Thursday, 31 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 31st Edition

 

 

1942: Rookie Maurice Richard played his first NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens. He wore #15, and picked up his first NHL point (an assist) 36 seconds into the game, a 3-2 win for over the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1974: Ken Dryden recorded his 15th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Washington Capitals.

 

 

1989: Patrick Roy recorded his 10th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the New York Islanders.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 3oth Edition

 

 

1943: What would be the more well known version of the Canadiens “Punch Line" played together for the first time. Maurice Richard played on the wing with Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. It was also the first time Richard wore uniform #9. The Canadiens tied 2-2 with the Boston Bruins.

 

On the same day, Bill Durnan signed his first NHL contract and made his NHL debut. It was the start of an NHL-record 14 game unbeaten streak (12-0-2) for the rookie goalie.

 

The Canadiens also dealt Bert Gardiner to the Bruins for cash. The Habs retained a right to repurchase contract.

 

 

1957: Jean Beliveau scored a goal and an assist in the Canadiens' 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, to give him 300 career points in just 267 games.

 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 29th Edition

 

1939: A team of NHL All Stars defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2. (scoring summary and rosters can be seen here) in a memorial game for Babe Siebert, who died in Aug. 1939.

 

 

1942: The Canadiens signed Maurice Richard to his first contract. He made his NHL debut two days later.

 

 

1951: Princess Elizabeth (later Queen of England) and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a game between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers at the Forum. The couple were in for a royal treat as the Habs got three goals from Floyd Curry (his only career hat trick) and two from Maurice Richard in a 6-1 win against the Rangers.

 

 

1952: Maurice Richard scored his 323rd and 324th career goals to tie the all-time goal scoring record set by Nels Stewart. He also had two assists, but the Canadiens lost 7-5 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 28th Edition

 

 

1926: The Montreal Canadiens send Johnny KcKinnon to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.

 

 

1937: The Canadiens send cash to the New York Americains for Oscar Asmundson.

 

1950: Maurice Richard and Floyd Curry each scored twice and Doug Harvey had three assists in the Canadiens' 5-1 win over the New York Rangers, in Montreal.

 

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 27th Edition

 

 

1945: Rookie Billy Reay scored twice in the first game of his NHL career, and Elmer Lach added a goal and three assists to lead the Canadiens to an 8-4 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

 

1957: The Canadiens trade Jack LeClair, Guy Rousseau and Jacques Deslauriers to Chicoutimi (QHL) for Stan Smrke.

 

 

1973: Rookie Bob Gainey scored his first NHL goal, in a 4-2 Canadiens' win over the Minnesota North Stars, at the Forum.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 26th Edition

 

1940: The Montreal  Canadiens signed Ken Reardon and John Quilty.

 

 

1946: Maurice Richard scored his 8th career hat trick, and added an assist, and Billy Reay picked up three assists in the Canadiens' 7-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

 

1961: The Habs trade Wayne Connelly to the Boston Bruins for the loan of Bob Armstrong, Dallas Smith and cash.

 

 

1972: Jacques Lemaire scored twice and added two assists, and goalie Ken Dryden recorded his 11th career shutout in the Canadiens' 7-0 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.

 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 25th Edition

 

 

1947: Bill Durnan recorded his 12th career shutout in the Canadiens' 5-0 win over Boston.

 

 

1954: The Canadiens send cash to the Chicago Black Hawks for Jean Lamirande.

 

 

1962: The Canadiens trade Bob McCammon, Andre Tardiff and Norm Waslowski to Springfield (AHL)  for Bill McCreary.

 

 

1973: Jacques Lemaire scored his 4th career hat trick and goaltender Wayne Thomas recorded his second career shutout, as the Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 24th Edition

 

 

1953: Gerry McNeil recorded his 24th career shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

 

1972: Jacques Lemaire scored his third career hat trick and added an assist as Montreal beat the New York Islanders 4-3. It was the first hat trick scored at Nassau Coliseum.

 

 

1990: Stephan Lebeau scored a goal and picked up three assists, and Eric Desjardins had a goal and two assists in his 100th career NHL game as the Canadiens won 8-2 over the New York Islanders.

 

 

1991: Roland Melanson posted his second consecutive shutout (the 6th and final of his career),leading Montreal to a 5-0 win against the Quebec Nordiques.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 23rd Edition

 

1948: Detroit Red Wings goalie Harry Lumley and Canadiens' Bill Durnan duelled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, at the Forum. It was Durnan's second straight shutout and the 18th of his career. 

 

 

1949: Durnan and Boston Bruins' rookie Jack Gelineau dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, in a game at the Garden. It was the 28th career shutout for Durnan.

 

 

1954: Ken Mosdell scored a goal and added three assists as the Canadiens won 7-1 over the visiting New York Rangers.

 

 

1958: Rookie Ralph Backstrom scored the first two goals of his NHL career. He would add an assist as the Canadiens won 9-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks, at the Forum.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 22nd Edition

 

1926: The Canadiens send Billy Coutu traded to the Boston Bruins for Amby Moran.

 

 

1933: Albert "Battleship" Leduc is sent to the Ottawa Senators for cash. The Habs held the retaining rights of repurchase and would get Leduc back in April, 1934.

 

 

1953: Dick Irvin became the first coach in NHL history to win 600 career games, when the Canadiens beat the Chicago Black Hawks 3-2.

 

 

1961: Jacques Plante became the first goaltender in franchise history (and the 6th in the NHL) to record 250 career victories as the Canadiens won 3-2 over Chicago.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 21st Edition

 

1930: The Montreal Canadiens obtained Johnny Gagnon from Providence (Can-Am) in a trade for Gerry Carson, the loan of Jean Pusie and cash.

 

 

1935: The Habs acquire Rosario Couture from Cleveland (IHL) for cash.

 

 

1950: Montreal's rookie goalie Gerry McNeil recorded his second consecutive shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. It was the third career shutout for McNeil.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 20th Edition

 

1926: The Montreal Canadiens acquire the rights to Herb Gardiner from Calgary (WHL) for cash.

 

 

1999: The Canadiens acquire Karl Dykhuis from the Philadelphia Flyers for cash.

 

 

2008: Saku Koivu records the 600th point of his NHL career, scoring a goal in the Canadiens 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers.

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Doug Anderson (1927), Gary Monahan (1946)

 

 

Sources:

 

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 19th Edition

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(Photo: CHC)

 

The Rocket Reaches 500

 

It was on this day in 1957 that Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to reach the 500 goal plateau. Richard’s goal came on the power play at 15:52 of the  first period, during the Canadiens 3-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

Richard reached the milestone in his 863rd NHL game. By comparison, it took Gordie Howe 1045 games to become the second to reach 500 goals in March on 1962.

 

For more on the historic moment, Red Fisher took a look back in 2007, marking the 50th anniversary of Richard’s goal. Another good read comes from Davis Harper of NHL.com

 

 

Also on this Day…..

 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 18th Edition

 

1926: Montreal Canadiens acquire Art Gagne from the Chicago Black Hawks for cash.

 

1934: Art Giroux is dealt to the Boston Bruins for cash.

 

1967: Montreal rookie Jacques Lemaire scored the first goal of his NHL career. It came in the Canadiens' 2-2 tie against the Rangers, at New York. Former Hab Phil Goyette both Rangers goals.

 

1972: Pete Mahovlich scored a goal and added three assists to lead Montreal to a 4-4 tie with the St. Louis Blues.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 17th Edition

 

1927: The Montreal Canadiens trade Bill Boucher to the New York Americans for Cash

 

 

1928: Montreal trades Harold "Gizzy" Hart to Providence (Can-Am) for cash.

 

 

1934: The Canadiens trade Leroy Goldsworthy to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash.

 

 

1946: Bill Durnan recorded his 8th career shutout and Maurice Richard scored twice in a 3-0 Canadiens' win over the New York Rangers.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 16th Edition

 

 

1947: Montreal's rookie defenseman Doug Harvey played in his first NHL game, a 2-1  Canadiens loss to the New York Rangers.

 

 


1952: Elmer Lach scored twice in 43 seconds in the third period to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Rangers in Montreal.

 

 

1958: Henri Richard picked up four assists as the Canadiens won 4-3 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 15th Edition

 

1940: The Canadiens trade Art Lesieur  to Pittsburgh (AHL) for Babe Tapin.

 

 

1950: Maurice Richard scored both goals to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1953: The Canadiens dealt Stan Long to Buffalo (AHL) in a cash deal.

 

 

1954: Rookie goaltender Jacques Plante recorded his 6th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 14th Edition

 

1945: The Canadiens acquire Vic Lynn from the Detroit Red Wings in a cash deal.

 

 

1961:  Montreal Canadiens had their 9th straight opening game victory with a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. Henri Richard scored twice to lead the way, and Claude Provost added a goal and two assists.

 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Today in Habs History: Oct 13th Edition

 

1954: The Canadiens trade Lorne Davis to the Chicago Black Hawks for Ike Hildebrand and future considerations.

 

 

1955: The Montreal Canadiens announced that Henri Richard had been signed to a two-year contract with the team.

 

 

1956: Jacques Plante recorded his 18th career shutout as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1957: Rookie goaltender Charlie Hodge recorded his 2nd career shutout, and Maurice Richard and Dickie Moore each scored hat tricks as the Canadiens won 6-0 over the Detroit Red Wings. It was the 26th and final career hat trick for Richard, who also picked up an assist.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 12th Edition

 

 

1949: Bill Durnan recorded his 27th career shutout and Maurice Richard scored twice in the Canadiens' 4-0 win over the visiting Chicago Black Hawks.

 

 

1963: Former Canadiens' goalie Jacques Plante returned to the Montreal Forum for the first time as a member of the Rangers. He was both cheered and jeered, as the Rangers lost 6-2.

 

 

1968: Claude Ruel made his debut as the Montreal Canadiens' coach, succeeding Toe Blake. THe Habs the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-1.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 10th Edition

 

1929: The Canadiens acquire Gord Fraser from the Detroit Cougars in a cash deal.

 

 

1933: The Canadiens deal the rights to Jean Pusie to the New York Rangers for $3,000.

 

 

1939: The Montreal Canadiens trade Herbert Cain to the Boston Bruins for Charlie Sands and Ray Getliffe.

 

 

1949: The Canadiens send cash traded to the Boston Bruins for Grant Warwick.

 

 

1953: Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 350 goals as the Canadiens won 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 9th Edition

 

1941: The Canadiens sent Alex Singbush, Georges Mantha, Louis Trudel and Polly Drouin to Washington (AHL) in a cash deal.

 

1952: In the Canadiens season opener, Montreal's legendary announcer Danny Gallivan called his first NHL game on radio. The Habs lost to the Chicago Black Hawks 3-2.

 

1954: The Canadiens traded Dick Gamble traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Bill Shevtz and cash. Montreal held the right of recall and Gamble’s rights were returned to Montreal on November 23, 1954.

 

1956: Maurice Richard scored for the Montreal Canadiens as they tied the NHL All Stars 1-1, in the 10th All Star Game, played in Montreal. Ted Lindsay scored for the All Stars.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 3rd Edition

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(Photo: Canadiens.com)

The Canadiens Get Their Man

 

October 3, 1953 – After years or courting and ultimately buying the Quebec League that he played for, the Montreal Canadiens signed Jean Beliveau to an NHL contract.

 

 

At the press conference to announce the signing, Canadiens GM Frank Selke called it the “biggest moment of my long career in hockey.” Selke was also proud that the biggest contract ever issued by the Canadiens (five years, and estimated to be in the six figure range) was “given to a French-Canadian boy from Victoriaville.”

 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 2nd Edition

 

1934: The Montreal Canadiens trade Johnny Gagnon to the Boston Bruins for Joe Lamb.

 

1954: Jean Beliveau appeared in his second NHL All Star Game and picked up an assist as the All Stars tied the Detroit Red Wings 2-2, at the Olympia in Detroit.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Fun Facts as Habs and Leafs Open the Season

 

Tonight marks the 720th all-time regular season meeting between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. The Habs hold a 339-284 edge with 88 ties. Montreal has outscored Toronto 2195 to 1995.

 

This is the 15th time that the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet to open their respective NHL seasons. The Leafs have won nine of the previous 14 season opener meetings.

 

86 players have played for both the Habs and Leafs. This includes eight Hall of Famers.

Today in Habs History: October 1st Edition

 

1922: The Canadiens trade defenseman Bert Corbeau to the Hamilton Tigers for cash.

 

1933: The Canadiens trade goaltender George Hainsworth to the Toronto Maple Leafs for goaltender Lorne Chabot.

 

Habs Born on This Day:  Dave Ritchie (1891), Doug Young (1908), Leo Lamoureux (1916), Igor Ulanov (1969)

 

Sources:

 

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org