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.

Other events on this day:

1929: George Hainsworth recorded his 22nd shutout of the 1928-29 season to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Montreal Maroons. Hainsworth finished the year with a league record 0.98 GAA, along with 22 shutouts in 44 games.

 

1948: Maurice Richard scored 4 goals as Montreal beat the New York Rangers 6-3. Richard scored twice after the Rangers pulled their goalie in the final minute, including one goal that was shot the entire length of the ice, for his 13th career hat trick.

 

1955: Rookie goalie Jacques Plante picked up his second straight shutout in as many nights as he led the Canadiens to a 6-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks. Bernie Geoffrion and rookie Jean Beliveau led the scoring with two goals and two assists apiece.

 

1957: Jean Beliveau scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Canadiens to an 8-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1959: Henri Richard scored his second career hat trick and added an assist as the Canadiens won 8-4 over the Black Hawks.

 

1965: Jean Beliveau became the third player in franchise history to score 350 goals as a member of the Canadiens. The milestone goal came during Montreal's 6-4 victory over the Rangers.

 

1977: The Canadiens extended their NHL-record home undefeated streak to 30 games (25-0-5) with a 3-0 win against the Los Angleles Kings. Ken Dryden earned his 34th career shutout, as the Canadiens won their team-record 11th straight home game.

 

1980: Guy Lafleur scored twice to become the 4th player in team history to record 400 goals. The milestone came in a 4-3 Canadiens win against the Winnipeg Jets. At the age of 28, Lafleur became the youngest 400 scorer in NHL history.

 

1998: The Canadiens deal David Ling traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Martin Gendron.

Habs Born on This Day: Patrick Traverse (1974)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

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