No way, Karl. From 1964 to 1969 the Habs won the Stanley Cup four times in five years. The first two were in a 6-team league, and the second two were against a expansion team that had just started play! (In the first few years of expansion the six expansion teams were all in one division, guaranteeing one would make the Finals.) Interspersed in there, they lost to the bloody Maple Leafs. That’s in no way comparable to the 1976-1979 team, which won in four years in a row in a much larger league and didn’t have to beat up a first year expansion team to do it.
The Canadiens of the late 70’s were an absolute machine. They had Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, Bob Gainey, Jacques Lemaire. Their third line could start for any other team. They had Ken Dryden in net, and Dryden might well have been the best who ever played. They were awesome. They were coached by Scotty Bowman, who proved his stuff in Detroit, too. I’ll take those Habs over any other Habs.
Check out Montreal’s records in those years:
1975-1976: 58-11-11, 337 GF, 178 GA
1976-1977: 60-8-12 (!!!) 387 GF, 171 GA
1977-1978: 59-10-11, 359 GF, 183 GA
1978-1979: 52-17-11, 337 GF, 204 GA
That’s TOTAL domination. Sixty wins? Holy crap. The 1964-1969 Habs never had comparable records. And the playoffs? Total, utter domination:
1975-1976: Swept Chicago 4-0, beat NY Islanders 4-1, swept Philadelphia 4-0
1976-1977: Swept St. Louis 4-0, beat NY Islanders 4-2, swept Boston 4-0
1977-1978: Beat Detroit 4-1, swept Toronto 4-0, beat Boston 4-2
1978-1979: Swept Toronto 4-0, beat Boston 4-2, beat NY Rangers 4-1
In four years, 12 playoff series, that’s a record of 48-9. Amazing. Never taken to a seventh game. Taken to a sixth game only three times in 12 attempts. Domination.