Monday, 21 January 2013

Today in Habs History: January 21st Edition


1887: Georges Vezina was born in Chicoutimi, QC. The first NHL goaltender to record a shutout, the first to record a point, 175 career wins, all with the Canadiens, and two Stanley Cups in 16 seasons. His 328 consecutive games played, which ended due to tuberculosis that would take his life, was a record that stood for over 30 years. The Vezina Trophy was named in his honour and he was among the inaugural inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

1945: Maurice Richard scores his 7th career hat trick in Montreal’s 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

1950: Bill Durnan becomes the first Canadiens goaltender to record 200 wins, in a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins. He was the 8th NHL netminder to reach the milestone.

1951: Bert Olmstead’s two goals leads the Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1953: Gerry McNeil records his 7th shutout on the season in a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1973: Peter Mahovlich scores his 100th career NHL goal in the Habs 3-2 win over the Atlanta Flames.

2002: Yanic Perreault scores his 4th career hat trick in the Canadiens 7-5 loss to the Florida Panthers. Jose Theodore recorded and assist, becoming the first Habs goalie to record an assist in consecutive games.

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