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Halfway through the first period, Jean Béliveau and Doug Harvey found the back of the net 29 seconds apart. That gave Habs Goaltender Jacques Plante all the edge he needed to backstop the team the rest of the way, stopping 30 Leafs shots for his third shutout of the spring.
Montreal added a third marker in the second period as the Richard brothers combined to beat Johnny Bower, with Henri burying a pass from Maurice. “The Rocket”, who had scored his 34th Stanley Cup Finals goal earlier in the series - an NHL record that he still holds - retrieved the puck. The assist was his last NHL point and the elder Richard would go out a champion after hoisting the Stanley Cup for the eighth and final time of his brilliant career.
Jean Béliveau completed the scoring in the third period. Geoffrion’s assist on the play gave him three points on the night and 12 for the playoffs, tying him with Henri Richard for top spot in the postseason.
With the 4-0 victory, Montreal broke their own record, capturing the Stanley Cup for a fifth year in a row, all under Toe Blake’s mentorship. Twelve players formed the core of the greatest NHL dynasty of all time, playing a part in all five triumphs – Maurice Richard, Dickie Moore, Jacques Plante, Jean Béliveau, Henri Richard, Doug Harvey, Bernard Geoffrion, Tom Johnson, Claude Provost, Jean-Guy Talbot, Don Marshall, and Bob Turner.
For Harvey, it was a 10th consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, also an all-time record which still stands today.