1978 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1978 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1977–78 season, and the culmination of the 1978 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Boston Bruins and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, making their third straight appearance in the Finals. The series was a rematch of the 1977 Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens won the best-of-seven series, four games to two, to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.[1]

1978 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
Montreal Canadiens 43*03*44 4
Boston Bruins 12*44*11 2
* indicates periods of overtime
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2, 5)
Boston: Boston Garden (3, 4, 6)
CoachesMontreal: Scotty Bowman
Boston: Don Cherry
CaptainsMontreal: Yvan Cournoyer
Boston: Wayne Cashman
DatesMay 13 – May 25
MVPLarry Robinson (Canadiens)
Series-winning goalMario Tremblay (9:20, first, G6)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), NHL Network (United States)
AnnouncersDan Kelly (Boston), Danny Gallivan (Montreal), Dick Irvin, and Chico Resch

Paths to the Finals

Montreal defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4–1 and the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 to advance to the final.

Boston defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 and the Philadelphia Flyers 4–1 to make it to the final.

Game summaries

Defenceman Larry Robinson of Montreal led all players with 17 assists, and finished tied with teammate Guy Lafleur with 21 points, to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Montreal won series 4–2

Montreal Canadiens 1978 Stanley Cup champions



Coaching and administrative staff:

Stanley Cup engraving

  • †Murray Wilson only played 12 games due to spinal fusion surgery. His name was engraved on the Cup in 1978, even though he did not qualify.

See also


  1. ^ "Canadiens capture third straight cup after 4-1 win". St Petersburg Times (Page 32). May 26, 1978. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
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Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

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1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers season

The 1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 11th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers season

The 1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 12th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

1979 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1979 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1978–79 season, and the culmination of the 1979 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the New York Rangers and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, making their fourth straight appearance. It was New York's first appearance in the Finals since 1972. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series, four games to one, to win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup championship.This was the last Stanley Cup Final until 2013 where both teams were from the Original Six, and the first of six consecutive Finals involving a team from the New York metropolitan area. The next five Finals would be contested by the Rangers' crosstown rivals the New York Islanders, who would win the first four of those series to forge a dynasty matching that of the Canadiens. By defeating the Rangers, the Canadiens completed the rare accomplishment of winning four consecutive titles in a North American league competition consisting of at least sixteen teams, a feat that had been achieved only twice before (both times by the New York Yankees) and has been achieved only once since (by the aforementioned Islanders).

2011 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2010–11 season, and the culmination of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins defeated the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks four games to three. The Bruins ended a 39-year Stanley Cup drought with the win. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

The Canucks had home ice advantage in the Finals by virtue of winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team that finished with the best regular season record (117 points). They were also the first Canadian team to have home ice advantage in the Finals since the Montreal Canadiens had it for the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens' victory in 1993 was also the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup. As of the 2017–18 season, this was the last Stanley Cup Finals to feature a Canadian team and that the Finals went the full seven games.

On June 1, 2011, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made an announcement that Colin Campbell would be stepping down as the league's head disciplinarian to be replaced by former player Brendan Shanahan, though Campbell would continue in his job as director of hockey operations. Mike Murphy, the NHL vice-president of hockey operations, had already been put in charge of disciplinary matters for the Finals, nonetheless there were concerns raised about Campbell's impartiality in handing out discipline since his son Gregory was an active player on the Boston Bruins roster.The first game of the series was held on June 1, while the seventh game was played on June 15. The games varied widely between those played in Vancouver and those in Boston. Prior to game seven, the Bruins had managed to score only two goals in three games played in Vancouver, against 17 scored in three games at Boston. On the other hand, while posting two shutouts in Vancouver, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was replaced with the backup Cory Schneider twice in three games in Boston. It was the fourth consecutive Stanley Cup Final in which the deciding game was won by the road team. The Bruins scored almost three times the number of total goals as the Canucks, (23 to 8 in the series), and yet the Canucks won three games. The eight goals scored by Vancouver is the lowest number of goals scored by any team in a seven-game Stanley Cup Final, and would've also been the lowest in a six-game series. The Canucks averaged 1.25 goals per game at home in Vancouver and one goal per game on the road, while the Bruins averaged almost six goals per game at home in Boston and 1.5 goals per game on the road. In the seven games, the Bruins averaged roughly 3.3 goals per game, while the Canucks averaged 1.14 goals per game.

Bruins–Canadiens rivalry

The Bruins–Canadiens rivalry is a National Hockey League (NHL) rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. It is considered "one of the greatest rivalries in sports." Retired Bruins forward Bob Sweeney, who played for the Bruins between 1986–87 and 1991–92, once called it among the "top three rivalries in all of sports,... right up there with the... New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox." The two teams have played each other more times, in both regular season play and the Stanley Cup playoffs combined, than any other two teams in NHL history.Through the conclusion of the 2018–19 regular season, the Canadiens have won 468 games, with the Bruins winning 342 of them, with 103 games between the two teams ending in ties, and 10 other games between the two teams ending in shootouts. In the playoffs, the two teams have met in 34 series for a total of 177 games, 11 series and some 60 more games than two other Original Six teams, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. The two teams have faced each other nine times in Game 7 NHL playoff games, more than any other pair of opponents in NHL history.As of the end of the 2017–18 season, the Canadiens are the only team in the Eastern Conference that has a winning overall record against the Bruins. In total, there are only two other teams that have a winning overall record against Boston (the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild).

Guy Lafleur

Guy Damien "The Flower" / "Le Démon Blond" Lafleur, OC, CQ (born September 20, 1951) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who was the first player in the National Hockey League (NHL) to score 50 goals and 100 points in six straight seasons. Between 1971 and 1991, he played for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques in an NHL career spanning 17 seasons, and five Stanley Cup championships (all with the Canadiens). In 2017 Lafleur was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

Mario Tremblay

Joseph Daniel Mario Tremblay (born September 2, 1956 in Alma, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player and former coach in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was honoured by his hometown of Alma, which named its local arena "Le Centre Mario-Tremblay". Since 1981, Tremblay has owned the sports bar in his hometown called "Bar-Restaurant chez Mario Tremblay".

Stan Jonathan

Stanley Carl "Bulldog" Jonathan (born September 5, 1955) is a Canadian retired ice hockey left winger, most notably for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, for whom he played for parts of eight seasons. Jonathan was born in Ohsweken, Ontario, but grew up in Hagersville, Ontario.

May 13 Montreal Canadiens 4–1 Boston Bruins Montreal Forum  
(Guy Lapointe) Guy Lafleur - 4:31
(Steve Shutt, Guy Lafleur) Yvon Lambert - 9:53
First period 2:31 - Brad Park (Bobby Schmautz, Jean Ratelle)
(Jacques Lemaire, Guy Lafleur) Steve Shutt - 13:54 Second period No scoring
(Yvon Lambert, Doug Jarvis) Yvan Cournoyer - 3:55 Third period No scoring
May 16 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 OT Boston Bruins Montreal Forum  
No scoring First period No scoring
(Larry Robinson, Yvan Cournoyer) Steve Shutt - 7:00 Second period 3:57 - Brad Park (Terry O'Reilly, Peter McNab)
(Rejean Houle, Doug Jarvis) Bob Gainey - 12:12 Third period 15:48 - Rick Smith (Wayne Cashman, Peter McNab)
(Larry Robinson) Guy Lafleur - 13:09 First overtime period No scoring
May 18 Boston Bruins 4–0 Montreal Canadiens Boston Garden  
(Jean Ratelle) Gary Doak - 0:59
(Jean Ratelle) Rick Middleton - 5:11
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
(Mike Milbury) Peter McNab - 2:54
(Mike Milbury, Peter McNab) Terry O'Reilly - 15:39
Third period No scoring
May 21 Boston Bruins 4–3 OT Montreal Canadiens Boston Garden  
(Don Marcotte) Gregg Sheppard - 0:25 First period 3:26 - Doug Risebrough (Mario Tremblay, Bob Gainey)
No scoring Second period 7:00 - Larry Robinson (Pierre Mondou)
(Terry O'Reilly, Wayne Cashman) Peter McNab - 9:19
(Gregg Sheppard, Mike Milbury) Brad Park - 13:20
Third period 19:27 - Guy Lafleur (Guy Lapointe, Jacques Lemaire)
(Brad Park, Gregg Sheppard) Bobby Schmautz - 6:22 First overtime period No scoring
May 23 Montreal Canadiens 4–1 Boston Bruins Montreal Forum  
(Serge Savard) Larry Robinson - 7:46
(Serge Savard) Pierre Mondou - 11:10
First period No scoring
(Serge Savard, Yvan Cournoyer) Pierre Larouche - 13:04
(Bill Nyrop) Jacques Lemaire - 18:42
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 11:22 - Don Marcotte (Bobby Schmautz, Bob Miller)
May 25 Boston Bruins 1–4 Montreal Canadiens Boston Garden  
(Gregg Sheppard, Don Marcotte) Brad Park - 4:05 First period 7:01 - Steve Shutt (Pierre Mondou, Larry Robinson)
9:20 - Mario Tremblay (Pierre Mondou, Larry Robinson)
No scoring Second period 13:37 - Mario Tremblay (Yvon Lambert, Bill Nyrop)
17:46 - Rejean Houle (Doug Jarvis)
No scoring Third period No scoring

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