All Habs Headlines: Friday December 1, 2017

On this day in hockey history

1924— The first NHL game in the United States was played! The Boston Bruins, the first American team to join the league, hosted the Montreal Maroons and beat them 2-1.

1940— ets of brothers played in one NHL game! Lynn and Muzz Patrick, and Neil and Mac Colville played for the Rangers; and Max and Doug Bentley, and Bob and Bill Carse played for Chicago. Weird! Bently, Carse, and the Black Hawks won the battle of brothers 4-1.

1996 – Wayne Gretzky became the first, and only player in NHL history to reach the 3,000-point plateau, which included playoffs, as he recorded an assist in a Rangers 6-2 win over the Canadiens. The Great One finished his legendary career with 2,857 regular-season points and 260 in the playoffs, good for 3,117 total points.

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Brandon Davidson (Photo by TVA)

►  Lines at practice

Day off.

  • Nikita Scherbak is recovering following knee surgery
  • Ales Hemsky has concussion symptoms
  • Al Montoya has concussion symptoms
  • Artturi Lehkonen is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury
  • Shea Weber is day-to-day with a lower body injury

 

Brandon on the block

Guess who’s back?

  • Noah Juulsen has been activated from the injured reserve and will become a key cog for the Laval Rocket.

Snufleupugus is REAL!

  • The mysterious David Schlemko has made his long awaiting debut.

  • In his two games played this week, after some early hiccups, he provided solid defensive play, excellent puck-moving ability and veteran poise in all situations.

  • His stat line looks somewhat bare, yet he is a plus-2 averaging 15:54 of icetime. In a small sample he has a Corsi For of 66.7 per cent.

►Sad news for the Pocket Rocket

  • RDS reports that Henri “the Pocket Rocket” Richard, winner of a record 11 Stanley Cups as a player can no longer remember his exploits due to his advancing Alzheimer’s. 

Canadiens Values

  • The Canadiens hosted a television/radio telethon to raise funds for children’s charities.
  • In it’s ninth year, it raised $150,000 and has now topped $1 million overall.

 International Man of Mystery

  • After much speculation, it was announced Jonathan Drouin did not travel with the team to Detroit
  • There were rumors of a missing passport, yet it still took nearly 12 hours to confirm a minor injury.

 Carr Recalled

  • Daniel Carr has been recalled to Montreal and will meet the team in Detroit.  His 12 goals and 19 points in 20 games played have him sitting in second in the AHL for points.
  • In his first game back with the Canadiens he had one assist, played 11:25, was even and took one shot on goal.

► Get Cracking

  • In a minor trade Canadiens acquire Adam Cracknell from the NY Rangers in return for Peter Holland.
  • Cracknell, 32, is in the final year of his deal that pays him $675,000. As he was in the minors, he didn’t require waivers to report to Laval.
  • Cracknell is a rugged depth forward capable of playing all three forward positions.

 

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