Saturday, 30 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 30th Edition

(photo: Hockey Hall of Fame)

 

And so it began. On March 30, 1916, the Montreal Canadiens  (then with the NHA) won their first of 24 Stanley Cups, defeating the PCHA Portland Rosebuds 2-1.

 

Though clearly acknowledged by the Canadiens and their fans and followers, it is often a Stanley Cup overlooked by the NHL, which formed in the 1917 season, and is not always noted on league merchandise.

 

The Cup Series also featured the first American team to compete for the Cup. The Rosebuds had battled back in the fourth game, two days prior, nearly losing the lead to force the fifth and deciding game.

 

Defenseman George “Goldie” Prodger scored the Habs first Cup-winning goal, at 17:20 of the third period. For their efforts, each player received $238 for the victory.

 

Elsewhere on this day…

Friday, 29 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 29th Edition

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Guy Lafleur joins the 50-goal club. (Photo: Denis Brodeur)

 

March 29th, 1975 put Guy Lafleur among the elite in the scoring ranks of the Montreal Canadiens.

 

Playing the Kansas City Scouts, Le Demon Blond would join Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion as the third 50-goal scorer in franchise history,

 

A great look back at this milestone from Francis Bouchard can be read at Eyes On The Prize.

 

Also on this day…

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 27th Edition

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This goaltender, born on March 27, 1939,  was a Memorial Cup winner, a two-time Allan Cup winner and World Champion. He only played a single period in the NHL, as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. His name, after the jump. (Photo: sihrhockey.org)

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 26th Edition

 

1919: In the longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history, the Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans played 100 minutes of overtime without scoring a goal. The goalies were Georges Vezina and Harry Holmes. It was the first 0-0 tie in NHL playoff history.

 

1924: The Canadiens trade Billy Boucher to the Vancouver Millionaires (PCHL) for Charlie Cotch, and send Billy Cameron to Vancouver for cash.

 

1931: Sylvio Mantha scored the lone goal & George Hainsworth got his 5th career playoff shutout in a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

 

1946: Toe Blake scored three power play goals to lead the Canadiens to a 7-2 win over the Chicago Black Hawks, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. The victory gave the Canadiens a four-game sweep, and advanced them to the Finals.

 

1950: Montreal set an NHL record with their 19th tie of the season, and Maurice Richard scored a goal to become the 4th NHL player to get 250 career goals in a 3-3 tie with  Boston.

 

1959: Dickie Moore scored a goal and added three assists as the Canadiens won 5-1 over the Black Hawks, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

 

1960: Moore scored twice and added an assist and Doug Harvey got the winning goal at 8:38 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 win over Chicago, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

 

1961: In one of the greatest goaltending duels in playoff history, the Canadiens fall short in a 1-0 triple-overtime decision to the Black Hawks. Glenn Hall made 53 saves for Chicago, while Jacques Plante made 43 for Montreal, in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

 

1964: Montreal won 2-0 over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. There were 31 penalties, a new Stanley Cup single game record, breaking the old mark of 29 set by Toronto & Detroit on March 25, 1952.

 

1977: Ken Dryden recorded his 35th career shutout as the Canadiens extended their NHL-record home undefeated streak to 32 straight games (27-0-5) with a 4-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

1981: Pierre Larouche scored his 9th career hat trick and added an assist, and Mark Napier had a goal and three assists as the Canadiens extended their home unbeaten streak to 24 games (22-0-2) with an win 8-2 against the Calgary Flames.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Roger Leger (1919)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Monday, 25 March 2013

Today In Habs History: March 25th Edition

 

1924: Montreal beat Calgary 3-0 in Game Two of the Finals (played in Ottawa), to become the 1924 Stanley Cup Champions. Georges Vezina got the shutout as the Canadiens won their first Cup since the formation of the NHL in 1917-18.

 

1950: Bill Durnan recorded his 34th (and final) career shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 4-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

1952: Maurice Richard scored twice and added an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 5-1 playoff win over the Boston Bruins, in Game One of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. It was Richard's 8th straight game with a goal, tying his own NHL playoff record.

 

1954: Dickie Moore scored two goals and added four assists for an NHL record six points in an 8-1 playoff win over the Bruins, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. The playoff record lasted for 29 years.

 

1958: Phil Goyette scored a hat trick, and Maurice Richard had two goals and two assists as the Canadiens won 8-1 over the Detroit Red Wings, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

 

1978: Ken Dryden recorded his 41st career shutout in the Canadiens' 5-0 win over the Capitals.

 

1980: Pierre Larouche became the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals with two different NHL teams. Number 50 with the Canadiens in an 8-4 win over Chicago, after previously scoring 53 goals for Pittsburgh in 1975-76. In the same game, Steve Shutt became the first player in NHL history to score a goal against 20 teams in one season.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Bert Gardiner (1917), Pat Hughes (1955), Dwight Schofield (1956)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 24th Edition

 

1928: The Montreal Canadiens became the 1st NHL team to end a season with consecutive shutouts, as George Hainsworth had his 13th of the year in a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators.

 

1942: Rookie defenseman Emile Bouchard scored the first goal of his NHL career to help the Canadiens to a 5-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings, in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup Quarter-Final playoff series.

 

1946: Toe Blake scored twice and added two assists in the Canadiens' 8-2 win over the Chicago Black Hawks, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

 

1949: Rookie Gerry Plamondon scored a hat trick, including the winning goal at 2:59 of overtime, and an assist and Billy Reay had a goal and 3 assists as the Canadiens won 4-3 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals against Detroit.

 

1955: Emile Bouchard established a new NHL record by playing in his 102nd career Stanley Cup game. Montreal won 3-1 over the Boston Bruins, in Game 2 of the Semi-Finals.

 

1968: Toe Blake became the second coach in history to win 500 career NHL games, when the Canadiens beat the Black Hawks, 7-2.

 

1971: "Jean Beliveau Night" was celebrated at the Forum in Montreal. The Canadiens won 5-3 over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers, with Beliveau picking up an assist.

 

1979: Guy Lafleur became the 7th player in franchise history to score 350 goals as a member of the Canadiens. The milestone came in a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

 

1983: Rookie Guy Carbonneau scored his fifth shorthanded goal to tie an NHL rookie record, as the Canadiens won 5-3 over the Minnesota North Stars.

 

1990: Stephane Richer scored his 5th career hat trick, including his 50th goal of the season for the second time in his career. The Canadiens lost the game 7-4 to the Hartford Whalers.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Doug Jarvis (1955), Ron Hainsey (1981)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 23rd Edition


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Photo: canadiens.com
Maurice Richard’s playoff performance on March 23, 1944 certainly had the hockey world’s attention, as to just what was to be unleashed over the next 16 years.

With his first full NHL season in the books, the Rocket, nearly deemed a bust prospect a season prior , scored 32 goals and finished third in team scoring behind line mates Elmer Lach and Toe Blake.

The Montreal Canadiens as a whole dominated the NHL, finishing first overall with a 38-5-7 record. Their opponents in the Stanley Cup Semi-Final would be the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Today In Habs History: March 22nd Edition

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Toe Blake celebrates Maurice Richard’s goal on 3/22/1947. Toe’s assist gave him 500 points in his NHL career. (Photo: Roger St-Jean)

March 22 has certainly had it’s share of milestones and moments over the years. Thanks to Francis Bouchard for finding this rare color photo from 1947.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Today In Habs History: March 21st Edition

 

1929: The Canadiens acquire Nick Wasnie from Newark (Can-Am League) for cash.
 
1939: Claude Bourque became the third rookie goalie in NHL history to get a shutout in his first career Stanley Cup playoff game, a 2-0 Canadiens' win over the Detroit Red Wings.
 
1948: Elmer Lach scored twice in the final game of the season to win the Art Ross Trophy by one point over the New York Rangers' Buddy O'Connor. The habs lost the game 4-3 to the Boston Bruins, keeping the Canadiens out of the playoffs for the first time since 1940.
 
1965: Ralph Backstrom scored his first career hat trick to lead the Canadiens to a 5-2 win over Boston.
 
1970: Claude Provost became just the second player in Montreal history to appear in 1,000 games with the Canadiens. The milestone came in a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Rogie Vachon recorded his 11th career shutout in the game.
 
1973: Frank Mahovlich scored a goal to become the fifth NHL player -- and third Montreal Canadien -- to score 500 career goals. It came in Mahovlich's 1,105th career NHL game, a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
 
1987: Bobby Smith scored a goal and added four assists to lead the Canadiens to a 9-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
 

Habs Born On This Day: Roland Lafleur (1899), Joe Carveth (1918), Terry Gray (1938), Ed Ronan (1968)


 


Sources:


www.hhof.com


www.sihrhockey.org

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Today In Habs History: March 20th Edition


Ken and Dave Dryden shake hands at centre ice, following their historic meeting 3/20/1971
Dave Dryden told me once that on the eve of this historic meeting, his little brother Ken offered to go out for dinner. The rookie, tight with his money, took him to Harvey’s.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 19th Edition

 

1927: The Canadiens became the first team in NHL history to shut out the same opponent four straight times, when George Hainsworth recorded the 13th shutout of his rookie season in a 5-0 win over the visiting Montreal Maroons.

 

1944: Ray Getleffe scored two goals and two assists as Montreal beat the New York Rangers 6-1 to finish the 1943-44 regular season 25 points ahead of second-place Detroit, a new NHL record. Rookie goalie Bill Durnan tied an NHL record with his 38th win of the year.

 

1952: Gerry McNeil recorded his fifth shutout of the season (and the 12th of his career) in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

1961: Jean Beliveau scored a goal for his 600th career NHL point, as the Canadiens won 2-0 over the Detroit Red Wings. The goal gave Beliveau 90 points, including an NHL record 58 assists, for the season. Jacques Plante got his 49th career shutout. The victory, on the last game of the season, allowed the Habs to finish first overall in the NHL standings for the fourth consecutive year.

 

1966: Beliveau picked up two assists during Canadiens' 6-2 win over the Rangerrs, to give him 900 career NHL points in 804 regular season games.

 

1967: Henri Richard scored the 5th (and final) hat trick of his NHL career, and added an assist as the Canadiens tied the Chicago Black Hawks 4-4.

 

1986: Larry Robinson became the fourth player in Montreal Canadiens' history to reach the 1,000 game mark in his NHL career in a 6-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

 

1988: Patrick Roy picked up his 5th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win against the Chicago.

 

2002: The Habs traded future considerations to the Los Angeles Kings for Stephane Fiset.

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.com

Monday, 18 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 18th Edition

 

1930: Howie Morenz scored five goals (his 10th career hat trick) in the Canadiens' 8-3 win over the New York Americans. Morenz became the fifth Canadiens player in NHL history to socre five goals in a game.

1933: George Hainsworth became the first goalie in NHL history to record 75 career shutouts, as the Canadiens tied 0-0 with the Boston Bruins. Boston's Tiny Thompson got the shutout for the Bruins.

1944: The Canadiens became the first NHL team to go undefeated for an entire season at home, when Phil Watson had four assists in the third period for an 11-2 win over the New York Rangers. The victory gave the Habs a record of 22-0-3 at the Forum.

1945: In the final game of the 1944-45 season at Boston, Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season. Richard scored his 50 goals in just 50 games, as Montreal beat the Bruins 4-2.

1956: Bert Olmstead picked up an assist for his 56th point of the season, a new NHL record for left wingers, as the Canadiens won 3-1 over the Rangers. Olmstead broke the NHL record of 55 set by Detroit’s Lindsay in the 1949-50 season.

1962: Red Berenson made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens in a 6-2 loss to the Bruins. Berenson went on to play 987 NHL games, scoring 261 goals and 658 points.

1989: Patrick Roy recorded his 100th NHL career victory in the Canadiens' 7-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pensguins. Bobby Smith led the scoring with a goal and four assists, while Mats Naslund had his 5th career hat trick.

1997: The Canadiens trade Murray Baron and Chris Murray to the Phoenix Coyotes for Dave Manson. They later dealt goaltender Pat Jablonski traded to Phoenix for Steve Cheredaryk.

Habs Born on This Day: Guy Lapointe (1948), Guy Cabonneau (1960), Jan Bulis (1978)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 17th Edition

 

On March 17, 1955 the whole world got to see how significant a figure Maurice Richard was,ot just in the NHL, but as a symbol of the French-Canadian population of Quebec.

Suspended by NHL President Clarence Campbell the day before, the Rocket would watch the game from the stands. Richard’s supporters protested Campbell’s decision outside before the game began, and remained as it got underway. 

Campbell’s presence at the Forum incensed thing further, as fans taunted the league president and hurled a tomato at him. After a smoke bomb went off the game was stopped and the Canadiens forfeited the game to the Red Wings.

Things got worse as disgruntled fans joined the protesters and a riot broke out in the streets. There was  an estimated $100,000 in property damage and as many as 100 arrests made.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 16th Edition


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Pierre Turgeon “lights up” the Molson Centre on 03/16/1996 (Photo: Pierre Obendrauf -The Montreal Gazette)
A new home, a second 50-goal man and the Rocket suspended. Just a few moments that happened on March 16.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 15th Edition


“Well it couldn’t have worked out better, could it?” gleamed Canadiens coach Dick Irvin, following his team’s 6-0 win over the New York Americans on March 15, 1941.


So what did he do exactly?

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 14th Edition

Suffice to say a legend was born on this day in 1971, when Ken Dryden made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goaltender, and lawyer/politician/writer-to-be made 35 saves in a 5-1 victory for the Habs.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 13th Edition

 

The 13th of March was indeed an unlucky day for the Montreal Canadiens in 1955. It was during a game against the Boston Bruins, that Maurice Richard was ejected from a game for striking a linesman. “Rocket” would be suspended for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

It the backlash in Montreal climaxed with an infamous riot in on March 17, that began inside the Montreal Forum.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 12th Edition

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You always hear stories of fans throwing debris onto the ice, or at the players themselves, and the late Canadiens goalie Lorne “Gump” Worsley could attest to one of those situations.

At Madison Square Garden, facing the New York Rangers on March 12, 1962, the home team picked up the first goal of the game on a shot from Jean Ratelle. Shortly after, a partially hard-boiled egg flew from the stands and struck the Montreal netminder. “It hit me flush on the temple just after the goal was scored,” said Worsley. “I didn't know it was an egg until I felt the gook.”

A bit dazed Worsley left the game and was replaced by rookie Rogie Vachon. The Canadiens and Rangers would play to a 2-2 tie and Gump was diagnosed with a mild concussion.

The egg-tosser, a 25-year-old fan, had a bag of the oval-shaped projectiles in his possession when the Garden police got a hold of him. Worsley never pressed charges against the culprit. “What would it get me,” said Worsley. “Nothing. The kid might wind up in jail, which won’t do him any good. I think he learned his lesson about throwing things and maybe he won’t get back into the rink again.”

The next day Worsley took part in a voluntary practice, saying he still had just a bit of a headache. Many feel Worsley suffered a more serious concussion as he did not see action for another six weeks. At the same time Vachon emerged as a star goalie, going 8-0-1 the rest of the season and taking the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final.

Worlsey wouldn’t be back in the Habs goal that season until Game Five of the series, stopping 33 of 35 pucks in the Cup clincher for the Leafs.

Pocket gets hung up: In the same game, Habs center Henri Richard was in an incident along the boards with Rangers defender Wayne Hillman. As Richard jumped up to counter a check, his left skate managed to get caught in the gap between the protective glass panels. “The Pocket Rocket” was literally left hanging until a linesman and Canadiens trainer Larry Aubut freed him.

 Elsewhere on this day….

 

1938: Aurel Joliat scored the final goal of his NHL career as Montreal tied 3-3 with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

1949: Bill Durnan recorded his 10th shutout of the season (and the 26th of his career), and Rip Riopelle scored twice as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the New York Rangers.

 

1967: During a 2-2 tie between Montreal and New York, Canadiens' goalie Gump Worsley was injured when hit on the head by an egg tossed from the crowd. He was replaced in goal by rookie Rogie Vachon.

 

1975: The Canadiens extended their NHL-record road undefeated streak to 23 straight games (14-0-9) with a 3-3 tie against the Maple Leafs. The streak ended with a loss in the next road game.

 

1977: Guy Lafleur picked up four assists as the Canadiens extended their team-record home winning streak to 10 games, and their NHL-record home undefeated streak to 29 straight games (24-0-5) with a 5-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Bronco Horvath (1930)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

The Montreal Gazette, March 13, 1967, Pat Curran; “Egg Belts Gump, Habs Tie”

The Montreal Gazette, March 14, 1967, Pat Curran; “The Yolk Was On Gump”

Monday, 11 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 11th Edition

 

March 11 marks a series bitter sweet moments in the history of the Montreal Canadiens.

The first date of significance came on 1937 when the funeral for Howie Morenz was held at the Montreal Forum. 15,000 people made their way into the forum for the service and close to 50,000 people passed by the casket to pay their respects.

The streets were lined with onlookers as Morenz’s funeral procession left the Forum and made it’s way to his final resting place.

Fifty-nine years later in 1996, the Canadiens said farewell to the Forum by winning the last game by a 4-1 margin over the Dallas Stars. Andrei Kovalenko is noted with scoring the last goal on the hallowed ice.

Following the game, a most memorable ceremony was held. The Forum, the current Canadiens roster and those in attendance welcomed back the Canadiens’ legends to give the building a proper farewell.

Receiving the greatest reception was Maurice Richard, who found himself brought to tears during an ovation that lasted close to eight minutes.

Maurice Richard receives one last standing ovation from the Montreal Forum crowd

One of the other highlights of the ceremony was the passing of the torch by each former captain, who passed the it along to the next in line.

The torch made its way to the hands of nine captains in total from  the oldest living captain, Emile Bouchard to Maurice Richard, to Jean Beliveau and finally reachingthe hand of then current captain Pierre Turgeon.

Canadiens captains pass the torch at the Forum closing ceremony.

In 2006, the Canadiens honored Hall of Famer Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, the son-in-law of Howie Morenz, by retiring his No. 5 sweater the the rafters of the Bell Centre.

The ceremony had been planned since October of 2005. Sadly, Bernie Geoffrion passed that morning, following a battle with cancer. His family fulfilled his wishes to attend the ceremony.

Boom-Boom Geoffrion’s No. 5 sweater is retired on March 11, 2006.

 

Other events on this day…

1914: The Canadiens lose the Stanley Cup to the Toronto Blueshirts by a 6-0 score. It was the first Stanley Cup game to be played on artificial ice.

 

1918: The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Blueshirts played the first all-NHL Stanley Cup playoff game. Toronto defeated Montreal 7-4.

 

1924: The Canadiens won a two-game, total-points series 5-2 over the Ottawa Senators , to claim the NHL championship.

 

1945: Elmer Lach had a goal and three assists in an 11-5 win over the New York Rangers. Lach's three assists gave him 51 for the season, a new NHL record.

 

1950: Rookie goaltender Gerry McNeil, replacing the injured Bill Durnan, recorded his first career NHL shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 5-0 win against the Boston Bruins. Elmer Lach scored a goal and two assists.

 

1961: Henri Richard scored the third hat trick of his NHL career, as the Canadiens won 7-5 against the Bruins.

 

1969: Gump Worsley recorded his 40th career shutout as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the St. Louis Blues.

 

1982: Rookie goaltender Rick Wamsley recorded his third career shutout as the Canadiens won 4-0 over the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

2003: The Canadiens trade Doug Gilmour trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 6th round pick (Mark Flood) in 2003.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Sprague Cleghorn (1890), Earl Robinson (1907), Martin Rucinsky (1971)

 

Sources:

www.canadiens.com

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 10th Edition

 

1927: Howie Morenz scored three straight goals in the third period for his first career hat trick as the Canadiens won 4-2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1928: George Hainsworth recorded his 25th career shutout (and his 11th of the season) when the Canadiens won 3-0 against the Montreal Maroons. Aurel Joliat led the scoring with two goals and an assist.

1951: Maurice Richard & Bert Olmstead each scored three goals & two assists in the Canadiens 12-2 win against the Chicago Black Hawks.. The Canadiens scored 7 goals in the first period. It was Richard's 18th career hat trick and the first for Olmstead.

1955: The Canadiens Jacques Plante made 24 saves and Toronto’s Harry Lumley made 15 in a scoreless tie at the Forum.

1962: Jean Beliveau scored a goal and added three assists as Montreal won 5-2 over  the Boston Bruins.

1976: Guy Lafleur scored his 100th point of the season (for the second straight year), with a goal in a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

1977: Lafleur had four assists as the Canadiens set an NHL-record for longest home unbeaten streak - 28 games (23-0-5), with a 7-1 win against the Colorado Rockies.

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 9th Edition


March 9th was a multi-milestone night for Boom-Boom Geoffrion.


On this day in 1960, the Habs legend scored his 10th career hat trick to become the 4th player in franchise history (and 8th in NHL history) to score 250 goals. He also picked up a pair of assists in the Canadiens 9-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Exactly a year later, Geoffrion scored his 13th career hat trick to become the second player in Canadiens’ history (and 5th in NHL history) to score 300 goals. The milestone goals (along with an assist) came in a 6-1 win over the New York Rangers. Jean Beliveau scored twice and added three assists in the game.


Elsewhere on this day…


1925: Howie Morenz scored three goals, including two in the third period as the Canadiens won 4-1 over visiting Hamilton.

1952: Gerry McNeil recorded his fourth shutout of the season (and the 11th of his career) to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win against the Rangers.

1963: Lou Fontinato missed on a check against New York's Vic Hadfield, hit the boards head first, and broke his back. Fontinato recovered, but never played hockey again.

1968: Gump Worsley recorded his second consecutive shutout (and the 35th of his NHL career), and Jean Beliveau scored a goal and added two assists in the Canadiens' 5-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1974: Sam Pollock sends Dave Gardner to the St. Louis Blues for a 1st round pick (Doug Risebrough) in 1974.

1975: Pete Mahovlich scored two goals and three assists, to give him 100 points in the season, as the Montreal Canadiens extended their NHL-record road undefeated streak to 22 straight games (14-0-8) with a 5-3 win over the Rangers. The Canadiens also set an NHL record with their 82nd power-play goal of the season.

1978: Ken Dryden became just the 4th goaltender in NHL history to record six 30-win seasons. The milestone came in a 4-1 Canadiens win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Larry Robinson led the scoring with four assists.

1982: Defenseman Guy Lapointe is traded to the St. Louis Blues for a 2nd round pick (Sergio Momesso) in 1983.

1987: Mats Naslund picked up four assists as the Canadiens beat the Minnesota North Stars 5-4.

1989: Pat Burns set a new franchise record for rookie coaches by leading the Canadiens to their 47th win of the season, 5-2 over the Quebec Nordiques.

1991: John LeClair scored his first career goal in his first NHL game, as the Canadiens won 4-2 over the Vancouver Canucks.

1994: Lyle Odelein had 3 power-play goals for his first career hat trick in the Canadiens' 7-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Odelein became the first Canadiens' defenseman since Larry Robinson in 1985 to score a hat trick in a regular season game.

1999: The Habs trade 3rd round pick (Mattias Weinhandl) in 1999 to the New York Islanders for Scott Lachance.

2000: Montreal sends Igor Ulanov and Alain Nasreddine to the Edmonton Oilers for Christian Laflamme and Matthieu Descoteaux.

2004: The Canadiens trade Sylvain Blouin to the Vancouver Canucks for Rene Vydareny.

2006: The Canadiens deal a 6th round pick (Chris Auger) in 2006 to the Chicago Blackhawks for Todd Simpson.

2009: Guy Carbonneau is relieved of his duties as Canadiens head coach. GM Bob Gainey takes over on an interim basis.

Habs Born on This Day: Perry Turnbull (1959)
Sources:
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Friday, 8 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 8th Edition

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Canadiens manager Cecil Hart and Aurel Joliat in the Canadiens dressing room, after the death of Howie Morenz (Photo:  Famous Studio, Montreal/HHOF)

1937: Montreal's Howie Morenz died just six weeks after suffering a broken leg during a game against Chicago.  Morenz’s teammate Aurel Joliat stated the the “Stratford Streak” died of a broken heart, after being unable to return to the ice. Three days later, a funeral service was held at the Forum and more than 15,000 people paid their respects.

 

1952: "Elmer Lach Night" was held at the Forum, when the Canadiens tied Chicago 4-4.  The veteran center received a car, rowboat, TV set, refrigerator and other gifts.

 

1969: John Ferguson scored two goals and added an assist and Ralph Backstrom had three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 3-3 tie with the Los Angeles Kings, in Montreal.

 

1978: Guy Lafleur scored twice, including his 50th of the season as the Canadiens won 4-3 against the visiting Washington Capitals.  It was Lafleur's fourth 50 goal season for the Canadiens.

 

1979: Jacques Lemaire scored his 6th career hat trick and added two assists to lead the Canadiens to an 11-1 win against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

 

1995: Mark Recchi became the 1st player in history to take penalty shots for two different NHL teams in one season, when he missed against Hasek in a 2-2 tie against the Sabres.  One month earlier, Recchi had missed with the Flyers vs Ottawa.

 

2006: The Canadiens trade goaltender Jose Theodore to the Colorado Avalanche for David Aebischer.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Mike Lalor (1963)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 7th Edition

 

1921: The Canadiens close out the 1920-21 season with a 6-4 loss to Toronto. Montreal's Newsy Lalonde finished the season with 33 goals and 8 assists to win the NHL scoring championship.

 

1929: George Hainsworth recorded his 21st shutout of the season (and the 48th of his career) as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the Ottawa Senators.

 

1953: Gerry McNeil recorded his 10th shutout of the season (and the 22nd of his career) to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

1959: Jean Beliveau scored four times to get 200 career NHL goals and added three assists when the Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 10-2.  It was Beliveau's 9th career hat trick, and fourth of the season. Dickie Moore had two goals in four assists in the game.

 

1963:  Dickie Moore scored twice to give him 250 career NHL goals and added three assists as the Canadiens won 8-0 against the Boston Bruins.  Jacques Plante recorded his 58th career shutout.

 

1971: The Canadiens call up rookie Ken Dryden from the Montreal Voyageurs (AHL). He made his NHL debut one week later.

 

1975: Guy Lafleur scored twice and added two assists to become the first 100 point scorer in Montreal Canadiens' history, in an 8-4 win against the Washington Capitals.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Frank King (1929),  Tom Manastersky (1929)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 6th Edition

 

1934: Lorne Chabot recorded his 62nd career shutout and Aurel Joliat scored twice and added an assist as Montreal won 3-0 against the visiting New York Americans.

 

1949: Bill Durnan recorded his fourth consecutive shutout (and the 25th of his career) as the Canadiens won 1-0 over the Boston Bruins.  Durnan surpassed Frankie Brimsek's 1938 mark of three straight shutouts.

1951: 18-year-old Jr. Canadiens’ left wing Scotty Bowman takes a slash to the head from the stick of Trois Riviere Reds defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot. The five inch gas in his scalp took 14 stitches to close up. Bowman returned the following game, but was not the same player. He suffered headaches and blurred vision and had also lost his confidence.

His playing career ended in 1954, but Bowman wanted to remain in hockey, so he turned to coaching, and began a new career. I think he did OK.

 

1966: Gump Worsley recorded his 28th career shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

1969: Yvan Cournoyer scored his 3rd career hat trick and Jean Beliveau and J.C. Tremblay each had three assists in the Canadiens to a 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

1971: Henri Richard scored a goal and added four assists, and Jacques Lemaire had two goals and two assists in the Canadiens'  8-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings.

 

1977: Guy Lafleur scored his 50th goal of the season, in a 4-1 Canadiens' loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

 

1986: Mats Naslund set a Canadiens' team record when he recorded his 57th assist of the season, breaking the record for left wingers set by Bert Olmstead in 1955-56.  Montreal lost the game, 7-4 to the visiting St. Louis Blues.

 

1990: The Canadiens trade Jyrki Lumme to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2nd round pick (Craig Darby) in 1991.

 

1991: Stephane Richer scored his 6th career hat trick as Montreal won 5-3, over Chicago.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Joe Matte (1893), Patrick Labrecque (1971)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com , Kevin Shea “One on One with Scotty Bowman”

www.sihrhockey.org

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 5th Edition

 

 

1942: The Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs 5-2, for their first win in Toronto since December 1938.  Joe Benoit led the scoring with two goals and two assists.

 

1944: Maurice Richard scored his 3rd career hat trick and added an assist, and Toe Blake had a goal and four assists as the Canadiens won 8-3 against the Maple Leafs.

 

1949: Bill Durnan recorded his third consecutive shutout for his 24th career shutout in the Canadiens' 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins.

 

1961: Jean Beliveau played in his 500th career regular season game as the Canadiens defeated the Bruins 2-1.

 

1966: Bobby Rousseau scored a goal and three assists as the Canadiens won 7-2 over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

1967: Rookie goaltender Rogie Vachon recorded the first shutout of his NHL career as Montreal beat the New York Rangers 2-0 at Madison Square Garden.  Bobby Rousseau led the scoring with a goal and an assist.

 

1972: Rookie Ken Dryden recorded his second shutout in two days (for the 8th of his career), and Yvan Cournoyer scored his 5th career hat trick in the Canadiens' 4-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

1977: Jacques Lemaire scored two goals and added two assists as Montreal tied an NHL record for longest home unbeaten streak at 27 games (22-0-5), with a 7-2 win against the Rangers.

 

1988: Stephane Richer's fourth goal of the game 1:51 into overtime lifted the Canadiens to an 7-6 victory against the Los Angeles Kings.  It was Richer's second career hat trick.

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Monday, 4 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 4th Edition

Guy Lafleur (left) and Jean Beliveau both reached historic milestones on March 4. (Photo: Dario Ayala, Montreal Gazette)

1956: Jean Beliveau scored twice (in a 6-4 Montreal win against the Detroit Red Wings) to give him 100 goals in his NHL career.  The two goals also gave him 45 for the year, a new record for centers. Joe Malone set the original mark in 1917-18, the first NHL season.

Beliveau’s NHL record has long since been eclipsed (the current record holder is Wayne Gretzky with 92 goals) and the franchise team record is now held by Pierre Larouche (50 goals in 1979-80).

 

1981: Guy Lafleur scored two goals to become the 15th player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points in the Canadiens 9-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Gilles Thibaudeau (1963), Jocelyn Gauvreau (1964), Pierre Dagenais (1978)

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Habs and Bruins Pre-Game History Notes

 

Chris Nilan battles Jay Miller Dec 6, 1985. (photo: Peter Southwick/AP)

  • Tonight is the 719th meeting between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. Only Detroit and Chicago (723 games) have faced each other more.
  • The Habs lead the lifetime series with a record of 345-263-103-7
  • Boston at home has a record of 165-134-56-4 against Montreal
  • The Bruins have outscored the Canadiens 1056-970 at home.
  • Five of the last six meetings between these two clubs has been decided by one goal.
  • 19 of 21 members of the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup roster will take to the ice tonight, 17 on the Bruins and Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle for Montreal.
  • 108 players have played for both the Canadiens and the Bruins in their careers. Injured Habs forward Petteri Nokelainen played in the Boston organization from 2007-2009.
  • Andrei Markov needs one point to tie Bert Olmstead for 34th on the Habs franchise scoring list.
  • Michael Ryder needs one goal for 100 as a member of the Canadiens.
  • Peter Budaj is 1-1, with a 2.61 GAA and .885 SvPct in his career against Boston.
  • The Bruins’ 14-2-2 record and 30 points is their best 18-game start since 1929-30, when they had 32 points on a 16-2-0 record after
    18 games. The Canadiens defeated Boston, who led the league in goals for and against that season, for the Stanley Cup 2 games to 0.

Sources:

www.bostonbruins.com

www.canadiens.com

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Today in Habs History: March 3rd Edition


1920: The Canadiens set an NHL record with 16 goals in a single game. The Habs defeated the Quebec Bulldogs 16-3. You can read more on this historic game here.


1927: Pit Lepine scored his first career NHL hat trick in the Canadiens' 7-1 win against the visiting Chicago Black Hawks.


1931: George Hainsworth became the second goalie in NHL history to record 60 career shutouts, and Albert Leduc scored the only goal in the Canadiens' 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators.


1947: The Canadiens acquire John Quilty from the Springfield Indians (AHL) in a cash deal. The Habs had sold Quilty, who won the Calder Trophy with Montreal in 1941,  to Springfield just five months prior.


1948: Elmer Lach recorded three assists to lead Montreal to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.


1968: Jean Beliveau picked up a goal to become just the second player in NHL history to get 1,000 career points.  It came in a 5-2 Canadiens' loss to the Detroit Red Wings.


2003: The Canadiens trade Oleg Petrov to the Nashville Predators for a 4th round pick (Andreas Valdix) in 2003, which was later traded to Washington.


Habs Born on This Day: Doug Lewis (1921), Stephane Robidas (1977)


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

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 2nd Edition


1929: George Hainsworth became the first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season, when the Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 3-0.


1949: Bill Durnan recorded his seventh shutout of the season (and the 23rd of his career) as the Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0.

 
1952: Rookie Dick Gamble scored his only career hat trick and added an assist and Floyd Curry had two goals and two assists in the Canadiens' 6-4 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.


1966: Jean Beliveau scored his 380th career NHL goal when Montreal tied Toronto 3-3.  The 380 career goals moved him ahead of Ted Lindsay into the #3 spot all time, behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard.


1994: Jacques Demers recorded his 350th career victory, in a 5-2 Canadiens' win over the  Anaheim Might Ducks. Demers became the 17th coach in NHL history to win 350 games, improving his all time record to 350-338-101.


2004: The Canadiens trade Jozef Balej and a 2nd round pick (Bruce Graham) in 2004 traded to New York Rangers for Alex Kovalev.


2010: The Canadiens trade Matt D'Agostini traded to the St. Louis Blues for Aaron Palushaj.


Habs Born on This Day: Fern Headley (1901), Art Alexandre (1907), Claude Larose (1942), Kjell Dahlin (1963), Tomas Kaberle (1978)

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

Friday, 1 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 1st Edition


1919: Newsy Lalonde set a Stanley Cup playoff record with five goals in a 6-3 Canadiens' win over Ottawa.


1924: Aurel Joliat scored twice and added an assist in the Canadiens' 4-1 win over the visiting Toronto St. Pats.


1951: Doug Harvey had three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.


1977: Steve Shutt scored his 50th goal of the season, in the Canadiens' 5-4 win over the New York Islanders.


2001: The Canadiens trade Vladimir Malakhov to the New Jersey Devils for Sheldon Souray, Josh DeWolfand a 2nd round pick (later dealt to Washington) in 2001.


Habs Born on This Day: Billy Coutu (1892), Paul Haynes (1910), Bert Hirschfeld (1929)


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