50 years ago today

May 2 2017

50 years ago to this day was the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens in six games to hoist their 13th Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Here’s how that game went down.

Maple Leafs Garden was jam packed with Leafs fans and even the Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson was in attendance. The first period was scoreless, but then, 6:25 into the second period, Red Kelly shot the puck and Ron Ellis buried the rebound to make it 1-0 Toronto. Then with 35 seconds left in the period, Jim Pappin throws the puck to the front of the net and it is redirected off a Canadiens player’s leg and into the back of the net. 2-0 Toronto.

Then in the third, Dick Duff (a former Leaf because, duh) scores to bring the Canadiens one back of the Leafs.

Then with less than a minute left, the Canadiens pull their goalie in the effort to tie the game up, but George Armstrong blasts the puck straight into the empty net to give Toronto a 3-1 lead.

The clock drains down and the Leafs are Stanley Cup champions.

I hope that I can say that again someday soon.

 

 

 

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