MONTREAL – Maurice Richard. Jean Beliveau. Bernard Geoffrion. Marcel Bonin. Frank Mahovlich. Guy Lafleur. All names that will now be forever etched beside Michael Cammalleri’s in the Canadiens’ record books.
When Cammalleri one-timed the series-clincher past Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period on Wednesday night, he wasn’t just putting the final nail in the Penguins’ coffin; he was also carving out his spot in Habs history. With his seventh goal of the second round against the defending Cup champs, Cammy became just the seventh player in franchise history to pot as many goals in a single playoff series.
“The Rocket” first set the team record with seven goals in the 1944 semifinal series against the Leafs, going on to notch another five against Chicago in the Cup Finals. Fourteen years later, Richard repeated the feat, beating Detroit netminder Terry Sawchuk seven times to help the Habs sweep the Red Wings and hoist the Cup that spring.
Beliveau was the first Hab to ever hit the benchmark in the Finals, lighting the lamp seven times against Detroit in 1956 to lead Montreal to its first of five-straight Stanley Cups. Not to be outdone, “Boom Boom” Geoffrion followed in the legendary center’s footsteps, notching seven goals of his own in the semifinals one year later. In 1959, after seeing the record matched three years in a row, Bonin added the four-peat, scoring seven goals against Chicago and leading the Canadiens back to the Cup Finals and the franchise’s eventual 11th
Backstopped by rookie goaltender Ken Dryden, the Canadiens rode momentum and
a seven-goal performance by Mahovlich to a first round upset over the Boston Bruins in 1971. Twelve games later, the Habs were once again Stanley Cup champs.
Lafleur became the most recent sniper added to the list, scoring seven goals in six games to oust the Sabres in the 1975 semifinals.
Adding his seven goals from last series to his Round 1 tally, Cammalleri now has 12 goals to his credit, just three shy of the franchise’s modern-day single-season record of 15 set by Yvan Cournoyer in 1973. While there’s no doubt Cammy would love to shatter the Roadrunner’s record this spring, it pales in comparison to the ultimate postseason goal currently on the sharpshooter’s radar. Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.See alsoPlayoff CentralGame 7: the sequel Seeing is believing Another sweet seven 50,000 and counting