Saturday, 9 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 9th Edition

March 9th was a multi-milestone night for Boom-Boom Geoffrion.

On this day in 1960, the Habs legend scored his 10th career hat trick to become the 4th player in franchise history (and 8th in NHL history) to score 250 goals. He also picked up a pair of assists in the Canadiens 9-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Exactly a year later, Geoffrion scored his 13th career hat trick to become the second player in Canadiens’ history (and 5th in NHL history) to score 300 goals. The milestone goals (along with an assist) came in a 6-1 win over the New York Rangers. Jean Beliveau scored twice and added three assists in the game.

Elsewhere on this day…

1925: Howie Morenz scored three goals, including two in the third period as the Canadiens won 4-1 over visiting Hamilton.

1952: Gerry McNeil recorded his fourth shutout of the season (and the 11th of his career) to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win against the Rangers.

1963: Lou Fontinato missed on a check against New York's Vic Hadfield, hit the boards head first, and broke his back. Fontinato recovered, but never played hockey again.

1968: Gump Worsley recorded his second consecutive shutout (and the 35th of his NHL career), and Jean Beliveau scored a goal and added two assists in the Canadiens' 5-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1974: Sam Pollock sends Dave Gardner to the St. Louis Blues for a 1st round pick (Doug Risebrough) in 1974.

1975: Pete Mahovlich scored two goals and three assists, to give him 100 points in the season, as the Montreal Canadiens extended their NHL-record road undefeated streak to 22 straight games (14-0-8) with a 5-3 win over the Rangers. The Canadiens also set an NHL record with their 82nd power-play goal of the season.

1978: Ken Dryden became just the 4th goaltender in NHL history to record six 30-win seasons. The milestone came in a 4-1 Canadiens win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Larry Robinson led the scoring with four assists.

1982: Defenseman Guy Lapointe is traded to the St. Louis Blues for a 2nd round pick (Sergio Momesso) in 1983.

1987: Mats Naslund picked up four assists as the Canadiens beat the Minnesota North Stars 5-4.

1989: Pat Burns set a new franchise record for rookie coaches by leading the Canadiens to their 47th win of the season, 5-2 over the Quebec Nordiques.

1991: John LeClair scored his first career goal in his first NHL game, as the Canadiens won 4-2 over the Vancouver Canucks.

1994: Lyle Odelein had 3 power-play goals for his first career hat trick in the Canadiens' 7-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Odelein became the first Canadiens' defenseman since Larry Robinson in 1985 to score a hat trick in a regular season game.

1999: The Habs trade 3rd round pick (Mattias Weinhandl) in 1999 to the New York Islanders for Scott Lachance.

2000: Montreal sends Igor Ulanov and Alain Nasreddine to the Edmonton Oilers for Christian Laflamme and Matthieu Descoteaux.

2004: The Canadiens trade Sylvain Blouin to the Vancouver Canucks for Rene Vydareny.

2006: The Canadiens deal a 6th round pick (Chris Auger) in 2006 to the Chicago Blackhawks for Todd Simpson.

2009: Guy Carbonneau is relieved of his duties as Canadiens head coach. GM Bob Gainey takes over on an interim basis.

Habs Born on This Day: Perry Turnbull (1959)

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