Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May 8, 1973: Hawks and Habs Combine for 15 Goals in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals

On May 8, 1973, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens set a Finals record by recording a combined 15 goals, a record that is still intact. The Hawks walked into the Forum in Montreal down 3 games to 1 and would throw everything plus the kitchen sink at Montreal's Ken Dryden to win the game by the score of 8-7. Just two days later the Canadiens finished the Hawks off in Chicago with a 6-4 victory in Game 6, it was the 18th Championship in the history of the Canadiens franchise. The two teams scored a combined 56 goals in the series, which is another record that has yet to be broken. The combined Finals goals record had stood since 1955, that season the Canadiens and Red Wings combined for 47 goals in 7 games. The 1973 performance by the Hawks and Habs blew that record out of the water.

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