December 18: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 18 NHL History 1928: Goaltender George Hainsworth sets an NHL record with his fifth consecutive road shutout when the Canadiens defeat the Blackhawks 5-0. Howie Morenz scores two goals and has an assist for Montreal. 1952: Rookie Jean Beliveau scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion also scores three (for his second NHL […]

October 24: This Day in NHL History

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October 24 NHL History 1972: Jacques Lemaire scores three goals for his third NHL hat trick and has an assist for a four-point night, helping the Montreal Canadiens defeat the New York Islanders 4-3 in Uniondale, New York. It’s the first NHL hat trick at Nassau Coliseum. 1976: Bobby Orr becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to reach 900 career […]

September 25: This Day in NHL History

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September 25 NHL History 1926: The NHL officially approves franchises in Chicago and Detroit for the 1926-27 season. Along with a second franchise awarded earlier to New York. The NHL becomes a 10-team league and soon adopts a two-division format. The Detroit team calls itself the Cougars after purchasing players from the Victoria Cougars of the […]

September 7: This Day in NHL History

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September 7 NHL History 1945: Jacques Lemaire, an 11-time Stanley Cup champion as a player, coach and executive, is born in LaSalle, Quebec. Lemaire wins eight championships as a player with the Montreal Canadiens, the first as a rookie in 1968. The last one comes in 1979, when he scores the second Cup-clinching goal of his career to […]

June 28: This Day in NHL History

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June 28 NHL History 1964: The Montreal Canadiens make a franchise-altering trade with the Boston Bruins, although no one knows it at the time. Shortly after taking 16-year-old goaltender Ken Dryden with the 14th pick in the NHL Draft, the Bruins trade his rights to the Canadiens with Alex Campbell for Guy Allen and Paul Reid. […]

May 21: This Day in NHL History

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May 21 NHL HISTORY 1979: The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the fourth consecutive season, and for the sixth time in the 1970s, by defeating the New York Rangers 4-1 in Game 5 of the Final at the Forum.  The game is tied 1-1 entering the second period, but Montreal forward Jacques Lemaire […]

May 17: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: May 17 1979: Ken Dryden of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to score a point in the Stanley Cup Final. Dryden is credited with an assist on Jacques Lemaire’s goal at 17:10 of the third period that wraps up a 4-1 win against the New […]

May 14: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: May 14 1977: The Montreal Canadiens end perhaps the most dominant season in NHL history when Jacques Lemaire scores his second goal of the game at 4:32 of overtime for a 2-1 victory against the Bruins at Boston Garden, completing a four-game sweep in the Final to win the Stanley […]

May 9: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 9 1974: The Philadelphia Flyers end a 19-game winless streak at Boston Garden when Bobby Clarke scores at 12:01 of overtime for a series-tying 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. After defenseman Andre Dupont ties the game with 52 seconds remaining in the […]

April 28: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 28 1968: Rookie Jacques Lemaire scores at 2:14 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a series-clinching 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Semifinals at the Forum. The win puts the Canadiens into the Stanley Cup Final for the fourth straight year; they go […]