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100 years, decade by decade - 1940-1949

by Staff Writer / Montr��al Canadiens
The Canadiens 100th Anniversary on December 4th, 2009 is now right around the corner. Starting today, let us take you back daily to a different decade in the team’s lifetime. Over the next few days, relive the greatest moments of the hockey’s most celebrated franchise. Next up, 1940 to 1949.

Irvin Steps In
Hired the previous April by General Manager Tom Gorman, Dick Irvin made his debut behind the bench at the Montreal Forum on November 3, 1940. More.

Ready for Takeoff
On October 31, 1942, only two days after signing his first professional contract with the Canadiens, Maurice Richard’s NHL star began its ascent in a game at the Forum against the Boston Bruins. More.

Durnan's Big Debut
On December 4, 1943, rookie goaltender Bill Durnan gave the kind of performance fans had come expect from him, backstopping the Canadiens to an 8-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The win also prolonged a 14-game unbeaten streak that had begun with his first NHL appearance on opening night. More.

Perfection at Home
The New York Rangers were the visiting team for the final home game on the 1943-44 schedule. As had been the case all season long, Dick Irvin’s crew made the Forum an inhospitable place, administering an 11-2 thrashing to the Blueshirts. More.

Rocket’s Three Stars
On March 23, 1944, Maurice Richard took matters into his own hands during the second game of the semifinals against Toronto at the Forum. More.

Stanley Cup No. 5
Sixty minutes away from ending a 13-year championship drought on April 13, 1944, the Canadiens held a 3-0 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks going into the fourth game of the 1944 Stanley Cup Finals. More.

50 in 50
Going into Montreal’s final regular season game in Boston, on March 18, 1945, Maurice Richard, with 49 goals in as many games already in the book, the right winger had one more chance to become the first NHLer to light the lamp 50 times in a single season. More.

Stanley Cup No. 6
On April 9, 1946, the Canadiens entered the night needing only one more win to capture their second Stanley Cup in three years. More.

Selke Takes Control
On July 26. 1946, Frank Selke was hired as General Manager of the Canadiens, replacing Tommy Gorman. More.

Lach wins the Art Ross
On March 21, 1948, thanks to a three-point night against Chicago the previous evening, Elmer Lach entered the last game of the regular season against Boston with 59 points, only one behind New York’s Buddy O’Connor, who led all NHLers. More.

Captain Butch
On October 14, 1948, the Montreal Canadiens held a vote to determine the team’s next captain. More.

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