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On May 21, 1979, the Canadiens were a victory away from capturing their first Stanley Cup in [...]More
Though he spent most of his career in Washington, Rod Langway developed his game alongside the [...]More
Blessed with exceptional speed and a lethal wrist shot, Yvan Cournoyer was one of the most [...]More
Deemed by many as the league’s best defensive forward, Bob Gainey was named the first [...]More
The Bruins, with Don Cherry behind the bench, seemed to be cruising to a win over the three-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Boston carved out a 3-1 lead thanks to the line of Wayne Cashman, Rick Middleton and Jean Ratelle, who combined for eight points in the game’s first 40 minutes.
Unwilling to roll over and die, Scotty Bowman’s charges drew even in the first half of the closing period on goals by Mark Napier and Guy Lapointe.
A Middleton marker at 16:01 put the Bruins on top once again, leaving only a shade more than four minutes for Montreal to do something about it or get the golf clubs out.
Then Forum ghosts intervened. With 2:34 left on the clock, Don Cherry's Bruins got caught with too many skaters on the ice. Guy Lafleur took full advantage of the opportunity, one-timing a powerful shot into the net behind Gilles Gilbert, to send the game into overtime.
In a fairy-tale ending, Yvon Lambert emerged as the hero when he finished off a play by Mario Tremblay and Réjean Houle at 9:33 of the extra frame to give the Canadiens a 5-4 win and a spot in the Finals.
From then on, the matchup would forever be known as the “Too Many Men” game.