1975–76 Montreal Canadiens season

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1975–76 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup champions
Wales Conference champions
Norris Division champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 1st Wales
1975–76 record 58–11–11
Goals for 337
Goals against 174
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Yvan Cournoyer
Alternate captains None
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Lafleur (56)
Assists Pete Mahovlich (71)
Points Guy Lafleur (125)
Penalties in minutes Doug Risebrough (180)
Wins Ken Dryden (42)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.03)

The 1975–76 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 67th season. The Canadiens won their 19th Stanley Cup in club history.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Henri Richard's number 16 was retired December 10, 1975, by the Canadiens in his honour.

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 58 11 11 337 174 127
Los Angeles Kings 80 38 33 9 263 265 85
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 35 33 12 339 303 82
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 44 10 226 300 62
Washington Capitals 80 11 59 10 224 394 32

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 8, 1975 9–0 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 1–0–0
2 W October 9, 1975 9–4 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 2–0–0
3 W October 11, 1975 7–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 3–0–0
4 L October 14, 1975 3–5 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 3–1–0
5 T October 18, 1975 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 3–1–1
6 W October 21, 1975 7–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 4–1–1
7 W October 22, 1975 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 5–1–1
8 W October 25, 1975 6–2 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 6–1–1
9 T October 27, 1975 4–4 New York Islanders (1975–76) 6–1–2
10 L October 29, 1975 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 6–2–2
11 W November 1, 1975 4–0 New York Rangers (1975–76) 7–2–2
12 W November 3, 1975 3–2 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 8–2–2
13 W November 5, 1975 3–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 9–2–2
14 W November 8, 1975 5–0 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 10–2–2
15 L November 9, 1975 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 10–3–2
16 W November 11, 1975 6–0 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 11–3–2
17 W November 13, 1975 5–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 12–3–2
18 T November 15, 1975 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 12–3–3
19 L November 16, 1975 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 12–4–3
20 W November 19, 1975 6–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 13–4–3
21 W November 22, 1975 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 14–4–3
22 W November 25, 1975 4–0 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 15–4–3
23 W November 27, 1975 2–1 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 16–4–3
24 W November 29, 1975 6–4 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 17–4–3
25 W November 30, 1975 3–2 New York Islanders (1975–76) 18–4–3
26 L December 3, 1975 5–6 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 18–5–3
27 W December 4, 1975 4–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 19–5–3
28 W December 6, 1975 9–3 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 20–5–3
29 T December 7, 1975 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 20–5–4
30 T December 10, 1975 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 20–5–5
31 W December 13, 1975 4–1 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 21–5–5
32 W December 14, 1975 7–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 22–5–5
33 W December 17, 1975 2–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 23–5–5
34 T December 20, 1975 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 23–5–6
35 W December 21, 1975 2–1 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 24–5–6
36 W December 27, 1975 2–1 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 25–5–6
37 W December 29, 1975 6–0 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 26–5–6
38 W January 3, 1976 7–0 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 27–5–6
39 L January 5, 1976 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 27–6–6
40 W January 7, 1976 2–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 28–6–6
41 W January 10, 1976 7–1 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 29–6–6
42 W January 11, 1976 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 30–6–6
43 W January 13, 1976 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 31–6–6
44 W January 17, 1976 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 32–6–6
45 W January 18, 1976 4–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 33–6–6
46 W January 22, 1976 4–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 34–6–6
47 W January 24, 1976 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 35–6–6
48 T January 25, 1976 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 35–6–7
49 T January 27, 1976 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 35–6–8
50 W January 30, 1976 5–4 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 36–6–8
51 L January 31, 1976 3–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 36–7–8
52 W February 4, 1976 8–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 37–7–8
53 W February 6, 1976 7–1 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 38–7–8
54 W February 8, 1976 3–0 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 39–7–8
55 W February 10, 1976 6–1 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 40–7–8
56 L February 12, 1976 4–6 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 40–8–8
57 T February 14, 1976 2–2 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 40–8–9
58 L February 15, 1976 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 40–9–9
59 W February 18, 1976 7–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 41–9–9
60 W February 20, 1976 5–3 New York Rangers (1975–76) 42–9–9
61 W February 22, 1976 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 43–9–9
62 W February 24, 1976 6–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 44–9–9
63 W February 25, 1976 3–1 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 45–9–9
64 W February 28, 1976 3–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 46–9–9
65 T February 29, 1976 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 46–9–10
66 W March 3, 1976 4–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 47–9–10
67 W March 6, 1976 3–2 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 48–9–10
68 W March 7, 1976 6–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 49–9–10
69 W March 10, 1976 5–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 50–9–10
70 W March 13, 1976 4–2 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 51–9–10
71 W March 14, 1976 5–1 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 52–9–10
72 W March 16, 1976 5–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 53–9–10
73 W March 19, 1976 4–1 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 54–9–10
74 L March 20, 1976 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 54–10–10
75 L March 24, 1976 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 54–11–10
76 W March 27, 1976 8–2 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 55–11–10
77 T March 28, 1976 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 55–11–11
78 W March 31, 1976 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 56–11–11
79 W April 3, 1976 6–3 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 57–11–11
80 W April 4, 1976 4–3 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 58–11–11

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 80 56 69 125 36 68 18 0 12
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 80 34 71 105 76 71 8 1 7
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 80 45 34 79 47 73 7 0 7
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 71 32 36 68 20 37 8 0 12
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 77 21 47 68 78 64 8 1 1
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 80 32 35 67 28 10 12 0 4
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 61 20 32 52 20 26 6 0 3
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 71 8 39 47 38 52 1 1 1
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 80 16 28 44 180 18 1 0 3
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 80 10 30 40 59 50 2 0 0
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 59 11 24 35 36 25 2 1 1
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 5 30 35 16 17 0 1 1
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 78 15 13 28 57 20 1 2 1
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 71 11 16 27 88 5 1 0 2
Roberts, JimJim Roberts D/RW 74 13 8 21 35 7 0 0 1
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 46 6 11 17 31 17 0 0 1
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 66 1 11 12 50 20 0 0 1
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 72 0 12 12 29 30 0 0 0
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 16 1 3 4 25 12 0 0 0
Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop D 19 0 3 3 8 21 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 62 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 22 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0
Andruff, RonRon Andruff C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goldup, GlennGlenn Goldup RW 3 0 0 0 2 −1 0 0 0
Shanahan, SeanSean Shanahan C/RW 4 0 0 0 0 −1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3580 62 42 10 8 121 2.03 8
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1220 22 16 1 3 50 2.46 2
Team: 4800 80 58 11 11 171 2.14 10

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 13 7 10 17 2 0 0 3
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 13 7 8 15 2 3 0 0
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 13 4 8 12 24 2 0 1
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 13 3 6 9 4 2 0 1
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 13 3 6 9 6 1 1 2
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 13 3 3 6 12 1 0 1
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 13 3 3 6 2 1 1 1
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 13 3 3 6 10 0 0 1
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 12 2 3 5 18 0 0 1
Roberts, JimJim Roberts D/RW 13 3 1 4 2 0 1 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 13 1 3 4 20 0 0 0
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 13 2 1 3 2 0 0 0
Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop D 13 0 3 3 12 0 0 0
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 13 0 3 3 30 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 13 2 0 2 8 1 0 1
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 12 1 1 2 6 0 0 0
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 10 0 1 1 27 0 0 0
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 780 13 12 1 25 1.92 1
Team: 780 13 12 1 25 1.92 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;

Transactions[edit]

June 17, 1975 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Wayne Thomas[4]
To Montreal Canadiens
Toronto's 1st round draft choice in the 1976 Amateur Draft (Peter Lee)

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1976 Stanley Cup Finals.

Guy Lafleur scored his first two career goals in the finals, both game-winners.

Reggie Leach scored four time in the finals, and 19 for the play-offs to win the Conn Smythe Trophy despite the Flyers losing to the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 9 Philadelphia 3 Montreal 4
May 11 Philadelphia 1 Montreal 2
May 13 Montreal 3 Philadelphia 2
May 16 Montreal 5 Philadelphia 3

Montreal wins the series 4–0.

Reggie Leach won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Awards and records[edit]


1976 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Champions[edit]

Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson, Bill Nyrop, Pierre Bouchard, Jim Roberts, Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Peter Mahovlich, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Yvon Lambert, Bob Gainey, Doug Jarvis, Doug Risebrough, Murray Wilson, Mario Tremblay, Rick Chartraw, Michel Larocque, Scotty Bowman (coach), Sam Pollock (general manager), Eddy Palchak, Pierre Meilleur (trainers)

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 9 Robin Sadler (D)  Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1975–76 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  3. ^ "1975-76 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ http://habsgoalies.blogspot.com/2007/06/wayne-thomas-1972-74.html