Thursday, 31 January 2013

Today in Habs History: January 31st Edition




1923: The Canadiens defeat the Hamilton Tigers 5-4. The game was the first penalty-free contest in NHL history.

1925: Georges Vezina recorded his 12th career shutout in the Canadiens 5-0 win over the Montreal Maroons.

1936: The Canadiens played a benefit for Nels Crutchfield, a Habs player who’s career was ended due to injuries from from a car accident the season before. You can read more on that event here.

1952: Gerry McNeil (pictured) records his ninth career shutout and Maurice Richard scored the lone goal in the Canadiens 1-0 win over the New York Rangers.

1953: McNeil and the Bruins’ “Sugar” Jim Henry duel to a scoreless tie. It was McNeil’s eighth shutout of the season and the 20th of his career.

1978: Jacques Lemaire scored his 5th career hat trick in Montreal’s 5-3 wim over the Colorado Rockies. The win extended the Canadiens team-record unbeaten streak to 18 games.

1993: Jacques Demers earns his 300th career win as an NHL head coach. The Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4.

Habs Born on This Day: Alex Singbush (1914), Bob Turner (1934), Mikhail Grabovski (1984)

1 comment:

  1. Francis Bouchard says: In RDS's l'Ultime classement's ranking of the top 10 Montreal Canadiens goaltender in history, Gerry McNeil came in at number 9. George Vézina at number 6. Here is the complete top 10
    10. José Théodore
    9. Gerry McNeil
    8. Rogatien Vachon
    7. Lorne Gump Worsley
    6. George Vézina
    5. George Hainsworth
    4. Bill Durnan
    3. Ken Dryden
    2. Patrick Roy
    1. Jacques Plante