1926–27 Montreal Canadiens season

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1926–27 Montreal Canadiens
Division 2nd Canadian
1926–27 record 28-14-2
Goals for 99
Goals against 67
Team information
General Manager Leo Dandurand
Coach Cecil Hart
Captain Sylvio Mantha
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Howie Morenz (25)
Assists Howie Morenz (7)
Points Howie Morenz (32)
Wins George Hainsworth (28)
Goals against average George Hainsworth (1.47)
<1925–26 1927–28>

The 1926–27 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 18th season, and tenth in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team rebounded from its last place finish to place second in the Canadian Division and qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens defeated the rival Maroons in a two-game series before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup winner Ottawa Senators in the semi-finals.

Regular season[edit]

The Canadiens, last place finishers in 1925–26, signed three players from the Western Hockey League. The team solved its goal-tending woes by signing George Hainsworth from Saskatoon, whom Georges Vezina had designated to be his successor. They further strengthened their team by signing Herb Gardiner from Calgary for defence and adding Art Gagne from Edmonton to the forwards.

The Canadiens moved into the Montreal Forum permanently this season. The club's first game was on November 18, 1926 against Ottawa, lost 2–1.[1] The Canadiens won eleven games in a row from February 24 until March 24. The surge enabled the Canadiens to finish second in the Canadian Division to Ottawa.

Final standings[edit]

Canadian Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Ottawa Senators 44 30 10 4 86 69 64
Montreal Canadiens 44 28 14 2 99 67 58
Montreal Maroons 44 20 20 4 71 68 44
New York Americans 44 17 25 2 82 91 36
Toronto St. Patricks/Maple Leafs 44 15 24 5 79 94 35

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Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L November 16, 1926 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1926–27) 0–1–0
2 L November 18, 1926 1–2 Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 0–2–0
3 L November 20, 1926 1–2 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 0–3–0
4 W November 23, 1926 2–0 New York Americans (1926–27) 1–3–0
5 L November 27, 1926 0–2 New York Rangers (1926–27) 1–4–0
6 W December 2, 1926 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 2–4–0
7 L December 4, 1926 1–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 2–5–0
8 W December 7, 1926 3–2 OT Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 3–5–0
9 W December 9, 1926 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 4–5–0
10 L December 11, 1926 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 4–6–0
11 T December 16, 1926 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (1926–27) 4–6–1
12 W December 18, 1926 2–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 5–6–1
13 W December 22, 1926 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 6–6–1
14 W December 23, 1926 3–2 @ Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 7–6–1
15 W December 30, 1926 1–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 8–6–1
16 L January 1, 1927 1–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 8–7–1
17 L January 4, 1927 3–6 @ New York Americans (1926–27) 8–8–1
18 L January 6, 1927 0–1 @ New York Rangers (1926–27) 8–9–1
19 L January 8, 1927 0–2 Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 8–10–1
20 W January 13, 1927 3–1 New York Americans (1926–27) 9–10–1
21 W January 15, 1927 1–0 @ Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 10–10–1
22 W January 18, 1927 5–3 Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 11–10–1
23 W January 22, 1927 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 12–10–1
24 L January 27, 1927 2–3 New York Rangers (1926–27) 12–11–1
25 W January 30, 1927 2–1 OT @ New York Americans (1926–27) 13–11–1
26 W February 1, 1927 1–0 OT @ New York Rangers (1926–27) 14–11–1
27 W February 5, 1927 1–0 Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 15–11–1
28 L February 11, 1927 1–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 15–12–1
29 W February 12, 1927 4–1 @ Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 16–12–1
30 T February 15, 1927 1–1 OT Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 16–12–2
31 W February 19, 1927 3–0 New York Americans (1926–27) 17–12–2
32 L February 22, 1927 1–2 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 17–13–2
33 W February 24, 1927 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 18–13–2
34 W February 26, 1927 2–0 Boston Bruins (1926–27) 19–13–2
35 W March 1, 1927 3–0 Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 20–13–2
36 W March 3, 1927 7–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 21–13–2
37 W March 5, 1927 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 22–13–2
38 W March 8, 1927 1–0 @ Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 23–13–2
39 W March 10, 1927 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 24–13–2
40 W March 15, 1927 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 25–13–2
41 W March 19, 1927 5–0 Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 26–13–2
42 W March 22, 1927 1–0 @ Boston Bruins (1926–27) 27–13–2
43 W March 24, 1927 6–3 @ New York Americans (1926–27) 28–13–2
44 L March 26, 1927 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 28–14–2

Playoffs[edit]

In a "Battle of Montreal" quarter-final, the Canadiens defeated the Maroons in a close two-game total-goals series 2–1. The Canadiens next took on the first place Ottawa Senators in the semi-finals. The eventual Stanley Cup champions defeated the Canadiens 5–1 in a two-game total-goals series.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Montreal Maroons

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 29 Montreal Canadiens 1 Montreal Maroons 1
March 31 Montreal Maroons 0 Montreal Canadiens 1 (OT)

Montreal Canadiens win total-goals series 2–1

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 2 Ottawa Senators 4 Montreal Canadiens 0
April 4 Montreal Canadiens 1 Ottawa Senators 1

Ottawa wins total-goals series 5–1

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz C 44 25 7 32 49
Joliat, AurelAurel Joliat LW 43 14 4 18 79
Lepine, PitPit Lepine C 44 16 1 17 20
Gagne, ArtArt Gagne RW 44 14 3 17 42
Mantha, SylvioSylvio Mantha D 43 10 5 15 77
Cooper, CarsonCarson Cooper RW 14 9 3 12 16
Gardiner, HerbHerb Gardiner D 44 6 6 12 26
Leduc, AlbertAlbert Leduc D 43 5 2 7 62
Hart, GizzyGizzy Hart LW 40 3 3 6 8
Boucher, BillyBilly Boucher RW 21 4 0 4 14
Larochelle, WildorWildor Larochelle RW 41 0 1 1 6
Gauthier, ArtArt Gauthier C 13 0 0 0 0
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth G 44 0 0 0 0
Lafrance, LeoLeo Lafrance LW 4 0 0 0 0
Moran, AmbyAmby Moran D 12 0 0 0 10
Palangio, PetePete Palangio LW 6 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth 2732 44 28 14 2 67 1.47 14
Team: 2732 44 28 14 2 67 1.47 14

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Joliat, AurelAurel Joliat LW 4 1 0 1 10
Mantha, SylvioSylvio Mantha D 4 1 0 1 0
Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz C 4 1 0 1 4
Cooper, CarsonCarson Cooper RW 3 0 0 0 0
Gagne, ArtArt Gagne RW 4 0 0 0 0
Gardiner, HerbHerb Gardiner D 4 0 0 0 10
Gauthier, ArtArt Gauthier C 1 0 0 0 0
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth G 4 0 0 0 0
Hart, GizzyGizzy Hart LW 4 0 0 0 0
Larochelle, WildorWildor Larochelle RW 4 0 0 0 0
Leduc, AlbertAlbert Leduc D 4 0 0 0 2
Lepine, PitPit Lepine C 4 0 0 0 4
Palangio, PetePete Palangio LW 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth 252 4 1 1 6 1.43 1
Team: 252 4 1 1 6 1.43 1

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Goaltenders
Defense
Forwards

Source:

  • Mouton, p. 156
  • "Players". NHL. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1969). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.2 1927–1946 inc. National Hockey League. pp. 7–24. 
  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Toronto, Ontario: Key Porter Books. ISBN 1-55013-051-X. 
  1. ^ Mouton, p. 72
  2. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  3. ^ "1926-27 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05.