Sunday, 21 April 2013

Today in Habs History: April 21st Edition


1938: Toe Blake scored the winning goal in overtime, as Montreal beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 before a crowd of 8,000 in Earls Court, England, in the first of a nine game tour of England and France between the two teams.


Detroit coach Jack Adams addressed the crowd prior to and during the game, explaining some of the differences in rules between the NHL and the British Ice Hockey Association. English fans got to see some minor skirmishes, hits and even a penalty shot, according to the April 22, 1938 report from La Patrie. A dozen penalties were given out, including a five-minute misconduct to Detroit’s Hec Kilrea, who maintained his innocence as he skated to the the penalty box,

Fans cheered for both squads, with “Come On Canada,” being heard as encouragement for the Habs. Local reporters felt the two teams lacked the fire seen in the local brand of hockey, but admitted the NHLers put on a much more stylish display.


Canadiens goalie Wilf Cude, who was born in Cardiff, Wales, was presented with a horseshoe of leeks by a London beauty queen and given an ovation.


George Mantha had two goals for the Canadiens, and was deemed the fastest winger in the world by English paper, The News Chronicle. Pit Lepine and Babe Siebert scored the other two goals for Montreal.


Also on this day…


1978: Steve Shutt scored a goal and added two assists to lead Montreal to a 4-2 playoff win, in Game Three of the Quarter-Finals against the Red Wings. It was the Canadiens' fifth consecutive road victory (over two seasons).


1985: Rookie Chris Chelios scored a goal and added two assists as the Canadiens won 6-4 over the Quebec Nordiques in Game 2 of the Adams Division Finals.


1989: Larry Robinson picked up three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins, in Game 3 of the Adams Division Finals.


1992: Denis Savard had four assists to lead the Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Hartford Whalers, in Game 2 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.


2008: Carey Price records his second career playoff shutout as the Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins 5-0 in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.


Habs Born on This Day: Reg Fleming (1936), Doug Soetart (1955)



"Canadiens, Wings Arrive in London", The Montreal Gazette, April 20, 1938,

"8,000 See Canadiens Beat Wings at London by 5–4 as Tour Opens", The Montreal Gazette, April 22, 1938

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