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Grand moments

April 13th, 1944
Sixty minutes away from ending a 13-year championship drought on April 13, 1944, the Canadiens held a 3-0 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks going into the fourth game of the 1944 Stanley Cup Finals. 

Playing with their backs to the wall in front of enemy fans, the Blackhawks came out flying and held a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Then, halfway through the final period, the “Punch Line” woke up.

While Bill Durnan stonewalled Chicago the rest of the way, Elmer Lach, the only Montreal player on the score sheet, got his second of the night at the 10:02 mark. It was Maurice Richard’s turn next, notching two to send the game into overtime.

With four assists already to his credit, Toe Blake beat Mike Karakas just over nine minutes into extra time, the 5-4 victory ensuring that the Stanley Cup would be the property of the Montreal Canadiens for the fifth time in team history.

The Punch Line finished the night with a combined five goals and four assists as Blake, Richard and Lach occupied all three steps on the NHL's postseason scoring podium.