1965–66 Montreal Canadiens season

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1965–66 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
1965–66 record 41–21–8
Goals for 239
Goals against 173
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Jean Beliveau
Alternate captains Henri Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Bobby Rousseau (30)
Assists Jean Beliveau and Bobby Rousseau (48)
Points Bobby Rousseau (78)
Penalties in minutes John Ferguson (153)
Wins Gump Worsley (29)
Goals against average Gump Worsley (2.36)
<1964–65 1966–67>

The 1965–66 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 57th season of play. The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season, and the 14th time in their history. Bobby Rousseau registered 78 points and tied with Stan Mikita for second in the overall 1965-66 NHL scoring race.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 70 41 21 8 239 173 +66 90
2 Chicago Black Hawks 70 37 25 8 240 187 +53 82
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 34 25 11 208 187 +21 79
4 Detroit Red Wings 70 31 27 12 221 194 +27 74
5 Boston Bruins 70 21 43 6 174 275 -101 −101 48
6 New York Rangers 70 18 41 11 195 261 -66 −66 47


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 23, 1965 8–1 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 1–0–0
2 W October 24, 1965 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 2–0–0
3 W October 27, 1965 4–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 3–0–0
4 L October 30, 1965 4–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 3–1–0
5 T October 31, 1965 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 3–1–1
6 W November 4, 1965 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 4–1–1
7 L November 6, 1965 1–3 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 4–2–1
8 W November 7, 1965 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 5–2–1
9 T November 10, 1965 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 5–2–2
10 W November 13, 1965 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 6–2–2
11 T November 14, 1965 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 6–2–3
12 L November 18, 1965 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 6–3–3
13 W November 20, 1965 9–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 7–3–3
14 L November 21, 1965 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 7–4–3
15 W November 24, 1965 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 8–4–3
16 W November 27, 1965 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 9–4–3
17 W November 28, 1965 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 10–4–3
18 W December 4, 1965 4–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 11–4–3
19 T December 5, 1965 4–4 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 11–4–4
20 W December 8, 1965 8–3 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 12–4–4
21 W December 11, 1965 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 13–4–4
22 W December 12, 1965 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 14–4–4
23 L December 16, 1965 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 14–5–4
24 W December 18, 1965 2–1 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 15–5–4
25 L December 19, 1965 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 15–6–4
26 W December 25, 1965 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 16–6–4
27 L December 26, 1965 0–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 16–7–4
28 L December 29, 1965 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 16–8–4
29 W January 1, 1966 5–1 New York Rangers (1965–66) 17–8–4
30 W January 2, 1966 6–3 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 18–8–4
31 L January 5, 1966 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 18–9–4
32 W January 8, 1966 6–0 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 19–9–4
33 L January 9, 1966 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 19–10–4
34 L January 13, 1966 0–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 19–11–4
35 W January 15, 1966 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 20–11–4
36 W January 16, 1966 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 21–11–4
37 L January 20, 1966 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 21–12–4
38 L January 22, 1966 0–3 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 21–13–4
39 T January 23, 1966 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 21–13–5
40 L January 26, 1966 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 21–14–5
41 W January 29, 1966 6–2 New York Rangers (1965–66) 22–14–5
42 W January 30, 1966 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 23–14–5
43 W February 3, 1966 5–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 24–14–5
44 T February 5, 1966 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 24–14–6
45 W February 6, 1966 4–0 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 25–14–6
46 L February 10, 1966 0–2 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 25–15–6
47 T February 12, 1966 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 25–15–7
48 W February 13, 1966 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 26–15–7
49 L February 16, 1966 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 26–16–7
50 W February 19, 1966 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 27–16–7
51 W February 20, 1966 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 28–16–7
52 W February 23, 1966 3–2 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 29–16–7
53 W February 26, 1966 4–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 30–16–7
54 W February 27, 1966 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 31–16–7
55 T March 2, 1966 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 31–16–8
56 L March 3, 1966 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 31–17–8
57 W March 5, 1966 7–2 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 32–17–8
58 W March 6, 1966 1–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 33–17–8
59 L March 9, 1966 1–3 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 33–18–8
60 W March 12, 1966 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 34–18–8
61 L March 13, 1966 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 34–19–8
62 W March 16, 1966 7–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 35–19–8
63 W March 19, 1966 6–2 New York Rangers (1965–66) 36–19–8
64 L March 20, 1966 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 36–20–8
65 L March 24, 1966 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 36–21–8
66 W March 26, 1966 5–2 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 37–21–8
67 W March 27, 1966 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 38–21–8
68 W March 30, 1966 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 39–21–8
69 W April 2, 1966 8–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 40–21–8
70 W April 3, 1966 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 41–21–8

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Playoffs[edit]

Finals[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1966 Stanley Cup Finals.

With this series, Toe Blake had coached the Canadiens to seven Stanley Cup championships in eleven years. Henri Richard, a member of all seven, would score the series winner in overtime of game six. Despite the Wings losing, their goalie Roger Crozier would win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 17 Detroit 3 Montreal 2
April 20 Detroit 5 Montreal 2
April 22 Montreal 4 Detroit 2
April 25 Montreal 2 Detroit 1
April 27 Detroit 1 Montreal 5
April 29 Montreal 3 Detroit 2 OT

Montreal wins Stanley Cup four games to two.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 70 30 48 78 20 10 0 4
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 67 29 48 77 50 13 0 7
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 62 22 39 61 47 3 0 7
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 70 19 36 55 38 3 0 5
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 70 27 21 48 24 5 0 4
Duff, DickDick Duff LW 63 21 24 45 78 5 0 2
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 67 22 20 42 10 1 0 3
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 59 6 29 35 8 2 0 1
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 64 15 18 33 67 0 0 3
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 57 6 25 31 85 2 1 2
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 65 18 11 29 8 16 0 0
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 65 11 14 25 153 1 0 1
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 59 1 14 15 50 0 0 0
Harris, TedTed Harris D 53 0 13 13 87 0 0 0
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 69 1 11 12 91 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 70 5 5 10 20 0 1 1
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 45 3 7 10 24 0 0 1
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 23 3 4 7 12 0 0 0
Price, NoelNoel Price D 15 0 6 6 8 0 0 0
Rochefort, LeonLeon Rochefort RW 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 51 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Gauthier, JeanJean Gauthier D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grant, DannyDanny Grant RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge G 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Johns, DonDon Johns D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 2899 51 29 14 6 114 2.36 2
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge 1301 26 12 7 2 56 2.58 1
Team: 4200 70 41 21 8 170 2.43 3

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 10 2 9 11 2
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 5 5 10 6
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 10 4 5 9 0
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 10 4 4 8 6
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 10 3 4 7 4
Duff, DickDick Duff LW 10 2 5 7 2
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 9 2 3 5 16
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 10 2 3 5 2
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 10 2 3 5 18
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 10 2 3 5 2
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 8 1 4 5 2
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 10 2 0 2 44
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 10 1 1 2 10
Rochefort, LeonLeon Rochefort RW 4 1 1 2 4
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 10 0 2 2 8
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 6 0 1 1 31
Price, NoelNoel Price D 3 0 1 1 0
Harris, TedTed Harris D 10 0 0 0 38
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 602 10 8 2 20 1.99 1
Team: 602 10 8 2 20 1.99 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;

Roster[edit]

1965–1966 Montréal Canadiens Roster
Goaltenders

Defencemen

Wingers

Centres


*Trainers: Larry Aubut,
Andy Galley

Milestones[edit]

  • November 1965: Henri Richard got his 600th career point
  • January 1966: Richard would earn his 400th career assist
  • Jean Beliveau would play in his 800th career game during the season.
  • During the season, Jean Beliveau would become the first Canadiens player to accumulate 500 career assists.[5]

Draft picks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.184, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  2. ^ "1965–1966 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  3. ^ "1965–66 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  4. ^ "1965-66 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  5. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.184, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0

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