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100 years, decade by decade - 1950-1959

by Staff Writer / Montréal 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, 1950 to 1959.

Canadiens' TV debut
On October 11, 1952, fans gathered around the television, rather than the radio when flickering black and white images of the NHL’s first televised game, pitting Detroit against Montreal, were beamed into their homes for the first time. More.

A New Mark for Maurice
On November 8, 1952, 10 years to the day after notching his first NHL goal, Maurice Richard took advantage of a visiting Chicago Blackhawks team to become the NHL’s all-time top marksman. More.

Stanley Cup No. 7
On April 16, 1953, the Canadiens played host to the Boston Bruins for the fifth game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Two nights earlier in Boston, Dick Irvin’s charges had taken a 3-1 lead in the series on the strength of a 7-3 win. More.

Béliveau Arrives in Montreal
On October 3, 1953, after Habs General Manager, Frank Selke, bought up the entire Quebec Senior Hockey League to lock up his coveted professional rights, Jean Béliveau inked his first contract with the Canadiens. More.

The Richard Riot
On March 17, 1955, a game between the Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings explodes off the ice. Thousands of Habs fans flock to the Forum to protest National Hockey League president, Clarence Campbell’s decision to suspend Maurice Richard. More.

Béliveau's Hat Trick
On November 5, 1955, Jean Béliveau’s one-man power play clinic at the Forum led to an NHL rule change. More.

Stanley Cup No. 8
On April 10, 1956, the Canadiens hosted the Red Wings for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, leading Detroit 3-1 in the series. More.

Stanley Cup No. 9
On April 16, 1957, the Canadiens, holding a 3-1 lead over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, returned to the Forum for the fifth game of the series. More.

The Rocket Hits 500
On October 19, 1957, Maurice Richard reached yet another important career milestone before a packed Forum against the Chicago Blackhawks. More.

Stanley Cup No. 10
On April 20, 1958, the Canadiens made the trek to Boston to meet the Bruins in the sixth game of that year’s Stanley Cup Finals with Toe Blake’s team needing only one more win to capture their third straight championship. More.

The Moore the Better
On March 22, 1959, the last regular season game for the Canadiens was scheduled against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, a date that coincided with Dickie Moore’s attempt to rewrite the record book. More.

Stanley Cup No. 11
On April 18, 1959, the Canadiens had a chance to write a new chapter of the NHL record book when they hosted the Maple Leafs at the Forum. After taking a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals two days earlier in Toronto, Toe Blake’s team needed just one more win to become the only team in league history to capture four straight Stanley Cups. More.

Plante and His Mask
On November 1, 1959, at Madison Square Garden, Jacques Plante gave hockey a a facelift when, three minutes into the game, he was struck in the face by a shot off the stick of Rangers forward Andy Bathgate. More.

Stanley Cup No. 12
On April 14, 1960, at Maple Leaf Gardens, the Canadiens were one win short of a perfect postseason and the Toronto Maple Leafs were not about to stand in their way. More.

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