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100 years, decade by decade - 1980-1989

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
The Canadiens 100th Anniversary on December 4th, 2009 is now right around the corner. Starting today, let us take you back daily to a different decade in the team’s lifetime. Over the next few days, relive the greatest moments of the hockey’s most celebrated franchise. Next up, 1980 to 1989.

Lafleur's Quick Ride to 1,000
On March 4, 1981, Guy Lafleur took another step towards solidifying his legendary status in the hockey world. More.

Gainey, Meet Selke
On June 4, 1981, the NHL pays homage to its best and once again, Bob Gainey claims the award he was tailor-made to win. More.

The Battle of Quebec
On April 20, 1984, the rivalry between the Quebec Nordiques and the Montreal Canadiens reaches new heights during Game 6 of the Adams division finals. More.

No. 10 Retired Forever
On February 16, 1985, Guy Lafleur takes his rightful place among Canadiens legends when his No. 10 is retired. More.

No. 2 Retired Forever
On October 26, 1985, Doug Harvey becomes the first defenseman to have his jersey retired by the Canadiens. More.

Lemieux to the Rescue
On April 29, 1986, the Canadiens hosted the Hartford Whalers in the seventh game of the Adams Division Final. More.

Stanley Cup No. 23
On May 24, 1986, a young Canadiens squad capped off a surprising playoff run. Boasting a lineup filled with freshmen, Jean Perron’s crew jumped out to a 3-1 series lead in the Finals against the Flames, who had knocked off the heavily-favored Edmonton Oilers. More.

Bye Bye, Bruins
On April 12, 1987 the Canadiens arrived at Boston Garden in a position to sweep the Bruins in that spring’s Adams Division semifinal. More.

Richer Pots No. 50
With two games left on the regular season schedule and 45 goals to his credit, 21-year-old Stéphane Richer still had a shot at becoming the youngest 50-goal-scorer in Canadiens history when he laced up his skates on April 2, 1988. More.

Roy Rules the Forum
On April Fool’s Day in 1989, Patrick Roy put the finishing touch on what had been an unbelievably successful season on Montreal Forum ice. More.

Robinson's Record Playoff Run
On May 19, 1989, as the Calgary Flames took to the Forum ice for the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Canadiens, Larry Robinson was doing the same for his 200th career playoff appearance. More.

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