1979–80 Montreal Canadiens season

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1979–80 Montreal Canadiens
Norris Division champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 2nd Wales
1979–80 record 47-20-13
Goals for 328
Goals against 240
Team information
General Manager Irving Grundman
Coach Bernie Geoffrion (Oct-Dec)
Claude Ruel (Dec-Apr)
Captain Serge Savard
Alternate captains None
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Lafleur
Pierre Larouche (50)
Assists Guy Lafleur (75)
Points Guy Lafleur (125)
Penalties in minutes Gilles Lupien (109)
Plus/minus Steve Shutt (+25)
Wins Denis Herron (25)
Goals against average Denis Herron (2.51)

The 1979–80 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 71st season. The Canadiens ended the season with a twenty-game unbeaten streak at the Montreal Forum. By season’s end, the franchise was third overall in NHL standings.[1] The season involved being eliminated in the NHL Quarter-finals vs the Minnesota North Stars 4 games to 3.

Offseason[edit]

  • Al MacNeil left his position as head coach of the Canadiens farm club, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs, to become head coach of the Atlanta Flames.[2]
  • Jacques Lemaire retired to become a playing coach in Switzerland. In addition, Ken Dryden and captain Yvan Cournoyer also retired from the team.
  • Scotty Bowman, upset over the appointment of Irving Grundman as General Manager in 1978, left the club to become head coach and general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.
  • Boom Boom Geoffrion was hired as head coach in September 1979. In his previous coaching stint, Geoffrion lasted half a season with the 1968-69 New York Rangers. He had to leave the position due to ulcers.[3]
  • Veteran defenceman Serge Savard is named team captain.
  • The Canadiens did not have a first-round pick in the Amateur Draft. The club picked Mats Naslund with its second-round choice, 37th over-all. The team picked Guy Carbonneau in the third-round, 44th over-all.

Regular season[edit]

Despite a record of fifteen wins, nine losses and six ties, Geoffrion stepped down as head coach.[4]

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 47 20 13 328 240 107
Los Angeles Kings 80 30 36 14 290 313 74
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 251 303 73
Hartford Whalers 80 27 34 19 303 312 73
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 43 11 268 306 63

[5]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 results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1979 3–1 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 1–0–0
2 W October 13, 1979 3–1 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 2–0–0
3 L October 17, 1979 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 2–1–0
4 W October 20, 1979 5–4 New York Rangers (1979–80) 3–1–0
5 T October 21, 1979 6–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 3–1–1
6 W October 23, 1979 5–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 4–1–1
7 W October 25, 1979 8–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 5–1–1
8 W October 27, 1979 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 6–1–1
9 L October 28, 1979 4–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 6–2–1
10 T October 30, 1979 2–2 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 6–2–2
11 W November 1, 1979 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 7–2–2
12 L November 3, 1979 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 7–3–2
13 W November 5, 1979 2–0 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 8–3–2
14 T November 7, 1979 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 8–3–3
15 L November 10, 1979 3–5 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 8–4–3
16 W November 13, 1979 5–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 9–4–3
17 W November 15, 1979 4–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 10–4–3
18 W November 17, 1979 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 11–4–3
19 L November 18, 1979 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 11–5–3
20 W November 22, 1979 7–0 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 12–5–3
21 W November 24, 1979 3–1 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 13–5–3
22 L November 25, 1979 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 13–6–3
23 T November 27, 1979 5–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 13–6–4
24 W November 29, 1979 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 14–6–4
25 T December 1, 1979 4–4 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 14–6–5
26 T December 3, 1979 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 14–6–6
27 L December 5, 1979 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 14–7–6
28 W December 7, 1979 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 15–7–6
29 L December 9, 1979 5–7 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 15–8–6
30 L December 11, 1979 1–4 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 15–9–6
31 L December 14, 1979 3–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 15–10–6
32 L December 15, 1979 2–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 15–11–6
33 L December 18, 1979 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 15–12–6
34 L December 19, 1979 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 15–13–6
35 W December 22, 1979 4–2 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 16–13–6
36 W December 23, 1979 8–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 17–13–6
37 L December 27, 1979 3–7 New York Islanders (1979–80) 17–14–6
38 W December 29, 1979 6–3 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 18–14–6
39 L January 2, 1980 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 18–15–6
40 L January 5, 1980 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 18–16–6
41 W January 7, 1980 4–3 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 19–16–6
42 W January 9, 1980 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 20–16–6
43 W January 12, 1980 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 21–16–6
44 W January 14, 1980 3–2 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 22–16–6
45 W January 16, 1980 6–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 23–16–6
46 W January 19, 1980 7–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 24–16–6
47 L January 22, 1980 1–2 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 24–17–6
48 W January 24, 1980 7–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 25–17–6
49 L January 26, 1980 2–7 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 25–18–6
50 W January 29, 1980 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 26–18–6
51 W January 30, 1980 3–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 27–18–6
52 W February 2, 1980 5–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 28–18–6
53 W February 7, 1980 4–3 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 29–18–6
54 L February 9, 1980 3–4 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 29–19–6
55 W February 10, 1980 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 30–19–6
56 W February 14, 1980 5–1 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 31–19–6
57 W February 16, 1980 8–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 32–19–6
58 T February 17, 1980 2–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 32–19–7
59 L February 19, 1980 1–3 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 32–20–7
60 W February 21, 1980 3–0 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 33–20–7
61 W February 23, 1980 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 34–20–7
62 T February 26, 1980 3–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 34–20–8
63 W February 28, 1980 6–3 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 35–20–8
64 W March 1, 1980 6–3 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 36–20–8
65 W March 2, 1980 5–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 37–20–8
66 W March 6, 1980 5–4 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 38–20–8
67 W March 8, 1980 5–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 39–20–8
68 W March 10, 1980 6–3 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 40–20–8
69 W March 12, 1980 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 41–20–8
70 W March 14, 1980 4–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 42–20–8
71 W March 15, 1980 7–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 43–20–8
72 T March 19, 1980 5–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 43–20–9
73 T March 22, 1980 5–5 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 43–20–10
74 W March 23, 1980 6–1 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 44–20–10
75 W March 25, 1980 8–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 45–20–10
76 T March 28, 1980 2–2 New York Islanders (1979–80) 45–20–11
77 T March 30, 1980 1–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 45–20–12
78 W April 2, 1980 7–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 46–20–12
79 W April 5, 1980 6–1 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 47–20–12
80 T April 6, 1980 4–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 47–20–13

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Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens swept the Hartford Whalers in the preliminary round 3–0 in games. The Canadiens then faced the Minnesota North Stars in the quarter-final and lost a seven-game series four games to three.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 74 50 75 125 12 40 15 0 7
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 73 50 41 91 16 36 12 0 7
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 77 47 42 89 34 45 17 0 4
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 72 14 61 75 39 38 6 0 3
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 75 30 36 66 12 26 8 0 3
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 77 21 32 53 23 3 7 0 7
Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 76 16 33 49 7 11 4 0 1
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 60 18 27 45 68 3 2 0 3
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 77 16 26 42 105 6 0 0 2
Langway, RodRod Langway D 77 7 29 36 81 36 0 0 1
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 64 14 19 33 32 -2 4 1 3
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 45 6 20 26 29 -2 0 0 0
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 13 11 24 28 -5 0 1 3
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 70 3 20 23 43 22 0 0 0
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 44 8 10 18 81 -2 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 46 5 8 13 18 -2 0 0 1
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 66 5 7 12 35 6 0 0 0
Gingras, GastonGaston Gingras D 34 3 7 10 18 11 2 0 1
Lupien, GillesGilles Lupien D 56 1 7 8 109 13 0 0 1
Geoffrion, DannyDanny Geoffrion RW 32 0 6 6 12 1 0 0 0
Dupont, NormNorm Dupont LW 35 1 3 4 4 2 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 39 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 15 0 2 2 50 -1 0 0 0
Acton, KeithKeith Acton C 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Herron, DenisDenis Herron G 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Meagher, RickRick Meagher C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robinson, MoeMoe Robinson D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 11 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Herron, DenisDenis Herron 1909 34 25 3 3 80 2.51 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 2259 39 17 13 8 125 3.32 3
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 632 11 5 4 2 31 2.94 0
Team: 4800 80 47 20 13 236 2.95 3

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 10 8 4 12 4 1 0 1
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 10 0 11 11 14 0 0 0
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 10 6 3 9 6 2 0 2
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 10 4 5 9 12 1 0 0
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 10 4 4 8 2 0 1 0
Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 10 2 6 8 0 1 0 0
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 9 1 7 8 2 0 0 0
Gingras, GastonGaston Gingras D 10 1 6 7 8 0 0 0
Langway, RodRod Langway D 10 3 3 6 2 1 0 0
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 10 2 4 6 6 1 0 1
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 4 1 4 5 4 0 0 0
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 3 3 1 4 0 0 0 0
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 10 2 2 4 0 0 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 10 0 4 4 2 0 0 0
Dupont, NormNorm Dupont LW 8 1 1 2 0 0 0 1
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 10 1 1 2 4 0 0 1
Geoffrion, DannyDanny Geoffrion RW 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Herron, DenisDenis Herron G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joly, YvanYvan Joly RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lupien, GillesGilles Lupien D 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 300 5 4 1 11 2.20 1
Herron, DenisDenis Herron 300 5 2 3 15 3.00 0
Team: 600 10 6 4 26 2.60 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;

Awards and records[edit]

Larry Robinson, Norris Trophy[8]

Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (League)
2 37 Mats Naslund (LW)  Sweden
3 44 Guy Carbonneau (C)  Canada

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Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.240, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  2. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.236, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  3. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.237, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  4. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.239, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  5. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  6. ^ "1979–80 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  7. ^ "1979-80 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  8. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  9. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 234, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5