MONTREAL, QC - MAY 21: Guy Lafleur #10 of the Montreal Canadiens leads the celebration as teammates Yvon Lambert #11, Doug Risebrough #8, Mario Tremblay #14 and Pierre Mondou #6 join in after defeating the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals on May 21, 1979 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)
During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for May 21st, featuring the 1978-79
Montreal Canadiens. Today in Hockey History
1978-79 Montreal Canadiens Win Fourth Stanley Cup in a Row
1979: scores twice as the Habs beat the Jacques Lemaire New York Rangers, 4-1, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. has an easy night with 15 saves thanks to the Montreal defence. Ken Dryden picks up the Conn Smythe Award for post-season MVP. Bob Gainey
It’s the 22nd championship for the Canadiens franchise and their fourth straight. Montreal also gets its sixth Stanley Cup of the decade. The game is the last for Lemaire, Dryden and
who all retire before the start of the season. Yvan Cournoyer
Other Notable Events
1981: ‘s two goals help the Butch Goring New York Islanders win their second straight Stanley Cup. Goring gets the Conn Smythe after the Isles oust the Minnesota North Stars, 5-1, in Game 5.
1991: The Pittsburgh Penguins use a three-goal burst to down Minnesota, 5-3, in Game 4 of the Final. 1992: haunts his hometown team as the Penguins beat the Kevin Stevens Boston Bruins, 5-1. The Boston native scores four goals as Pittsburgh gets a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Final.
1993: get his 100th playoff goal in the Jari Kurri Los Angeles Kings 4-2 Game 3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1995: gets his first shutout since 1989 in the Mike Vernon Detroit Red Wings 6-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. Vernon stops 15 shots in Game 1 of the Western Conference semis.
2009: is the third player to score six game-opening goals in the same post-season. Crosby helps the Penguins beat the Sidney Crosby Carolina Hurricanes, 7-4, in Game 2 of the East final.
2016: stops 31 shots as the Jake Allen St. Louis Blues win Game 4 of the Western Final. and Troy Brouwer score two goals apiece in a 6-3 win over the Sharks. Kyle Brodziak
2018: stops 24 shots as the Braden Holtby Washington Capitals blank the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-0. The win forces a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final.
2019: St. Louis reaches the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. makes 25 saves as the Blues beat the Sharks, 5-1, in Game 5. Jordan Binnington Happy Birthday to You
1964: Tommy Albelin
1970: Roman Turek
1975: Todd White
1981: Craig Anderson 1985: Matt Hunwick
1997: John Marino