1959–60 Montreal Canadiens season

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1959–60 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup champions
League 1st NHL
1959–60 record 40–18–12
Goals for 255
Goals against 178
Team information
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Maurice Richard
Alternate captains Bernie Geoffrion
Doug Harvey
Tom Johnson
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau (34)
Assists Henri Richard (43)
Points Jean Beliveau (74)
Penalties in minutes Henri Richard (66)
Wins Jacques Plante (40)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (2.54)

The 1959–60 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 51st season of play. The team had another outstanding season, placing first in the league and winning the Stanley Cup for the fifth consecutive season, and the 12th time in team history.

Regular season[edit]

On November 1, 1959, at 3:06 of the first period, Jacques Plante was hit in the face by a shot fired by Andy Bathgate. Plante came back in the game wearing a mask (the second goaltender in NHL history to wear a mask after Clint Benedict) starting a trend where all NHL goaltenders today wear a mask.

Jacques Plante[edit]

The use of the goalie mask was Plante's most enduring contribution to the game, however, occurred as a result of an incident on November 1, 1959. He was hit in the face by a shot from New York Rangers player Andy Bathgate, needing to go to the dressing room for stitches. When he returned, he was wearing the crude home-made goalie mask that he'd been using in practices. His coach, Toe Blake, was livid, but he had no other goalie to call upon, and Plante refused to return to the goal unless he kept the mask. Blake agreed on the condition that Plante discard the mask when the cut healed. Only Camille Henry beat him in that game, which the Canadiens won 3–1. In the ensuing days Plante refused to discard the mask, and as the Canadiens continued to win, Blake became less obstinate. The unbeaten streak stretched to 18 games. Plante didn't wear the mask, at Blake's request, against Detroit on March 8, 1960. The Canadiens lost 3–0, and the mask returned for good the next night. Plante subsequently designed his own mask and masks for other goalies. Although Plante was not the first NHL goalie known to wear a facemask (Montreal Maroons goaltender Clint Benedict had done so thirty years before), Plante introduced the mask as everyday equipment, which continues to this day.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 70 40 18 12 255 178 +77 92
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 35 26 9 199 195 +4 79
3 Chicago Black Hawks 70 28 29 13 191 180 +11 69
4 Detroit Red Wings 70 26 29 15 186 197 −11 67
5 Boston Bruins 70 28 34 8 220 241 −21 64
6 New York Rangers 70 17 38 15 187 247 −60 49


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 8, 1959 4–1 Boston Bruins (1959–60) 1–0–0
2 T October 10, 1959 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 1–0–1
3 L October 11, 1959 4–8 @ Boston Bruins (1959–60) 1–1–1
4 W October 15, 1959 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 2–1–1
5 L October 17, 1959 2–4 New York Rangers (1959–60) 2–2–1
6 W October 18, 1959 6–5 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 3–2–1
7 W October 22, 1959 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 4–2–1
8 W October 24, 1959 5–1 Boston Bruins (1959–60) 5–2–1
9 W October 25, 1959 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 6–2–1
10 W October 27, 1959 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 7–2–1
11 T October 28, 1959 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 7–2–2
12 T October 31, 1959 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 7–2–3
13 W November 1, 1959 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 8–2–3
14 W November 5, 1959 8–2 New York Rangers (1959–60) 9–2–3
15 T November 7, 1959 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 9–2–4
16 W November 12, 1959 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 10–2–4
17 W November 14, 1959 8–1 Boston Bruins (1959–60) 11–2–4
18 W November 15, 1959 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1959–60) 12–2–4
19 W November 21, 1959 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 13–2–4
20 W November 22, 1959 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 14–2–4
21 W November 26, 1959 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 15–2–4
22 W November 28, 1959 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 16–2–4
23 W November 29, 1959 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1959–60) 17–2–4
24 L December 2, 1959 0–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 17–3–4
25 L December 3, 1959 4–7 New York Rangers (1959–60) 17–4–4
26 T December 5, 1959 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 17–4–5
27 T December 6, 1959 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 17–4–6
28 L December 12, 1959 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 17–5–6
29 T December 13, 1959 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 17–5–7
30 W December 17, 1959 8–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 18–5–7
31 W December 19, 1959 5–3 New York Rangers (1959–60) 19–5–7
32 L December 20, 1959 5–6 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 19–6–7
33 W December 26, 1959 9–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 20–6–7
34 W December 27, 1959 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 21–6–7
35 W December 30, 1959 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 22–6–7
36 W January 2, 1960 6–5 Boston Bruins (1959–60) 23–6–7
37 L January 3, 1960 3–8 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 23–7–7
38 W January 9, 1960 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 24–7–7
39 L January 10, 1960 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 24–8–7
40 W January 14, 1960 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 25–8–7
41 W January 16, 1960 8–2 Boston Bruins (1959–60) 26–8–7
42 W January 17, 1960 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1959–60) 27–8–7
43 W January 21, 1960 11–2 New York Rangers (1959–60) 28–8–7
44 W January 23, 1960 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 29–8–7
45 W January 24, 1960 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 30–8–7
46 T January 27, 1960 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 30–8–8
47 W January 28, 1960 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 31–8–8
48 T January 30, 1960 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 31–8–9
49 L January 31, 1960 5–6 @ Boston Bruins (1959–60) 31–9–9
50 W February 4, 1960 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 32–9–9
51 W February 6, 1960 5–3 Boston Bruins (1959–60) 33–9–9
52 L February 7, 1960 1–4 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 33–10–9
53 W February 10, 1960 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 34–10–9
54 L February 13, 1960 6–7 @ Boston Bruins (1959–60) 34–11–9
55 L February 14, 1960 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 34–12–9
56 T February 18, 1960 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 34–12–10
57 T February 20, 1960 3–3 New York Rangers (1959–60) 34–12–11
58 W February 21, 1960 6–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 35–12–11
59 L February 24, 1960 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 35–13–11
60 W February 27, 1960 3–2 New York Rangers (1959–60) 36–13–11
61 W March 3, 1960 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 37–13–11
62 T March 5, 1960 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 37–13–12
63 L March 6, 1960 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 37–14–12
64 L March 8, 1960 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 37–15–12
65 W March 9, 1960 9–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 38–15–12
66 W March 12, 1960 5–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 39–15–12
67 L March 13, 1960 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1959–60) 39–16–12
68 L March 17, 1960 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 39–17–12
69 W March 19, 1960 5–1 Boston Bruins (1959–60) 40–17–12
70 L March 20, 1960 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 40–18–12

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Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens placed first in the standings and met the Chicago Black Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. The Canadiens would sweep the Hawks 4–0 to move on to the finals against Toronto.

Stanley Cup finals[edit]

Montreal swept the Maple Leafs, outscoring them 15–5, en route to being the first team since the 1952 Detroit Red Wings to go without a loss in the playoffs.

After the series Rocket Richard retired. He went out with style, finishing with his 34th finals goal in game three.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 Montreal Canadiens 4
April 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 Montreal Canadiens 2
April 12 Montreal Canadiens 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 2
April 14 Montreal Canadiens 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 60 34 40 74 57
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 70 30 43 73 66
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 59 30 41 71 36
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 62 22 42 64 54
Bonin, MarcelMarcel Bonin W 59 17 34 51 59
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 70 17 29 46 42
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 65 21 22 43 4
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 70 16 22 38 4
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 51 19 16 35 50
Pronovost, AndreAndre Pronovost LW 69 12 19 31 61
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 64 4 25 29 59
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 64 13 15 28 24
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 66 6 21 27 45
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 68 9 13 22 26
Langlois, AlbertAlbert Langlois D 67 1 14 15 48
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 69 1 14 15 60
Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW 43 3 10 13 17
Turner, BobBob Turner D 54 0 9 9 40
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 11 0 1 1 0
Fleming, ReggieReggie Fleming D/LW 3 0 0 0 2
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge G 1 0 0 0 0
Hoekstra, CecCec Hoekstra C 4 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 69 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 4140 69 40 17 12 175 2.54 3
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge 60 1 0 1 0 3 3.00 0
Team: 4200 70 40 18 12 178 2.54 3

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 8 3 9 12 9
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 8 2 10 12 4
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 8 6 4 10 4
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 8 5 2 7 6
Bonin, MarcelMarcel Bonin W 8 1 4 5 12
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 8 2 2 4 0
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 8 1 3 4 2
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 8 3 0 3 6
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 8 2 1 3 4
Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW 7 1 2 3 0
Pronovost, AndreAndre Pronovost LW 8 1 2 3 0
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 7 0 3 3 2
Langlois, AlbertAlbert Langlois D 8 0 3 3 18
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 8 1 1 2 0
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 8 1 1 2 8
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 8 0 1 1 4
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 8 0 0 0 0
Turner, BobBob Turner D 8 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 489 8 8 0 11 1.35 3
Team: 489 8 8 0 11 1.35 3

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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]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
6 Canada Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C L 22 1956 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
4 Canada Béliveau, JeanJean Béliveau C L 28 1950 Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
18 Canada Bonin, MarcelMarcel Bonin LW L 27 1957 Montreal, Quebec
21 Canada Fleming, ReggieReggie Fleming LW L 23 1959 Montreal, Quebec
5 Canada Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW R 29 1950 Montreal, Quebec
20 Canada Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C L 26 1956 Lachine, Quebec
2 Canada Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D L 35 1947 Montreal, Quebec
8 Canada Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW L 22 1959 Regina, Saskatchewan
29 Canada Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge G L 26 1954 Lachine, Quebec
24 Canada Hoekstra, CecCec Hoekstra C L 25 1959 Winnipeg, Manitoba
10 Canada Johnson, TomTom Johnson D L 32 1947 Baldur, Manitoba
19 Canada Langlois, AlbertAlbert Langlois D L 25 1957 Magog, Quebec
22 Canada Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW L 28 1951 Montreal, Quebec
15 Canada McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW L 24 1958 Winnipeg, Manitoba
12 Canada Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW L 29 1951 Montreal, Quebec
1 Canada Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G L 31 1952 Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
23 Canada Pronovost, AndréAndré Pronovost LW L 23 1956 Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
14 Canada Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW R 26 1955 Montreal, Quebec
16 Canada Richard, HenriHenri Richard C R 24 1955 Montreal, Quebec
9 Canada Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard (C) RW R 38 1942 Montreal, Quebec
17 Canada Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D L 27 1954 Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
3 Canada Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D L 21 1959 Bagotville, Quebec
11 Canada Turner, BobBob Turner D L 26 1955 Regina, Saskatchewan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1959–1960 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1959–60 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "1959-60 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.