1969–70 Montreal Canadiens season

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1969–70 Montreal Canadiens
Division 5th East
1969–70 record 38–22–16
Goals for 244
Goals against 201
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Claude Ruel
Captain Jean Beliveau
Alternate captains Henry Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jacques Lemaire (32)
Assists Yvan Cournoyer (36)
Points Yvan Cournoyer (63)
Penalties in minutes John Ferguson (139)
Wins Rogie Vachon (31)
Goals against average Phil Myre (2.27)

The 1969–70 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 61st season of play. The Canadiens placed fifth in the East division and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1947–48 season, ending their 21-season playoff streak. This team was also the only Canadiens team between the 1948–49 season and the 1993–94 season that missed the playoffs, a span of 46 years.

Regular season[edit]

April 5, 1970 – The Montreal Canadiens were in a desperate race to qualify for the NHL playoffs. The Canadiens hosted the Chicago Blackhawks. With 9 minutes and 30 seconds left in the third period, Montreal was down by a score of 5–2. Montreal’s only hope of qualifying for the playoffs was to score three more goals. Canadiens coach Claude Ruel removed his goalie, Rogatien Vachon from the net. Vachon would return to the net only for faceoffs. Chicago would score five empty net goals and win the game by a score of 10–2. Montreal would miss the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

Final standings[edit]

East Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 76 45 22 9 250 170 +80 99
2 Boston Bruins 76 40 17 19 277 216 +61 99
3 Detroit Red Wings 76 40 21 15 246 199 +47 95
4 New York Rangers 76 38 22 16 246 189 +57 92
5 Montreal Canadiens 76 38 22 16 244 201 +43 92
6 Toronto Maple Leafs 76 29 34 13 222 242 −20 71


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1969 5–1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 1–0–0
2 T October 15, 1969 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 1–0–1
3 W October 18, 1969 7–3 New York Rangers (1969–70) 2–0–1
4 T October 19, 1969 1–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 2–0–2
5 T October 22, 1969 3–3 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 2–0–3
6 L October 25, 1969 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 2–1–3
7 W October 26, 1969 8–3 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 3–1–3
8 L October 29, 1969 1–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 3–2–3
9 T October 30, 1969 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 3–2–4
10 W November 1, 1969 9–2 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 4–2–4
11 T November 5, 1969 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 4–2–5
12 W November 6, 1969 4–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 5–2–5
13 W November 8, 1969 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 6–2–5
14 W November 10, 1969 6–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 7–2–5
15 W November 12, 1969 5–0 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 8–2–5
16 W November 15, 1969 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 9–2–5
17 L November 16, 1969 0–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 9–3–5
18 T November 19, 1969 5–5 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 9–3–6
19 W November 22, 1969 4–2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 10–3–6
20 T November 23, 1969 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 10–3–7
21 W November 26, 1969 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 11–3–7
22 T November 29, 1969 2–2 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 11–3–8
23 W December 4, 1969 1–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 12–3–8
24 L December 6, 1969 3–4 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 12–4–8
25 L December 7, 1969 3–6 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 12–5–8
26 W December 10, 1969 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 13–5–8
27 W December 13, 1969 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 14–5–8
28 L December 14, 1969 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 14–6–8
29 W December 17, 1969 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 15–6–8
30 L December 20, 1969 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 15–7–8
31 W December 21, 1969 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 16–7–8
32 T December 26, 1969 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 16–7–9
33 T December 27, 1969 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 16–7–10
34 L December 30, 1969 0–5 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 16–8–10
35 L December 31, 1969 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 16–9–10
36 W January 3, 1970 5–1 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 17–9–10
37 W January 6, 1970 4–3 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 18–9–10
38 W January 8, 1970 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 19–9–10
39 W January 11, 1970 4–1 New York Rangers (1969–70) 20–9–10
40 W January 14, 1970 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 21–9–10
41 L January 17, 1970 0–3 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 21–10–10
42 L January 18, 1970 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 21–11–10
43 W January 22, 1970 4–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 22–11–10
44 W January 24, 1970 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 23–11–10
45 W January 25, 1970 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 24–11–10
46 W January 28, 1970 5–4 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 25–11–10
47 T January 31, 1970 3–3 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 25–11–11
48 W February 1, 1970 5–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 26–11–11
49 L February 4, 1970 2–5 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 26–12–11
50 W February 5, 1970 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 27–12–11
51 T February 7, 1970 1–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 27–12–12
52 W February 8, 1970 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 28–12–12
53 T February 11, 1970 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 28–12–13
54 L February 14, 1970 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 28–13–13
55 L February 15, 1970 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 28–14–13
56 L February 18, 1970 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 28–15–13
57 W February 21, 1970 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 29–15–13
58 W February 22, 1970 1–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 30–15–13
59 W February 25, 1970 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 31–15–13
60 L February 28, 1970 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 31–16–13
61 L March 4, 1970 1–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 31–17–13
62 L March 7, 1970 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 31–18–13
63 L March 8, 1970 0–2 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 31–19–13
64 W March 11, 1970 5–3 New York Rangers (1969–70) 32–19–13
65 W March 14, 1970 6–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 33–19–13
66 T March 15, 1970 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 33–19–14
67 T March 18, 1970 2–2 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 33–19–15
68 W March 19, 1970 6–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 34–19–15
69 W March 21, 1970 2–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 35–19–15
70 W March 22, 1970 5–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 36–19–15
71 W March 25, 1970 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 37–19–15
72 T March 28, 1970 1–1 New York Rangers (1969–70) 37–19–16
73 L March 29, 1970 1–4 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 37–20–16
74 W April 1, 1970 6–3 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 38–20–16
75 L April 4, 1970 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 38–21–16
76 L April 5, 1970 2–10 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 38–22–16

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 72 27 36 63 23 10 0 4
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 69 32 28 60 16 13 0 5
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 72 24 34 58 30 5 2 4
Redmond, MickeyMickey Redmond RW 75 27 27 54 61 3 0 2
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 62 16 36 52 61 2 0 4
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 63 19 30 49 10 3 0 1
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 72 19 24 43 20 1 0 2
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 73 6 31 37 98 2 1 1
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 48 19 13 32 139 6 0 7
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 64 12 19 31 38 5 3 2
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 75 4 18 22 109 0 0 0
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 65 10 11 21 22 0 0 1
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 58 2 19 21 7 1 0 0
Harris, TedTed Harris D 74 3 17 20 116 0 0 0
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 36 9 8 17 51 0 0 2
Bordeleau, ChristianChristian Bordeleau C 48 2 13 15 18 0 0 0
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey RW 21 4 4 8 4 3 0 2
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif LW 18 3 2 5 27 1 0 0
Grenier, LucienLucien Grenier RW 23 2 3 5 2 0 0 1
Sheehan, BobbyBobby Sheehan C 16 2 1 3 2 0 0 0
Duff, DickDick Duff LW 17 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau C 20 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Gauthier, JeanJean Gauthier D 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto RW 8 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Charron, GuyGuy Charron C 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curtis, PaulPaul Curtis D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drouin, JudeJude Drouin C 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Huck, FranFran Huck C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Myre, PhilPhil Myre G 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon G 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 3697 64 31 18 12 162 2.63 4
Myre, PhilPhil Myre 503 10 4 3 2 19 2.27 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 360 6 3 1 2 14 2.33 0
Team: 4560 76 38 22 16 195 2.57 4

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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]

1969–1970 Montréal Canadiens Roster
Goaltenders

Defencemen

Wingers

Centres

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 1. Rejean Houle  Canada Montreal Junior Canadiens (OHA)
1 2. Marc Tardif  Canada Montreal Junior Canadiens (OHA)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "1969–1970 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1969-70 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.