Saturday, 25 January 2014

Today in Habs History: January 25th Edition

Chris Chelios turns 51 today (Photo: Getty Images)

1940: The Canadiens end their team-record seven-game losing streak with a 2-2 tie against the New York Americans.

1968: Rogie Vachon records his second career shutout in the Habs 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins. Montreal extended their team-record winning streak to eight games.

1993: Ed Ronan scored after only 14 seconds in overtime setting a tea, record for the fastest goal in overtime in the regular season.

1996: Martin Rucinsky scores his first career hat trick in Montreal’s 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Vincent Damphousse added a goal and three assists.

Habs Born on This Day: Chris Chelios (1962), Randy McKay (1967), Gordie Dwyer (1978)

Friday, 17 January 2014

Today in Habs History: January 17th Edition

Today marks the birthdate of one of hockey’s all-time greats, Jacques Plante. There’s been much written and recorded on the life of “Jake The Snake.” Todd Denault’s biography of the Hall of Fame goaltender is probably the best place to start, if you haven’t already read it.

But who was Pat Hughes? Well he scored his first career hat trick on this day in 1979 as a rookie, as the Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings 7-3. Mark Napier (who is Hughes’ brother-in-law) had two goals as the Habs peppered Kings’ golaie Mario Lessard with 44 shots.

Hughes finished the season with 17 points in 41 games, which is impressive for a rookie on a team stacked with top minute forwards with names like Lafleur, Larouche, Shutt and co. He played eight games in the playoffs to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

He had shown a consistent scoring touch in the minors, but with a multitude of offense already, and Ken Dryden retiring, the Canadiens prioritized filling the goaltending void. With that, Hughes was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Denis Herron, who, as we know, was no replacement for Dryden.

Hughes had 18 goals for the Penguins in 1979-80, but was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers during the following season. There, with a kid named Gretzky dishing out biscuits left and right, Hughes had three straight 20-plus-goal season seasons and picked up two more Stanley Cup rings.

Dealt to the Buffalo Sabres to start the 1985-86 season, Hughes never regained his scoring touch, and left the NHL after a season split between Hartford and St. Louis.

More on Pat Hughes at Greatest Hockey Legends.

Elsewhere on this day..

1942: Joe Benoit scores his first career hat trick in the Canadiens 6-2 win over the New York Rangers.

1963: Gilles Tremblay scores the 4000th goal in franchise history, and Jean Belivieau adds three assists in a 6-4 Canadiens win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1968: Jean Beliveau’s 14th career hat trick leads the Habs to a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

1973: Rejean Houle records his first career hat trick in Montreal’s 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1996: In the first regular season game at the Palladium (now Scotiabank Place), Jocelyn Thibault’s 2nd shutout of the season gives the Canadiens a 3-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

2003: The Canadiens fire head coach Michel Therrien and replace him with Claude Julien. Ten years later..

Habs Born on This Day: Sylvain Turgeon (1965)

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Today in Habs History: January 16th Edition

1958: Dickie Moore scores two goals, including the 100th of his NHL career, and adds an assist in the Habs 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1960: Phil Goyette records his first career hat trick in the Canadiens 8-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

1964: Charlie Hodge records his 8th career shutout in a 1-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks. Bernie Geoffrion scored the lone goal for Montreal.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Today in Habs History: January 14th Edition

1922: The Cleghorn brothers, Sprague and Odie, score four goals each in the Canadiens’ 10-6 win over the Hamilton Tigers.It was the first time in NHL history that brothers each scored four goals in the same game.

1943: Alex Smart becomes the first NHL rookie to score a hat trick in his first game. Smart added an assist in the Canadiens 5-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks. Smart played just seven more games in the NHL, finishing with five goals and two assists.

1950: Bill Durnan records his 32nd career shutout in the Habs 3-0 win over Chicago.

1973: Goaltender Wayne Thomas earns a shutout in his first career NHL game, a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Thomas became the 12th NHL goalie to accomplish this.

2002: Oleg Petrov scores his first career hat trick, It was in a losing effort as the Canadiens were downed 5-3 by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Habs Born on This Day: Albert “Babe: Siebert (1904)


Monday, 13 January 2014

Today in Habs History: January 13th Edition

1926: The Canadiens defeat the New York Americans 2-1, in front of  a crowd of 10,000-plus fans. Baseball legend Babe Ruth dropped the ceremonial puck, before the game started.

1934: The Canadiens’ Lorne Chabot and the Senators’ Bill Beveridge duel to a scoreless tie. It was Chabot’s 60th career shutout.

1951: Rookie goaltender Gerry McNeil records his 7th career shutout, as the Canadiens blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0

1957: Jacques Plante wins his 100th career game, becoming the fourth Habs netminder goalie to reach that mark. The Canadiens defeated the Bruins 3-1.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Today in Habs History: January 12th Edition

1918: Joe Malone scores five times against Ottawa, becoming the first NHL player to reach 20 goals in a season. The Canadiens won 9-4 over the Senators. Malone also extended his goal scoring streak, to start the season, to seven games.

1926: Howie Morenz scores a hat trick in the Canadiens 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

1952: Rookie Paul Meger records his only career hat trick, Maurice Richard records his 19th career hat trick and rookie Bernie Geoffrion adds four assists in the Canadiens 8-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

1963: Claude Provost records a hat trick, Dickie Moore has four points (2G, 2A) and Henri Richard had five assists as the Canadiens beat the Bruins 7-2.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Today in Habs History: January 11th Edition

January 11, 1948 marked the end of a playing career for one of Canadiens All-Time greats and the end of the famous “Punch Line.”

It was on this night that Hector “Toe” Blake suffered a double fracture of his right ankle, during a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers. The  35-year-old left wing took a check form the Rangers Bill Juzda and crashed into the boards and catching his skate as he went down.