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)