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)