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Grand moments

March 3rd, 1920
SWEET 16
On March 3, 1920, the Canadiens had a game for the ages against the Quebec Bulldogs, setting scoring records that have stood for almost 90 years. Showing goalie Frank Brophy no mercy, they sent a barrage of shots his way throughout the game. Sixteen made it past him.

Four Canadiens players scored three or more times in the 16-3 drubbing of their provincial rivals.  Didier Pitre completed his hat trick in the opening period, one that ended with the Habs leading 4-0.

In the second, it was player/coach Newsy Lalonde’s turn to shine as he picked up three on his way to a four-goal night. After 40 minutes, Montreal held a comfortable 11-1 lead.  The seven goals notched by the team still remain the most they’ve ever potted in a single period, though they have managed to repeat the feat six times since.

Defenseman Harry Cameron made the most of his chances, scoring four times on the evening, something only one other Habs blue-liner has repeated since. Completing the hat trick quartet was reservist Odie Cleghorn, while center Amos Arbour’s two goals meant he was only the team’s fifth-best sniper that night.

The 13-goal gap between the teams is still the largest margin of victory in Canadiens game in franchise history.