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Grand moments

April 16th, 1953
On April 16, 1953, the Canadiens played host to the Boston Bruins for the fifth game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Two nights earlier in Boston, Dick Irvin’s charges had taken a 3-1 lead in the series on the strength of a 7-3 win.

The 14,500 fans packing the Forum were treated to a goaltending duel between Montreal’s Gerry McNeil and Boston’s “Sugar” Jim Henry, with neither man yielding a goal through 60 minutes of regulation play.

Elmer Lach became the hero of the night, scoring 1:22 into overtime, with Maurice Richard assisting on the play that brought the Montreal Canadiens the seventh Stanley Cup Championship in team history.

The celebratory embrace between Richard and his long-time centerman following the goal left Lach with a broken nose. The photograph of the joyous mid-air collision is one of the most famous in league history.