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1973-74 Montreal Canadiens

1973–74 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 2nd East
Conference 2nd East
1973–74 record 45-24-9
Goals for 293
Goals against 240
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Yvan Cournoyer (40)
Assists Frank Mahovlich (49)
Points Frank Mahovlich (80)
Penalties in minutes Pete Mahovlich (122)
Wins Wayne Thomas (23)
Goals against average Wayne Thomas (2.76)
The 1973–74 Montreal Canadiens season was the 65th season in team history. The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs, losing in the first round to the New York Rangers.

OffseasonEdit

Ken Dryden shocked the hockey world as he sat out the entire 1973–74 season. He had won a Vezina Trophy and helped lead Canada past Russia in the dramatic Hockey Summit of 1972. Despite his bargaining power, most players in Dryden's position would have simply accepted what the Canadiens were giving him. Dryden bolted training camp, while general manager Sam Pollock fumed.[1] Wayne Thomas replaced Dryden as the starting goaltender and appeared in 42 games.[2]

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 78 52 17 9 349 221 113
Montreal Canadiens 78 45 24 9 293 240 99
New York Rangers 78 40 24 14 300 251 94
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 35 27 16 274 230 86
Buffalo Sabres 78 32 34 12 242 250 76
Detroit Red Wings 78 29 39 10 255 319 68
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 43 11 224 296 59
New York Islanders 78 19 41 18 182 247 56

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 10, 19735–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 1–0–0
2WOctober 13, 19734–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 2–0–0
3LOctober 17, 19733–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 2–1–0
4LOctober 20, 19732–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 2–2–0
5WOctober 21, 19733–2 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 3–2–0
6WOctober 24, 19733–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 4–2–0
7WOctober 25, 19734–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 5–2–0
8WOctober 27, 19734–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 6–2–0
9TOctober 31, 19731–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 6–2–1
10WNovember 3, 19736–2 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 7–2–1
11TNovember 4, 19731–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 7–2–2
12WNovember 7, 19734–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 8–2–2
13LNovember 8, 19731–2 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 8–3–2
14LNovember 10, 19730–5 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 8–4–2
15LNovember 14, 19733–4 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 8–5–2
16WNovember 17, 19738–5 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 9–5–2
17LNovember 18, 19734–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 9–6–2
18WNovember 21, 19734–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 10–6–2
19WNovember 24, 19735–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 11–6–2
20WNovember 25, 19736–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 12–6–2
21WNovember 28, 19735–3 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 13–6–2
22LDecember 1, 19730–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 13–7–2
23WDecember 2, 19733–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 14–7–2
24WDecember 6, 19734–2 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 15–7–2
25WDecember 8, 19733–1 New York Islanders (1973–74) 16–7–2
26TDecember 11, 19732–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 16–7–3
27TDecember 14, 19732–2 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 16–7–4
28WDecember 15, 19736–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 17–7–4
29WDecember 18, 19734–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 18–7–4
30TDecember 20, 19732–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 18–7–5
31WDecember 22, 19737–1 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 19–7–5
32TDecember 23, 19731–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 19–7–6
33LDecember 26, 19732–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 19–8–6
34WDecember 29, 19737–1 New York Rangers (1973–74) 20–8–6
35LJanuary 2, 19744–8 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 20–9–6
36WJanuary 5, 19745–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 21–9–6
37WJanuary 7, 19742–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 22–9–6
38WJanuary 10, 19748–3 New York Islanders (1973–74) 23–9–6
39WJanuary 12, 19747–3 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 24–9–6
40LJanuary 15, 19741–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 24–10–6
41WJanuary 17, 19746–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 25–10–6
42LJanuary 19, 19740–8 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 25–11–6
43WJanuary 20, 19743–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 26–11–6
44WJanuary 23, 19744–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 27–11–6
45WJanuary 24, 19744–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 28–11–6
46WJanuary 26, 19744–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 29–11–6
47LFebruary 1, 19743–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 29–12–6
48WFebruary 3, 19744–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 30–12–6
49WFebruary 5, 19743–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 31–12–6
50LFebruary 6, 19743–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 31–13–6
51WFebruary 9, 19747–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 32–13–6
52LFebruary 10, 19741–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 32–14–6
53LFebruary 13, 19742–3 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 32–15–6
54WFebruary 15, 19749–4 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 33–15–6
55TFebruary 17, 19742–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 33–15–7
56LFebruary 19, 19743–5 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 33–16–7
57WFebruary 21, 19745–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 34–16–7
58TFebruary 23, 19744–4 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 34–16–8
59WFebruary 24, 19743–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 35–16–8
60WFebruary 26, 19746–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 36–16–8
61WFebruary 28, 19747–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 37–16–8
62LMarch 2, 19743–4 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 37–17–8
63LMarch 3, 19740–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 37–18–8
64LMarch 6, 19742–9 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 37–19–8
65WMarch 9, 19744–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 38–19–8
66WMarch 10, 19745–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 39–19–8
67TMarch 13, 19743–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 39–19–9
68LMarch 16, 19741–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 39–20–9
69WMarch 17, 19744–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 40–20–9
70LMarch 20, 19746–7 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 40–21–9
71WMarch 23, 19747–3 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 41–21–9
72LMarch 24, 19743–6 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 41–22–9
73WMarch 26, 19744–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 42–22–9
74WMarch 29, 19744–3 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 43–22–9
75WMarch 30, 19745–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 44–22–9
76LApril 3, 19743–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 44–23–9
77WApril 6, 19746–2 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 45–23–9
78LApril 7, 19744–6 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 45–24–9

[3]

PlayoffsEdit

The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs in second place, setting up a match-up with the third-place New York Rangers. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens twice at the Forum to win the series four games to two.

  • 4/10/1974 New York Rangers 1 - 4
  • 4/11/1974 New York Rangers 4 - 1
  • 4/13/1974 at New York Rangers 4 - 2
  • 4/14/1974 at New York Rangers 4 - 6
  • 4/16/1974 New York Rangers 2 - 3
  • 4/18/1974 at New York Rangers 2 - 5

[4]

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 71 31 49 80 4716823
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 67 40 33 73 18161009
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 78 36 37 73 12242747
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 66 29 38 67 1041007
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 73 21 35 56 2910312
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 75 19 36 55 287103
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 74 23 31 54 349122
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 71 13 40 53 6312512
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 70 15 20 35 1719301
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 72 17 14 31 264004
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 78 6 20 26 6632001
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 39 17 7 24 5211101
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 67 8 16 24 3927012
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 67 4 14 18 4920101
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 60 6 10 16 425000
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 60 1 14 15 258000
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 42 2 10 12 1415010
Gardner, DaveDave Gardner C 31 1 10 11 24000
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 66 3 7 10 34-9000
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 20 1 4 5 18-3100
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 27 0 2 2 00000
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 42 0 2 2 60000
Wilson, RickRick Wilson D 21 0 2 2 68000
Goldup, GlennGlenn Goldup RW 6 0 0 0 0-1000
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse G 15 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 2410 42 23 12 5 111 2.76 1
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1431 27 15 8 2 69 2.89 0
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse 839 15 7 4 2 57 4.08 0
Team: 4680 78 45 24 9 237 3.04 1

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 6 5 3 8 9100
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 6 5 2 7 2002
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 6 2 2 4 2000
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 6 0 4 4 2000
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 6 2 1 3 4100
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 6 1 2 3 0000
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 6 1 1 2 4000
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 6 0 2 2 4000
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 6 0 2 2 4000
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 6 0 2 2 0000
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 5 0 2 2 11000
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 5 1 0 1 2000
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 6 0 1 1 4000
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 6 0 1 1 0000
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 6 0 1 1 26000
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 6 0 0 0 6000
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 5 0 0 0 7000
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 6 0 0 0 4000
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 1 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 364 6 2 4 18 2.97 0
Team: 364 6 2 4 18 2.97 0

[5]

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

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

See also: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.athletics.mcgill.ca/alumni_news_details.ch2?article_id=454
  2. http://habsgoalies.blogspot.com/2007/06/wayne-thomas-1972-74.html
  3. 1973–74 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  4. http://www.databasehockey.com/teams/teamscores.htm?tm=MON&yr=1973
  5. 1973-74 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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