The 1971 Cup

 

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After missing the playoffs in 1970 for the first time since 1948, the Montreal Canadiens entered the 1970-71 season on a mission.

Starting the post season against the heavily favored Bruins, the Canadiens surprised their rivals in stunning fashion. The late season additions of goaltender Ken Dryden and Frank Mahovlich made the Habs a stronger foe, and the Canadiens upset Boston in seven games.

The Habs cruised past Minnesota and went on to defeat the Chicago Black Hawks in a thrilling seven game final. Henri Richard was the hero of game seven, scoring two goals in Montreal's come from behind 3-2 win.

Rookie netminder Dryden stole the playoff limelight by posting a 3.00 goals-against average in 20 playoff games. Dryden was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy in the process. Montreal collected their 17th Stanley Cup win, and said goodbye to captain Jean Beliveau, who retired at the conclusion of the season.

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