1953–54 Montreal Canadiens season

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1953–54 Montreal Canadiens
Division Champions
1953–54 record 35–24–11
Goals for 195
Goals against 141
Team information
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (37)
Assists Maurice Richard (30)
Points Maurice Richard (67)
Penalties in minutes Maurice Richard (112)
Wins Gerry McNeil (28)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.59)
<1952–53 1954–55>

The 1953–54 Montreal Canadiens season was the 45th season in franchise history. The team placed first second in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in Stanley Cup final against Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 3.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 191 132 +59 88
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 35 24 11 195 141 +54 81
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 24 14 152 131 +21 78
4 Boston Bruins 70 32 28 10 177 181 -4 −4 74
5 New York Rangers 70 29 31 10 161 182 -21 −21 68
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 12 51 7 133 242 -109 −109 31


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 8, 1953 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 1–0–0
2 W October 10, 1953 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 2–0–0
3 L October 11, 1953 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 2–1–0
4 W October 15, 1953 6–1 New York Rangers (1953–54) 3–1–0
5 W October 17, 1953 5–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 4–1–0
6 L October 18, 1953 0–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 4–2–0
7 W October 22, 1953 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 5–2–0
8 W October 24, 1953 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 6–2–0
9 W October 25, 1953 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 7–2–0
10 W October 29, 1953 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 8–2–0
11 L October 31, 1953 0–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 8–3–0
12 L November 1, 1953 1–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 8–4–0
13 W November 5, 1953 4–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 9–4–0
14 W November 7, 1953 5–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 10–4–0
15 L November 8, 1953 0–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 10–5–0
16 L November 11, 1953 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 10–6–0
17 W November 12, 1953 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–6–0
18 L November 14, 1953 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–7–0
19 T November 15, 1953 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–7–1
20 W November 19, 1953 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 12–7–1
21 W November 21, 1953 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 13–7–1
22 T November 22, 1953 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 13–7–2
23 W November 26, 1953 6–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 14–7–2
24 L November 28, 1953 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 14–8–2
25 L November 29, 1953 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 14–9–2
26 W December 3, 1953 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 15–9–2
27 W December 5, 1953 4–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 16–9–2
28 W December 6, 1953 7–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 17–9–2
29 L December 9, 1953 0–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 17–10–2
30 W December 10, 1953 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 18–10–2
31 W December 12, 1953 7–2 New York Rangers (1953–54) 19–10–2
32 L December 13, 1953 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 19–11–2
33 W December 19, 1953 7–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 20–11–2
34 L December 20, 1953 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 20–12–2
35 W December 26, 1953 2–0 New York Rangers (1953–54) 21–12–2
36 T December 30, 1953 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 21–12–3
37 T December 31, 1953 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 21–12–4
38 T January 2, 1954 1–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 21–12–5
39 L January 3, 1954 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 21–13–5
40 W January 7, 1954 7–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 22–13–5
41 W January 9, 1954 12–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 23–13–5
42 L January 10, 1954 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 23–14–5
43 W January 16, 1954 2–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 24–14–5
44 L January 17, 1954 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 24–15–5
45 L January 21, 1954 0–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 24–16–5
46 W January 23, 1954 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 25–16–5
47 L January 24, 1954 3–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 25–17–5
48 W January 27, 1954 2–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 26–17–5
49 L January 30, 1954 1–2 New York Rangers (1953–54) 26–18–5
50 L February 4, 1954 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 26–19–5
51 W February 6, 1954 4–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 27–19–5
52 W February 7, 1954 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 28–19–5
53 T February 11, 1954 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 28–19–6
54 T February 13, 1954 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 28–19–7
55 L February 14, 1954 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 28–20–7
56 W February 18, 1954 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 29–20–7
57 W February 20, 1954 2–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 30–20–7
58 L February 22, 1954 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 30–21–7
59 T February 25, 1954 0–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 30–21–8
60 W February 27, 1954 5–0 New York Rangers (1953–54) 31–21–8
61 L February 28, 1954 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 31–22–8
62 T March 4, 1954 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 31–22–9
63 T March 6, 1954 3–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 31–22–10
64 T March 7, 1954 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 31–22–11
65 L March 11, 1954 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 31–23–11
66 W March 13, 1954 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 32–23–11
67 W March 14, 1954 6–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 33–23–11
68 L March 17, 1954 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 33–24–11
69 W March 20, 1954 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 34–24–11
70 W March 21, 1954 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 35–24–11

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Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1954 Stanley Cup Finals.

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 70 37 30 67 112
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 54 29 25 54 87
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 70 15 37 52 85
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 67 22 24 46 64
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 68 8 29 37 110
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 44 13 21 34 22
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 50 5 21 26 57
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 48 5 20 25 28
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 47 10 13 23 54
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 70 13 8 21 22
Mazur, EddieEddie Mazur D/LW 67 7 14 21 95
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 70 7 11 18 85
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack C 51 5 10 15 12
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 53 3 12 15 43
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 44 4 9 13 24
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 32 4 8 12 18
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 70 1 10 11 89
Davis, LorneLorne Davis RW 37 6 4 10 2
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 13 1 4 5 12
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 41 0 5 5 41
Corriveau, AndreAndre Corriveau RW 3 0 1 1 0
Burchell, FredFred Burchell C 2 0 0 0 2
Desaulniers, GerardGerard Desaulniers C 3 0 0 0 0
Litzenberger, EdEd Litzenberger C/RW 3 0 0 0 0
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 53 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 17 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 3180 53 28 19 6 114 2.15 6
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 1020 17 7 5 5 27 1.59 5
Team: 4200 70 35 24 11 141 2.01 11

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 11 5 8 13 8
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 11 6 5 11 18
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 2 8 10 4
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 11 4 0 4 4
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 10 0 4 4 4
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 11 3 0 3 22
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 11 2 1 3 4
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 11 1 2 3 30
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 10 1 2 3 8
Mazur, EddieEddie Mazur D/LW 11 0 3 3 7
Davis, LorneLorne Davis RW 11 2 0 2 8
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 10 0 2 2 12
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 4 0 2 2 0
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 6 1 0 1 4
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 11 1 0 1 4
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 3 0 1 1 0
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack C 7 0 1 1 0
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 11 0 1 1 19
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 3 0 0 0 4
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 3 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 8 0 0 0 0
Stewart, GayeGaye Stewart LW 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 480 8 5 3 15 1.88 2
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 190 3 2 1 3 0.95 1
Team: 670 11 7 4 18 1.61 3

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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. ^ "1953–1954 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1953–54 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Montreal Canadiens 1954–55 Game Log and Scores". Databasehockey.com. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  4. ^ "1953-54 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.