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)