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)

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