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Grand moments

February 18th, 1918
Defensive play was far from the order of the day in 1917-18, with an average of 10 goals a game being recorded in the NHL’s opening campaign. As a result, Canadiens goaltender Georges Vézina’s accomplishment on February 18 is all the more impressive.

Playing in Toronto against the Arenas, who would go on to win that spring’s Stanley Cup, the “Chicoutimi Cucumber” was perfect, turning aside the onslaught of future Hall of Famers like Reg Noble and Harry Cameron, as he backstopped the Canadiens to a 9-0 shutout.

It was also the first shutout ever posted in NHL play, an accomplishment Vézina would repeat a dozen times before retiring in 1925.