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May 21, 1979: Montreal Canadiens Close Out 1970s Dynasty

Published by on May 21, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The most dominant NHL team of the 1970s was closing out the decade in style.

Having defeated their rival Boston Bruins in a seven-game series, climaxing with the “Too many men on the ice game”, the Habs were on the path for a fourth-straight Stanley Cup.

The New York Rangers were looking to spoil Montreal’s party, and had momentum coming into the series by upsetting the regular-season champion New York Islanders in a six-game semifinal.

That momentum carried into Game One with a 4-1 Rangers victory, stunning both the Canadiens as well has the Montreal home crowd.

The general consensus, amongst many Canadiens fans and critics, that spring was that the team was not the sa...

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