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.
1926: The Canadiens ended their team-record 12 game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the visiting Toronto St. Pats. "Pit" Lepine led the scoring with two goals and an assist.

1933: The Canadiens beat NY Rangers 2-1 in the fifth penalty-free game in NHL history.

1944: The Habs defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 3-2 to give them 79 points on the season, breaking the NHL record of 77 set by the Boston Bruins in 1930.

1946: Bill Durnan became just the third goaltender in Montreal history to win 100 games, when the Canadiens won 6-3 over the Black Hawks.

1955: Maurice Richard was suspended by President Clarence Campbell for the remainder of the 1954-55 NHL season and the playoffs after striking a linesman in a game at Boston.

1961: Bernie Geoffrion became the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season, in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. On the same evening, Jean Beliveau set an NHL record for most assists in one season, when he picked up his 57th and 58th of the year.  Beliveau broke the old mark of 56 set by Bert Olmstead in 1955-56.

1966: Montreal and the Maple Leafs combined to set an NHL record by scoring four goals within a span of 1:05 during a 7-2 Canadiens win. Jean Beliveau led the scoring with two goals and three assists.

1968: Jean Beliveau scored his 15th career hat trick and Yvan Cournoyer had a goal and three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 6-4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1987: Brian Hayward recorded his second career shutout (and his first with the Canadiens) to lead Montreal to a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders.

1996: The Canadiens won 4-2 over the Rangers in the first game played in the Molson Centre in Montreal. Vincent Damphousse scored the first goal in the Habs new home.

2014: Goaltender Dustin Tokarski recorded his first career NHL shutout in Montreal's 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.


Habs Born on This Day: Brandon Prust (1984)

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

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