1973–74 Montreal Canadiens season

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1973–74 Montreal Canadiens
Division 2nd East
Conference 2nd East
1973–74 record 45-24-9
Goals for 293
Goals against 240
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Yvan Cournoyer (40)
Assists Frank Mahovlich (49)
Points Frank Mahovlich (80)
Penalties in minutes Pete Mahovlich (122)
Wins Wayne Thomas (23)
Goals against average Wayne Thomas (2.76)
<1972–73 1974–75>

The 1973–74 Montreal Canadiens season was the 65th season in team history. The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs, losing in the first round to the New York Rangers.

Offseason[edit]

Ken Dryden shocked the hockey world as he sat out the entire 1973–74 season. He had won a Vezina Trophy and helped lead Canada past Russia in the dramatic Hockey Summit of 1972. Despite his bargaining power, most players in Dryden's position would have simply accepted what the Canadiens were giving him. Dryden bolted training camp, while general manager Sam Pollock fumed.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Wayne Thomas replaced Dryden as the starting goaltender and appeared in 42 games.[2] Frank Mahovlich led the team in scoring with 80 points, while Yvan Cournoyer led the team in goals with 40.

Final standings[edit]

East Division[3]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Boston Bruins 78 52 17 9 349 221 +128 113
2 Montreal Canadiens 78 45 24 9 293 240 +53 99
3 New York Rangers 78 40 24 14 300 251 +49 94
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 35 27 16 274 230 +44 86
5 Buffalo Sabres 78 32 34 12 242 250 -8 −8 76
6 Detroit Red Wings 78 29 39 10 255 319 -64 −64 68
7 Vancouver Canucks 78 24 43 11 224 296 -72 −72 59
8 New York Islanders 78 19 41 18 182 247 -65 −65 56


Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs in second place, setting up a match-up with the third-place New York Rangers. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens twice at the Forum to win the series four games to two. Rookie goaltender Michel Larocque played all six games for the Canadiens.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1973 5–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 1–0–0
2 W October 13, 1973 4–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 2–0–0
3 L October 17, 1973 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 2–1–0
4 L October 20, 1973 2–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 2–2–0
5 W October 21, 1973 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 3–2–0
6 W October 24, 1973 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 4–2–0
7 W October 25, 1973 4–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 5–2–0
8 W October 27, 1973 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 6–2–0
9 T October 31, 1973 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 6–2–1
10 W November 3, 1973 6–2 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 7–2–1
11 T November 4, 1973 1–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 7–2–2
12 W November 7, 1973 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 8–2–2
13 L November 8, 1973 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 8–3–2
14 L November 10, 1973 0–5 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 8–4–2
15 L November 14, 1973 3–4 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 8–5–2
16 W November 17, 1973 8–5 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 9–5–2
17 L November 18, 1973 4–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 9–6–2
18 W November 21, 1973 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 10–6–2
19 W November 24, 1973 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 11–6–2
20 W November 25, 1973 6–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 12–6–2
21 W November 28, 1973 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 13–6–2
22 L December 1, 1973 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 13–7–2
23 W December 2, 1973 3–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 14–7–2
24 W December 6, 1973 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 15–7–2
25 W December 8, 1973 3–1 New York Islanders (1973–74) 16–7–2
26 T December 11, 1973 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 16–7–3
27 T December 14, 1973 2–2 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 16–7–4
28 W December 15, 1973 6–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 17–7–4
29 W December 18, 1973 4–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 18–7–4
30 T December 20, 1973 2–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 18–7–5
31 W December 22, 1973 7–1 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 19–7–5
32 T December 23, 1973 1–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 19–7–6
33 L December 26, 1973 2–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 19–8–6
34 W December 29, 1973 7–1 New York Rangers (1973–74) 20–8–6
35 L January 2, 1974 4–8 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 20–9–6
36 W January 5, 1974 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 21–9–6
37 W January 7, 1974 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 22–9–6
38 W January 10, 1974 8–3 New York Islanders (1973–74) 23–9–6
39 W January 12, 1974 7–3 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 24–9–6
40 L January 15, 1974 1–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 24–10–6
41 W January 17, 1974 6–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 25–10–6
42 L January 19, 1974 0–8 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 25–11–6
43 W January 20, 1974 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 26–11–6
44 W January 23, 1974 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 27–11–6
45 W January 24, 1974 4–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 28–11–6
46 W January 26, 1974 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 29–11–6
47 L February 1, 1974 3–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 29–12–6
48 W February 3, 1974 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 30–12–6
49 W February 5, 1974 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 31–12–6
50 L February 6, 1974 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 31–13–6
51 W February 9, 1974 7–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 32–13–6
52 L February 10, 1974 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 32–14–6
53 L February 13, 1974 2–3 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 32–15–6
54 W February 15, 1974 9–4 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 33–15–6
55 T February 17, 1974 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 33–15–7
56 L February 19, 1974 3–5 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 33–16–7
57 W February 21, 1974 5–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 34–16–7
58 T February 23, 1974 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 34–16–8
59 W February 24, 1974 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 35–16–8
60 W February 26, 1974 6–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 36–16–8
61 W February 28, 1974 7–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 37–16–8
62 L March 2, 1974 3–4 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 37–17–8
63 L March 3, 1974 0–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 37–18–8
64 L March 6, 1974 2–9 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 37–19–8
65 W March 9, 1974 4–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 38–19–8
66 W March 10, 1974 5–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 39–19–8
67 T March 13, 1974 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 39–19–9
68 L March 16, 1974 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 39–20–9
69 W March 17, 1974 4–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 40–20–9
70 L March 20, 1974 6–7 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 40–21–9
71 W March 23, 1974 7–3 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 41–21–9
72 L March 24, 1974 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 41–22–9
73 W March 26, 1974 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 42–22–9
74 W March 29, 1974 4–3 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 43–22–9
75 W March 30, 1974 5–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 44–22–9
76 L April 3, 1974 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 44–23–9
77 W April 6, 1974 6–2 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 45–23–9
78 L April 7, 1974 4–6 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 45–24–9

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Playoffs[edit]

  • 4/10/1974 New York Rangers 1 - 4
  • 4/11/1974 New York Rangers 4 - 1
  • 4/13/1974 at New York Rangers 4 - 2
  • 4/14/1974 at New York Rangers 4 - 6
  • 4/16/1974 New York Rangers 2 - 3
  • 4/18/1974 at New York Rangers 2 - 5

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Awards and records[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 71 31 49 80 47 16 8 2 3
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 67 40 33 73 18 16 10 0 9
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 78 36 37 73 122 42 7 4 7
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 66 29 38 67 10 4 10 0 7
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 73 21 35 56 29 10 3 1 2
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 75 19 36 55 28 7 1 0 3
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 74 23 31 54 34 9 1 2 2
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 71 13 40 53 63 12 5 1 2
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 70 15 20 35 17 19 3 0 1
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 72 17 14 31 26 4 0 0 4
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 78 6 20 26 66 32 0 0 1
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 39 17 7 24 52 11 1 0 1
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 67 8 16 24 39 27 0 1 2
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 67 4 14 18 49 20 1 0 1
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 60 6 10 16 42 5 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 60 1 14 15 25 8 0 0 0
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 42 2 10 12 14 15 0 1 0
Gardner, DaveDave Gardner C 31 1 10 11 2 4 0 0 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 66 3 7 10 34 -9 0 0 0
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 20 1 4 5 18 -3 1 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 27 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 42 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Wilson, RickRick Wilson D 21 0 2 2 6 8 0 0 0
Goldup, GlennGlenn Goldup RW 6 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse G 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 2410 42 23 12 5 111 2.76 1
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1431 27 15 8 2 69 2.89 0
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse 839 15 7 4 2 57 4.08 0
Team: 4680 78 45 24 9 237 3.04 1

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 6 5 3 8 9 1 0 0
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 6 5 2 7 2 0 0 2
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 6 2 2 4 2 0 0 0
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 6 0 4 4 2 0 0 0
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 6 2 1 3 4 1 0 0
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 6 1 2 3 0 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 6 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 5 0 2 2 11 0 0 0
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 5 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 6 0 1 1 26 0 0 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 5 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 364 6 2 4 18 2.97 0
Team: 364 6 2 4 18 2.97 0

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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;

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.athletics.mcgill.ca/alumni_news_details.ch2?article_id=454
  2. ^ http://habsgoalies.blogspot.com/2007/06/wayne-thomas-1972-74.html
  3. ^ "1973–1974 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  4. ^ "1973–74 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  5. ^ http://www.databasehockey.com/teams/teamscores.htm?tm=MON&yr=1973
  6. ^ "1973-74 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.