Monday, 8 April 2013

Today in Habs History: April 8th Edition

Jim Henry congratulates Maurice Richard following Game Seven of the 1952 Semi-Finals between the Canadiens and the Bruins. (Photo: Roy St-Jean)


If I had to pick out one goal and image  from Maurice Richard’s fabled career, his playoff winner in the seventh game of 1952 Stanley Cup Semi Final easily tops the list.


Here’s something I wrote on it for Eyes On The Prize in 2012, to mark the anniversary of the goal.


Elsewhere on this day…

1956: Jacques Plante recorded his 5th career playoff shutout, and Jean Beliveau scored twice to lead the Canadiens to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.


1971: Jean Beliveau scored twice and added two assists to lead Montreal to a 7-5 win over the Boston Bruins , in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals. The Canadiens came back to win the game after trailing 5-1.

For an extensive look at this playoff comeback, I strongly recommend Robert Lefebvre’s review from 2009, complete with video footage.


1978: Guy Lafleur scored his 59th and 60th goals of the year to lead Montreal to a 5-1 win over the Red Wings. Lafleur became the second Canadiens' player to score 60 goals in a season, and to that point the 4th in NHL history. The Habs tied an NHL record with their 27th road win.


1989: Guy Carbonneau scored a goal and added two assists, and Stephane Richer scored the winning goal at 5:01 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 5-4 win over the Hartford Whalers, in Game 3 of the Adams Division Semi-Finals.


1999: Brian Savage scored his 100th goal as a member of the Canadiens (and the 100th of his NHL career) in a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders


Habs Born on This Day: John Newberry (1962), Craig Ferguson (1970),

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