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Grand moments

April 16th, 1953
STANLEY CUP NO. 7
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.