1940–41 Montreal Canadiens season

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1940–41 Montreal Canadiens
1940–41 record 16-26-6
Goals for 121
Goals against 143
Team information
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals John Quilty (18)
Assists Toe Blake (20)
Points John Quilty (34)
Penalties in minutes Red Goupille (81)
Wins Bert Gardiner (13)
Goals against average Bert Gardiner (2.75)
<1939–40 1941–42>

The 1940–41 Montreal Canadiens season was the 32nd season in club history. The team placed sixth in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in the quarter-finals against Chicago Black Hawks.

Off-season[edit]

During the off-season, Dick Irvin was hired as the new coach of the team. Irvin had previously been the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Maple Leafs' owner Conn Smythe, who wanted to hire Hap Day, suggested Irvin to the Canadiens.[1][2]

Regular season[edit]

Rookie Johnny Quilty led the team in scoring and the team increased its wins total to 16 from 10 in the previous season.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Boston Bruins 48 27 8 13 67 168 102
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 28 14 6 62 145 99
Detroit Red Wings 48 21 16 11 53 112 102
New York Rangers 48 21 19 8 50 143 125
Chicago Black Hawks 48 16 25 7 39 112 139
Montreal Canadiens 48 16 26 6 38 121 147
New York Americans 48 8 29 11 27 99 186

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs and played the Chicago Black Hawks. The Black Hawks won the best-of-three series in three games, two games to one.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T November 3, 1940 1–1 OT Boston Bruins (1940–41) 0–0–1
2 L November 10, 1940 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 0–1–1
3 L November 14, 1940 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 0–2–1
4 L November 16, 1940 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 0–3–1
5 T November 17, 1940 4–4 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 0–3–2
6 L November 21, 1940 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 0–4–2
7 W November 23, 1940 3–1 New York Americans (1940–41) 1–4–2
8 L November 24, 1940 1–2 @ New York Americans (1940–41) 1–5–2
9 W November 26, 1940 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 2–5–2
10 L November 30, 1940 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 2–6–2
11 L December 5, 1940 2–3 New York Rangers (1940–41) 2–7–2
12 W December 7, 1940 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 3–7–2
13 L December 12, 1940 3–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 3–8–2
14 W December 15, 1940 2–1 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 4–8–2
15 L December 19, 1940 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 4–9–2
16 W December 21, 1940 3–1 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 5–9–2
17 W December 26, 1940 7–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 6–9–2
18 W December 28, 1940 3–0 New York Americans (1940–41) 7–9–2
19 L December 31, 1940 2–4 @ New York Americans (1940–41) 7–10–2
20 W January 1, 1941 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 8–10–2
21 T January 4, 1941 3–3 OT New York Rangers (1940–41) 8–10–3
22 L January 5, 1941 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 8–11–3
23 L January 7, 1941 3–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 8–12–3
24 L January 9, 1941 1–3 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 8–13–3
25 L January 11, 1941 1–2 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 8–14–3
26 L January 12, 1941 5–7 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 8–15–3
27 W January 16, 1941 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 9–15–3
28 W January 18, 1941 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 10–15–3
29 L January 23, 1941 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 10–16–3
30 T January 25, 1941 2–2 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 10–16–4
31 L February 2, 1941 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 10–17–4
32 L February 4, 1941 3–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 10–18–4
33 T February 6, 1941 4–4 OT Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 10–18–5
34 T February 8, 1941 3–3 OT New York Americans (1940–41) 10–18–6
35 L February 9, 1941 3–6 OT @ New York Americans (1940–41) 10–19–6
36 W February 11, 1941 6–2 New York Rangers (1940–41) 11–19–6
37 W February 13, 1941 6–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 12–19–6
38 L February 15, 1941 0–5 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 12–20–6
39 L February 16, 1941 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 12–21–6
40 L February 20, 1941 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 12–22–6
41 W February 22, 1941 7–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 13–22–6
42 L February 27, 1941 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 13–23–6
43 L March 1, 1941 1–3 New York Rangers (1940–41) 13–24–6
44 W March 2, 1941 3–2 @ New York Americans (1940–41) 14–24–6
45 W March 6, 1941 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 15–24–6
46 L March 8, 1941 0–4 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 15–25–6
47 L March 9, 1941 0–8 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 15–26–6
48 W March 15, 1941 6–0 New York Americans (1940–41) 16–26–6

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Quilty, JohnJohn Quilty C 48 18 16 34 31
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 45 16 16 32 32
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 48 12 20 32 49
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 39 15 10 25 25
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 45 10 15 25 75
Demers, TonyTony Demers RW 46 13 10 23 17
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 43 7 14 21 16
Adams, JackJack Adams LW 42 6 12 18 11
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 43 5 13 18 4
Drouin, PollyPolly Drouin LW 21 4 7 11 0
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 34 2 8 10 41
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 48 3 6 9 81
Portland, JackJack Portland D 42 2 7 9 34
Graboski, TonyTony Graboski LW/D 34 4 3 7 12
Trudel, LouLou Trudel LW 16 2 3 5 2
Singbush, AlexAlex Singbush D 32 0 5 5 15
Smith, StuStu Smith LW 3 2 1 3 2
O'Neil, JimJim O'Neil C/RW 12 0 3 3 0
Mantha, GeorgesGeorges Mantha D/LW 6 0 1 1 0
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 4 0 0 0 0
Cude, WilfWilf Cude G 3 0 0 0 0
Gardiner, BertBert Gardiner G 42 0 0 0 0
Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 7 0 0 0 12
Young, DougDoug Young D 3 0 0 0 4
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Gardiner, BertBert Gardiner 2600 42 13 23 6 119 2.75 1
Cude, WilfWilf Cude 180 3 2 1 0 13 4.33 0
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 210 4 1 2 0 15 4.29 0
Team: 2990 48 16 26 6 147 2.95 1

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 3 4 0 4 2
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 3 0 3 3 5
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 3 1 1 2 0
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 3 0 2 2 11
Quilty, JohnJohn Quilty C 3 0 2 2 0
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 3 1 0 1 0
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 2 1 0 1 0
Portland, JackJack Portland D 3 0 1 1 2
Adams, JackJack Adams LW 3 0 0 0 0
Demers, TonyTony Demers RW 2 0 0 0 0
Drouin, PollyPolly Drouin LW 1 0 0 0 0
Gardiner, BertBert Gardiner G 3 0 0 0 0
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 2 0 0 0 0
Graboski, TonyTony Graboski LW/D 3 0 0 0 6
O'Neil, JimJim O'Neil C/RW 3 0 0 0 0
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 3 0 0 0 4
Singbush, AlexAlex Singbush D 3 0 0 0 4
Smith, StuStu Smith LW 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Gardiner, BertBert Gardiner 214 3 1 2 8 2.24 0
Team: 214 3 1 2 8 2.24 0

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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 and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Hunter, Douglas (1997). Champions: The Illustrated History of Hockey's Greatest Dynasties. Chicago, Illinois: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-213-6. 
  • Smythe, Conn; Young, Scott (1981). Conn Smythe: If you can't beat 'em in the alley. Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-9078-1. 
  1. ^ Smythe & Young 1981, p. 143.
  2. ^ Hunter 1997, p. 42.
  3. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  4. ^ "1940–41 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  5. ^ "1940-41 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 

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