Saturday, 19 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 19th Edition


(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



Also on this Day…..


1921: Canadiens owner George Kennedy dies at age 39, from complications due to the Spanish Flu pandemic.



1933: The Canadiens purchased goaltender Wilf Cude from Philadelphia (CAHL).



1950: Rookie goaltender Gerry McNeil recorded his second career shutout and Maurice Richard scored twice in the Canadiens' 4-0 win over the New York Rangers in Montreal.



1963: Gump Worsley recorded his 25th career shutout in the Canadiens 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins. It was Worsley's first shutout with Montreal.



1967: Worsley recorded his 30th career shutout in the Canadiens' 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yvan Cournoyer scored the lone goal in the 1st period.



1983: Mats Naslund scored twice and added three assists as the Canadiens won 12-2 against the Winnipeg Jets.



1991: Roland Melanson recorded a shutout in his first NHL start in three years, a 22 save 1-0 win for Montreal, against the Philadelphia Flyers. It was Melanson's 5th career shutout (and his first with the Canadiens).



2000: Andrei Markov scored his first NHL goal in and recorded an assist in Montreal’s 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers.



Habs Born on This Day: Roy Worters (1900) Worters was loaned to the Habs by the New York Americans to fill in for George Hainsworth in a game against Toronto on Feb 27, 1930. Leo Gaudreault (1905).




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