1947–48 Montreal Canadiens season

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1947–48 Montreal Canadiens
League 5th NHL
1947–48 record 20–29–11
Goals for 147
Goals against 169
Team information
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Bill Durnan (Jan–Apr)
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Elmer Lach (30)
Assists Elmer Lach (31)
Points Elmer Lach (61)
Penalties in minutes Ken Reardon (129)
Wins Bill Durnan (20
Goals against average Bill Durnan (2.77)

The 1947–48 Montreal Canadiens season was the 39th season in club history. The team finished fifth, four points out of a playoff spot.

Regular season[edit]

Bill Durnan was the last goaltender in the 20th Century to serve as Captain of an NHL team. He suffered his only losing season during the 1947–48 season, and, for the only time in his career, did not lead the league in goals against average.[1]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[2]

GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Toronto Maple Leafs 60 32 15 13 182 143 +39 77
2 Detroit Red Wings 60 30 18 12 187 148 +39 72
3 Boston Bruins 60 23 24 13 167 168 −1 59
4 New York Rangers 60 21 26 13 176 201 −25 55
5 Montreal Canadiens 60 20 29 11 147 169 −22 51
6 Chicago Black Hawks 60 20 34 6 195 225 −30 46


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1947–48 NHL Records
Team BOS CHI DET MON NYR TOR
Boston 3–7–2 4–6–2 6–2–4 7–3–2 3–7–2
Chicago 7–3–2 2–10 4–7–1 6–4–2 1–10–1
Detroit 6–4–2 10–2 7–2–3 5–4–3 2–6–4
Montreal 2–6–4 7–4–1 2–7–3 3–7–2 6–5–1
New York 3–7–2 4–6–2 4–5–3 7–3–2 3–5–4
Toronto 7–3–2 10–1–1 6–2–4 5–6–1 5–3–4

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 16, 1947 1–2 New York Rangers (1947–48) 0–1–0
2 W October 18, 1947 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 1–1–0
3 L October 22, 1947 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 1–2–0
4 W October 25, 1947 5–0 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 2–2–0
5 W October 26, 1947 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 3–2–0
6 L October 29, 1947 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 3–3–0
7 W November 2, 1947 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 4–3–0
8 W November 6, 1947 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 5–3–0
9 L November 8, 1947 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 5–4–0
10 W November 13, 1947 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 6–4–0
11 L November 15, 1947 1–9 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 6–5–0
12 L November 16, 1947 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 6–6–0
13 T November 19, 1947 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 6–6–1
14 L November 22, 1947 3–5 New York Rangers (1947–48) 6–7–1
15 T November 23, 1947 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 6–7–2
16 W November 27, 1947 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 7–7–2
17 L November 29, 1947 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 7–8–2
18 T November 30, 1947 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 7–8–3
19 W December 6, 1947 4–0 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 8–8–3
20 L December 7, 1947 0–1 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 8–9–3
21 T December 10, 1947 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 8–9–4
22 L December 11, 1947 2–4 New York Rangers (1947–48) 8–10–4
23 W December 14, 1947 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 9–10–4
24 L December 20, 1947 2–4 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 9–11–4
25 W December 21, 1947 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 10–11–4
26 L December 25, 1947 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 10–12–4
27 W December 27, 1947 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 11–12–4
28 L January 1, 1948 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 11–13–4
29 T January 3, 1948 2–2 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 11–13–5
30 L January 4, 1948 2–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 11–14–5
31 T January 8, 1948 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 11–14–6
32 T January 10, 1948 1–1 New York Rangers (1947–48) 11–14–7
33 L January 11, 1948 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 11–15–7
34 W January 15, 1948 8–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 12–15–7
35 W January 17, 1948 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 13–15–7
36 T January 18, 1948 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 13–15–8
37 L January 21, 1948 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 13–16–8
38 L January 24, 1948 1–5 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 13–17–8
39 L January 25, 1948 0–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 13–18–8
40 T January 28, 1948 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 13–18–9
41 L January 31, 1948 2–4 New York Rangers (1947–48) 13–19–9
42 W February 1, 1948 3–0 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 14–19–9
43 L February 5, 1948 2–7 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 14–20–9
44 L February 7, 1948 3–5 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 14–21–9
45 L February 14, 1948 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 14–22–9
46 L February 15, 1948 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 14–23–9
47 W February 19, 1948 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 15–23–9
48 L February 21, 1948 1–3 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 15–24–9
49 L February 22, 1948 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 15–25–9
50 L February 28, 1948 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 15–26–9
51 L February 29, 1948 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 15–27–9
52 W March 3, 1948 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 16–27–9
53 T March 4, 1948 1–1 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 16–27–10
54 T March 6, 1948 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 16–27–11
55 L March 7, 1948 3–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 16–28–11
56 W March 11, 1948 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1947–48) 17–28–11
57 W March 13, 1948 3–2 New York Rangers (1947–48) 18–28–11
58 W March 14, 1948 6–3 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 19–28–11
59 W March 20, 1948 7–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 20–28–11
60 L March 21, 1948 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 20–29–11

[3]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Elmer Lach C 60 30 31 61 72
Maurice Richard RW 53 28 25 53 89
Toe Blake LW 32 9 15 24 4
Ken Reardon D 58 7 15 22 129
Billy Reay C 60 6 14 20 24
Bob Fillion LW 32 9 9 18 8
Roger Leger D 48 4 14 18 26
Jacques Locas RW 56 7 8 15 66
Norm Dussault C 28 5 10 15 4
Glen Harmon D 56 10 4 14 52
Joe Carveth RW 35 1 10 11 6
Butch Bouchard D 60 4 6 10 78
Murph Chamberlain LW 30 6 3 9 62
Doug Harvey D 35 4 4 8 32
Rip Riopelle LW 55 5 2 7 12
Bob Carse LW 22 3 3 6 16
Floyd Curry RW 31 1 5 6 0
John Quilty C 20 2 3 5 4
Tod Campeau C 14 2 2 4 4
Jimmy Peters RW 22 1 3 4 6
Hal Laycoe D 14 1 2 3 4
Gerry Plamondon LW 3 1 1 2 0
Murdo MacKay RW/C 14 0 2 2 0
Ken Mosdell C 23 1 0 1 19
Bill Durnan G 59 0 0 0 5
Leo Gravelle RW 15 0 0 0 0
Tom Johnson D 1 0 0 0 0
Gerry McNeil G 2 0 0 0 0
George Robertson LW/C 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Bill Durnan 3505 59 20 28 10 162 2.77 5
Gerry McNeil 95 2 0 1 1 7 4.42 0
Team: 3600 60 20 29 11 169 2.82 5

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO

[4]

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]

References[edit]