canadiens stretched their lead in the second, as Jean Béliveau converted on a Geoffrion pass and “Boom Boom” buried one of his own shortly thereafter.

The Bruins fought back and made a game of it in the third period, pulling to within a goal, but Doug Harvey’s empty-netter in the game’s closing seconds capped a 5-3 clinching victory for Montreal.

With three Stanley Cup Championships in as many years, the Canadiens became only the second NHL team to threepeat.