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Grand moments

March 25th, 1924
STANLEY CUP NO. 2
On March 25, 1924, the Canadiens completed an undefeated postseason run, overcoming adversity and capturing the second Stanley Cup in team history, blanking the Calgary Tigers 3-0.

Facing a Tigers team who had their backs to the wall after a 6-1 loss in Game 1, Montreal refused to give any ground in the second game, an affair played on neutral ground in Ottawa.

Rookie Howie Morenz, who had notched a hat trick in the first game, opened the scoring with a goal 4:55 into the proceedings, carrying the puck the length of the ice before beating goaltender Charlie Reid. Always closely checked by his opponents, Morenz was laid out later in the period by a blow to the chest from Tigers player Herb Gardiner. The Canadiens’ star lay on the ice for several long minutes before being transported to the hospital.

Despite playing without their top forward, the Habs managed to hold off Calgary’s offense, with George Vézina performing flawlessly between the pipes.

Holding a thin one-goal lead after two periods, the Canadiens offense came to life in the final frame when Billy Boucher, disregarding a leg injury suffered in the second period, doubled the Montreal lead to 2-0. Aurèle Joliat added a third goal to put the game on ice, earning the Canadiens the second Stanley Cup title in team history and their first as an NHL club.