1972–73 Montreal Canadiens season

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1972–73 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions
East Division Champions
Division 1st East
1972–73 record 52–10–13
Goals for 329
Goals against 184
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Alternate captains Yvan Cournoyer
Frank Mahovlich
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jacques Lemaire (44)
Assists Frank Mahovlich (55)
Points Jacques Lemaire (95)
Penalties in minutes Guy Lapointe (117)
Wins Ken Dryden (38)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.24)
<1971–72 1973–74>

The 1972–73 Montreal Canadiens season, the club's 64th season, led to the Canadiens winning their 18th Stanley Cup in club history.

Regular season[edit]

Rookie goalie Wayne Thomas left his mark in Canadiens history by becoming only the second goaltender in over 50 seasons to record a shutout (3-0) in his NHL debut against Vancouver on January 14, 1973.[1]

Final standings[edit]

East Division[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 78 52 10 16 329 184 +145 120
2 Boston Bruins 78 51 22 5 330 235 +95 107
3 New York Rangers 78 47 23 8 297 208 +89 102
4 Buffalo Sabres 78 37 27 14 257 219 +38 88
5 Detroit Red Wings 78 37 29 12 265 243 +22 86
6 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 27 41 10 247 279 -32 −32 64
7 Vancouver Canucks 78 22 47 9 233 339 -106 −106 53
8 New York Islanders 78 12 60 6 170 347 -177 −177 30


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1972 3–0 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 1–0–0
2 T October 11, 1972 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 1–0–1
3 W October 12, 1972 3–0 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 2–0–1
4 W October 14, 1972 6–1 New York Rangers (1972–73) 3–0–1
5 T October 18, 1972 4–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 3–0–2
6 W October 21, 1972 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 4–0–2
7 T October 22, 1972 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 4–0–3
8 W October 24, 1972 4–3 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 5–0–3
9 W October 26, 1972 7–0 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 6–0–3
10 T October 28, 1972 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 6–0–4
11 W October 29, 1972 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 7–0–4
12 W November 1, 1972 7–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 8–0–4
13 W November 2, 1972 6–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 9–0–4
14 L November 4, 1972 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 9–1–4
15 W November 8, 1972 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 10–1–4
16 W November 11, 1972 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 11–1–4
17 W November 12, 1972 5–3 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 12–1–4
18 W November 14, 1972 7–2 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 13–1–4
19 W November 16, 1972 6–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 14–1–4
20 L November 18, 1972 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 14–2–4
21 T November 22, 1972 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 14–2–5
22 W November 24, 1972 9–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 15–2–5
23 L November 26, 1972 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 15–3–5
24 T November 29, 1972 3–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–3–6
25 T December 2, 1972 4–4 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 15–3–7
26 L December 3, 1972 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 15–4–7
27 W December 6, 1972 6–3 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 16–4–7
28 W December 9, 1972 2–1 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 17–4–7
29 L December 10, 1972 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 17–5–7
30 T December 13, 1972 2–2 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 17–5–8
31 W December 15, 1972 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 18–5–8
32 W December 16, 1972 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 19–5–8
33 W December 20, 1972 4–2 New York Islanders (1972–73) 20–5–8
34 W December 23, 1972 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 21–5–8
35 W December 26, 1972 4–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 22–5–8
36 L December 27, 1972 2–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 22–6–8
37 T December 30, 1972 1–1 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 22–6–9
38 W January 3, 1973 8–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 23–6–9
39 W January 6, 1973 5–0 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 24–6–9
40 T January 8, 1973 3–3 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 24–6–10
41 W January 10, 1973 6–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 25–6–10
42 T January 12, 1973 3–3 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 25–6–11
43 W January 14, 1973 3–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 26–6–11
44 W January 17, 1973 6–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 27–6–11
45 W January 18, 1973 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 28–6–11
46 W January 20, 1973 6–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 29–6–11
47 W January 21, 1973 3–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 30–6–11
48 W January 24, 1973 6–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 31–6–11
49 W January 27, 1973 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 32–6–11
50 L January 28, 1973 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 32–7–11
51 T February 1, 1973 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 32–7–12
52 W February 3, 1973 7–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 33–7–12
53 W February 4, 1973 6–1 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 34–7–12
54 W February 7, 1973 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 35–7–12
55 W February 10, 1973 2–1 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 36–7–12
56 T February 11, 1973 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 36–7–13
57 W February 14, 1973 6–3 New York Rangers (1972–73) 37–7–13
58 L February 17, 1973 6–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 37–8–13
59 W February 18, 1973 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 38–8–13
60 W February 21, 1973 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 39–8–13
61 T February 22, 1973 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 39–8–14
62 W February 24, 1973 7–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 40–8–14
63 W February 28, 1973 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 41–8–14
64 W March 3, 1973 5–1 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 42–8–14
65 W March 4, 1973 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 43–8–14
66 W March 6, 1973 3–2 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 44–8–14
67 W March 7, 1973 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 45–8–14
68 W March 10, 1973 2–0 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 46–8–14
69 L March 11, 1973 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 46–9–14
70 W March 14, 1973 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 47–9–14
71 T March 17, 1973 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 47–9–15
72 T March 18, 1973 4–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 47–9–16
73 W March 21, 1973 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 48–9–16
74 W March 24, 1973 11–4 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 49–9–16
75 L March 25, 1973 5–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 49–10–16
76 W March 28, 1973 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 50–10–16
77 W March 31, 1973 5–1 New York Rangers (1972–73) 51–10–16
78 W April 1, 1973 5–3 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 52–10–16

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Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens met the Buffalo Sabres making their playoff debut in the first round, defeating the Sabres four games to two. In the second round, the Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers who had beaten the Minnesota North Stars, winning the series four games to one to advance to the finals against the Chicago Black Hawks.

Finals[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1973 Stanley Cup Finals.

Chicago Black Hawks vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 29 Chicago 3 Montreal 8
May 1 Chicago 1 Montreal 4
May 3 Montreal 4 Chicago 7
May 6 Montreal 4 Chicago 0
May 8 Chicago 8 Montreal 7
May 10 Montreal 6 Chicago 4

Montreal wins the series 4–2.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 77 44 51 95 16 59 9 0 5
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 78 38 55 93 51 42 8 2 5
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 67 40 39 79 18 50 6 0 4
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 61 21 38 59 49 21 3 4 3
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 69 28 27 55 51 16 9 0 7
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 76 19 35 54 117 51 3 0 2
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif LW 76 25 25 50 48 18 3 0 4
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 72 13 35 48 36 24 3 0 1
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 65 21 25 46 22 35 1 1 7
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 71 8 35 43 21 34 0 0 2
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 74 7 32 39 58 70 2 1 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 73 11 23 34 30 29 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 77 14 18 32 28 33 0 1 3
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 52 18 9 27 16 14 0 0 3
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch D 69 2 22 24 55 39 0 0 2
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 57 7 16 23 34 78 2 0 0
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 50 8 8 16 24 5 1 0 2
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 41 0 7 7 69 11 0 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 36 2 4 6 20 3 0 0 1
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 54 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 0
Arnason, ChuckChuck Arnason RW 19 1 1 2 2 -1 1 0 0
Gardner, DaveDave Gardner C 5 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
Rota, RandyRandy Rota C/LW 2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 1
Hoganson, DaleDale Hoganson D 25 0 2 2 2 4 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 10 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse G 17 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3165 54 33 7 13 119 2.26 6
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse 932 17 11 2 3 40 2.58 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 583 10 8 1 0 23 2.37 1
Team: 4680 78 52 10 16 182 2.33 7

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 17 15 10 25 2 3 0 3
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 17 9 14 23 6 1 0 0
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 17 7 13 20 2 3 0 1
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 17 6 7 13 20 2 0 1
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 17 4 9 13 22 2 1 0
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif LW 14 6 6 12 6 2 0 2
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 17 3 8 11 22 0 0 0
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 17 6 4 10 14 0 0 2
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 17 3 6 9 0 0 0 0
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 17 3 5 8 9 2 0 1
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 17 3 5 8 6 0 0 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 17 3 4 7 6 0 0 0
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 16 2 4 6 6 0 0 1
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 11 1 4 5 9 0 0 1
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 17 1 3 4 13 0 0 0
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 10 1 3 4 2 0 0 0
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch D 13 0 3 3 10 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 17 0 2 2 22 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 1039 17 12 5 50 2.89 1
Team: 1039 17 12 5 50 2.89 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 1973 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


† left off cup, but included on the team picture.

  Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

Murray Wilson's name was misspelled in 1973, 1976, 1977 as MURRY WILSON missing an "A". Murray Wilson was spelled correctly on the Stanley Cup in 1978. Wilson's name was also spelled correctly all 4 times on the Replica Cup.

On the Replica Stanley Cup created in 1992–93 Bob Murdoch's name was spelled BOB MURDOCK with a "K" instead of a "H". His name was correct on the original engraving in 1973.

Draft picks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://habsgoalies.blogspot.com/2007/06/wayne-thomas-1972-74.html
  2. ^ "1972–1973 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  3. ^ "1972–73 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  4. ^ "1972-73 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  5. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.