1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 3rd Adams
Conference 5th Wales
1978–79 record 34-33-13
Goals for 267
Goals against 252
Team information
General Manager Jim Gregory
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Darryl Sittler
Alternate captains None
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (43)
Assists Darryl Sittler (51)
Points Darryl Sittler (87)
Penalties in minutes Tiger Williams (298)
Wins Mike Palmateer (26)
Goals against average Mike Palmateer (2.95)

The 1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 62nd season of the Toronto NHL franchise, 52nd as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs placed third in the Adams Division to make the playoffs where the Leafs won their first round series against the Atlanta Flames, only to lose in the second series to the Montreal Canadiens.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

# Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team
21 Joel Quenneville  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)

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Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 43 23 14 316 270 100
Buffalo Sabres 80 36 28 16 280 263 88
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 34 33 13 267 252 81
Minnesota North Stars 80 28 40 12 257 289 68

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Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1978 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 1–0–0
2 W October 14, 1978 10–7 New York Islanders (1978–79) 2–0–0
3 L October 15, 1978 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 2–1–0
4 W October 18, 1978 2–0 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 3–1–0
5 L October 19, 1978 0–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 3–2–0
6 W October 21, 1978 2–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 4–2–0
7 L October 22, 1978 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 4–3–0
8 T October 25, 1978 4–4 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 4–3–1
9 L October 26, 1978 0–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 4–4–1
10 L October 28, 1978 3–5 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 4–5–1
11 W November 1, 1978 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 5–5–1
12 W November 3, 1978 3–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 6–5–1
13 T November 4, 1978 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 6–5–2
14 W November 7, 1978 5–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 7–5–2
15 L November 8, 1978 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 7–6–2
16 L November 11, 1978 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 7–7–2
17 T November 15, 1978 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 7–7–3
18 W November 16, 1978 6–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 8–7–3
19 W November 18, 1978 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 9–7–3
20 W November 21, 1978 4–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 10–7–3
21 T November 22, 1978 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 10–7–4
22 L November 25, 1978 3–6 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 10–8–4
23 W November 26, 1978 8–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 11–8–4
24 W November 29, 1978 5–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 12–8–4
25 W December 2, 1978 5–2 New York Rangers (1978–79) 13–8–4
26 L December 3, 1978 2–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 13–9–4
27 L December 5, 1978 1–5 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 13–10–4
28 L December 6, 1978 4–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 13–11–4
29 L December 9, 1978 2–3 New York Islanders (1978–79) 13–12–4
30 L December 10, 1978 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 13–13–4
31 W December 13, 1978 5–1 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 14–13–4
32 W December 16, 1978 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 15–13–4
33 L December 17, 1978 6–7 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 15–14–4
34 W December 20, 1978 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 16–14–4
35 L December 22, 1978 1–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 16–15–4
36 W December 23, 1978 6–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 17–15–4
37 L December 26, 1978 1–5 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 17–16–4
38 T December 27, 1978 1–1 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 17–16–5
39 T December 30, 1978 5–5 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 17–16–6
40 L January 3, 1979 1–4 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 17–17–6
41 L January 6, 1979 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 17–18–6
42 L January 8, 1979 1–5 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 17–19–6
43 T January 10, 1979 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 17–19–7
44 W January 13, 1979 4–2 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 18–19–7
45 W January 16, 1979 3–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 19–19–7
46 T January 19, 1979 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 19–19–8
47 W January 20, 1979 3–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 20–19–8
48 T January 24, 1979 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 20–19–9
49 L January 26, 1979 2–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 20–20–9
50 T January 28, 1979 2–2 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 20–20–10
51 W January 31, 1979 5–1 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 21–20–10
52 L February 3, 1979 3–6 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 21–21–10
53 L February 4, 1979 4–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 21–22–10
54 W February 12, 1979 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 22–22–10
55 T February 14, 1979 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 22–22–11
56 W February 17, 1979 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 23–22–11
57 W February 19, 1979 6–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 24–22–11
58 L February 21, 1979 1–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 24–23–11
59 L February 24, 1979 2–4 New York Rangers (1978–79) 24–24–11
60 L February 26, 1979 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 24–25–11
61 L February 28, 1979 4–6 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 24–26–11
62 L March 1, 1979 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 24–27–11
63 W March 3, 1979 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 25–27–11
64 W March 4, 1979 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 26–27–11
65 W March 7, 1979 2–0 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 27–27–11
66 W March 10, 1979 9–4 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 28–27–11
67 W March 11, 1979 4–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 29–27–11
68 L March 14, 1979 1–4 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 29–28–11
69 L March 15, 1979 2–6 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 29–29–11
70 W March 17, 1979 6–4 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 30–29–11
71 L March 19, 1979 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 30–30–11
72 L March 21, 1979 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 30–31–11
73 T March 24, 1979 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 30–31–12
74 L March 25, 1979 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 30–32–12
75 W March 28, 1979 6–2 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 31–32–12
76 W March 31, 1979 6–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 32–32–12
77 W April 1, 1979 6–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 33–32–12
78 T April 4, 1979 3–3 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 33–32–13
79 W April 7, 1979 6–2 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 34–32–13
80 L April 8, 1979 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 34–33–13

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 70 36 51 87 69 9 12 0 4
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 79 43 42 85 32 12 16 0 2
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 78 17 56 73 76 36 4 0 2
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 80 12 51 63 80 -7 4 0 0
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 79 25 36 61 18 21 7 1 6
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 77 17 36 53 157 19 0 0 5
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 77 19 20 39 298 -7 6 0 4
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 80 14 19 33 136 3 0 0 2
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 63 16 12 28 10 7 4 0 1
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 71 15 11 26 10 2 0 0 2
Hutchison, DaveDave Hutchison D 79 4 15 19 235 36 0 0 0
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 69 9 9 18 45 2 0 0 0
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 46 5 12 17 4 -10 4 0 0
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 76 8 7 15 52 -2 0 2 2
Burrows, DaveDave Burrows D 65 2 11 13 28 -10 0 0 0
Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan LW 62 4 7 11 25 4 0 2 0
Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville D 61 2 9 11 60 7 0 0 1
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 11 7 2 9 0 0 2 0 1
Saganiuk, RockyRocky Saganiuk RW/C 16 3 5 8 9 1 1 0 1
Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau C 26 4 3 7 2 -3 0 0 0
Stamler, LorneLorne Stamler LW 45 4 3 7 2 -6 0 0 1
Johansen, TrevorTrevor Johansen D 40 1 4 5 48 1 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 58 0 5 5 24 0 0 0 0
Ashby, DonDon Ashby C 3 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison G 25 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 3396 58 26 21 10 167 2.95 4
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison 1403 25 8 12 3 82 3.51 1
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Team: 4800 80 34 33 13 249 3.11 5

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 6 5 4 9 17 2 0 0
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 6 4 3 7 7 0 1 1
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 6 3 3 6 2 1 0 1
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 6 3 2 5 0 0 0 0
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 6 2 2 4 22 0 0 0
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 6 0 4 4 27 0 0 0
Hutchison, DaveDave Hutchison D 6 0 3 3 23 0 0 0
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 6 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Saganiuk, RockyRocky Saganiuk RW/C 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 0
Burrows, DaveDave Burrows D 6 0 1 1 7 0 0 0
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville D 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 6 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 5 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 6 0 0 0 48 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 298 5 2 3 17 3.42 0
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison 91 2 0 1 7 4.62 0
Team: 389 6 2 4 24 3.70 0

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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;

Playoffs[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Atlanta Flames

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 10 Toronto 2 Atlanta 1
April 12 Atlanta 4 Toronto 7

Toronto wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0.

Quarter-finals[edit]

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 16 Toronto 2 Montreal 5
April 18 Toronto 1 Montreal 5
April 21 Montreal 4 Toronto 3 (OT)
April 22 Montreal 5 Toronto 4 (OT)

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

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1978-79 season.

Trades[edit]

September 13, 1978 To Vancouver Canucks
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Garry Monahan
October 5, 1978 To Minnesota North Stars
3rd round pick in 1980 - Randy Velischek
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Walt McKechnie
October 19, 1978 To Colorado Rockies
Jack Valiquette
To Toronto Maple Leafs
2nd round pick in 1981 - Gary Yaremchuk
March 13, 1979 To Colorado Rockies
Don Ashby
Trevor Johansen
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Paul Gardner

Waivers[edit]

July 4, 1979 To Edmonton Oilers
Stan Weir

Expansion Draft[edit]

June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Jordy Douglas
June 13, 1979 To Winnipeg Jets
Pierre Hamel
June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Kevin Kemp
June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Rick Ley

Awards and records[edit]

  • Borje Salming, Second Team NHL All-Star, Defense

Roster[edit]

1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Farm Teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978 NHL Amateur Draft". HockeydB.com. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  2. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 163, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  3. ^ "1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  4. ^ "1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.