The 1971 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Canadiens. The Black Hawks made their first appearance in the Final series since the 1965 Stanley Cup Finals, the Canadiens had last played and won the series in 1969. The Canadiens won the series 4–3.
Paths to the Final
The playoff system changed this year to allow cross-over between the divisions during the playoffs. Chicago defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4–0 and the New York Rangers 4–3 to advance to the final. Montreal defeated the defending champion Boston Bruins 4–3 and the Minnesota North Stars 4–2. This set up the first "Original Six" Finals since the 1967 Final.
Brothers Frank and Peter Mahovlich starred for the Canadiens, scoring nine goals in the seven game Final series. Ken Dryden debuted for the Canadiens, while this was Jean Beliveau's final finals appearance, and he ended his career with ten championships. The next Finals to go seven games would be the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals.
Montreal wins the series 4–3.
Montreal Canadiens 1971 Stanley Cup Champions
- †Serge Savard played 37 regular season games, but missed the rest of season injured. †Phil Myre played 30 games, dressed for 70 games, but was not dressed in the playoffs. Both players were included on the team picture, but not engraved on the Cup even though they qualified.
- †† Larry Pleau was included on the team, but did not qualify, so his name was not included on the Stanley Cup.
Stanley Cup Engraving
- Mistake Al MacNeil (Coach) was engraved on the Stanley Cup as .COACH. MAC NEIL missing his first name "Al". MacNeil was spelt AL MACNEIL COACH on the Replica Cup.
- Phil Roberto was misspelt P ROBRTO missing an "E". The name was corrected as P. ROBERTO on the Replica Cup created during the 1992–93 season.
At least 500,000 people crowded the streets of downtown Montreal to greet the Stanley Cup champions at the parade on May 20.
Stanley Cup Champions
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