Sunday, 17 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 17th Edition


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)


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