1942–43 Montreal Canadiens season

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1942–43 Montreal Canadiens
1942–43 record 19-19-12
Goals for 181
Goals against 191
Team information
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Joe Benoit (30)
Assists Buddy O'Connor (43)
Points Toe Blake (59)
Penalties in minutes Leo Lamoureux (53)
Wins Paul Bibeault (19)
Goals against average Paul Bibeault (3.81)
<1941–42 1943–44>

The 1942–43 Montreal Canadiens season was the 34th season in franchise history. The team placed fourth in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in the semi-finals against the Boston Bruins 4 games to 2.

Regular season[edit]

The Montreal Canadiens were still making progress, and coach Dick Irvin put together the first "Punch Line" of Elmer Lach, Toe Blake and Joe Benoit. Benoit became the first Canadien to hit the 30 goal plateau since Howie Morenz did it in 1929–30 (40 goals) scoring an even 30. Gordie Drillon also added some scoring power. Rookie Maurice Richard showed promise, but broke his leg. The Canadiens made the playoffs by one slim point and bowed out in the playoffs' first round. Alex Smart scored three goals in his National League Debut.[1]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 50 25 14 11 169 124 +45 61
2 Boston Bruins 50 24 17 9 195 176 +19 57
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 50 22 19 9 198 159 +39 53
4 Montreal Canadiens 50 19 19 12 181 191 -10 −10 50
5 Chicago Black Hawks 50 17 18 15 179 180 -1 −1 49
6 New York Rangers 50 11 31 8 161 253 -92 −92 30

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 31, 1942 3–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 1–0–0
2 L November 7, 1942 3–4 OT @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 1–1–0
3 W November 8, 1942 10–4 New York Rangers (1942–43) 2–1–0
4 W November 12, 1942 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 3–1–0
5 L November 14, 1942 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–2–0
6 L November 15, 1942 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–3–0
7 L November 17, 1942 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 3–4–0
8 L November 21, 1942 0–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 3–5–0
9 T November 22, 1942 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 3–5–1
10 T November 24, 1942 4–4 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–5–2
11 L November 28, 1942 2–6 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 3–6–2
12 L November 29, 1942 3–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–7–2
13 W December 3, 1942 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–7–2
14 L December 5, 1942 1–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–8–2
15 L December 6, 1942 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 4–9–2
16 L December 12, 1942 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 4–10–2
17 W December 13, 1942 7–3 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–10–2
18 L December 17, 1942 1–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 5–11–2
19 T December 19, 1942 1–1 New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–11–3
20 L December 20, 1942 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 5–12–3
21 T December 25, 1942 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 5–12–4
22 W December 27, 1942 4–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 6–12–4
23 L January 2, 1943 3–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 6–13–4
24 T January 3, 1943 4–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 6–13–5
25 W January 9, 1943 7–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 7–13–5
26 W January 10, 1943 7–4 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 8–13–5
27 W January 14, 1943 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 9–13–5
28 L January 16, 1943 4–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 9–14–5
29 W January 17, 1943 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 10–14–5
30 L January 19, 1943 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 10–15–5
31 T January 21, 1943 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 10–15–6
32 T January 23, 1943 5–5 New York Rangers (1942–43) 10–15–7
33 T January 30, 1943 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 10–15–8
34 W January 31, 1943 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 11–15–8
35 W February 6, 1943 8–3 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 12–15–8
36 L February 7, 1943 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 12–16–8
37 W February 11, 1943 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 13–16–8
38 W February 13, 1943 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 14–16–8
39 L February 14, 1943 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 14–17–8
40 W February 18, 1943 5–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 15–17–8
41 W February 20, 1943 6–1 New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–17–8
42 L February 21, 1943 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–18–8
43 W February 25, 1943 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 17–18–8
44 L February 28, 1943 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 17–19–8
45 W March 4, 1943 7–2 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 18–19–8
46 T March 6, 1943 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 18–19–9
47 T March 11, 1943 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 18–19–10
48 T March 13, 1943 6–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 18–19–11
49 T March 14, 1943 4–4 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 18–19–12
50 W March 18, 1943 6–3 New York Rangers (1942–43) 19–19–12

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Playoffs[edit]

SemiFinals[edit]

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 48 23 36 59 26
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 45 18 40 58 14
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 50 15 43 58 2
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 49 30 27 57 23
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 49 28 22 50 14
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 50 18 28 46 26
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 45 2 16 18 47
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 46 2 16 18 53
Portland, JackJack Portland D 49 3 14 17 52
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 39 8 6 14 4
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 27 5 9 14 25
Reardon, TerryTerry Reardon C/RW 13 6 6 12 2
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 31 3 9 12 0
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 16 5 6 11 4
Meronek, BillBill Meronek C 12 3 6 9 0
Smart, AlexAlex Smart LW 8 5 2 7 0
Demers, TonyTony Demers RW 9 2 5 7 0
Mahaffy, JohnJohn Mahaffy C 9 2 5 7 4
Dheere, MarcelMarcel Dheere LW 11 1 2 3 2
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 6 2 0 2 8
Graboski, TonyTony Graboski LW/D 9 0 2 2 4
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 50 0 0 0 0
Laforce, ErnieErnie Laforce D 1 0 0 0 0
Lee, BobbyBobby Lee C 1 0 0 0 0
Mailley, FrankFrank Mailley D 1 0 0 0 0
McGibbon, IrvIrv McGibbon RW 1 0 0 0 2
Phillips, CharlieCharlie Phillips D 17 0 0 0 6
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 3010 50 19 19 12 191 3.81 1
Team: 3010 50 19 19 12 191 3.81 1

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 5 4 5 9 0
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 5 4 3 7 0
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 5 4 2 6 0
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 5 2 4 6 6
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 5 1 3 4 4
Portland, JackJack Portland D 5 1 2 3 2
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 5 1 0 1 4
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 5 0 1 1 4
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 5 0 1 1 8
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 5 0 1 1 2
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 5 0 0 0 0
Dheere, MarcelMarcel Dheere LW 5 0 0 0 6
Heffernan, GerryGerry Heffernan RW 2 0 0 0 0
McMahon, MikeMike McMahon D 5 0 0 0 14
Meronek, BillBill Meronek C 1 0 0 0 0
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 320 5 1 4 18 3.38 1
Team: 320 5 1 4 18 3.38 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 and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16
  2. ^ "1942–1943 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  3. ^ "1942–43 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  4. ^ http://www.databasehockey.com/teams/teamscores.htm?tm=MON&yr=1943
  5. ^ "1942-43 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.