Rocket’s big night against Toronto

Maurice Richard, seen in a photo as part of a display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

A few highlights from this day in Canadiens history:

• 1945 – Maurice Richard scored four goals and added an assist in the Canadiens’ 10-3 win over the visiting Maple Leafs, in Game 5 of the semi-finals. Richard became the first player in NHL history to score three hat tricks in the playoffs.
• 1951 – Maurice Richard scored the winner at 42:20 in overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Red Wings, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals at Detroit. It was Richard’s second straight OT game winner. Gerry McNeil was credited with the shutout.
• 1955 – Don Marshall scored the winning goal at 3:05 of OT giving Montreal a 4-3 win at Boston in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals.
• 1969 – The Canadiens set a new NHL record with their 46th win of the season, a 5-3 triumph over the Boston Bruins. The Canadiens broke their own record of 45 wins, set in 1955-1956.
• 1975 – Guy Lafleur became the third player in Montreal history to score 50 goals in a season as he helped the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Scouts. It was the first of six straight 50-goal seasons for Lafleur (an NHL record at the time).

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