1980–81 Montreal Canadiens season

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1980–81 Montreal Canadiens
Wales Conference champions
Norris Division champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 1st Wales
1980–81 record 45-22-13
Goals for 332
Goals against 232
Team information
General Manager Irving Grundman
Coach Claude Ruel
Captain Serge Savard
Alternate captains None
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Steve Shutt
Mark Napier (35)
Assists Guy Lafleur (43)
Points Steve Shutt (73)
Penalties in minutes Chris Nilan (262)
Plus/minus Brian Engblom (+63)
Wins Richard Sevigny (20)
Goals against average Rick Wamsley (1.90)

The 1980–81 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 72nd season of play. The Canadiens lost just once in their last twenty-seven home games.[1] The Canadiens would earn at least 100 regular season points for the seventh consecutive season.[2] Montreal qualified for the playoffs and were eliminated in the NHL's Preliminary round by the Edmonton Oilers three games to none. Four days after the Canadiens were eliminated, head coach Claude Ruel resigned.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 332 232 103
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 337 290 99
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 302 345 73
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 292 372 60
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 252 339 56

[4]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 L October 11, 1980 4–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 0–1–0
2 L October 12, 1980 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 0–2–0
3 T October 15, 1980 3–3 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 0–2–1
4 W October 18, 1980 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 1–2–1
5 L October 19, 1980 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 1–3–1
6 L October 21, 1980 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 1–4–1
7 W October 23, 1980 7–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 2–4–1
8 L October 25, 1980 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 2–5–1
9 L October 28, 1980 4–6 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 2–6–1
10 W October 30, 1980 8–2 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 3–6–1
11 W November 1, 1980 7–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 4–6–1
12 W November 4, 1980 5–4 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 5–6–1
13 L November 6, 1980 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 5–7–1
14 W November 8, 1980 3–0 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 6–7–1
15 W November 11, 1980 8–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 7–7–1
16 W November 12, 1980 8–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 8–7–1
17 T November 14, 1980 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 8–7–2
18 W November 16, 1980 5–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 9–7–2
19 W November 19, 1980 5–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 10–7–2
20 W November 20, 1980 7–3 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 11–7–2
21 W November 22, 1980 7–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 12–7–2
22 L November 25, 1980 4–5 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 12–8–2
23 L November 27, 1980 3–4 New York Islanders (1980–81) 12–9–2
24 L November 29, 1980 2–4 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 12–10–2
25 W December 3, 1980 6–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 13–10–2
26 L December 4, 1980 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 13–11–2
27 W December 6, 1980 4–1 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 14–11–2
28 L December 10, 1980 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 14–12–2
29 W December 11, 1980 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 15–12–2
30 W December 13, 1980 4–1 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 16–12–2
31 T December 17, 1980 4–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 16–12–3
32 W December 18, 1980 4–0 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 17–12–3
33 L December 20, 1980 3–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 17–13–3
34 T December 23, 1980 2–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 17–13–4
35 W December 27, 1980 7–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 18–13–4
36 W December 28, 1980 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 19–13–4
37 W December 30, 1980 4–0 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 20–13–4
38 W January 2, 1981 3–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 21–13–4
39 W January 3, 1981 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 22–13–4
40 W January 6, 1981 6–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 23–13–4
41 W January 8, 1981 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 24–13–4
42 T January 10, 1981 5–5 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 24–13–5
43 W January 12, 1981 5–0 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 25–13–5
44 W January 15, 1981 7–3 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 26–13–5
45 L January 17, 1981 5–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 26–14–5
46 L January 19, 1981 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 26–15–5
47 L January 21, 1981 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 26–16–5
48 W January 24, 1981 6–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 27–16–5
49 L January 28, 1981 1–9 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 27–17–5
50 T January 29, 1981 4–4 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 27–17–6
51 L January 31, 1981 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 27–18–6
52 W February 3, 1981 5–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 28–18–6
53 W February 5, 1981 7–0 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 29–18–6
54 W February 7, 1981 6–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 30–18–6
55 T February 12, 1981 3–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 30–18–7
56 W February 14, 1981 6–1 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 31–18–7
57 T February 15, 1981 5–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 31–18–8
58 W February 19, 1981 5–2 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 32–18–8
59 W February 21, 1981 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 33–18–8
60 W February 22, 1981 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 34–18–8
61 T February 24, 1981 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 34–18–9
62 W February 26, 1981 6–0 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 35–18–9
63 W February 28, 1981 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 36–18–9
64 T March 1, 1981 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 36–18–10
65 W March 4, 1981 9–3 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 37–18–10
66 L March 7, 1981 2–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 37–19–10
67 T March 9, 1981 1–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 37–19–11
68 W March 11, 1981 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 38–19–11
69 W March 12, 1981 4–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 39–19–11
70 W March 14, 1981 2–1 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 40–19–11
71 T March 17, 1981 3–3 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 40–19–12
72 L March 18, 1981 3–9 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 40–20–12
73 W March 21, 1981 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 41–20–12
74 T March 22, 1981 2–2 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 41–20–13
75 W March 26, 1981 8–2 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 42–20–13
76 L March 28, 1981 2–6 New York Rangers (1980–81) 42–21–13
77 L March 29, 1981 0–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 42–22–13
78 W March 31, 1981 3–1 New York Islanders (1980–81) 43–22–13
79 W April 3, 1981 6–1 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 44–22–13
80 W April 5, 1981 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 45–22–13

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Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens were swept in three games by the Edmonton Oilers. In Game One of the series, Wayne Gretzky had five assists. This was a single game playoff record.[6]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 77 35 38 73 51 30 7 0 3
Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 79 35 36 71 24 34 5 0 6
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 51 27 43 70 29 24 7 0 7
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 77 25 38 63 123 16 4 1 4
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 77 27 31 58 83 20 6 1 3
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 73 22 32 54 39 7 4 0 3
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 61 25 28 53 28 13 5 0 2
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 65 12 38 50 37 46 7 0 2
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 78 23 24 47 36 13 5 3 3
Langway, RodRod Langway D 80 11 34 45 120 53 5 1 2
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 57 17 24 41 16 24 5 0 2
Acton, KeithKeith Acton C 61 15 24 39 74 5 3 0 2
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 16 22 38 34 12 0 2 1
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 48 13 21 34 93 7 1 0 1
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 80 3 25 28 96 63 1 0 0
Gingras, GastonGaston Gingras D 55 5 16 21 22 5 3 0 1
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 77 4 13 17 30 12 0 0 1
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 57 7 8 15 262 7 0 0 1
Wickenheiser, DougDoug Wickenheiser C 41 7 8 15 20 5 2 0 0
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 33 1 9 10 79 -6 1 0 1
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 8 2 2 4 6 -1 1 0 0
Herron, DenisDenis Herron G 25 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Carbonneau, GuyGuy Carbonneau C 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 28 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Baker, BillBill Baker D 11 0 0 0 32 -1 0 0 0
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 14 0 0 0 4 -5 0 0 0
Joly, YvanYvan Joly RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Orleski, DaveDave Orleski LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 33 0 0 0 30 0 0 0 0
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 1777 33 20 4 3 71 2.40 2
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1623 28 16 9 3 82 3.03 1
Herron, DenisDenis Herron 1147 25 6 9 6 67 3.50 1
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley 253 5 3 0 1 8 1.90 1
Team: 4800 80 45 22 13 228 2.85 5

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 3 2 1 3 4 0 0 0
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 3 1 0 1 4 0 0 0
Gingras, GastonGaston Gingras D 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 3 1 0 1 6 0 0 0
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Acton, KeithKeith Acton C 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Langway, RodRod Langway D 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 1 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 3 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 180 3 0 3 13 4.33 0
Team: 180 3 0 3 13 4.33 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;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

The 1980 NHL Entry Draft was hosted at the Montreal Forum. It would mark the first time that an NHL Arena hosted the event.[8]

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  2. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  3. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.242, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  4. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  5. ^ "1980–81 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  6. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  7. ^ "1980-81 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  8. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.240, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0