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)