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Grand moments

May 11th, 1968
On May 11, 1968, with Toe Blake’s crew leading 3-0 in the Finals against the St. Louis Blues, another Stanley Cup Championship was within the Canadiens’ grasp. 

Dick Duff set the tone for the game, beating Blues netminder Glenn Hall at 10:47 of the opening period. Hall, who would later be named Conn Smythe Trophy winner, bounced back, however, as Craig Cameron and Gary Sabourin scored and the Blues took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after two periods.

Reversing the game’s momentum, Montreal, who had dominated the series until that point, tied things up at 7:24 of the final frame when Henri Richard found the back of the net.  Less than five minutes later, Jean-Claude Tremblay’s goal applied the coup de grace to Scotty Bowman’s Blues and Lorne Worsley shut the door the rest of the way as the 3-2 score held up.

The Montreal Canadiens’ 15th Stanley Cup title was the eighth they had won under the direction of Toe Blake, who retired after 13 years behind the bench and exactly 500 regular season victories.