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Grand moments

January 10th, 1920
THE POWER OF SIX
On January 10, 1920, the Mount Royal Arena played host to a scoring frenzy between the Canadiens and the Toronto St. Pats that saw almost two dozen shots find the twine. Canadiens captain, Newsy Lalonde put on a scoring clinic, potting two in the opening period to send Montreal to the dressing room with a 6-1 lead. Not content to rest on his laurels, Lalonde scored three more in the second period and added yet another in the final frame, getting six on the night as Montreal won the game by a 14-7 score.

Lalonde’s six goal outing is still a Canadiens record and a feat that has been matched only seven times since. The first to do it was former teammate and one-time Hab, Joe Malone, who set the existing record three weeks later, burying seven for the Quebec Bulldogs. On the receiving end, once again, were the hapless St. Pats.

The NHL record of 21 goals in a single game set that evening still stands. It was tied on December 11, 1985 in a 12-9 Edmonton Oilers victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.