1956–57 Montreal Canadiens season

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1956–57 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions
1956–57 record 35–23–12
Goals for 210
Goals against 155
Team information
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Maurice Richard
Alternate captains Floyd Curry
Doug Harvey
Tom Johnson
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau
Maurice Richard (33)
Assists Jean Beliveau (51)
Points Jean Beliveau (84)
Penalties in minutes Jean Beliveau (105)
Wins Jacques Plante (31)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (2.00)
<1955–56 1957–58>

The 1956–57 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 48th season of play. The Canadiens would place second in the league to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup for the ninth time in team history and for the second year in a row.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 38 20 12 198 157 +41 88
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 35 23 12 210 155 +55 82
3 Boston Bruins 70 34 24 12 195 174 +21 80
4 New York Rangers 70 26 30 14 184 227 -43 −43 66
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 21 34 15 174 192 -18 −18 57
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 16 39 15 169 225 -56 −56 47


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 13, 1956 3–0 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 1–0–0
2 L October 14, 1956 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 1–1–0
3 T October 18, 1956 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 1–1–1
4 W October 20, 1956 5–0 New York Rangers (1956–57) 2–1–1
5 L October 24, 1956 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 2–2–1
6 L October 25, 1956 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 2–3–1
7 L October 27, 1956 0–1 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 2–4–1
8 L October 28, 1956 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 2–5–1
9 W November 1, 1956 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 3–5–1
10 W November 3, 1956 6–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 4–5–1
11 W November 4, 1956 1–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 5–5–1
12 W November 7, 1956 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 6–5–1
13 W November 8, 1956 4–2 New York Rangers (1956–57) 7–5–1
14 L November 10, 1956 1–3 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 7–6–1
15 L November 11, 1956 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 7–7–1
16 W November 14, 1956 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 8–7–1
17 W November 17, 1956 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 9–7–1
18 L November 18, 1956 3–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 9–8–1
19 L November 22, 1956 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 9–9–1
20 W November 24, 1956 6–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 10–9–1
21 T November 25, 1956 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 10–9–2
22 W November 29, 1956 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 11–9–2
23 W December 1, 1956 7–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 12–9–2
24 L December 2, 1956 0–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 12–10–2
25 W December 5, 1956 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 13–10–2
26 W December 7, 1956 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 14–10–2
27 T December 9, 1956 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 14–10–3
28 W December 13, 1956 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 15–10–3
29 W December 15, 1956 6–4 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 16–10–3
30 L December 16, 1956 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 16–11–3
31 W December 20, 1956 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 17–11–3
32 T December 22, 1956 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 17–11–4
33 T December 23, 1956 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 17–11–5
34 L December 26, 1956 0–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 17–12–5
35 W December 29, 1956 6–3 New York Rangers (1956–57) 18–12–5
36 W January 1, 1957 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 19–12–5
37 T January 3, 1957 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 19–12–6
38 W January 5, 1957 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 20–12–6
39 W January 6, 1957 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 21–12–6
40 W January 10, 1957 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 22–12–6
41 W January 12, 1957 4–1 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 23–12–6
42 W January 13, 1957 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 24–12–6
43 W January 16, 1957 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 25–12–6
44 W January 19, 1957 5–0 New York Rangers (1956–57) 26–12–6
45 L January 20, 1957 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 26–13–6
46 T January 26, 1957 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 26–13–7
47 L January 27, 1957 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 26–14–7
48 W January 31, 1957 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 27–14–7
49 L February 2, 1957 1–2 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 27–15–7
50 T February 3, 1957 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 27–15–8
51 T February 6, 1957 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 27–15–9
52 T February 9, 1957 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 27–15–10
53 L February 10, 1957 4–5 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 27–16–10
54 L February 14, 1957 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 27–17–10
55 L February 16, 1957 1–2 New York Rangers (1956–57) 27–18–10
56 W February 17, 1957 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 28–18–10
57 T February 21, 1957 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 28–18–11
58 W February 23, 1957 4–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 29–18–11
59 L February 24, 1957 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 29–19–11
60 W February 28, 1957 3–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 30–19–11
61 W March 2, 1957 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 31–19–11
62 L March 3, 1957 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 31–20–11
63 L March 6, 1957 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 31–21–11
64 W March 9, 1957 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 32–21–11
65 L March 10, 1957 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 32–22–11
66 W March 14, 1957 8–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 33–22–11
67 T March 16, 1957 2–2 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 33–22–12
68 L March 17, 1957 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 33–23–12
69 W March 20, 1957 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 34–23–12
70 W March 23, 1957 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 35–23–12

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Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs in second place. The Canadien then faced off against the New York Rangers, winning the best-of-seven series 4–1 to advance to the final against Boston.

Stanley Cup Final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1957 Stanley Cup Final.

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 6 Boston 1 Montreal 5
April 9 Boston 0 Montreal 1
April 11 Montreal 4 Boston 2
April 14 Montreal 0 Boston 2
April 16 Boston 1 Montreal 5

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 69 33 51 84 105
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 63 33 29 62 74
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 70 29 29 58 56
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 63 18 36 54 71
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 70 6 44 50 92
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 64 15 33 48 74
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 41 19 21 40 18
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 67 16 14 30 24
Pronovost, AndreAndre Pronovost LW 64 10 11 21 58
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 70 12 8 20 6
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 70 7 9 16 20
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 70 4 11 15 59
LeClair, JackJack LeClair C 47 3 10 13 14
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 59 0 13 13 70
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 64 1 11 12 49
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 14 3 4 7 0
Turner, BobBob Turner D 58 1 4 5 48
Johnson, AllanAllan Johnson RW/C 2 0 1 1 2
Achtymichuk, GeneGene Achtymichuk C 3 0 0 0 0
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 3 0 0 0 0
Balfour, MurrayMurray Balfour RW 2 0 0 0 2
Cressman, GlenGlen Cressman C 4 0 0 0 2
Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 1 0 0 0 0
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 10 0 0 0 4
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 9 0 0 0 2
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 61 0 0 0 16
Rousseau, GuyGuy Rousseau LW 2 0 0 0 0
Smrke, StanStan Smrke LW 4 0 0 0 0
Wilson, JerryJerry Wilson C 3 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 3660 61 31 18 12 122 2.00 9
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 540 9 4 5 0 31 3.44 0
Team: 4200 70 35 23 12 153 2.19 9

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 10 11 7 18 2
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 6 6 12 15
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 10 8 3 11 8
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 10 3 7 10 4
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 10 0 9 9 13
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 10 2 6 8 10
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 10 0 7 7 10
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 10 3 2 5 2
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 10 1 3 4 2
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 10 2 1 3 4
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 10 0 2 2 13
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 10 0 2 2 10
Pronovost, AndreAndre Pronovost LW 8 1 0 1 4
Broden, ConnieConnie Broden C 6 0 1 1 0
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 10 0 1 1 8
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 7 0 1 1 13
Turner, BobBob Turner D 6 0 1 1 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 10 0 0 0 4
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 616 10 8 2 17 1.66 1
Team: 616 10 8 2 17 1.66 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]

Montreal Canadiens 1957 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • 8 Jack LeClair& -Left off the Stanley Cup.
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.

&-Jack LeClair played 47 games for Montreal, qualifying to be on the cup. His name was not included on the Cup, because LeClair was playing in the minors during the playoffs.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1956–1957 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1956–57 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "1956-57 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.