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.


1953: Defenseman Tom Johnson was moved to center, and scored two goals to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over Toronto, at the Forum.



1960: Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion had three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.



1966: Goaltender Gump Worsley recorded his 29th career shutout, and Claude Provost scored twice as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the New York Rangers, at the Forum.




1969: Jean Beliveau became the first player in Canadiens history to play 1,000 NHL games, when he appeared in a 4-1 Canadiens' loss to the Minnesota North Stars.


The Canadiens also sent cash to the Cleveland Barons (AHL) for Jean Gauhtier.




1977: Guy Lafleur scored three times in the first period to become the 11th player in franchise history to score 250 goals. The milestone goal came in the Canadiens' 5-3 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Kings. The loss snapped the Canadiens home unbeaten streak at 37 games (counting the playoffs). The streak dated back nearly a year to November 1, 1976.



1996: The Canadiens trade captain Pierre Turgeon, Rory Fitzpatrick, and Craig Conroy to the St. Louis Blues, in exchange for Shayne Corson, defenseman Murray Baron, and a 5th round pick in 1997.



Habs Born on This Day: Francis Stahan (1918), Matt Higgins (1977)







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