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1971–72 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 3rd East
1971–72 record 46-16-16
Goals for 307
Goals against 205
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Yvan Cournoyer (47)
Assists Frank Mahovlich (53)
Points Frank Mahovlich (96)
Penalties in minutes Pete Mahovlich (103)
Wins Ken Dryden (39)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.24)
The 1971–72 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 63rd season of play. The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round.


Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 119
New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 109
Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 108
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 80
Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 76
Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 51
Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 48

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

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 9, 19714–4 New York Rangers (1971–72) 0–0–1
2TOctober 14, 19711–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 0–0–2
3WOctober 16, 19719–3 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 1–0–2
4LOctober 17, 19714–8 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 1–1–2
5WOctober 20, 19714–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 2–1–2
6WOctober 22, 19716–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 3–1–2
7WOctober 23, 19713–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 4–1–2
8WOctober 27, 19715–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 5–1–2
9WOctober 30, 19713–0 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 6–1–2
10LOctober 31, 19713–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 6–2–2
11WNovember 3, 19715–1 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 7–2–2
12WNovember 6, 19712–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 8–2–2
13WNovember 7, 19713–2 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 9–2–2
14WNovember 10, 19715–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 10–2–2
15WNovember 13, 19715–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 11–2–2
16TNovember 14, 19712–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 11–2–3
17WNovember 16, 19717–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 12–2–3
18TNovember 18, 19712–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 12–2–4
19TNovember 20, 19712–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 12–2–5
20TNovember 24, 19713–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 12–2–6
21WNovember 27, 19713–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 13–2–6
22LNovember 28, 19712–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 13–3–6
23WDecember 1, 19715–3 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 14–3–6
24WDecember 4, 19717–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 15–3–6
25WDecember 8, 19714–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 16–3–6
26WDecember 11, 19714–3 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 17–3–6
27LDecember 12, 19711–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 17–4–6
28WDecember 15, 19713–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 18–4–6
29WDecember 17, 19716–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 19–4–6
30TDecember 19, 19713–3 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 19–4–7
31WDecember 22, 19714–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 20–4–7
32LDecember 25, 19712–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 20–5–7
33LDecember 26, 19711–5 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 20–6–7
34WDecember 29, 19713–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 21–6–7
35LJanuary 1, 19722–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 21–7–7
36LJanuary 2, 19724–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 21–8–7
37WJanuary 5, 19726–4 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 22–8–7
38WJanuary 8, 197210–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 23–8–7
39LJanuary 9, 19722–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 23–9–7
40LJanuary 11, 19723–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 23–10–7
41WJanuary 13, 19727–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 24–10–7
42WJanuary 15, 19726–2 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 25–10–7
43LJanuary 16, 19722–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 25–11–7
44WJanuary 19, 19721–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 26–11–7
45LJanuary 22, 19725–8 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 26–12–7
46TJanuary 23, 19723–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 26–12–8
47LJanuary 27, 19725–6 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 26–13–8
48WJanuary 29, 19724–0 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 27–13–8
49WFebruary 1, 19723–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 28–13–8
50TFebruary 3, 19721–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 28–13–9
51TFebruary 4, 19722–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 28–13–10
52WFebruary 6, 19724–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 29–13–10
53WFebruary 10, 19727–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 30–13–10
54WFebruary 12, 19726–5 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 31–13–10
55TFebruary 13, 19722–2 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 31–13–11
56TFebruary 16, 19721–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 31–13–12
57WFebruary 19, 19723–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 32–13–12
58WFebruary 20, 19724–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 33–13–12
59LFebruary 22, 19723–7 New York Rangers (1971–72) 33–14–12
60WFebruary 24, 19724–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 34–14–12
61WFebruary 26, 19728–1 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 35–14–12
62WFebruary 27, 19725–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 36–14–12
63WMarch 1, 19724–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 37–14–12
64WMarch 4, 19725–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 38–14–12
65WMarch 5, 19724–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 39–14–12
66WMarch 8, 19725–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 40–14–12
67WMarch 9, 19725–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 41–14–12
68TMarch 11, 19721–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 41–14–13
69WMarch 13, 19722–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 42–14–13
70WMarch 15, 19725–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 43–14–13
71WMarch 18, 19724–3 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 44–14–13
72LMarch 19, 19726–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 44–15–13
73TMarch 22, 19723–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 44–15–14
74TMarch 25, 19723–3 New York Rangers (1971–72) 44–15–15
75LMarch 26, 19724–5 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 44–16–15
76TMarch 29, 19725–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 44–16–16
77WApril 1, 19726–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 45–16–16
78WApril 2, 19726–5 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 46–16–16

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PlayoffsEdit

After winning the Stanley Cup the previous season, the Canadiens could not repeat. The Canadiens lost to the New York Rangers in the first round, losing four games to two.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich 76 43 53 96 36421444
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer 73 47 36 83 15231805
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire 77 32 49 81 2637807
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich 75 35 32 67 10316746
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur 73 29 35 64 4827505
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay 76 6 51 57 2452302
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif 75 31 22 53 8115904
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe 69 11 38 49 5815404
Richard, HenriHenri Richard 75 12 32 44 4810001
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose 77 20 18 38 649134
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle 77 11 17 28 219101
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere 73 3 25 28 5036200
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts 51 7 15 22 533031
Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau 55 7 10 17 194002
Harper, TerryTerry Harper 52 2 12 14 359000
Savard, SergeSerge Savard 23 1 8 9 1621000
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard 60 3 5 8 3910000
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto 27 3 2 5 223000
Arnason, ChuckChuck Arnason 17 3 0 3 4-1000
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 64 0 3 3 40000
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch 11 1 1 2 88000
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley 16 0 2 2 0-1000
DeJordy, DenisDenis DeJordy 7 0 1 1 00000
Comeau, ReyRey Comeau 4 0 0 0 00000
Gagnon, GermainGermain Gagnon 4 0 0 0 00000
Hoganson, DaleDale Hoganson 21 0 0 0 25000
Myre, PhilPhil Myre 9 0 0 0 40000
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 1 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3800 64 39 8 15 142 2.24 8
Myre, PhilPhil Myre 528 9 4 5 0 32 3.64 0
DeJordy, DenisDenis DeJordy 332 7 3 2 1 25 4.52 0
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 20 1 0 1 0 4 12.00 0
Team: 4680 78 46 16 16 203 2.60 8

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich 6 3 2 5 2100
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif 6 2 3 5 9001
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur 6 1 4 5 2000
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer 6 2 1 3 2000
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose 6 2 1 3 23000
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire 6 2 1 3 2000
Richard, HenriHenri Richard 6 0 3 3 4000
Harper, TerryTerry Harper 5 1 1 2 6000
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich 6 0 2 2 12000
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay 6 0 2 2 0000
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts 6 1 0 1 0001
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe 6 0 1 1 0000
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard 1 0 0 0 0000
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 6 0 0 0 0000
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle 6 0 0 0 2000
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere 4 0 0 0 2000
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch 1 0 0 0 0000
Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau 4 0 0 0 0000
Savard, SergeSerge Savard 6 0 0 0 10000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 360 6 2 4 17 2.83 0
Team: 360 6 2 4 17 2.83 0

[2]

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

May 22, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Bobby Sheehan
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
August 31, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Marshall Johnston
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
October, 1971 To California Golden Seals
cash
To Montreal Canadiens
Jocelyn Hardy
October, 1971 To California Golden Seals
cash
To Montreal Canadiens
Mike Laughton
October, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Lyle Carter
John French
To Montreal Canadiens
Randy Rota
October 6, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Ray Martyniuk
To Montreal Canadiens
Tony Featherstone

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

For more details on this topic, see 1971 NHL Entry Draft.


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1971–72 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  2. 1971-72 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.

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