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May 01, 2007

NHL Playoff Legends - Reggie Leach

In 1975-76 Reggie Leach enjoyed his best year scoring a league leading 61 goals and totaling 91 points in the season. In the playoffs he broke Rocket Richard's goal scoring streak with goals in nine consecutive playoff games and set the NHL record for most goals in a playoffs with 19. He tied an NHL record also set by Richard on May 6, 1976, when he scored five times to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. The win meant that the Flyers earned a trip back to the Stanley Cup Finals but were swept in 4 games by the Montreal Canadiens. Despite the Flyers' loss, Leach was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as he was clearly the best player in the playoffs. The trophy is definitely a highlight in Leach's career.

"I think it was great because I believe I was the first forward on a losing team to ever win the Conn Smythe. I know other goaltenders had won it beforehand on losing teams but I think at that time it was a great honour to be awarded that trophy and everything else. I didn't really enjoy it at the time because of us getting knocked out in four games."

Full Reggie Leach Biography - Also, Scott Taylor at the National Post has a piece on Jamie Leach, Reggie's son. Jamie had a 20 year pro career and also sipped champagne from the Stanley Cup.

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