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1972-73 Montreal Canadiens

1972–73 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division East 1st
Conference 1st Eastern
1972–73 record 52–10–13
Goals for 329
Goals against 184
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jacques Lemaire (44)
Assists Frank Mahovlich (55)
Points Jacques Lemaire (95)
Penalties in minutes Guy Lapointe (117)
Wins Ken Dryden (38)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.24)
The 1972–73 Montreal Canadiens season, the club's 64th season, led to the Canadiens winning their 18th Stanley Cup in club history.


Regular seasonEdit

Rookie goalie Wayne Thomas left his mark in Canadiens history by becoming only the second goaltender in over 50 seasons to record a shutout (3-0) in his NHL debut against Vancouver on January 14, 1973.[1]

Final standingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PIM PTS
Montreal Canadiens 78 52 10 16 329 184 783 120
Boston Bruins 78 51 22 5 330 235 1097 107
New York Rangers 78 47 23 8 297 208 765 102
Buffalo Sabres 78 37 27 14 257 219 940 88
Detroit Red Wings 78 37 29 12 265 243 893 86
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 27 41 10 247 279 716 64
Vancouver Canucks 78 22 47 9 233 339 943 53
New York Islanders 78 12 60 6 170 347 881 30

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.


Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 7, 19723–0 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 1–0–0
2TOctober 11, 19722–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 1–0–1
3WOctober 12, 19723–0 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 2–0–1
4WOctober 14, 19726–1 New York Rangers (1972–73) 3–0–1
5TOctober 18, 19724–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 3–0–2
6WOctober 21, 19725–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 4–0–2
7TOctober 22, 19721–1 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 4–0–3
8WOctober 24, 19724–3 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 5–0–3
9WOctober 26, 19727–0 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 6–0–3
10TOctober 28, 19723–3 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 6–0–4
11WOctober 29, 19722–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 7–0–4
12WNovember 1, 19727–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 8–0–4
13WNovember 2, 19726–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 9–0–4
14LNovember 4, 19722–4 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 9–1–4
15WNovember 8, 19725–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 10–1–4
16WNovember 11, 19725–2 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 11–1–4
17WNovember 12, 19725–3 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 12–1–4
18WNovember 14, 19727–2 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 13–1–4
19WNovember 16, 19726–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 14–1–4
20LNovember 18, 19723–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 14–2–4
21TNovember 22, 19723–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 14–2–5
22WNovember 24, 19729–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 15–2–5
23LNovember 26, 19722–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 15–3–5
24TNovember 29, 19723–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–3–6
25TDecember 2, 19724–4 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 15–3–7
26LDecember 3, 19722–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 15–4–7
27WDecember 6, 19726–3 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 16–4–7
28WDecember 9, 19722–1 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 17–4–7
29LDecember 10, 19722–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 17–5–7
30TDecember 13, 19722–2 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 17–5–8
31WDecember 15, 19724–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 18–5–8
32WDecember 16, 19723–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 19–5–8
33WDecember 20, 19724–2 New York Islanders (1972–73) 20–5–8
34WDecember 23, 19726–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 21–5–8
35WDecember 26, 19724–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 22–5–8
36LDecember 27, 19722–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 22–6–8
37TDecember 30, 19721–1 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 22–6–9
38WJanuary 3, 19738–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 23–6–9
39WJanuary 6, 19735–0 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 24–6–9
40TJanuary 8, 19733–3 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 24–6–10
41WJanuary 10, 19736–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 25–6–10
42TJanuary 12, 19733–3 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 25–6–11
43WJanuary 14, 19733–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 26–6–11
44WJanuary 17, 19736–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 27–6–11
45WJanuary 18, 19735–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 28–6–11
46WJanuary 20, 19736–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 29–6–11
47WJanuary 21, 19733–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 30–6–11
48WJanuary 24, 19736–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 31–6–11
49WJanuary 27, 19734–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 32–6–11
50LJanuary 28, 19732–4 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 32–7–11
51TFebruary 1, 19733–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 32–7–12
52WFebruary 3, 19737–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 33–7–12
53WFebruary 4, 19736–1 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 34–7–12
54WFebruary 7, 19735–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 35–7–12
55WFebruary 10, 19732–1 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 36–7–12
56TFebruary 11, 19732–2 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 36–7–13
57WFebruary 14, 19736–3 New York Rangers (1972–73) 37–7–13
58LFebruary 17, 19736–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 37–8–13
59WFebruary 18, 19732–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 38–8–13
60WFebruary 21, 19734–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 39–8–13
61TFebruary 22, 19733–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 39–8–14
62WFebruary 24, 19737–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 40–8–14
63WFebruary 28, 19735–2 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 41–8–14
64WMarch 3, 19735–1 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 42–8–14
65WMarch 4, 19734–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 43–8–14
66WMarch 6, 19733–2 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 44–8–14
67WMarch 7, 19734–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 45–8–14
68WMarch 10, 19732–0 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 46–8–14
69LMarch 11, 19733–5 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 46–9–14
70WMarch 14, 19735–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 47–9–14
71TMarch 17, 19733–3 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 47–9–15
72TMarch 18, 19734–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 47–9–16
73WMarch 21, 19733–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 48–9–16
74WMarch 24, 197311–4 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 49–9–16
75LMarch 25, 19735–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 49–10–16
76WMarch 28, 19734–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 50–10–16
77WMarch 31, 19735–1 New York Rangers (1972–73) 51–10–16
78WApril 1, 19735–3 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 52–10–16

[2]

PlayoffsEdit

The Canadiens met the Buffalo Sabres making their playoff debut in the first round, defeating the Sabres four games to two. In the second round, the Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers who had beaten the Minnesota North Stars, winning the series four games to one to advance to the finals against the Chicago Black Hawks.

FinalsEdit

For more details on this topic, see 1973 Stanley Cup Finals.

Chicago Black Hawks vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 29 Chicago 3 Montreal 8
May 1 Chicago 1 Montreal 4
May 3 Montreal 4Chicago 7
May 6 Montreal 4 Chicago 0
May 8 Chicago 8 Montreal 7
May 10 Montreal 6 Chicago 4

Montreal wins the series 4–2.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 77 44 51 95 1659905
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 78 38 55 93 5142825
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 67 40 39 79 1850604
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 61 21 38 59 4921343
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 69 28 27 55 5116907
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 76 19 35 54 11751302
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif LW 76 25 25 50 4818304
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 72 13 35 48 3624301
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 65 21 25 46 2235117
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 71 8 35 43 2134002
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 74 7 32 39 5870210
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 73 11 23 34 3029000
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 77 14 18 32 2833013
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 52 18 9 27 1614003
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch D 69 2 22 24 5539002
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 57 7 16 23 3478200
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 50 8 8 16 245102
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 41 0 7 7 6911000
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 36 2 4 6 203001
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 54 0 4 4 20000
Arnason, ChuckChuck Arnason RW 19 1 1 2 2-1100
Gardner, DaveDave Gardner C 5 1 1 2 00100
Rota, RandyRandy Rota C/LW 2 1 1 2 02001
Hoganson, DaleDale Hoganson D 25 0 2 2 24000
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 10 0 1 1 20000
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 1 0 0 0 00000
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse G 17 0 0 0 40000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3165 54 33 7 13 119 2.26 6
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse 932 17 11 2 3 40 2.58 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 583 10 8 1 0 23 2.37 1
Team: 4680 78 52 10 16 182 2.33 7

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 17 15 10 25 2303
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 17 9 14 23 6100
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 17 7 13 20 2301
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 17 6 7 13 20201
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 17 4 9 13 22210
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif LW 14 6 6 12 6202
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 17 3 8 11 22000
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 17 6 4 10 14002
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 17 3 6 9 0000
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 17 3 5 8 9201
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 17 3 5 8 6000
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 17 3 4 7 6000
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 16 2 4 6 6001
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 11 1 4 5 9001
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 17 1 3 4 13000
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 10 1 3 4 2000
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch D 13 0 3 3 10000
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 17 0 2 2 22000
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 17 0 0 0 2000
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 1 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 1039 17 12 5 50 2.89 1
Team: 1039 17 12 5 50 2.89 1

[3]

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;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 1973 Stanley Cup championsEdit

Roster

  Centers
  Goaltenders


† left off cup, but included on the team picture.

  Non-players

Stanley Cup engraving

Murray Wilson's name was misspelled in 1973, 1976, 1977 as MURRY WILSON missing an "A". Murray Wilson was spelled correctly on the Stanley Cup in 1978. Wilson's name was also spelled correctly all 4 times on the Replica Cup.

On the Replica Stanley Cup created in 1992–93 Bob Murdoch's name was spelled BOB MURDOCK with a "K" instead of a "H". His name was correct on the original engraving in 1973.


Draft picksEdit

See also: 1972 NHL Amateur Draft

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://habsgoalies.blogspot.com/2007/06/wayne-thomas-1972-74.html
  2. 1972–73 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-13.
  3. 1972-73 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
  4. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.

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