1976 Stanley Cup Finals

1976 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Montreal Canadiens 4235 4
Philadelphia Flyers 3123 0
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2)
Philadelphia: Spectrum (3, 4)
CoachesMontreal: Scotty Bowman
Philadelphia: Fred Shero
CaptainsMontreal: Yvan Cournoyer
Philadelphia: Bobby Clarke
RefereesRon Wicks (1)
Dave Newell (2)
Wally Harris (3)
Lloyd Gilmour (4)
DatesMay 9 – May 16
MVPReggie Leach (Flyers)
Series-winning goalGuy Lafleur (14:18, third, G4)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), NHL (United States)

The 1976 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1975–76 season, and the culmination of the 1976 Stanley Cup playoffs. It contested between the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers, making their third consecutive finals appearance and the Montreal Canadiens. This was the Canadiens first appearance in the Final since their Cup win in 1973. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series, four games to none.

Paths to the Finals[]

Montreal defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 and the New York Islanders 4–1 to advance to the final.

Philadelphia defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 and the Boston Bruins 4–1 to make it to the final.

Game summaries[]

Guy Lafleur scored the first two finals goals in his career, both game-winners.

Reggie Leach scored four goals in the Finals, and nineteen times in total in the playoffs to win the Conn Smythe Trophy even though the Flyers lost the Cup to the Canadiens. He is the only non-goaltender in NHL history to be named MVP of the playoffs in an unsuccessful cause, and the third of only five as of 2017. His accomplishment followed Roger Crozier (Detroit Red Wings, in 1966) and Glenn Hall (St. Louis Blues, 1968) and preceded Ron Hextall (Philadelphia, 1987) and Jean-Sébastien Giguère (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 2003).

Montreal won series 4–0

Reggie Leach won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Montreal Canadiens 1976 Stanley Cup champions[]



† left off cup, but qualified to be on it.

Coaching and administrative staff:

Stanley Cup engraving

See also[]



Preceded by
Philadelphia Flyers
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens