This Day in Habs History for Oct 30

The Montreal Canadiens' "Punch Line" (the more famous one) made it's NHL debut on this day in 1943. (Photo: Montreal Gazette)

1943: Montreal's famous "Punch Line" played together for the first time. Maurice Richard played on the wing with Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. It was also the first time Richard wore uniform #9. The Canadiens tied 2-2 with the Boston Bruins.

On the same day, Bill Durnan signed his first NHL contract and made his NHL debut. It was the start of an NHL-record 14 game unbeaten streak (12-0-2) for the rookie goalie

1957: Jean Beliveau scored a goal and an assist in the Canadiens' 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, to give him 300 career points in just 267 games.

1968: Goaltender Rogie Vachon recorded his 6th career shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 5-0 win over the Maple Leafs.

1969: Jean Beliveau recorded one assist, for his 1,100th point in 1,001 regular season games, during a 2-2 tie with the St. Louis Blues.

1980: Guy Lafleur scored twice and added three assists as the Canadiens crushed the Hartford Whalers 8-2. On the same night, Pierre Larouche scored his 200th NHL goal.

1993: Vincent Damphousse scored his 7th career hat trick to give him 200 career NHL goals as the Canadiens won 5-2 against the visiting Leafs.

2003: Jose Theodore recorded his 20th career shutout, and Joe Juneau scored the winning goal at 1:39 of overtime in the Canadiens 1-0 win against the Bruins.

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