Thursday, 28 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 28th Edition


Joe Malone as born on this day in 1890 (Photo: canadiens.com)

1929: Montreal Canadiens' goalie George Hainsworth and New York Americans' Roy Worters dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie.  Hainsworth tied an NHL record he had set four weeks earlier, with his sixth shutout in one month.

 
1933: Pit Lepine scored two goals 11 seconds apart in the third period as Montreal won 2-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.


1942: Terry Reardon scored three goals (for the only hat trick of his NHL career) and added three assists in the Canadiens' 8-3 win against the Brooklyn Americans.


1953: The Canadiens celebrated "Emile Bouchard Night" at the Forum, presenting the defenseman with an automibile and a telvision set. The Detroit Red Wings spoiled the party when they beat the Canadiens 4-3.


1957: Maurice Richard scored twice, and Jacques Plante recorded his 25th career shutout as the Canadiens won 3-0 over Detroit.


1959: Jean Beliveau scored his 8th career hat trick and added an assist, and Dickie Moore had a goal and three assists as the Canadiens won 6-1 against the New York Rangers.


1974: Claude Larose scored four goals, including his 3rd career hat trick as the Canadiens won 7-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  It came two nights after Larose had a hat trick in the Canadiens' 6-5 win at Atlanta.


1978: Guy Lafleur scored his 11th career hat trick and added three assists to give him 100 points for the season, in a 9-3 Canadiens' win against the Red Wings.


2011: The Canadiens deal Brett Festerling to the Atlanta Thrashers for Drew MacIntyre.


Habs Born on This Day: Jack McDonald (1887), Joe Malone (1890), Stephan Lebeau (1968)


Sources:
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 27th Edition

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Jackie Leclair (No. 8) in action for the Canadiens  (Action Press Photo)

1918: The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens traveled to Quebec City for the first neutral site game in NHL history. Ottawa won the game by a 3-1 decision.


1930: The New York Americans loaned goaltender Roy Worters to the Canadiens for one night.  “Shrimp” gave up a pair of goals in a 6-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Howie Morenz led the Canadiens' scoring with his 9th career hat trick.


1947: Maurice Richard scored his 11th career hat trick and added an assist as the Canadiens won 6-5 against the Chicago Black Hawks.


1954: Jacques Plante recorded the third shutout of his rookie season in the Canadiens' 5-0 win over the visiting New York Rangers.


1955: Rookie Jackie Leclair (pictured) scored twice and added two assists, and Maurice Richard had a goal and three assists in the Canadiens' 7-1 win over the New York Rangers.


1970: Minnesota North Stars purchased 41-year-old goaltender Gump Worsley from the Montreal Canadiens.  Worsley went on to play four and a half years with the North Stars, compiling a record of 39-37-24 with 2.62 GAA.


1979: Guy Lafleur scored his 100th point of the season, when he picked up an assist in a Canadiens' 7-3 loss to the Islanders at New York.


1986: Hall of Fame goaltender Jacques Plante dies of stomach cancer in Geneva, Switzerland.


1988: Montreal Captain Bob Gainey scored the only hat trick of his 15 year NHL career to lead the Canadiens to a 6-0 win over the Winnipeg Jetts. Brian Hayward recorded his 4th career shutout.


1993: Brian Bellows scores four goals (for his 8th career hat trick) in the Canadiens' 8-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres.


2012: The Canadiens trade Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators for a 2nd round pick in 2013 and a 5th round pick in 2013 which was previously acquired from Montreal  on February 17, 2012.


Habs Born on This Day: Paul Raymond (1913), Joe Benoit (1916), J.T. Wyman (1986)


Sources:
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 26th Edition


1927: George Hainsworth recorded the 10th shutout of his rookie season to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins.


1929: Hainsworth recorded his 18th shutout of the season (and the 45th of his career), and Howie Morenz scored two goals and an assist in the Canadiens' 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.


1944: Defenseman Mike McMahon had a goal and four assists to lead the Canadiens to a 10-2 win over the Bruins.


1947: Bill Durnan recorded his 10th career shutout in a 1-0 Canadiens' win over the Toronto Maple Leafs


1955: Doug Harvey picked up his 41st assist of the season, to set a new NHL record for assists by a defenseman, as the Canadiens won 4-1 over the Bruins. Harvey surpassed the old mark of 40 set by Toronto's Babe Pratt in 1943-44.


1961: Henri Richard scored a goal and added two assists as the Canadiens won 3-1 over the New York Rangers.


1967: Defenseman Carol Vadnais made his NHL debut as the Canadiens tied 2-2 at Chicago.  When the Canadiens' chartered bus didn't show, the team traveled to Chicago Stadium in a taxi, a police paddy wagon, and two police cruisers.


1972: Jacques Lemaire scored a goal and added three assists as the Canadiens won 8-1 over the Detroit Red Wings.


1975: Ken Dryden recorded his 100th career NHL victory in the Canadiens' 4-3 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.  Rookie Doug Risebrough led the scoring with two goals and an assist.


1977: Guy Lafleur scored his 100th point of the season, with an assist as the Canadiens extended their team-record home undefeated streak to 25 games (20-0-5), with a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Barons.


2008: The Canadiens trade Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for a 2nd round pick in 2009, that was later dealt to Atlanta (Jeremy Morin).


2009: The Canadiens traded Steve Begin to the Dallas Stars for Doug Janik

Sources:
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Monday, 25 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 25th Edition


Maurice Richard broke Joe Malone’s scoring record on February 25, 1945 (Photo: AP)

1940: The New York Rangers faced the Montreal Canadiens in the first hockey game televised in the U.S. The game aired on station W2XBS in New York, with one camera in a fixed position to 300 TV receivers in New York. The Rangers won the game 6-2.


1945: Maurice Richard breaks Joe Malone’s NHL record for most goals in a season. The Rocket scored his 45th goal in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.


1947: The Hockey Hall of Fame announced it’s newest members, including  Canadiens star Aurel Joliat. Other inductees included Frank Nighbor, Lester Patrick, Eddie Shore, and Fred "Cyclone" Taylor.


1954: Jacques Plante records his second career shutout in a scoreless tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


1971: Peter Mahovlich scores his first career hat trick in Montreal’s 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.


1987: Larry Robinson becomes the 4th NHL defenseman to reach 800 career points, in a 3-3 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks.


1990: Eric Desjardins scores the 15,000 goal in club history, during a 6-5 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues.


1997: Vincent Damphousse records his 500th career assist in the Habs’ 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.


2007: The Canadiens trade popular defenceman Craig Rivet and a 5th round pick (Julien Demers) in 2008 to the San Jose Sharks for Josh Gorges and a 1st round pick (Max Pacioretty) in 2007.

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 24th Edition

Lordy, Lordy look who’s 40! (Photo: Robert Skinner, La Presse)

1934: Pit Lepine’s 5th and final NHL hat trick leads the Canadiens toa 3-2 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1955: Doug Harvey ties Babe Pratt’s NHL record for defensemen with his 40th assist on the season. The Canadiens tied the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-1.

1965: Henri Richard scored his 4th career hat trick and added two assists in the Canadiens 6-1 win over the New York Rangers.

1976: Pete Mahovlich had a goal and three assists in the Habs 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

1984: The Canadiens fire coach Bob Berry and replace him with Jacques Lemaire.

1985: Bob Gainey had two goals, including the overtime winner, in Montreal’s 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.

1988: Stephane Richer scores two goals and adds three assists in a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

1990: The Canadiens set a team record with 61 shots on goal in an 11-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Russ Courtnall and Guy Carbonneau led the scoring with four points each. You can read more on that in a more detailed piece that I wrote a few years ago.

2011: The Canadiens trade Ben Maxwell and a 4th round pick (Josiah Didier) in 2011 (later re-acquired by Montreal) to the Atlanta Thrashers for Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes.

Habs Born on This Day: George Pargeter (1923), Jeff Brubaker (1958), Brian Savage (1971), Alex Kovalev (1973)

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 23rd Edition


It’s amazing how a puck to the groin can can mark the beginning of a Hall of Fame career.
Such was the case for the Montreal Canadiens on February 22, 1985 when goaltender Steve Penney, who marvelled fans in the previous post-season, took a puck to the groin during a team practice. With a pair of weekend games at the Forum approaching, the Habs called up a prospect from the Granby Bisons by the name of Patrick Roy.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 22nd Edition

 

1936: Toe Blake score his first NHL goal and Wilf Cude records his 14th career shutout as the Canadiens won 1-0 over the New York Americans.

1941: Blake scores a goal and adds three assists in the Habs’ 7-3 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1979: Michel Larocque recorded his 12th career shutout and Guy Lapointe added four assists in Montreal’s 12-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Habs Born on This Day: Des Smith (1914), Josef Balej (1982)

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 21st Edition

Danny Grant was born on this  day in 1946 (Photo: canadiens.com)

1921: Howie Morenz’s four-point night (2G, 2A) leads the Canadiens to a 6-4 win over the New York Americans

1928: George Hainsworth picks up his 23rd career shutout in a 0-0 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1959: Jacques Plante records his second consecutive shutout, as the Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins 6-0. Dickie Moore scored a goal and added four assists to lead the Habs scoring.

1987: Bobby Smith scores a hat trick (the last of his career) to give him 250 career NHL goals. Smith also picked up an assist, despite the Canadiens losing 6-5 to the New York Islanders.

Habs Born on This Day: Danny Grant (1946), James Wisniewski (1984)

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 20th Edition

 

Hockey in the great outdoors. (Photo: Dean Bicknell, Calgary Herald)

On this day in 2011, the Montreal Canadiens played the Calgary Flames in the second NHL Heritage Classic.

A crowd of 41,022 spectators braved the wind chilled –21 C temperatures at McMahon Stadium as the Flames won the game 4-0.

The “Faceoff in the Foothills” was the highest rated all-Canadian NHL game on American cable, bringing an average of 608,000 viewers.

The unpredicted change in temperature and wind chill at ice level that weekend forced ice maintenance crews to manually flood ice between periods, in fear of cracking the surface if they used an ice resurfacing machine. They also needed to make repairs as the game progressed.

The pace of the game was also much slower that the traditional indoor game, and players admitted challenges adapting to the ice surface. Canadiens defenseman James Wisniewski, who had suffered a black eye in the Habs previous game, stated it was the most uncomfortable time he ever had playing.

Events surrounding the main event included and alumni game the night before and an outdoor WHL game the following.

Also on this day..

1924: Canadiens fans patiently waited at the Mount Royal Arena, but went home without seeing a game. The visiting Ottawa Senators’ train was stuck in the snow 50 miles from Ottawa. The game was played the next night.

1954: Jacques Plante records the first of his 82 career NHL shutouts. In his fourth game filling in for the injured Gerry McNeil, the Canadiens rookie made 24 saves in a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Doug Harvey scored the winning goal.

1955: Looking to fill some injury gaps, the Canadiens purchased center Paul Ronty off waivers from the New York Rangers for $15,000. Ronty, who was a capable scorer on some bad Bruins and Rangers teams, played in four regular season games and five playoff games for the Canadiens. He didn’t register a single point.

Ronty, reportedly frustrated with being on losing teams in Boston and New York, had hinted at retirement in the 1954-55 season, prompting the Rangers to quickly offer him out. Only receiving a tryout offer over a guaranteed contract from the Canadiens the next season, Ronty retired at the age of 27.

1966: Dick Duff’s four points (2G, 2A) leads the Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers.

1971: Jean Beliveau records three assists in the Canadiens 7-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The third helper was Beliveau’s 700th in NHL career. The three-point night also gave him 1200 career points, to become the third player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

In the same game. Peter Mahovlich scored two goals in five seconds, one second shy of the NHL record, and Phil Roberto scored his first career hat trick.

1975: Steve Shutt’s goals and two assists leads the Canadiens to a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Scouts. The Canadiens extended their road undefeated streak to 20 straight games (12-0-8).

1994: The Canadiens obtain goalie Ron Tugnutt from Anaheim Mighty Ducks for forward Stephan Lebeau

1995: Patrick Roy plays in his 500th career game and backstops the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Habs Born on This Day: Wally Clune (1930), Pierre Bouchard (1948), Rick Green (1956),

 

Sources:

www.canadiens.com

www.greatesthockeylegends.com

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Name the Mystery Habs player

 

Think you know your Montreal Canadiens?

OK, see if you can name the goaltender pictured here.

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I’ll add a few clues, if nobody comes up with an answer.

Today in Habs History: February 19th Edition


Cristobal Huet celebrates the Canadiens historic shootout win on February 19, 2008. Photo: (David Boily/Canadian Press)
The Montreal Canadiens haven’t had a Stanley Cup to celebrate in nearly 20 years, but the events of February 19, 2008 may have been just as good for present-day Habs fans.
Facing the New York Rangers, the 2008 Canadiens accomplished what no other team in franchise history had ever done.
The Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky, Sean Avery scored 14 seconds apart and Brendan Shanahan added a power-play goal for a total of three goals in a n a five-minute span in the first period. Carey Price, who to this point had been stellar in his prior three starts,  was quickly chased for the Habs net, after allowing the trio of goals on just 11 shots in 13:56 of ice time.
It didn’t get any better for the Canadiens in the second period. Chris Higgins was sent to the penalty box for a double high-sticking minor and the top ranked Rangers power play units took advantage with goals from Shanahan and Chris Drury.
The visiting team was up 5-0 just 5:02 into the second period. The full house at the Bell Centre that Tuesday night was less than amused, as were fans watching in disbelief around the world.
But it wasn’t over. The Bell Centre fans stayed in their seats and those who didn’t turn off the game were in for something special. The players themselves weren’t giving up either.
Limited to just six shots in the second period, the home team managed to get a pair past Henrik Lunqvist , thanks to Michael Ryder.
Michael Ryder scores on Henrik Lundqvist–Feb 19, 2008
Michael Ryder scores his second of the night. February 19, 2008
It was now getting interesting, but could the Canadiens rally back with three more goals in the final 20 minutes. After all, a five-goal comeback had never been down before, not by Richard and the ‘50s dynasty, Beliveau and the forgotten dynasty of the ‘60s, or Lafleur and the ‘70s dynasty,
The answer would be yes!
Alex Kovalev put the home team within two goals at 6:43. Then nine seconds later….
Mark Streit deflects a Michael Ryder shot past Lundqvist–February 19, 2008
Canadiens were now within a single goal, with lots of time to play and they needed it.
A hooking call on Marek Malik at 14:22 of the final period was the opportunity the Canadiens would need to tie this game up.
With the man advantage Andrei Kostitsyn scooped up the puck in the corner and dished it out to the faceoff circle, where Kovalev one-timed it past Lunqvist.
Alex Kovalev ties the game against the Rangers–February 19, 2008.
There was a tremendous roar from the crowd as Kovlalev tumbled onto his back in celebration.
“When I was laying down, I could see that there was nobody sitting,” Kovalev said. “It’s unbelievable. The fans have always been great to me. It definitely makes you give more back and I’m trying to play as hard as I can for them. A game like this, we just had to keep playing and you never know what will happen.”
The Canadiens kept the Rangers to just five shots in the final period, and a pair in a scoreless five minutes of overtime.
It was off to the shootout, where Cristobal Huet stopped Shanahan and Drury. Lundqvist had done likewise on Andrei Markov.
The Canadiens second shooter would be captain Saku Koivu, and he delivered.

"I haven't been part of a game like this," Koivu said. "It was a pretty incredible atmosphere in the last 10, 15 minutes. It just shows how quickly things can turn around. They came back last game and tonight it was our turn."
Huet, who stopped 19 of 21 shots in regulation and overtime, was now left to face Jaromir Jagr and slammed the door shut, marking the greatest comeback in franchise history.
"What a great effort, what a great feeling at the end," said defenceman Mike Komisarek. "My ears are still ringing from that crowd."
The game was featured in the Canadiens DVD set, highlighting the ten greatest games in franchise history.
Five years later, a handful of Canadiens are on the current roster; Carey Price, Andrei Markov, Francis Bouillon, Tomas Plekanec and Josh Gorges.
Also on this day..
1955: Bernie Geoffion scores five goals and adds an assist in the Canadiens 10-2 win over the New York Rangers. Four of "Boom-Boo's" goals came on the power play, which still stands as a franchise record.Doug Harvey set a team record for assists by a defenseman with five in the same game.
1966: Dick Duff’s fist hat trick with the Canadiens leads them to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.
1977: Yvan Cournoyer’s two goals against the Philadelphia Flyers gives him 400 in his NHL career. “The Roadrunner” became the third player in franchise history to reach the milestone.
The Canadiens defeated Philadelphia 5-2, extending their unbeaten streak to 23 games (18-0-5).
In the same game, Jacques Lemaire scored his 300th goal to become the sixth Habs player to reach that mark.
1990: Russ Courtnall’s goal on a penalty shot gives him his second career hat trick, in a 5-5 tie with the Detroit Red Wings.
Habs Born on This Day: Gary Leeman (1964) Kyle Chipchura (1986)
Sources:
www.canadiens.com
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Monday, 18 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 18th Edition

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On this day in 1967, Rogatien “Rogie” Vachon made his NHL debut, facing the Detroit Red Wings. The first shot he faced came on a breakaway by Gordie Howe. Vachon made that stop and 40 more, earning the First Star in th Canadiens won 3-2.

1918: Georges Vezina records the first shutout in NHL history, as the Canadiens defeat the Toronto Hockey Club 9-0.

1925: Vezina records his 13th (and final) NHL shutout in a 1-0 win over the Montreal Maroons.

1945: The Canadiens’ Bill Durnan and the Black Hawks’ Mike Karakas dueled to a scoreless tie. It was Durnan’s third career shutout.

1970: Henri Richard becomes the fourth player in franchise history to score 300 goals. The Canadiens lost the game to the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 5-3 score.

1976: Guy Lafleur scores tow goals and adds three assists, and Steve Shutt added four points (2G, 2A) to lead the Canadiens in a 7-5 win over the Leafs.

1978: Rejean Houle’s four points (2G, 2A) led the Canadiens in a 9-4 win over the Colorado Rockies. The win extended Montreal’s undefeated streak to 26 games (21-0-5).

Habs Born on This Day:  Goldie Prodger (1891), Tom Johnson (1928), Dick Duff (1936), Alvin “Ab” McDonald (1936), Andy Moog (1960),

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 17th Edition

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1910: Playing in an exhibition game with his local senior team in Chicoutimi, Georges Vezina stops more than 60 Montrreal Canadiens shots in a 1-0 win. Shortly after, the Canandiens signed the goaltender, who remained with the team for 15 years.

1931: Howie Morenz becomes the third player in NHL history to score 200 goals, and George Hainsworth picked up his 58th career shutout, in Montreal’s 2-0 win over the Montreal Maroons.

1945: Maurice Richard’s 44th goals of the season ties him with Joe Malone for the NHL single-season record. The Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3.

1952: Elmer Lach records his 354th career assist to become the NHL’s all-time leader. The Canadiens lost the game 3-2 to the Maple Leafs.

1963: Bernie Geoffrion scores twice against the Detroit Red Wings making him the second player in Franchise history to score 350 goals. “Boom-Boom” aslo picked up an assist as the Canadiens won the game by a score of 6-1.

1968: Dick Duff’s 4th career hat trick leads the Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It would be Duff’s last three-goal game.

1974: In a televised game on NBC, the Canadiens and Flyers engage in a memorable bench-clearing brawl. Something I put together on that game, as part of Hockey Day in America 2011, for Eyes on the Prize.

1978: Rejean Houle scores his second career hat trick and Mario Tremblay records four points (1 G, 3A) in Montreal’s 8-2 win over the Washington Capitals. The Canadiens their undefeated streak to 25 games (20-0-5).

1979: Ken Dryden records his 46th (and final) career shutout ina 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals.

1981: The Canadiens trade defenseman Rick Chartraw to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2nd Round pick in 1983. The Canadiens would use the pick to select Claude Lemieux

1992: Patrick Roy’s 18th career shutout and Brent Gilchrist’s four point night (3G, 1A) lead the Canadiens to an 8-0 blowout of the Minnesota North Stars. It was Gilchrist’s first NHL hat trick.

2011: Montreal sends a 5th Round pick (Brian Cooper) in 2012, previously acquired from the Anaheim Ducks (December 31, 2010) back to Anaheim for defenseman Paul Mara

2012: The Canadiens trade Hal Gill and a conditional 5th round pick in 2013, which was later traded back to Montreal (February 27, 2012), to the Nashville Predators for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a 2nd round pick (Dalton Thrower) in 2012.

Habs Born on This Day: Paul Meger (1929), Vladimir Vujtek (1972)

Sources:

www.habsworld.net

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 16th Edition


Mathieu Schneider come back to the Habs for a second stint (Photo: Reuters)
1921: Newsy Lalonde’s five goals leads Montreal past the Hamilton Tigers by a 10-5 decision.
1952: Rookie Dickie Moore scores his firs career hat trick to lead Montreal to a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers
1961: Boom Boom Geoffrion records five points (2G, 3A), and Don Marshall scores his first career hat trick in the Habs’ 9-1 win over the Boston Bruins.
1964: Jean Beliveau scores his 12th career hat trick and adds an assist in the Canadiens’ 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
1980: Larry Robinson has four assists Montreal’s 8-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, extending the team’s home unbeaten strak to 33 games (30-0-3).
1987: Mats Naslund scored twice, adding two assists, and Guy Carbonneau scores his 100th career NHL goal in a 7-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Larry Robinson had four assists in the game.
2008: Carey Price makes 34 saves for his first career NHL shutout, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers.
2009: The Canadiens trade their 2nd round pick (Jeremy Morin) in 2009, and a 3rd round pick (Julian Melchiori) in 2010 to the Atlanta Thrashers for Mathieu Schneider (pictured) and a 3rd round pick (Joonas Nattinen) in 2009
Sources:
www.habsword.net
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Friday, 15 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 15th Edition

1947: Maurice Richard scores a natural hat trick, and adds an assist, as the Canadiens drew to a 4-4 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the 10th hat trick of Richard’s career.

1959: Jean Beliveau records two assists in the Habs’ 5-1 win over the New York Rangers. The helpers gave Beliveau 400 career points in 362 games. Montreal goaltender Jacques Plante reached the 30-win plateau for the fifth straight season.

1968: Rogie Vachon’s fifth career shutout leads Montreal to a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

1975: Guy Lapointe (pictured) becomes the first Canadiens defenseman to reach 20 goals, in a 12-3 win over the Chicago Black Hawks. Yvan Cournoyer scored five goals and added two assists.

1978: Guy Lafleur records four points (2G, 2A) in the Canadiens’ 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. The victory extended Montreal’s undefeated streak to 24 games (19-0-6), setting a new NHL record.

Habs Born on This Day: Phil Stevens (1893), Sebastien Bordeleau (1975)

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 14th Edition

Chris Nilan set a Habs record with 39 penalty minutes in a single game (Photo: AP)

1934: Canadiens Howie Morenz and Aurel Joliat represent the NHL All-Stars in the Ace Bailey Benefit Game. Joliat assisted on Morenz’s goal, but the All-Stars lost 7-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game raised $20,909.40 for Bailey, who’s playing career ended when he suffered a fractured skull on December 13, 1933, after a hit from the Bruins Eddie Shore.

1951: The Canadiens traded defenseman Hal Laycoe to the Boston Bruins for Ross Lowe. Lowe played in a pair of playoff games for the Habs in the 1950-51 season, and suited up for 31 games in 1951-52, wearing the No. 4 sweater. It would be his last NHL season.

Ross Lowe died in a drowning accident on Lake Haliburton, ON in August of 1955, at the age of 26.

Laycoe’s name would turn up in Canadiens’ lore in 1955, for taking part in the skirmish with Maurice Richard, that would lead to the latter’s suspension.

1981: Doug Risebrough scores his 100th career NHL goal in Montreal’s 6-1 win over the Washington Capitals. In the same game, Chris Nilan set a team record with 39 penalty minutes.

1990: Shayne Corson’s two goals and four assists leads the Canadiens in 10-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Stephane Richer had two goals and five assists, picking up a point in each of his first five shifts on the ice.

Habs Born on This Day: Bobby Boucher (1904), Murph Chamberlain (1915), Bernie Geoffrion (1931), Petr Svoboda (1966), Howie Glover (1969), Sean Hill (1970), Tom Pyatt (1987)

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 13th Edition

(Photo: canadiens.com)

On this day in 1936, the Canadiens sent goaltender Lorne Chabot to the Montreal Maroons. In return, the Canadiens receive Hector "Toe" Blake, Bill Miller and the rights to Ken Grivel.

Chabot had just been reacquired by the Canadiens from the Chicago Black Hawks for cash a week earlier.

After a Vezina-winning campaign the season prior in the Windy City, Chabot had missed the start of 1935-36 season due to a knee injury he suffered in training camp. He lost the starting job to Mike Karakas and was suspended when he refused to report to the minors.

The last place Canadiens, who traded Chabot as part of the Howie Morenz deal years earlier, were quick to take him back. But it wasn’t for long.

The Maroons at the time were desperate for goaltending. Alex Connell had gone into temporary retirement and Bill Beveridge, despite a respectable season, was suffering the strain of being an NHL goaltender.

Sitting just at the .500 level, and still in the hunt for top position in the NHL’s Canadian Division,the Maroons were willing to give up some younger talent for Chabot’s services.

It was a short-term win for the Maroons. Their new goaltender carried the team through the final sixteen regular season games and into the playoffs, before falling to the Detroit Red Wings. The next October, the financially struggling Maroons sold Chabot the the New York Americans.

Long term, and it really was a long term, the deal clearly benefitted the Canadiens

Miller, who played center and defence, would score three points in the final 17 games of the Habs’ 1935-36 season and played all 48 games of the 1936-37 campaign, picking up four points. Miller donned the No. 6 sweater that season, with Blake wearing the No. 16 sweater.

With a successful lumber business in his native Campbellton, New Brunswick, Miller decided to retire in May of 1937. Ken Grivel never played in the NHL.

Blake, as we all know, would go on to have a Hall of Fame career as a player with the Canadiens, shortened by a career-ending ankle injury in 1948, and become the winningest coach in franchise history.

He retired as Canadiens head coach in 1968, 32 years after he was traded to the Habs.

Also on this day…

1946: Mauruce Richard’s four points (2G, 2A) leads the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

1999: Jeff Hackett earns his 100th career victory, and 17th career shutout, in Montreal’s 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers.

2001: Trevor Linden scores his 300th career NHL goal. The Canadiens were on the losing side of a 3-2 decision with the Colorado Avalanche.

Habs Born on This Day: Gaston Gingras (1959)

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

www.greatesthockeylegends.com

Windsor Daily Star, May 15, 1937 “Bill Miller Quits Hockey”

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 12th Edition


Habs rookie Alex Galchenyuk turns 19 today (Photo: Canadiens.com)
1929: The Canadiens recall Herb Gardiner form the Chicago Black Hawks. Gardiner had been on loan from Montreal and was player coach, Dick Irvin took over as interim coach in Chicago.
On the same night, George Hainsworth’s 15th shutout of the season leads the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1964: Bernie Geoffrion scores two goals in the Canadiens 4-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Geoffrion tied Ted Lindsay with 365 career NHL goals, good at the time for third all-time behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard. Charlie Hodge picked up his 11th career shutout.
1966: Dick Duff scores his 200th career NHL goal and adds an assist in a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Black Hawks.
1967: John Ferguson scores his only NHL hat trick in Montreal’s 4-4 tie with the New York Rangers.
1975: Larry Robinson scores a goal and adds an assist in Montreal’s 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The draw extended the Canadiens NHL-record unbeaten streak to 17 games (10-0-7).
1992: Stephan Lebeau scores his first career hat trick and adds an assist in Montreal’s 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.
2010: P.K. Subban makes his NHL debut, picking up an assist, despite a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers

Habs Born On This Day: Jacques Locas (1926), Bobby Smith (1958), Frederic Chabot (1968), Alex Galchenyuk (1994)
Sources:
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Monday, 11 February 2013

Today In Habs History: February 11th Edition

On this day in 1971, Jean Beliveau scored three goals against the Minnesota North Stars. It was his final NHL hat trick, and the third goal was the 500th of his illustrious career.

One of the best online accounts on this milestone was put together in 2011 by Francis Bouchard, an avid Habs historian and has an extensive collection of photographs and videos.

Bouchard’s article for EyesOnThePrize gives an excellent account of the night, as well as a look back from North Stars’ goaltender Gilles Gilbert.

Also on this day…

1925: Georges Vezina becomes the first Montreal Canadiens goaltender to win 100 NHL games. The miletsone came in the Habs 10-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Aurel Joliat scored a hat trick and added two assists to lead the scoring.

1939: The Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs tie 3-3 in a penalty-free game.

1959: Jean Beliveau’s seventh career hat trick leads Montreal to a 5-2 win over Toronto.

1969: Beliveau scores four goals in the Canadiens’ 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. It was Beliveaus’ third four-goal game of his career. Yvan Cournoyer had a goal and four assists on the night.

1982: The Canadiens with their 2000th game in franchise history with a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Steve Shutt scored the game winning. It was Shutt’s 350th career NHL goal, becoming the 8th player in franchise history to reach the mark.

1993: Montreal’s Andre Racicot and the Philadelphia’s Tommy Soderstrom duel to a scoreless tie between the Canadiens and Flyers.

Habs Born On This Day: Jaroslav Spacek (1974)

Sources:

www.sihrhockey.org

www.habseyesontheprize.com

www.hhof.com

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 10th Edition

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1942: The Canadiens fall 8-1 to the Boston Bruins. More importantly it was the last game for Boston’s famous Kraut Line before heading off to military service. The Canadiens and Bruins both acknowledged the trio following the game. More on that can be seen and read at Eyes On The Prize.

1945: Maurice Richard scores twice in Montreal’s 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. It was The Rocket’s 42nd and 43rd goals on the season, one shy of Joe Malone’s NHL single-season record.

1946: Bill Durnan records his seventh career shutout in the Canadiens 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins. Glen Harmon scored a goal and had an assist in the victory.

1962: Jacques Plante reaches the 30-win mark for the seventh straight season, in the Canadiens 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1972: Guy Lafleur scores a hat trick and adds an assist in the Habs’ 7-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks. It was Lafleur’s third three-goal game on the season, becoming the first rookie in modern NHL history to accomplish this. Frank Mahovlich had a goal and four assists on the night. More on Lafleur’s night can be read in my story at EOTP.

1980: Guy Lafleur picked up his 100th point of the season in a 3-2 win over the Bruins. It was Lafleur’s sixth consecutive 100-point season, and also his last.

1992: Denis Savard scores a hat trick and adds an assist in the Canadiens 8-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It was Savard’s only hat trick in a Mintreal uniform. He also reached the 400-goal plateau on the evening.

Habs Born On This Day: Peter Popovic (1968), Mike Ribeiro (1980)

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 9th Edition


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Guy Lafleur receives the record-setting puck from Guy Carbonneau (Photo: John Mahoney, Montreal Gazette)



On this day in 1984, Guy Lafleur became the Montreal Canadiens all-time scoring leader, surpassing Jean Beliveau to take the top spot.


Lafleur scored a hat trick (his first since October of 1982) and added an assist, against the visiting Vancouver Canucks, to give him 1223 career points. Entering the game tied with Beliveau an assist on a Perry Turnbull power-play goal, in the second period, put Le Demon Blond at the top of the heap.


The Forum crowd gave a thunderous ovation, when it was announced that there was a new franchise scoring leader. “I’m glad to get it over with,” Lafleur said, following the game. “The more you wait, the more pressure there is.”


Despite the scoring from Lafleur, and a three-goal lead with 23 minutes left to play, the Canadiens lost the game 7-6 to the Vancouver Canucks.


“It would have been a lot greater if we had won the game,” said Lafleur, who noted it was a team failure and not an individuals. “We just stopped checking in the third period. We just sat back and waited for them to come to us. It was our own fault. We gave them this game.”


The Canadiens faithful at the Forum however  directed their frustration at goaltenders Rick Walmsley and Richard Sevigny. By game’s end, fans were calling the name of Vladislav Tretiak, who was at the time playing in his final Winter Olympics. At the time it was no secret that the Canadiens were in deep negotiations with the Soviets to obtain their goalie’s services.


Also on this day…

Friday, 8 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 8th Edition

1934: Aurel Joliat is honoured by the Canadiens for playing in his 500th career NHL game. The Canadiens lost 3-2 to the Montreal Maroons.

1976: Ken Dryden records his 26th career shutout in the Canadiens 3-0 win over the New York Rangers.

1979: Guy Lafleur and Bob Gainey each score a goal in Team NHL’s 4-2 victory, over the Soviet National Team, in Game One of the Challenge Cup Series.

2000: Trevor Linden scores a hat trick, but the Canadiens fall 5-4 in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers.

Habs Born on This Day: Sean Shanahan (1951), Kirk Muller (1966), Duncan Milroy (1983),

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 7th Edition

 

1933: George Hainsworth records his 71st career NHL shutout in a 2-0 over Toronto. The whitewash made the Canadiens netminder the all-time shutout leader.

2002: Jose Theodore records his second consecutive shutout in the Canadiens 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Habs Born on This Day: Marc Reaume (1934), Yves Racine (1969), David Aebischer (1978),

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 6th Edition


Ray Getliffe scored 5 goals against Boston on this day in 1943 (Photo: HHOF)
1918: Joe Malone extends his goal-scoring streak to 14 games, from the start of the season, with his 35th goal. The Canadiens lost 6-3 to Ottawa.


1943: Ray Getliffe scores five goals and adds an assist to lead the Canadiens to an 8-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Elmer Lach had six assists, and Joe Benoit had a goal and four assists.


1955: Maurice Richard scores four goals and adds an assist in Montreal’s 7-3 win over the New York Rangers.


1960: Bernie Geoffrion scores his ninth career hat trick and adds an assist in the Canadiens 5-3 win over the Bruins.


1966: Gump Worsley records his 27th career shutout in the Habs 4-0 win over the Rangers.


1983: Richard Sevigny records his third career shutout in a 2-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets.


1993: The Canadiens host the 44th NHL All-Star Game. In the last All-Star Game to be played at the Montreal Forum, the Wales Conference defeated the Campbell Conference 16-6.

Patrick Roy and Kirk Muller represented the Canadiens on the ice, and former Habs Henri Richard and Frank Mahovlich were honorary captains for the Wales and Campbell teams, respectively.


2014: Max Pacioretty scores a hat trick in the Canadiens 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Pacioretty was also awarded two penalty shots in the second period (an NHL record) but did not score on either.


Habs Born on This Day: Harry Cameron (1890), Yvan Joly (1960)


Sources:
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 5th Edition

 

1950: Doug Harvey’s three assists leads the Canadiens to a 4–3 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1953: Maurice Richard (1G, 1A) and Elmer Lach (2 A) each record two points ,and Gerry McNeil records his 9th shutout of the season, in the Canadiens 2-0 win over the Toronto Mpale Leafs.

1966: Jean Beliveau records tow assists to give 500 in his NHL career. The Canadiens and Red Wings duelled to a 2-2 tie,

1975: Guy Lafleur scored a goal and added three assists in Montreal’s 8-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings

1980: Richard Sevigny and Denis Herron share the shutout in the Canadiens 7-0 victory over the Minnesota North Stars. Pierre Larouche scored his 8th career hat trick, adding an assist, and Rejean Houle had four assists to lead the scoring.

2002: The Canadiens end a 15-game winless drought in New Jersey (0-13-2) with a 1-0 win over the Devils. Jose Theodore recorded the shutout. It was the Habs fist win in the Garded State since 1993.

Habs Born on This Day: Larry Hillman (1937), Norm Dupont (1957)

Monday, 4 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 4th Edition

(Guy Lafleur salutes his Forum fans –photo: HHOF)

Fans of the Montreal Canadiens have seen numerous former players return in opposing uniform, to the Montreal Forum or the Bell Centre, over the years.

But no player has ever received the welcome that Guy Lafleur did, and it actually happened twice.

In his final season with the Canadiens, Lafleur was not happy with the way his coach, and former teammate, Jacques Lemaire was using him on the ice. In his previous 13 seasons, the Canadiens right winger never went with less than 21 goals. Nineteen games into his last campaign, he had just a pair of goals and was getting far less ice time. At the age of 33, Lafleur decided to retire, even though he still loved the game.

After a brief stint with the Canadiens front office, Lafleur spent the better part of two years thinking about what to do next. "I didn't want to wake up when I was 50 and be second-guessing myself, telling myself I should have given it another shot," he said. In the summer of 1988, shortly after the announcement that he would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Lafleur and his agent began contacting NHL teams. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings both reportedly passed on Lafleur’s services, but the New York Rangers were certainly interested.

Four years after his retirement, the 37-year old winger was with the Rangers, where a 20-year old defenseman was just breaking in. “At first I didn't think it was such a great idea, him coming to training camp," said Brian Leetch, who himself would have a Hall of Fame career, "but then I saw him in the first practice skate faster than me and most of the other guys, and I realized, 'Christ, this guy has something the rest of us don't have.' "

As the 1988-89 season progressed, fans in Montreal waited in anticipation for Lafleur’s return to the Forum since the season. many in the Montreal media were covering Lafleur’s progress as if he still played for the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.

The Rangers paid their first visit to the Forum in December, but Lafleur had suffered a  a fractured foot, in the previous game, and couldn’t play. Those who paid over $300 a ticket from scalpers would be disgruntled, but they at least got a glimpse of the living legend.

The Canadiens honored “Le Demon Blond” in a pre-game ceremony acknowledging his induction into the Hall of Fame. Lafleur  received a two-minute ovation, with the fans cheering, “Guy!, Guy!, Guy!” and it extended another 60 seconds as he donned a Rangers sweater.

On February 4, 1989, the Canadiens faithful finally got to see what they paid for, and they certainly got their money’s worth. The chants of “Guy!, Guy! Guy!” started as soon as the Forum doors opened, an hour and a half before game time. They again rose to their feet and applauded, as Lafleur skated onto the ice with his Rangers teammates.

“When I first stepped onto the ice, it was something else,” said Lafleur, who admitted being nervous during the pre-game skate. “I got a good feeling inside. I was proud to be here.”

With the Canadiens taking an early lead, the Rangers responded with Lafleur assisting on the Rangers first goal by David Shaw, at 4:19 of the second period.

The second period was vintage Lafleur. With the Rangers leading 3-2, he was left unattended in front of the Canadiens goal by Chris Chelios and Craig Ludwig. He picked up the rebound off of Jason Lafreniere’s shot to beat Patrick Roy at 10:57. The crowd went crazy as the Rangers celebrated.

Six minutes later, Lafleur picked up a loose puck at center ice, and headed towards the Canadiens end. Rick Green and Peter Svoboda were all that stood between him and Roy. Seeing Svoboda was going to play the puck, Lafleur tipped it past the Canadiens defender and raced past him. He moved in on Roy and put it between the pads of the Habs goaltender at 16:44.

The ovation this time was possibly louder than the previous one. As renowned Canadiens historian Robert Lefebvre once wrote, “In the distinct 100 year history of the hockey club, no opponents' goal would ever be cheered as much.”

The Rangers had a three-goal lead (Shayne Corson scored to narrow it to two by period’s end) and the home team openly admitted they were a bit star-struck. “For a long time we were Lafleur watchers rather than playing our game," said veteran defenceman Larry Robinson, who shared five Stanley Cup with his former teammate.

The thoughts were also carried by several others, including Stephane Richer, who idolized Lafleur as a kid. “All the French kids in Quebec wanted to be Guy Lafleur,” said Richer, who had become the last Canadiens player since Lafleur to score 50 goals. “I know how I feel playing against him, and I know there were times in the game when I was just standing and watching him."

Pat Burns was watching from the Canadiens bench, and he was not happy with what was happening. He rallied his team, likely enhanced with some screaming between periods and they responded. The Habs scored four unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to escape with a 7-5 win. Corson scored the game-winner and added an empty-net goal for the hat trick.

Not on the ice for any of the Montreal goals and his three-point night was enough to warrant him the game’s Second Star. “He’s a proud hockey player,” said Rangers coach Michel Bergeron, “Tonight he wanted to prove to the Montreal fans that he could play again, and that’s what he did.” Had the fans been allowed to vote, as they do now, he easily would have been the First Star, no matter the outcome on the evening.

“It was my best game of the year,” said Lafleur, who despite his coach’s thoughts, said he didn’t come to prove anything. “I just wanted to play my best and give something back to the fans. In a way I’m sad we lost.”

For the fans they couldn’t have asked for more. The home team won, and one of the all-time greats to wear the “CH” performed as he had for years. “I don’t think fans will ask for their money back,” said Patrick Roy after the game was over.

 

Guy Lafleur returns to the Forum February 4, 1989–Video from CBC archives

 

Elsewhere on his day:

1928: The Canadiens’ George Hainsworth and the Maroons’ Clint Benedict battle to a 0-0 tie. It was Hainsworth’s 22nd career shutout.

1934: Lorne Chabot’s 61st career shutout snaps Montreal’s 12-game road winless streak. The Canadiens defeated the New York Americans 2-0.

1979: Pierre Mondou scores his first career hat trick in the Habs’ 8-4 win over the Washington Capitals. Guy Lafleur (2G, 3A) and Steve Shutt (1G, 4A) each had five points.

1988: Bobby Smith scores a goal and adds an assist to reah 800 career NHL points and 350 points as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs lost 7-3 to the Boston Bruins.

1990: Patrick Roy records his 12th career shutout in Montreal’s 2-0 win over the Hartford Whalers.

1991: Mike McPhee scores his third (and final) career hat trick and adds an assist in the Canadiens’ 5-3 win over the Minnesota North Stars.

1994: Patrick Roy records his 26th career shutout and Vincent Damphousse scores his 8th career hat trick in the Canadiens’ 4-0 win over the Capitals.

Habs Born on This Day: Reg Abbott (1930), Ernie Roche (1930), Denis Savard (1961)

 

Sources

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

www.habseyesontheprize.com – “Kovalev’s Return Recalls Lafleur’s Forum Comeback”

People Magazine, February 6, 1989,  Vol 31. No. 5, “Guy Lafleur, Hockey’s Faded Flower, Blooms Anew in New York” – Alan Richman

Achorage Daily News/AP, February 5, 1989, “Lafleur thrills his fans in return to Montreal”

Record-Journal/AP, February 6, 1989, “Montreal Fans get their Guy”

Boston Globe, February 5, 1989, “Forum for Nostalgia Rangers’ Lafleur Nets Two in his Return to Montreal”

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 3rd Edition

 

1951: Maurice Richard scores his 17th career hat trick and adds an assist to lead the Canadiens past the Boston Bruins 4-1.

1968: Jean Beliveau scores a goal and adds two assists in the Canadiens 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The win set a a club record with their 12th straight victory.

1973: Rookie defenseman Larry Robinson scores his first NHL goal in the Canadiens 7-1 win over the Kings.

1979: Steve Shutt scores his 7th career hat trick and Larry Robinson adds two goals and an assist in Montreal’s 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1990: Patrick Roy records his 11th career shutout as the Habs defeat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0.

Habs Born on This Day: Mathieu Dandineault (1976), Andrei Kostitsyn (1985), Blake Geoffrion (1988)

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 2nd Edition

 

Former Habs netminder Steve Penney was born on this day in 1961

 

1918: Joe Malone scores five goals, extending his goal scoring streak from the start of the NHL season to 13 games, as the Canadiens won 11-2 over Toronto. The five-goal evening gave Malone 34 on the year.

1929: George Hainsworth recorded his 14th shutout of the season and Aurel Joliat scored the lone goal in the Habs’ 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators.

1969: Jean Beliveau scores his 16th career hat trick and adds an assist in Montreal’s 6-4 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1985: Mike McPhee scores his first career hat trick and Ryan Walter collects four points (1G, 3A) as the Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-1.

1995: Lyle Odelein ties the Canadiens team record for assists by a defenseman in a single game. Odelein had five helpers in Montreal’s 9-2 victory over the Hartford Whalers. He shares the record with Doug Harvey and Sheldon Souray.

Habs Born on This Day: Steve Penney (1961), Kjell Dahlin (1963),

Friday, 1 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 1st Edition

 

Mark Recchi was born on this day in 1968

 

1919: Georges Vezina recorded his second career shutout as the Canadiens crushed the Toronto Arenas 10-0.

1948: Elmer Lach scores his final hat trick in the Canadiens 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins. Bill Durnan earned the shutout, the 16th of his career.

1964: Bobby Rosseau’s five goals, including his first career hat trick, leads the Habs to a 9-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

1969: Jean Beliveau beats Ed Giacomin for his 450th career goal, as the Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 5-2

1970: Ralph Backstrom scored his 4th career hat trick in Montreal’s 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

1977: Guy Lafleur scores a goal and adds three assists in a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Barons. It was the first game in Lafleur’s NHL record-setting 28-game point streak, a record later broken by Wayne Gretzky (51 games).

1992: Guy Carbonneau scored his 200th career NHL goal in the Canadiens’ 4-3 win over Detroit.

Habs Born on This Day: Des Roche (1909), Mike McMahon (1915), Patrik Carnback (1968), Mark Recchi (1968)