Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Today in Habs History: January 9th Edition


It didn’t have the dramatic story line of a player, tired from moving all day coming back to set an NHL scoring benchmark. Nonetheless, it was on this day 1954 that the Canadiens Bert Olmstead scored four goals and added four assists to tie Maurice Richard’s then NHL record and current Canadiens record for points in a single game.

Ken Mosdell recorded a hat trick and Jean Beliveau, in his first full season, added two goals and three assists as the Habs dismantled Chicago 8-1. The Rocket aslos contributed to the scoring with four assists.

It was also the last time both Olmstead and Mosdell would record three or more goals in a game in their careers.

Of note that during this game, NHL president Clarence Campbell was in attendance. Fans booed the man that the Rocket had referred to as a “dictator,” and told Campbell to “go home,” when they weren’t cheering for the Canadiens. Keep in mind this was over a full year before the infamous “Richard Riot.”

Elsewhere on this day..

1958: Bernie Geoffrion records his 6th career hat trick and adds two assists in an 11-2 win over Chicago. Bert Olmstead added a goal and four assists.

1969: Captain Jean Beliveau’s four-point night (1G, 3A) leads the Canadiens to an 8-4 victory over the Oakland Seals.

1971: Rogie Vachon records his 12th career shutout in a 1-0 Canadiens win over the Los Angeles Kings.

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