Remembering Game 7 of the 1979 Stanley Cup Semifinals; Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens

Marky Billson
5 min readMay 11, 2019

May 10 was the 40th anniversary of one of hockey’s great games that is still very felt in this year’s NHL playoffs.

The Carolina-Boston National Hockey League Eastern Conference Finals could be called the “Don Cherry Series,” due to the fact the team Cherry most notably coached, the Bruins, are playing the team called the “Bunch of Jerks” by the star of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

If you’re not aware, the Hurricanes are known for their extravagant post-game celebrations after victories, hence it has caught the ire of a hockey old timer like Cherry who still champions aggressive hockey, which was the code of Game One last night.

But since Cherry has given spice to Eastern Conference Finals, it should be mentioned 40 years ago today he became a hockey legend not for a victory, but a loss.

Cherry believed clothes made the man long before Coach’s Corner.

May 10, 1979. Game Seven of the semifinals between Boston and Montreal. The Bruins had lost 13 straight playoff series to the Habs dating back to 1945.

While Montreal and Toronto would figure to be THE hockey rivalry to the lay person, for reasons dating from French vs. English to Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater, to many it’s Boston and Montreal.