Friday, 31 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 31st Edition


2007: The Canadiens trade their 7th round pick (David Skokan) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft to the New York Rangers for Ryan Russell.

Sources:
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 30th Edition

 

1962: The Canadiens deal Al MacNeil  to the Chicago Black Hawks for Wayne Hicks

 

Habs Born on This Day: Jackie Leclair (1929), Jeff Teal (1960), David Wilkie (1974)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 29th Edition

 

 

1973: Just another day in the office for Sam Pollock, as the Canadiens send Bob Murdoch and Randy Rota to the Los Angeles Kings for a 1st round pick (Mario Tremblay) in 1974 and cash.

 

 

Murdoch would have a steady career on the blue line with the Kings, and later Atlanta and Calgary. Rota showed potential as a scorer in the minors, and even scored two points in his only two games in Montreal in the 1972-73 season. He would play four more NHL seasons with three NHL clubs, before being transferred to the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 28th Edition

 

2003: At age 37, goaltender Patrick Roy announced his retirement after 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. Roy retired as the NHL's all-time leader with 1,029 regular season games 551 wins, 247 Stanley Cup games, 151 playoff victories and 20 playoff shutouts.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 27th Edition


1974: The Canadiens acquire Mike Baumgartner from the Atlanta Flames, in a cash deal. Montreal also sent Rick Wilson and a 5th round pick (Don Wheldon) in 1974 to the St. Louis Blues for a 4th round pick (Barry Legge) in 1974 and future considerations (Glen Sather, later acquired on June 14, 1974).

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 26th Edition

 

1997: Alain Vigneault is hired as the 24th Head Coach (24th in franchise history, replacing the resigned Mario Tremblay. Dave King, Clement Jodoin, and Roland Melanson are hired as assistants. Steve Shutt and Jacques Laperierre are relieved of their duties

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Louis Berlinguette (1887), P.J. Stock (1975)

 

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 25th Edition

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The Canadiens win the 1978 Stanley Cup (Photo: www.cic.gc.ca)

 

 

On this day in 1978, the Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. With the win the Canadiens won their 21st Stanley Cup, and third of their four straight to close out the seventies.

 

 

For the second year in a row, the Canadiens would raise the Cup in the Boston Garden. It also marks the last time these two rivals have met in a Cup Final.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 24th Edition

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Bob Gainey, Larry Robinson and Mats Naslund celebrate the Canadiens 23rd Stanley Cup. (photo: CHC)

 

 

The Canadiens clinched Stanley Cup no. 23 on this day in 1986. Bobby Smith provided the game winner, as Montreal defeated the Calgary Flames 4-3, in Game Five of the Finals.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 23rd Edition

 

 

1978: Serge Savard picked up three assists as the Canadiens won 4-1 over the visiting Boston Bruins, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Charlie Sands (1911)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 22nd Edition

 

1970:  The Canadiens trade Ernie Hicke and their 1st pick in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft (Chris Oddleifson) to the Oakland Seals for Francois Lacombe, cash and a first round draft choice in 1971. The Canadiens used the pick one year later to select Guy Lafleur.

 

 

The Canadiens also dealt Lucien Grenier, Larry Mickey and Jack Norris to the Los Angeles Kings for Leon Rochefort, Gregg Boddy and Wayne Thomas. Chris Bordeleau was traded to St. Louis Blues for cash, Jude Drouin was sent to the Minnesota North Stars for future considerations (Bill Collins) and Dennis Hextall was also sent to  Oakland in a cash deal.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 21st Edition

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Conn Smythe Trophy winner is hoisted on his teammates’ shoulders as he raises the Stanley Cup, May 21, 1979. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers in five games. (Photo: CHC)

 

 

The Canadiens’ seventies dynasty came to a close on this day in 1979, as Montreal defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Finals. The 22nd Cup win in franchise history would be the fourth straight Stanley Cup for the Canadiens, and their sixth in nine years.

 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 20th Edition

 

 

1983: The Canadiens name Jacques Laperriere and Jacques Lemaire become assistant coaches, Jacques Plante is named as goaltending coach.

 

 

1986: The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames combined for four goals in 1:34 in the first period of Game 3 of the Finals, the fastest four goals by two NHL teams in a Finals' game. Montreal beat Calgary 5-3

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 19th Edition

 

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Larry Robinson reached 200 playoff game on this day in 1989. (Photo: HHOF)

 

 

1979: Serge Savard scored the winning goal at 7:25 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

 

The Canadiens should have scored at 6:04 of overtime on a blast by Larry Robinson. The replay (that you can watch below in the clip provided by Francis Bouchard) showed the puck go behind Rangers goalie John Davidson and out the other side.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 18th Edition

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Ken Dryden poses with the Conn Smythe Trophy, during the Stanley Cup Parade in 1971. The Canadiens won the series in seven games.  (Photo: Denis Brodeur/CHC)

 

 

A year after missing the playoffs in 1970, the Montreal Canadiens claimed their 17th Stanley Cup, on this day in 1971. Montreal defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 3-2 in Game Seven of the Finals.

 

 

Henri Richard scored two goals for the Canadiens, including the second Cup-winning goals of his career, while rookie goaltender Ken Dryden was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy. Frank Mahovlich set a team record with 27 points in the playoffs.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 17th Edition

 

 

1979: Ken Dryden became the first goalie in NHL history to score a point in the Stanley Cup Finals. He drew an assist on Jacques Lemaire's goal at 17:10 of the third period, to give the Canadiens a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Finals.

 

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: George Brown (1912), Jim Cummins (1970), Bill Lindsay (1971)

 

 

Sources:

 

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.com

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 16th Edition

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Flyers captain Bobby Clarke congratulates Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman, following Montreal’s Stanley Cup victory. The Habs swept Philiadelphia in four games (Photo: Denis Brodeur/CHC)

 

 

1976: Guy Lafleur scored the game winning goal as Montreal beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 to sweep the best-of-seven final series, in Game 4 of the Finals and win their 19th Stanley Cup championship.

 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 15th Edition

Samm Pollock bacame the Canadiens GM on this day in 1963 (photo: CHC)

 

 

Ownership changes and the arrival of “Trader Sam” highlight today’s edition

 

It was on this day in 1963 that the Canadiens Personnel Director Sam Pollock took his place as heir to the retiring Frank Selke, becoming the franchise’s new GM.

 

Pollock would win nine Stanley Cups as the Canadiens GM, technically 10 as the 1979 squad was essentially the same team that won the year before.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 14th Edition

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The 1976-77 Stanley Cup Champions (photo: hhof.com)

 

 

 

1977: Jacques Lemaire scored twice, including the winner at 4:32 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 win at Boston in Game 4 of the Finals. Montreal won the 1977 Stanley Cup in four games, their 20th Stanley Cup championship.

 

 

Guy Lafleur had 26 points in 14 playoff games, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. Lafleur had the assist on the tying goal, after the Bruins’ Dallas Smith tried to kick the puck out of the corner and put it right out to Le Demon Blond.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 13th Edition

Happy Birthday, P.K. !! (photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 

1929: The Canadiens send Art Gagne and George Patterson to the Boston Bruins for cash. They also acquire Herb Gardiner from Boston in a cash deal.

 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 12th Edition

Brian Gionta celebrates one of his two Game Seven goals vs. Pittsburgh (Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

 

 

1977: Guy Lafleur scored twice and added two assists to lead Montreal to a 4-2 win at Boston, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The win gave the Canadiens a 3-0 lead in the series.

 

 

1987: Larry Robinson scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 5-2 win, in Game 5 of the Wales Conference Championships.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 11th Edition

Despite Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau on crutches, the Canadiens swept the Blues in 1968 (photo: HHOF)

 

 

1968: In Toe Blake's final game as Montreal's coach, the Canadiens beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 to sweep the best-of-seven final series and win their 15th Stanley Cup championship, and the eight under Blake’s guidance. J.C. Tremblay had a goal and an assist in the deciding game.

 

 

It was the first Cup Final for an expansion team. The Blues roster had some familiar faces to Montreal fans with the likes of Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Red Berenson and Jean-Guy Talbot on their roster.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 10th Edition

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Henri Richard carries off his 11th Stanley Cup (photo: Sports Illustrated)

 

 

On this day in 1973, the Montreal  Canadiens defeat the Chicago Black Hawks 6-4 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final for their 18th Stanley Cup.

 

Yvan Cournoyer scored the winning goal and added two assists in the game. “The Roadrunner,” had 15 goals (then an NHL record)  and 10 assists in 17 playoff games and was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Cournoyer and Jacques Lemaire each had 12 points in the Finals, tying Gordie Howe’s NHL record from 1955. The record would stand for 15 years when Wayne Gretzky eclipsed the mark in 1988.

 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 9th Edition

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1978: Ken Dryden recorded his 10th (and final) career playoff shutout as the Canadiens won 2-0 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. It gave the Habs a sweep over the Leafs, and their eighth consecutive road victory (over two seasons).

The Canadiens outscored their opponents 16-6 in the four games.

Francis Bouchard came up with a highlight reel of the final game of the series, featuring a few big stops by Dryden and the two goals by Jacques Lemaire and Steve Shutt.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 8th Edition

 

1973: The Canadiens and the Chicago Black Hawks combined to set an NHL record with 15 goals in one Stanley Cup Finals game. Chicago won 8-7 in Game 5.

 

 

1993: Kirk Muller scores 11:27 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Game Four of the Adams Division Final. The Habs swept the series in four games, with the final three all going into overtime.

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Herb Gardiner (1891), Corey Locke (1984)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 7th Edition

Canadiens GM Frank Selke was born on this day in 1893 (Photo David Bier.CHC)

 

 

1968: Rookie defenseman Serge Savard scored his first career playoff goal, a shorthanded tally early in the 3rd period, and Gump Worsley had his 4th career playoff shutout, to give Montreal a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

1989: Patrick Roy recorded his third career playoff shutout as the Canadiens scored three times in the second period for a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, in Game 4 of the Wales Conference Finals.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Frank Selke (1893)

Monday, 6 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 6th Edition

Brendan Gallagher turns 21 today (Photo: Bernard Brault, La Presse)

 

 

1973: Ken Dryden recorded his first career playoff shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 4-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

 

1976: The Canadiens started a streak of 11 consecutive playoff victories with a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders, in Game 5 of the Semi-Final Round. Montreal advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals agaisnt the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

 

1993: Gilbert Dionne scored at 8:28 of overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 playoff win over the Buffalo Sabres, and a 3-0 lead in the Adams Division Finals.

 

 

2010: Tom Pyatt scored a goal and an assist in Montreal’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Norm Collings (1910), Garry Edmundson (1932), Brendan Gallagher (1992)

 

Sources:

www.canadiens.com

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 5th Edition

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Overtime Hero Henri Richard (left) rides with Claude Provost during Canadiens 1966 Stanley Cup Parade (Photo – La Ville De Montreal archives)


1966: Henri Richard scored the game winner at 2:20 of overtime (the only overtime goal of his playoff career) as Montreal beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Game Six, to win the Stanley Cup Championship for the 14th time. The Red Wings protested to no avail, feeling Richard had interfered with goaltender Roger Crozier.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 4th Edition

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(Photo: CHC)

 

1969: The Montreal Canadiens beat St. Louis 2-1 in Game Four of the Finals, to become the Stanley Cup Champions for the time in franchise history. John Ferguson scored the Cup-winning goal.

The Conn Smythe Trophy went to Serge Savard, the first defenseman to receive the award.

 

Friday, 3 May 2013

Today In Habs History: May 3rd Edition

 

 

1973: Henri Richard set an NHL Stanley Cup record for most career playoff games, as the Canadiens lost 7-4 to the Chicago Black Hawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Richard broke the record of 164 held by Red Kelly.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 2nd Edition

 

1987: Bobby Smith scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Quebec Nordiques in Game 7 of the Adams Division Finals.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 1st Edition

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Jean Beliveau poses with the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy (photo: AP)

 

The Forgotten Dynasty got it’s start on this day in 1965 as the Montreal Canadiens won their 13th Stanley Cup, and the first of five in a seven-year span.

 

The Canadiens, making their first Cup Finals appearance since their unmatched five consecutive wins in 1960, had stopped the Toronto Maple Leafs from an attempt at four straight Cups, following a seven-gam Semi-Finals matchup.

 

Only the Chicago Black Hawks stood in the way of the Canadiens and Lord Stanley’s Mug.