1944–45 Montreal Canadiens season

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1944–45 Montreal Canadiens
Division 1st NHL
1944–45 record 38–8–4
Goals for 228
Goals against 121
Team information
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (50)
Assists Elmer Lach (54)
Points Elmer Lach (80)
Penalties in minutes Maurice Richard (46)
Wins Bill Durnan (38)
Goals against average Bill Durnan (2.42)

The 1944–45 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 36th season. The Canadiens placed first in the regular season, but lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the semi-finals.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Maurice Richard’s 50 goals in 50 games[edit]

In 1945, Maurice Richard made NHL history by becoming the first player to score 50 goals in one season, reaching the mark on the final night of the season — 50 goals in 50 games.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 50 38 8 4 228 121 +107 80
2 Detroit Red Wings 50 31 14 5 218 161 +57 67
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 50 24 22 4 183 161 +22 52
4 Boston Bruins 50 16 30 4 179 219 −40 36
5 Chicago Black Hawks 50 13 30 7 141 194 −53 33
6 New York Rangers 50 11 29 10 154 247 −93 32


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1944–45 NHL Records
Team BOS CHI DET MON NYR TOR
Boston 7–3 0–9–1 0–10 4–3–3 5–5
Chicago 3–7 3–7 1–7–2 3–3–4 3–6–1
Detroit 9–0–1 7–3 1–8–1 6–2–2 8–1–1
Montreal 10–0 7–1–2 8–1–1 9–1 4–5–1
New York 3–4–3 3–3–4 2–6–2 1–9 2–7–1
Toronto 5–5 6–3–1 1–8–1 5–4–1 7–2–1

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 28, 1944 3–2 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 1–0–0
2 L November 2, 1944 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 1–1–0
3 W November 4, 1944 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 2–1–0
4 W November 5, 1944 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 3–1–0
5 W November 9, 1944 9–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 4–1–0
6 L November 11, 1944 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 4–2–0
7 W November 12, 1944 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 5–2–0
8 W November 18, 1944 6–3 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 6–2–0
9 W November 19, 1944 6–2 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 7–2–0
10 W November 21, 1944 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 8–2–0
11 T November 23, 1944 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 8–2–1
12 L November 25, 1944 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 8–3–1
13 W November 26, 1944 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 9–3–1
14 L November 30, 1944 5–7 New York Rangers (1944–45) 9–4–1
15 W December 3, 1944 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 10–4–1
16 W December 5, 1944 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 11–4–1
17 T December 14, 1944 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 11–4–2
18 W December 16, 1944 8–5 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 12–4–2
19 W December 17, 1944 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 13–4–2
20 W December 23, 1944 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 14–4–2
21 W December 28, 1944 9–1 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 15–4–2
22 W December 30, 1944 4–1 New York Rangers (1944–45) 16–4–2
23 W January 2, 1945 6–3 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 17–4–2
24 L January 4, 1945 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 17–5–2
25 W January 6, 1945 10–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 18–5–2
26 W January 11, 1945 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 19–5–2
27 W January 13, 1945 8–3 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 20–5–2
28 W January 14, 1945 6–2 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 21–5–2
29 W January 17, 1945 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 22–5–2
30 W January 20, 1945 5–2 New York Rangers (1944–45) 23–5–2
31 W January 21, 1945 6–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 24–5–2
32 W January 27, 1945 11–3 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 25–5–2
33 W January 28, 1945 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 26–5–2
34 T February 1, 1945 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 26–5–3
35 W February 3, 1945 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 27–5–3
36 W February 4, 1945 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 28–5–3
37 W February 8, 1945 9–4 New York Rangers (1944–45) 29–5–3
38 W February 10, 1945 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 30–5–3
39 W February 11, 1945 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 31–5–3
40 W February 17, 1945 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 32–5–3
41 T February 18, 1945 0–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 32–5–4
42 W February 25, 1945 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 33–5–4
43 L March 3, 1945 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 33–6–4
44 L March 4, 1945 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 33–7–4
45 W March 8, 1945 3–2 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 34–7–4
46 W March 10, 1945 7–3 New York Rangers (1944–45) 35–7–4
47 W March 11, 1945 11–5 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 36–7–4
48 L March 15, 1945 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 36–8–4
49 W March 17, 1945 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 37–8–4
50 W March 18, 1945 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 38–8–4

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Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 50 26 54 80 37
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 50 50 23 73 46
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 49 29 38 67 25
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 50 21 23 44 2
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 48 20 16 36 20
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 50 11 23 34 34
Gauthier, FernFern Gauthier RW 50 18 13 31 23
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 49 2 22 24 58
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 41 16 7 23 34
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 31 12 6 18 16
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 31 6 8 14 12
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 32 2 12 14 38
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 43 5 8 13 20
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 42 5 8 13 41
Majeau, FernFern Majeau C/LW 12 2 6 8 4
Rossignol, RolyRoly Rossignol RW 5 2 2 4 2
Field, WilfWilf Field D 9 1 0 1 10
Joannette, RosarioRosario Joannette C 2 0 1 1 4
Tremblay, NilsNils Tremblay C 1 0 1 1 0
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 50 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 3000 50 38 8 4 121 2.42 1
Team: 3000 50 38 8 4 121 2.42 1

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 6 6 2 8 10
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 6 4 4 8 2
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 6 3 4 7 4
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 1 3 0 3 0
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 6 1 1 2 10
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 6 1 1 2 4
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 6 1 1 2 2
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 6 0 2 2 5
Emberg, EddieEddie Emberg C 2 1 0 1 0
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 6 1 0 1 2
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 6 0 1 1 0
Mahaffy, JohnJohn Mahaffy C 1 0 1 1 0
Stahan, ButchButch Stahan D 3 0 1 1 2
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 6 0 0 0 0
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 3 0 0 0 0
Gauthier, FernFern Gauthier RW 4 0 0 0 0
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 2 0 0 0 0
Rossignol, RolyRoly Rossignol RW 1 0 0 0 2
Tremblay, NilsNils Tremblay C 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 373 6 2 4 15 2.41 0
Team: 373 6 2 4 15 2.41 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;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1944–1945 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1944–45 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "1944-45 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.