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Grand moments

May 4th, 1969
STANLEY CUP NO. 16
On May 4, 1969, the Canadiens were poised to sweep Scotty Bowman’s St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row.

The Blues kept their hopes alive through the first 40 minutes of play. Terry Gray put his team a 1-0 lead when he put an even strength marker past Rogatien Vachon at 10:50 of the second period.

The Canadiens decided to put an end to things in the final frame. Ted Harris beat Glenn Hall to tie matters just 42 seconds in. Less than three minutes later, Claude Ruel’s men struck again, with John Ferguson finishing a Ralph Backstrom play to score the deciding goal. Vachon was flawless in the third period, turning aside the eight shots he faced to hold the 2-1 lead until the final buzzer.

The Habs won a second consecutive Stanley Cup and their fourth in five years for what has become known as the “Forgotten Dynasty".

With 10 points in 14 postseason games, Serge Savard became the first defenseman in NHL history to be honored with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league's postseason MVP.