Sunday, 27 January 2013

Today in Habs History: January 27th Edition


On this day in 1951, Jean Beliveau would score the first of his 507 career goals for the Montreal Canadiens. It just was Beliveau’s second NHL game, having seen his first game action a month prior.

With Maurice Richard and Billy Reay both out with injuries, Beliveau was called up for a second time, on a lend-lease from the Quebec Citadelles.

The Canadiens faced the Chicago Black Hawks that night and Beliveau, wearing the #20 sweater, would open the scoring at 9:32 after a scramble in front of goaltender Harry Lumley. “Le Gros Bill” would add an assist on a Bernie Geoffrion tally in the Canadiens 4-2 victory.

Also on this day…

1945: Elmer Lach’s five-point night leads the Canadiens past the Boston Bruins 11-3. It was the Habs’ 8th straight win over Boston.

1952: Bernie Geoffrion scores his first hat trick in the Canadiens 5-3 win over the New York Rangers. Paul Meger had a goal and two assists.

1963: Jacques Plante eases into his crease at Chicago Stadium prior to the game and realizes something is wrong. Adamant that NHL goal sizes were different from arena to arena, he asks referee Eddie Powers to measure the net. “Jake the Snake’s” theory was correct as the cage opening was 2” shorter than the regulation 4 feet. Power’s reply post game, “I don’t know from nothing.”

1965: Gump Worsley’s 26th career shutout, and a pair of goals by Jean-Guy Talbot, give the Canadiens a 2-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1971: Jacques Lemaire scores the 100th goal of his career in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

1972: Frank Mahovlich scores his 13th career hat trick and adds an assist, in a losing effort. The Canadiens lost 6-5 to the Minnesota North Stars.

1979: Ken Dryden becomes the second Canadiens goaltender to record 250 wins as the Habs defeat the Boston Bruins 3-1.

2002: Sergei Berezin scores the Canadiens 10,000th goal at home in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Habs Born on This Day: Terry Harper (1940), Brian Engblom (1955), Dave Manson (1967), Patrice Brisebois (1971)

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