Saturday, March 6, 2010

Today in Hockey History

1919 - NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators, 3 games to 1 with 1 tie.
The Canadiens won the first half of the 1918–19 NHL regular season while the Ottawa Senators won the second half, setting up a best-of-seven series between the two clubs to determine the NHL title.
Montreal would go on to meet the Seattle Metropolitans for the Stanley Cup later in the month.
This would be the infamous "influenza finals" that were suspended tied at 2 games apiece after an outbreak of the flu virus. The entire Montreal team and manager fell ill and led to the death of defenseman Joe Hall four days after the series was suspended.

Yesterday in Hockey History
1985 - Mike Bossy scores his 50th goal of the season, becoming the first player to reach such a mark in eight consecutive years.
The 15th overall pick of the New York Islanders hit the ground running in his first season with the club, scoring 53 goals in 1977-78.
Going into a matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers late in the 1984-85 campaign, the right winger had scored at least 51 times each year and looked to continue the trend with 49 already in the bank.
Bossy hit the half century mark when he tied the game at one a piece midway through the second period. Then, with the Isles down 3-5, he led a comeback effort by keeping the 51-plus goal streak alive with his second tally of the game. The host would come up short, but the fans in Long Island were still treated to a record-setting night.
The Montreal native not only found the back of the net seven more times in the last quarter, but followed up his effort with a 61-goal '85-'86 season, extending the milestone to nine straight years.

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