1966 Stanley Cup Finals

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1966 Stanley Cup Finals
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6* Games
Detroit Red Wings  3 5 2 1 1 2 2
Montreal Canadiens  2 2 4 2 5 3 4
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location: Montreal (Montreal Forum) (1,2,5)
Detroit (Detroit Olympia) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Montreal: Toe Blake
Detroit: Sid Abel
Captains: Montreal: Jean Beliveau
Detroit: Alex Delvecchio
Dates: April 24 to May 5, 1966
MVP: Roger Crozier
Series-winning
goal:
Henri Richard (2:20, OT, G6)
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The 1966 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series four games to two to win the Stanley Cup for the seventh time in eleven years.

Paths to the final[edit]

Montreal defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 to advance to the finals, and Detroit defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–2.

The series[edit]

With this series, Toe Blake had coached the Canadiens to seven Cups in eleven years. Henri Richard, a member of all seven championship teams, would score the series winner in game six in overtime. Two minutes into the extra period, Richard broke in on Red Wing goalie Roger Crozier, lost his footing on the newly resurfaced ice as he cut across the goalmouth, and sprawled into Crozier. The puck went in, and even though Crozier and the Wings protested that Richard had pushed the puck in with his hand, the goal stood. His brilliant play in goal, even in defeat, earned Crozier the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 24 Detroit 3 Montreal 2
April 26 Detroit 5 Montreal 2
April 28 Montreal 4 Detroit 2
May 1 Montreal 2 Detroit 1
May 3 Detroit 1 Montreal 5
May 5 Montreal 3 Detroit 2 OT

Montreal wins Stanley Cup, four games to two.

Roger Crozier wins Conn Smythe Trophy.

Montreal Canadiens 1966 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff


Stanley Cup engravings[edit]

  • Montreal Canadiens names was misspelt MONTREAL CANADIENE - with an "E" at end of Canadiens instead of an "S". This mistake was later corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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. 
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
1965
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

1966
Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
1967