Monday, 1 April 2013

Today in Habs History: April 1st Edition

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Kenneth Kilander’s name is not on the Stanley Cup, but in 1961 he certainly got his hands on it. It only seems fitting that Killander’s tale of thievery comes on April 1.

 

I wrote about the devoted Habs fan’s story in 2010. Here’s the link to it.

 

Also on this day..

1927: George Hainsworth is awarded the inaugural Vezina Trophy for posting the league’s lowest goals against average.

 

1928: Howie Morenz is awarded the first of his three Hart Trophies as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player.

 

1930:  George Hainsworth made 32 saves, for his third shutout of the 1930 Playoffs (and the 4th of his career) as the Canadiens took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals with a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins.

 

1946: Toe Blake is awarded the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL’s most gentlemanly player.

 

1947: Billy Reay scored four goals in the Canadiens' 5-1 win over the Bruins,in Game 4  of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

 

1958: Maurice Richard scored his seventh (and final) career playoff hat trick as the Canadiens won 4-3 over the Detroit Red Wings, in the 4th and deciding game of their Stanley Cup Semi-Final series.

 

1970: Jacques Laperriere scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 6-3 win over the Bruins.

 

1988: For the first time since 1943, the Boston Bruins eliminate the Canadiens in the playoffs. They win the best-of-seven series 4-1 on Forum ice.

 

1989: Patrick Roy completed an unbeaten season at home, going 25-0-4, as the Canadiens tied the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-2.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Ken Reardon (1931)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

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