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…

 

1945: Maurice Richard scored 4 goals, including 3 goals and an assist in the final period, as the Canadiens won 10-3 over the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Game 5 of the Semi-Finals. Richard became the first player in NHL history to get three playoff hat tricks.

 

1951: Maurice Richard scored the winner at 2:20 of the third overtime period to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. It was Richard's second straight OT game winner. Gerry McNeil got the shutout.

 

1955: Don Marshall scored the winning goal at 3:05 of OT as the Canadiens won 4-3 over the Boston Bruins, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

 

1960: Jacques Plante recorded his 8th career playoff shutout as the Canadiens won 4-0 over the Chicago Black Hawks, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. Don Marshall had a goal and two assists and Ralph Backstrom added three assists.

 

1969: The Canadiens set a new NHL record for most wins in a season, with their 46th of the year, a 5-3 victory over the Bruins. The Canadiens broke the old record of 45 wins, set by Montreal in 1955-56.

 

1975: Guy Lafleur became the third player in Montreal history to score 50 goals in a season, when he scored in the Canadiens' 4-1 win over the Kansas City Scouts. It was the first of six straight 50 goal seasons for Lafleur (an NHL record at the time).

 

1978: Guy Lapointe picked up four assists as the Canadiens won 6-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

1990: Russ Courtnall scored a goal and picked up three assists as the Canadiens won 5-2 against the Quebec Nordiques.

 

2012: General Manager Pierre Gauthier and special advisor to the G.M., Bob Gainey are relieved of their duties with the Canadiens.

 

Habs Born On This Day:  Maxim Lapierre (1985)

 

Sources:

www.canadiens.com

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

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