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This Day in Habs History for Oct 27

1945: Rookie Billy Reay scored twice in the first game of his NHL career, and Elmer Lach added a goal and three assists to lead the Canadiens to an 8-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

1973: Rookie Bob Gainey scored his first NHL goal, in a 4-2 Canadiens' win over the Minnesota North Stars, at the Forum.

1981: Montreal's Keith Acton scored his first career hat trick and added an assist, Steve Shutt had two goals and two assists and Larry Robinson added a goal and three assists as the Canadiens won 11-2 against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

Habs born on this day: Gordie Poirier (1914),  Sergei Samsonov (1978)