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Grand moments

April 16th, 1957
On April 16, 1957, the Canadiens, holding a 3-1 lead over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, returned to the Forum for the fifth game of the series.

Despite playing in front of 15,268 hometown fans, Toe Blake’s boys nevertheless had their hands full making sure they didn’t have to return to Boston for a sixth game.

It was the Canadiens often unheralded role players who got things going, as Andre Pronovost opened the scoring, beating Don Simmons at 18:11 of the opening period, assisted by Claude Provost and Don Marshall.

Dickie Moore potted his third of the playoffs, followed by Geoffrion’s 11th, stretching the Montreal lead to three goals.

The third period was simply a formality, with Marshall and Floyd Curry finding the twine while, 180 feet away, Jacques Plante stopped all but one of the 27 shots he faced. He backstopped the Canadiens to a 5-1 win and their ninth Stanley Cup, repeating as champions for the second time in club history.