1970–71 Montreal Canadiens season

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1970–71 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup champions
Division 3rd East
1970–71 record 42–23–13
Goals for 291
Goals against 216
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Claude Ruel (Oct–Dec)
Al MacNeil (Dec–May)
Captain Jean Beliveau
Alternate captains John Ferguson
Henri Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Yvan Cournoyer (37)
Assists Jean Beliveau (51)
Points Jean Beliveau (76)
Penalties in minutes Pete Mahovlich (181)
Wins Rogatien Vachon (23)
Goals against average Rogatien Vachon (2.64)

The 1970–71 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 62nd season. After missing the playoffs in the previous season, the team rebounded to place third in the East Division, qualifying for the playoffs. Behind new star goalie Ken Dryden the team won their 17th Stanley Cup championship.

Regular season[edit]

On February 11, 1971, Jean Beliveau became the fourth player to score 500 career goals.[1]

Final standings[edit]

East Division[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Boston Bruins 78 57 14 7 399 207 +192 121
2 New York Rangers 78 49 18 11 259 177 +82 109
3 Montreal Canadiens 78 42 23 13 291 216 +75 97
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 37 33 8 248 211 +37 82
5 Buffalo Sabres 78 24 39 15 217 291 −74 63
6 Vancouver Canucks 78 24 46 8 229 296 −67 56
7 Detroit Red Wings 78 22 45 11 209 308 −99 55


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1970 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 1–0–0
2 W October 13, 1970 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 2–0–0
3 W October 15, 1970 3–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 3–0–0
4 W October 17, 1970 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 4–0–0
5 L October 18, 1970 0–1 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 4–1–0
6 L October 21, 1970 1–3 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 4–2–0
7 W October 24, 1970 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 5–2–0
8 T October 25, 1970 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 5–2–1
9 L October 28, 1970 2–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 5–3–1
10 W October 31, 1970 6–3 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 6–3–1
11 W November 4, 1970 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 7–3–1
12 W November 7, 1970 11–2 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 8–3–1
13 L November 8, 1970 1–6 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 8–4–1
14 L November 11, 1970 0–2 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 8–5–1
15 T November 14, 1970 1–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 8–5–2
16 T November 15, 1970 2–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 8–5–3
17 W November 17, 1970 5–1 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 9–5–3
18 W November 19, 1970 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 10–5–3
19 L November 21, 1970 4–5 New York Rangers (1970–71) 10–6–3
20 L November 25, 1970 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 10–7–3
21 W November 28, 1970 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 11–7–3
22 L November 29, 1970 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 11–8–3
23 T December 2, 1970 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 11–8–4
24 W December 3, 1970 6–3 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 12–8–4
25 L December 5, 1970 2–4 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 12–9–4
26 L December 9, 1970 0–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 12–10–4
27 W December 10, 1970 6–1 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 13–10–4
28 W December 12, 1970 8–1 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 14–10–4
29 T December 16, 1970 1–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 14–10–5
30 W December 18, 1970 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 15–10–5
31 L December 20, 1970 2–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 15–11–5
32 T December 23, 1970 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 15–11–6
33 T December 26, 1970 4–4 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 15–11–7
34 W December 27, 1970 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 16–11–7
35 T December 30, 1970 3–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 16–11–8
36 W January 2, 1971 5–3 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 17–11–8
37 L January 3, 1971 5–6 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 17–12–8
38 W January 6, 1971 7–3 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 18–12–8
39 W January 9, 1971 1–0 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 19–12–8
40 L January 10, 1971 2–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 19–13–8
41 T January 14, 1971 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 19–13–9
42 W January 16, 1971 4–2 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 20–13–9
43 T January 17, 1971 4–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 20–13–10
44 T January 21, 1971 5–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 20–13–11
45 W January 23, 1971 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 21–13–11
46 L January 24, 1971 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 21–14–11
47 W January 27, 1971 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 22–14–11
48 L January 30, 1971 4–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 22–15–11
49 L January 31, 1971 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 22–16–11
50 W February 2, 1971 5–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 23–16–11
51 W February 5, 1971 3–2 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 24–16–11
52 L February 6, 1971 3–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 24–17–11
53 W February 9, 1971 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 25–17–11
54 W February 11, 1971 6–2 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 26–17–11
55 W February 13, 1971 5–2 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 27–17–11
56 W February 17, 1971 3–0 New York Rangers (1970–71) 28–17–11
57 W February 20, 1971 7–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 29–17–11
58 T February 22, 1971 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 29–17–12
59 W February 24, 1971 5–2 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 30–17–12
60 W February 25, 1971 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 31–17–12
61 W February 27, 1971 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 32–17–12
62 L March 3, 1971 0–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 32–18–12
63 W March 6, 1971 8–2 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 33–18–12
64 W March 7, 1971 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 34–18–12
65 T March 9, 1971 3–3 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 34–18–13
66 L March 10, 1971 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 34–19–13
67 L March 13, 1971 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 34–20–13
68 W March 14, 1971 5–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 35–20–13
69 L March 16, 1971 2–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 35–21–13
70 W March 18, 1971 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 36–21–13
71 W March 20, 1971 5–2 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 37–21–13
72 W March 21, 1971 6–2 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 38–21–13
73 W March 24, 1971 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 39–21–13
74 W March 27, 1971 9–2 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 40–21–13
75 W March 28, 1971 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 41–21–13
76 L March 31, 1971 3–6 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 41–22–13
77 W April 3, 1971 7–2 New York Rangers (1970–71) 42–22–13
78 L April 4, 1971 2–7 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 42–23–13

Playoffs[edit]

Quarter-final[edit]

Versus Boston Bruins
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L April 7, 1971 1–3 @ Boston Bruins 0–1
2 W April 8, 1971 7–5 @ Boston Bruins 1–1
3 W April 10, 1971 3–1 Boston Bruins 2–1
4 L April 11, 1971 2–5 Boston Bruins 2–2
5 L April 13, 1971 3–7 @ Boston Bruins 2–3
6 W April 15, 1971 8–3 Boston Bruins 3–3
7 W April 18, 1971 4–2 @ Boston Bruins 4–3

[3]

Montreal wins the series 4–3.

Semi-final[edit]

Versus Minnesota North Stars
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W April 20, 1971 7–2 Minnesota North Stars 1–0
2 L April 22, 1971 3–6 Minnesota North Stars 1–1
3 W April 24, 1971 6–3 @ Minnesota North Stars 2–1
4 L April 25, 1971 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars 2–2
5 W April 27, 1971 6–1 Minnesota North Stars 3–2
6 W April 29, 1971 3–2 @ Minnesota North Stars 4–2

[3]

Montreal wins the series 4–2.

Stanley Cup Final[edit]

Brothers Frank and Peter Mahovlich starred for the Canadiens, scoring nine goals in the seven game final series. Ken Dryden debuted for the Canadiens, while this was Jean Beliveau's final final series appearance, and he ended his career with ten championships.

Versus Chicago Black Hawks
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L May 4, 1971 1–2 (OT) @ Chicago Black Hawks 0–1
2 L May 6, 1971 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks 0–2
3 W May 9, 1971 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2
4 W May 11, 1971 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2
5 L May 13, 1971 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks 2–3
6 W May 16, 1971 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3
7 W May 18, 1971 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks 4–3

[3]

Montreal wins the series 4–3.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 70 25 51 76 40 24 7 0 4
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 65 37 36 73 21 20 18 0 5
Tremblay, J. C.J. C. Tremblay D 76 11 52 63 23 16 5 0 4
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 78 35 26 61 181 25 12 3 5
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 78 28 28 56 18 0 6 0 3
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif LW 76 19 30 49 133 25 4 0 2
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 75 12 37 49 46 13 1 0 1
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 78 15 29 44 107 28 5 0 1
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 38 17 24 41 11 4 4 1 2
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 60 16 14 30 162 2 3 0 4
Redmond, MickeyMickey Redmond RW 40 14 15 29 35 12 2 0 1
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 64 10 13 23 90 −8 0 0 2
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 78 1 21 22 116 35 0 0 0
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto RW 39 14 7 21 76 10 2 0 3
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 66 10 9 19 28 7 1 0 1
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 49 0 16 16 20 24 0 0 0
Rochefort, LeonLeon Rochefort RW 57 5 10 15 4 11 0 3 1
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 37 5 10 15 30 11 0 1 0
Sheehan, BobbyBobby Sheehan C 29 6 5 11 2 4 1 0 1
Collins, BillBill Collins RW 40 6 2 8 39 1 0 0 1
Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau C 19 1 5 6 8 −8 0 0 1
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 16 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0
Charron, GuyGuy Charron C 15 2 2 4 2 −2 0 0 0
Huck, FranFran Huck C 5 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 51 0 3 3 50 3 0 0 0
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch D 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Myre, PhilPhil Myre G 30 0 1 1 17 0 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 1 0 0 0 0 −1 0 0 0
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon G 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 2676 47 23 12 9 118 2.65 2
Myre, PhilPhil Myre 1677 30 13 11 4 87 3.11 1
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 327 6 6 0 0 9 1.65 0
Team: 4680 78 42 23 13 214 2.74 3

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 20 14 13 27 18 3 0 0
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 20 10 12 22 6 2 0 1
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 20 6 16 22 28 2 0 0
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 20 9 10 19 17 4 0 1
Tremblay, J. C.J. C. Tremblay D 20 3 14 17 15 1 0 3
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 20 10 6 16 43 1 1 1
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 20 4 9 13 12 1 0 1
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 20 5 7 12 20 0 0 1
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 18 4 6 10 36 1 0 1
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 20 4 5 9 34 1 0 2
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 20 2 5 7 20 0 0 1
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 20 0 6 6 28 0 0 0
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif LW 20 3 1 4 40 0 0 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 11 1 0 1 10 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 13 0 1 1 10 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 20 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto RW 15 0 1 1 36 0 0 0
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rochefort, LeonLeon Rochefort RW 10 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Sheehan, BobbyBobby Sheehan C 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 1221 20 12 8 61 3.00 0
Team: 1221 20 12 8 61 3.00 0

[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;

Transactions[edit]

May 22, 1970 To Oakland Seals
Dennis Hextall
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
May 22, 1970 To Oakland Seals
Ernie Hicke
1st round pick in 1970 (Chris Oddleifson)
To Montreal Canadiens
Francois Lacombe
1st round pick in 1971 (Guy Lafleur)
May 22, 1970 To Los Angeles Kings
Jack Norris
Larry Mickey
Lucien Grenier
To Montreal Canadiens
Wayne Thomas[5]
Leon Rochefort
Gregg Boddy

Awards and records[edit]

Roster[edit]

1970–1971 Montréal Canadiens Roster
Goaltenders

Defencemen

Wingers

Centres

1971 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Ken Dryden, Rogie Vachon, Jacques Laperriere, J. C. Tremblay, Guy Lapointe, Terry Harper, Pierre Bouchard, Jean Beliveau, Marc Tardif, Yvan Cournoyer, Rejean Houle, Claude Larose, Henri Richard, Phil Roberto, Peter Mahovlich, Leon Rochefort, John Ferguson, Bobby Sheehan, Jacques Lemaire, Frank Mahovlich, Bob Murdoch, Chuck Lefley, Al MacNeil (coach), Sam Pollock (general manager).

Draft picks[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1970 NHL Entry Draft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 214, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.
  2. ^ "1970–1971 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  3. ^ a b c "1971 NHL Playoff Summary". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  4. ^ "1970-71 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  5. ^ http://habsgoalies.blogspot.com/2007/06/wayne-thomas-1972-74.html