Montreal Canadiens win Stanley Cup
The 1969 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series played from April 27 to May 4, 1969, between the defending champions Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues, the same finalists as in 1968.
The Canadiens would win the series in four-straight games.
Montreal defeated the New York Rangers 4–0 and the Boston Bruins 4–2 to advance to the finals. St. Louis defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4–0 and the Los Angeles Kings 4–0.
Claude Ruel became the eleventh rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup. Montreal goaltender Rogie Vachon limited St. Louis to three goals in four games and his first career playoff shutout.
Montreal coach Claude Ruel became the 11th coach in NHL history to win a Cup in his rookie season. The Canadiens lost only two playoff games en route to defeating the St. Louis Blues in the finals for the second straight season. Montreal goaltender Rogie Vachon held St. Louis at bay, allowing only three goals in the four games. The Habs Serge Savard became the first defenseman to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with a strong two-way performance.
Fresh from their regular season title, the Habs get off to a good start in the playoffs against the New York Rangers.
The Canadiens give the Rangers little hope in the series and sweep the quarterfinal in four games, with each game decided by a margin of at least two goals.
In their semifinal, the Canadiens face the Boston Bruins and the series is decidedly tighter. The Habs win the first two games on the road in overtime on goals from Ralph Backstrom and Mickey Redmond.
Back in front of their fans at the Forum, the Canadiens see the Bruins even the series with 5-0 and 3-2 wins by the visitors.
After a 4-2 win in Boston, Beliveau clinches the series after a marathon that lasts more than four hours, when he beats Gerry Cheevers with a 20-foot shot in the second overtime period.
The Canadiens face St. Louis for the second year in a row in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues offer less of a fight than they did the previous season and the Habs dispose of them in four straight games to win their second consecutive Cup, the 16th in team history. John Ferguson delivers the winning goal in the fourth game, a 2-1 victory.
Beliveau leads the team in scoring with 15 points in 14 games. Cournoyer and Dick Duff follow closely behind with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Young Serge Savard records 10 points and becomes the first defenseman to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.