1979 Stanley Cup Finals

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1979 Stanley Cup Finals
Teams 1 2 3 4* 5 Games
Montreal Canadiens  1 6 4 4 4 4
New York Rangers  4 2 1 3 1 1
* indicates periods of overtime
Location: Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (1,2,5)
New York, NY (Madison Square Garden) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Montreal: Scotty Bowman
New York: Fred Shero
Captains: Montreal: Yvan Cournoyer
New York: Dave Maloney
Dates: May 13 to 21, 1979
MVP: Bob Gainey, (Montreal)
Series-winning
goal:
Jacques Lemaire (1:02, second, G5)
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The 1979 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the New York Rangers and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, making their fourth straight appearance. It was New York's first appearance since 1972. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup.[1] This was the last Stanley Cup Final until 2013 where both teams were from the Original Six.

Paths to the Final[edit]

Montreal defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 and the Boston Bruins 4–3 (highlighted by the "too many men on the ice" game 7 overtime win) to advance to the finals.

New York defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2–0, the Philadelphia Flyers 4–1 and the New York Islanders 4–2 to make it to the finals.

The series[edit]

The Canadiens won the Cup in five games, winning it on home ice for the first time since 1968.[2] After the game Jacques Lemaire, Yvan Cournoyer and Ken Dryden retired, while head coach Scotty Bowman would leave the Canadiens to join the Buffalo Sabres, which would mark the end of the Canadiens' dynasty.

This Final marked the second time in four years that Bowman and Fred Shero coached against each other. In 1976, they coached against each other, though Shero was with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
Sun, May 13 New York 4 Montreal 1
Tue, May 15 New York 2 Montreal 6
Thu, May 17 Montreal 4 New York 1
Sat, May 19 Montreal 4 New York 3 OT
Mon, May 21 New York 1 Montreal 4

Montreal wins the series 4–1.

Montreal Canadiens 1979 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • †Yvan Cournoyer played only 18 regular season games. He missed the rest of the season due to a back injury. His name was still put on the cup, even though he did not qualify. Serge Savard served as captain while Cournoyer was injured.
  • ††Richard Sevigny's name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, before he played his first NHL game. He was dressed in the finals when Michel Larocque was injured in pre-game warm-up for game two. Sevigny would join Montreal full-time, the next season after Ken Dryden retired.
    1. 26 Dan Newman played 16 regular season games, but did not qualify to be on the cup. He was dressed for one playoff in the quarter-finals, but did not play
  • Flody Curray changed roles from Assistant Manager to Director of Scouting. Name was left off the Stanley Cup.

Members of Montreal Canadiens 1976 to 1979 dynasty[edit]

Rick Chartraw, Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden, Bob Gainey, Doug Jarvis, Guy Lafleur, Yvon Lambert, Guy Lapointe, Jacques Lemaire, Michel Laroque, Doug Risebrough, Mario Tremblay, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard, Steve Shutt (15 Players), Jacques Courtois, Sam Pollock, Jean Beliveau, Scotty Bowman, Claude Ruel, Eddie Palchak, Pierre Meilleur, Ron Caron, Flody Curray (9 Non-Players)

Broadcasting[edit]

The Stanley Cup Finals were produced by CBC, who carried the game in Canada, and were shown in the United States on the NHL's syndicated package. Dan Kelly provided play-by-play, while Dick Irvin, Jr. and Gary Dornhoefer served as color commentators, Dave Hodge as host, and Howie Meeker as studio analyst. ABC was contracted to televise Game 7.[3][4] Since the Finals ended in five games, the contract was void.[5] Had there been a seventh game, then Boston Bruins radio play-by-play man Bob Wilson would have called play-by-play, Jim McKay (between-periods host), Bobby Clarke (color commentator), and Frank Gifford (reporter, who would have been in the winning team's dressing room to interview players and coaches as well as hand the phone to the winning team's coach that that would have allowed him to talk to both President Jimmy Carter and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau). The game would have started at 5:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on a Saturday, replacing Wide World of Sports and local news shows that typically followed it on ABC stations in the Eastern and Central time zones.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadiens do it again". St Petersburg Times (Page 21). May 22, 1979. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jenish, D’Arcy (2009). The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory. Doubleday. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (May 13, 1979). "NHL, ABC-TV Agree". Reading Eagle. p. 89. 
  4. ^ "May 26 Selected For a 7th Game". New York Times. May 13, 1979. p. S4. 
  5. ^ Ramsay, Donald (May 22, 1979). "Montreal win kills ABC TV deal but Ziegler feels pact is on way". The Globe and Mail. p. P35. 
Bibliography
  • Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 2000. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7. 
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
1978
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

1979
Succeeded by
New York Islanders
1980