1951–52 Montreal Canadiens season

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1951–52 Montreal Canadiens
League 2nd NHL
1951–52 record 34–26–10
Goals for 195
Goals against 164
Team information
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Bernie Geoffrion (30)
Assists Elmer Lach (50)
Points Elmer Lach (65)
Penalties in minutes Doug Harvey (82)
Wins Gerry McNeil (34)
Goals against average Gerry McNeil (2.34)

The 1951–52 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 43rd season of play. After qualifying for the playoffs in second place, the Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins to advance to the final series. The Detroit Red Wings would sweep the Canadiens in the finals, four games to none.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 44 14 12 215 133 +82 100
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 34 26 10 195 164 +31 78
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 29 25 16 168 157 +11 74
4 Boston Bruins 70 25 29 16 162 176 −14 66
5 New York Rangers 70 23 34 13 192 219 −27 59
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 17 44 9 158 241 −83 43


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1951 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 1–0–0
2 L October 13, 1951 1–2 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 1–1–0
3 W October 14, 1951 4–3 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 2–1–0
4 W October 18, 1951 3–2 New York Rangers (1951–52) 3–1–0
5 L October 20, 1951 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 3–2–0
6 L October 22, 1951 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 3–3–0
7 T October 25, 1951 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 3–3–1
8 L October 28, 1951 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 3–4–1
9 W October 29, 1951 6–1 New York Rangers (1951–52) 4–4–1
10 L October 31, 1951 0–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 4–5–1
11 L November 1, 1951 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 4–6–1
12 L November 3, 1951 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 4–7–1
13 W November 8, 1951 4–2 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 5–7–1
14 W November 10, 1951 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 6–7–1
15 T November 11, 1951 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 6–7–2
16 W November 17, 1951 3–2 New York Rangers (1951–52) 7–7–2
17 T November 18, 1951 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 7–7–3
18 L November 22, 1951 1–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 7–8–3
19 L November 24, 1951 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 7–9–3
20 L November 25, 1951 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 7–10–3
21 W November 29, 1951 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 8–10–3
22 W December 1, 1951 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 9–10–3
23 L December 2, 1951 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 9–11–3
24 L December 8, 1951 0–3 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 9–12–3
25 L December 9, 1951 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 9–13–3
26 T December 13, 1951 1–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 9–13–4
27 W December 15, 1951 3–1 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 10–13–4
28 W December 16, 1951 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 11–13–4
29 L December 19, 1951 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 11–14–4
30 W December 20, 1951 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 12–14–4
31 W December 22, 1951 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 13–14–4
32 L December 23, 1951 0–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 13–15–4
33 W December 26, 1951 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 14–15–4
34 W December 29, 1951 7–2 New York Rangers (1951–52) 15–15–4
35 W December 31, 1951 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 16–15–4
36 W January 1, 1952 3–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 17–15–4
37 W January 3, 1952 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 18–15–4
38 L January 5, 1952 2–3 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 18–16–4
39 W January 12, 1952 8–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 19–16–4
40 T January 13, 1952 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 19–16–5
41 T January 17, 1952 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 19–16–6
42 L January 19, 1952 0–4 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 19–17–6
43 L January 20, 1952 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 19–18–6
44 W January 23, 1952 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 20–18–6
45 W January 24, 1952 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 21–18–6
46 W January 26, 1952 5–3 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 22–18–6
47 W January 27, 1952 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 23–18–6
48 W January 31, 1952 1–0 New York Rangers (1951–52) 24–18–6
49 T February 2, 1952 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 24–18–7
50 L February 3, 1952 0–1 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 24–19–7
51 L February 7, 1952 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 24–20–7
52 L February 9, 1952 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 24–21–7
53 W February 10, 1952 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 25–21–7
54 W February 14, 1952 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 26–21–7
55 W February 16, 1952 5–1 New York Rangers (1951–52) 27–21–7
56 L February 17, 1952 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 27–22–7
57 T February 21, 1952 3–3 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 27–22–8
58 W February 23, 1952 7–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 28–22–8
59 W February 28, 1952 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 29–22–8
60 W March 1, 1952 3–1 New York Rangers (1951–52) 30–22–8
61 W March 2, 1952 6–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 31–22–8
62 L March 5, 1952 2–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 31–23–8
63 T March 8, 1952 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 31–23–9
64 W March 9, 1952 2–0 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 32–23–9
65 W March 13, 1952 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 33–23–9
66 L March 15, 1952 0–2 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 33–24–9
67 L March 16, 1952 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 33–25–9
68 W March 19, 1952 3–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 34–25–9
69 T March 22, 1952 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 34–25–10
70 L March 23, 1952 2–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 34–26–10

Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 70 15 50 65 36
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 67 30 24 54 66
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 48 27 17 44 44
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 69 24 18 42 44
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 68 7 34 41 20
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 64 23 17 40 8
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 64 20 18 38 10
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 69 7 28 35 49
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 33 18 15 33 44
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 68 6 23 29 82
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 44 5 11 16 19
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 40 3 10 13 30
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 60 3 9 12 45
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack C 54 2 10 12 4
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 67 0 7 7 76
Lowe, RossRoss Lowe D/LW 31 1 5 6 42
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 54 2 1 3 24
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 15 1 2 3 2
Davis, LorneLorne Davis RW 3 1 1 2 2
Couture, GerryGerry Couture RW 10 0 1 1 4
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 12 0 1 1 8
Achtymichuk, GeneGene Achtymichuk C 1 0 0 0 0
Edmundson, GarryGarry Edmundson LW 1 0 0 0 2
Fryday, BobBob Fryday RW 3 0 0 0 0
Malone, CliffCliff Malone RW 3 0 0 0 0
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 1 0 0 0 0
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 70 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 4200 70 34 26 10 164 2.34 5
Team: 4200 70 34 26 10 164 2.34 5

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 11 4 3 7 6
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 11 4 2 6 6
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 11 3 1 4 6
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 10 2 2 4 7
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 11 1 2 3 4
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 11 0 3 3 8
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 11 0 3 3 2
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 9 0 3 3 6
Mazur, EddieEddie Mazur D/LW 5 2 0 2 4
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 11 1 1 2 12
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 11 0 2 2 14
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 7 0 2 2 0
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 11 1 0 1 2
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 6 1 0 1 12
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 2 1 0 1 0
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 11 0 1 1 4
Edmundson, GarryGarry Edmundson LW 2 0 0 0 4
Long, StanStan Long D 3 0 0 0 0
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 11 0 0 0 0
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 11 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 688 11 4 7 23 2.01 1
Team: 688 11 4 7 23 2.01 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]

Roster[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1951–1952 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1951-52 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.