1974–75 Montreal Canadiens season

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1974–75 Montreal Canadiens
Norris Division Champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 2nd Wales
1974–75 record 47-14-19
Goals for 374
Goals against 225
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Alternate captains Yvan Cournoyer
Pete Mahovlich
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Lafleur (53)
Assists Pete Mahovlich (82)
Points Guy Lafleur (117)
Penalties in minutes Doug Risebrough (198)
Plus/minus Serge Savard (+71)
Wins Ken Dryden (30)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.69)
<1973–74 1975–76>

The 1974–75 Montreal Canadiens season was the 66th season in team history. The Montreal Canadiens were eliminated in the semi-finals against the Buffalo Sabres four games to two. Henri Richard would play his final season with the club.

Offseason[edit]

Frank Mahovlich left the Canadiens, signing with the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association (WHA). Jacques Laperriere retired, he and Scotty Bowman unable to get along.[1] Ken Dryden returned to the club after his law articling.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Henri Richard entered his 20th season with the Canadiens, but his health was failing. He played 16 games before fracturing his left ankle on November 13, 1974 in a game against Buffalo and did not play again until the spring.[1]

Guy Lafleur had a break-out season, breaking the Canadiens' goal-scoring record of 50 goals held by Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion. Lafleur finished with 53 goals and 119 points.[2]

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division[3]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 80 47 14 19 374 225 +149 113
2 Los Angeles Kings 80 42 17 21 269 185 +84 105
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 80 37 28 15 326 289 +37 89
4 Detroit Red Wings 80 23 45 12 259 335 -76 −76 58
5 Washington Capitals 80 8 67 5 181 446 -265 −265 21


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 9, 1974 5–5 New York Islanders (1974–75) 0–0–1
2 T October 12, 1974 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 0–0–2
3 L October 15, 1974 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 0–1–2
4 L October 17, 1974 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 0–2–2
5 W October 19, 1974 5–1 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 1–2–2
6 T October 20, 1974 2–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 1–2–3
7 W October 23, 1974 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 2–2–3
8 W October 26, 1974 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 3–2–3
9 L October 27, 1974 2–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 3–3–3
10 T October 30, 1974 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 3–3–4
11 W October 31, 1974 3–0 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 4–3–4
12 L November 2, 1974 0–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 4–4–4
13 W November 4, 1974 6–1 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 5–4–4
14 T November 6, 1974 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 5–4–5
15 W November 9, 1974 4–3 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 6–4–5
16 W November 10, 1974 11–1 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 7–4–5
17 L November 13, 1974 6–8 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 7–5–5
18 W November 14, 1974 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 8–5–5
19 T November 16, 1974 4–4 New York Rangers (1974–75) 8–5–6
20 W November 18, 1974 9–4 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 9–5–6
21 T November 20, 1974 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 9–5–7
22 W November 22, 1974 7–6 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 10–5–7
23 L November 24, 1974 4–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 10–6–7
24 W November 27, 1974 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 11–6–7
25 W November 30, 1974 7–1 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 12–6–7
26 W December 2, 1974 2–0 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 13–6–7
27 T December 4, 1974 4–4 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 13–6–8
28 W December 7, 1974 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 14–6–8
29 T December 8, 1974 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 14–6–9
30 W December 10, 1974 5–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 15–6–9
31 T December 12, 1974 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 15–6–10
32 W December 14, 1974 5–3 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 16–6–10
33 W December 18, 1974 4–3 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 17–6–10
34 W December 20, 1974 6–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 18–6–10
35 T December 21, 1974 2–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 18–6–11
36 W December 27, 1974 7–1 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 19–6–11
37 W December 28, 1974 7–2 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 20–6–11
38 T January 2, 1975 1–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 20–6–12
39 W January 4, 1975 10–0 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 21–6–12
40 W January 5, 1975 6–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 22–6–12
41 T January 8, 1975 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 22–6–13
42 W January 11, 1975 6–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 23–6–13
43 W January 12, 1975 7–2 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 24–6–13
44 W January 15, 1975 5–3 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 25–6–13
45 L January 18, 1975 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 25–7–13
46 L January 19, 1975 3–6 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 25–8–13
47 W January 23, 1975 7–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 26–8–13
48 L January 25, 1975 6–7 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 26–9–13
49 W January 26, 1975 7–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 27–9–13
50 W January 28, 1975 3–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 28–9–13
51 W February 1, 1975 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 29–9–13
52 W February 2, 1975 5–1 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 30–9–13
53 W February 5, 1975 8–5 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 31–9–13
54 W February 8, 1975 7–1 New York Rangers (1974–75) 32–9–13
55 T February 9, 1975 4–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 32–9–14
56 T February 12, 1975 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 32–9–15
57 W February 15, 1975 12–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 33–9–15
58 W February 16, 1975 6–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 34–9–15
59 T February 18, 1975 4–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 34–9–16
60 W February 20, 1975 6–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 35–9–16
61 L February 22, 1975 6–7 New York Islanders (1974–75) 35–10–16
62 W February 26, 1975 4–3 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 36–10–16
63 L March 1, 1975 3–4 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 36–11–16
64 W March 3, 1975 4–2 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 37–11–16
65 W March 5, 1975 4–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 38–11–16
66 W March 7, 1975 8–4 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 39–11–16
67 W March 9, 1975 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 40–11–16
68 T March 12, 1975 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 40–11–17
69 W March 15, 1975 3–0 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 41–11–17
70 W March 17, 1975 5–1 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 42–11–17
71 W March 19, 1975 2–1 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 43–11–17
72 L March 22, 1975 4–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 43–12–17
73 L March 23, 1975 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 43–13–17
74 T March 25, 1975 3–3 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 43–13–18
75 L March 26, 1975 4–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 43–14–18
76 W March 29, 1975 4–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 44–14–18
77 T March 30, 1975 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 44–14–19
78 W April 2, 1975 6–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 45–14–19
79 W April 5, 1975 10–2 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 46–14–19
80 W April 6, 1975 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 47–14–19

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 70 53 66 119 37 52 15 2 11
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 80 35 82 117 64 41 13 1 3
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 80 36 56 92 20 25 12 0 8
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 80 28 47 75 88 46 11 1 0
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 76 29 45 74 32 15 11 0 2
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 80 32 35 67 74 26 10 0 3
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 77 30 35 65 40 40 3 0 5
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 80 14 47 61 76 61 1 0 2
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 80 20 40 60 64 71 7 1 2
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 64 15 32 47 198 27 2 0 2
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 73 24 18 42 44 13 4 0 6
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 63 21 18 39 108 23 0 0 1
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 80 17 20 37 49 23 1 0 2
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 79 5 13 18 52 18 0 2 0
Sather, GlenGlen Sather LW 63 6 10 16 44 14 0 1 0
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 16 3 10 13 4 9 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 79 3 9 12 65 24 0 0 0
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 56 1 11 12 58 21 0 0 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 8 1 2 3 6 -2 0 0 0
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 18 1 2 3 4 0 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 56 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 9 0 2 2 0 -1 0 0 0
Goldup, GlennGlenn Goldup RW 9 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 25 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Andruff, RonRon Andruff C 5 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 12 0 0 0 6 -4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3320 56 30 9 16 149 2.69 4
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1480 25 17 5 3 74 3.00 3
Team: 4800 80 47 14 19 223 2.79 7

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 11 12 7 19 15 4 0 4
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 11 6 10 16 10 1 0 1
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 11 5 7 12 4 1 0 0
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 11 5 6 11 4 2 0 0
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 11 6 4 10 4 3 1 0
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 11 3 5 8 37 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 11 1 7 8 2 0 0 0
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 9 1 6 7 4 0 0 0
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 11 4 2 6 0 2 0 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 11 2 4 6 4 0 0 1
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 11 0 6 6 12 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 11 2 2 4 2 0 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 11 0 4 4 27 0 0 0
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 6 1 2 3 4 0 0 0
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 5 0 3 3 4 0 0 0
Sather, GlenGlen Sather LW 11 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 10 0 2 2 10 0 0 0
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 11 0 1 1 7 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 688 11 6 5 29 2.53 2
Team: 688 11 6 5 29 2.53 2

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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;

Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens' first round opponent was the Vancouver Canucks and the Canadiens won the series in five games to advance to the semi-finals against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres defeated the Canadiens in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup final. The Sabres' checkers were able to shut down the Canadiens' top scorers, while the Canadiens' checkers were not able to contain the Sabres' French Connection line.[2]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Following the 1975 playoffs, Henri Richard retires after 20 NHL seasons. Having been the Canadiens captain since 1971, he will be succeeded in that post by Yvan Cournoyer.

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

= NHL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team

Farm teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jenish(2008), p. 220.
  2. ^ a b c Jenish(2008), p. 221.
  3. ^ "1974-1975 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  4. ^ "1974–75 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  5. ^ "1974-75 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.