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756px-Montreal Canadiens hockey team, October 1942

1942-43 Montreal Canadiens in October, 1942

1942–43 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
1942–43 record 19-19-12
Goals for 181
Goals against 191
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Joe Benoit (30)
Assists Buddy O'Connor (43)
Points Toe Blake (59)
Penalties in minutes Leo Lamoureux (53)
Wins Paul Bibeault (19)
Goals against average Paul Bibeault (3.81)
The 1942–43 Montreal Canadiens season was the 34th season in franchise history. The team placed fourth in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in the semi-finals against the Boston Bruins 4 games to 2.

Pre SeasonEdit

The Montreal Canadiens held their training camp at first at the Verdun Auditorium and then moved to the Montreal Forum as ice became available there. They shared the Forum with the Boston Bruins.

They played a total of six exhibition games, compiling a 4-1-1 record.

Note: The Canadian Army All-Stars were made up of players from Montreal Army and the Ottawa Commandos.

Regular seasonEdit

The Montreal Canadiens were still making progress, and coach Dick Irvin put together the first "Punch Line" of Elmer Lach, Toe Blake and Joe Benoit. Benoit became the first Canadien to hit the 30 goal plateau since Howie Morenz did it in 1929–30 (40 goals) scoring an even 30. Gordie Drillon also added some scoring power. Rookie Maurice Richard showed promise, but broke his leg. The Canadiens made the playoffs by one slim point and bowed out in the playoffs' first round. Alex Smart scored three goals in his National League Debut.[1]

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes.
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts
Detroit Red Wings 50 25 14 11 61
Boston Bruins 50 24 17 9 57
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 22 19 9 53
Montreal Canadiens 50 19 19 12 50
Chicago Black Hawks 50 17 18 15 49
New York Rangers 50 11 31 8 30

Game logEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 31, 19423–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 1–0–0
2LNovember 7, 19423–4 OT @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 1–1–0
3WNovember 8, 194210–4 New York Rangers (1942–43) 2–1–0
4WNovember 12, 19425–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 3–1–0
5LNovember 14, 19422–5 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–2–0
6LNovember 15, 19421–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–3–0
7LNovember 17, 19421–4 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 3–4–0
8LNovember 21, 19420–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 3–5–0
9TNovember 22, 19423–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 3–5–1
10TNovember 24, 19424–4 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–5–2
11LNovember 28, 19422–6 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 3–6–2
12LNovember 29, 19423–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–7–2
13WDecember 3, 19424–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–7–2
14LDecember 5, 19421–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–8–2
15LDecember 6, 19422–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 4–9–2
16LDecember 12, 19422–3 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 4–10–2
17WDecember 13, 19427–3 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–10–2
18LDecember 17, 19421–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 5–11–2
19TDecember 19, 19421–1 New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–11–3
20LDecember 20, 19423–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 5–12–3
21TDecember 25, 19422–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 5–12–4
22WDecember 27, 19424–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 6–12–4
23LJanuary 2, 19433–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 6–13–4
24TJanuary 3, 19434–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 6–13–5
25WJanuary 9, 19437–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 7–13–5
26WJanuary 10, 19437–4 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 8–13–5
27WJanuary 14, 19435–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 9–13–5
28LJanuary 16, 19434–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 9–14–5
29WJanuary 17, 19432–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 10–14–5
30LJanuary 19, 19432–5 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 10–15–5
31TJanuary 21, 19434–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 10–15–6
32TJanuary 23, 19435–5 New York Rangers (1942–43) 10–15–7
33TJanuary 30, 19433–3 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 10–15–8
34WJanuary 31, 19434–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 11–15–8
35WFebruary 6, 19438–3 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 12–15–8
36LFebruary 7, 19431–7 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 12–16–8
37WFebruary 11, 19435–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 13–16–8
38WFebruary 13, 19435–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 14–16–8
39LFebruary 14, 19431–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 14–17–8
40WFebruary 18, 19435–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 15–17–8
41WFebruary 20, 19436–1 New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–17–8
42LFebruary 21, 19431–6 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–18–8
43WFebruary 25, 19434–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 17–18–8
44LFebruary 28, 19432–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 17–19–8
45WMarch 4, 19437–2 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 18–19–8
46TMarch 6, 19432–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 18–19–9
47TMarch 11, 19434–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 18–19–10
48TMarch 13, 19436–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 18–19–11
49TMarch 14, 19434–4 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 18–19–12
50WMarch 18, 19436–3 New York Rangers (1942–43) 19–19–12

[2]

PlayoffsEdit

SemiFinalsEdit

[3]

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 48 23 36 59 26
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 45 18 40 58 14
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 50 15 43 58 2
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 49 30 27 57 23
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 49 28 22 50 14
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 50 18 28 46 26
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 45 2 16 18 47
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 46 2 16 18 53
Portland, JackJack Portland D 49 3 14 17 52
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 39 8 6 14 4
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 27 5 9 14 25
Reardon, TerryTerry Reardon C/RW 13 6 6 12 2
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 31 3 9 12 0
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 16 5 6 11 4
Meronek, BillBill Meronek C 12 3 6 9 0
Smart, AlexAlex Smart LW 8 5 2 7 0
Demers, TonyTony Demers RW 9 2 5 7 0
Mahaffy, JohnJohn Mahaffy C 9 2 5 7 4
Dheere, MarcelMarcel Dheere LW 11 1 2 3 2
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 6 2 0 2 8
Graboski, TonyTony Graboski LW/D 9 0 2 2 4
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 50 0 0 0 0
Laforce, ErnieErnie Laforce D 1 0 0 0 0
Lee, BobbyBobby Lee C 1 0 0 0 0
Mailley, FrankFrank Mailley D 1 0 0 0 0
McGibbon, IrvIrv McGibbon RW 1 0 0 0 2
Phillips, CharlieCharlie Phillips D 17 0 0 0 6
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 3010 50 19 19 12 191 3.81 1
Team: 3010 50 19 19 12 191 3.81 1

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 5 4 5 9 0
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 5 4 3 7 0
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 5 4 2 6 0
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 5 2 4 6 6
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 5 1 3 4 4
Portland, JackJack Portland D 5 1 2 3 2
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 5 1 0 1 4
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 5 0 1 1 4
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 5 0 1 1 8
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 5 0 1 1 2
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 5 0 0 0 0
Dheere, MarcelMarcel Dheere LW 5 0 0 0 6
Heffernan, GerryGerry Heffernan RW 2 0 0 0 0
McMahon, MikeMike McMahon D 5 0 0 0 14
Meronek, BillBill Meronek C 1 0 0 0 0
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 320 5 1 4 18 3.38 1
Team: 320 5 1 4 18 3.38 1

[4]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts;

Post SeasonEdit

The Canadiens participated in a three team tournament in April that took place in southern California. The other teams were Victoria Navy, a senior team that played in the Vancouver Island Senior League and the San Diego Skyhawks of the Southern California Hockey League. These two teams were reinforced by NHL players - most notably the Bentley brothers, Reg, Doug, and Max Bentley.

The proceeds of the games went to war charities.

  • April 7: Victoria 5 @ San Diego 7
  • April 9: Victoria 6 San Diego 2 @ Los Angeles
  • April 10: Victoria 4 @ San Diego 3
  • April 13: Montreal 7 Victoria 5 @ Los Angeles
  • April 14: Montreal 9 Victoria 1 @ Los Angeles
  • April 17: Victoria 6 Montreal 5 @ Los Angeles
  • April 18: Montreal 8 @ San Diego 6
  • April 19: Montreal 7 @ San Diego 6

Game AdsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16
  2. 1942–43 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  3. http://www.databasehockey.com/teams/teamscores.htm?tm=MON&yr=1943
  4. 1942-43 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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