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Former Bruins goaltender Gilles Gilbert, Guy Lafleur’s victim in 1979, dies at 74

Gilles Gilbert, who passed away Sunday, makes a save in the 1976 Stanley Cup playoffs.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Goaltender Gilles Gilbert, who was in net for the Bruins for the infamous Guy Lafleur goal in Game 7 of the 1979 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Canadiens, passed away Sunday, according to reports. He was 74.

Gilbert played for the Minnesota North Stars, Bruins, and Red Wings during a 14-season career from 1969-1983.

Starting in 1973, he spent seven years with the Bruins, going 155-73-39 in 277 regular-season games, while teaming up with Gerry Cheevers from 1976-80.

He was 17-14 for the Bruins in the playoffs, winning 10 times in the run to the 1974 Stanley Cup Final. He remains sixth in franchise history in playoff wins.


In 1979, Gilbert was named the game’s first star despite allowing Lafleur to tie the game in the final two minutes, then allowing a Yvon Lambert goal in overtime. Lafleur’s goal came on a power play due to a too-man-men on the ice call.

The next year, Boston traded Gilbert to the Detroit Red Wings for Rogie Vachon.

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