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1974–75 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Norris Division Champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 2nd Prince of Wales
1974–75 record 47-14-19
Goals for 374
Goals against 225
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Alternate captains Yvan Cournoyer
Pete Mahovlich
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Lafleur (53)
Assists Pete Mahovlich (82)
Points Guy Lafleur (117)
Penalties in minutes Doug Risebrough (198)
Wins Ken Dryden (30)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.69)
The 1974–75 Montreal Canadiens season was the 66th season in team history. The Montreal Canadiens were eliminated in the semi-finals against the Buffalo Sabres four games to two. Henri Richard would play his final season with the club.


OffseasonEdit

Frank Mahovlich left the Canadiens, signing with the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association (WHA). Jacques Laperriere retired, he and Scotty Bowman unable to get along.[1] Ken Dryden returned to the club after his law articling.[2]

Regular seasonEdit

Henri Richard entered his 20th season with the Canadiens, but his health was failing. He played 16 games before fracturing his left ankle on November 13, 1974 in a game against Buffalo and did not play again until the spring.[1]

Guy Lafleur had a break-out season, breaking the Canadiens' goal-scoring record of 50 goals held by Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion. Lafleur finished with 53 goals and 119 points.[2]

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 47 14 19 374 225 113
Los Angeles Kings 80 42 17 21 269 185 105
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 37 28 15 326 289 89
Detroit Red Wings 80 23 45 12 259 335 58
Washington Capitals 80 8 67 5 181 446 21

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
1TOctober 9, 19745–5 New York Islanders (1974–75) 0–0–1
2TOctober 12, 19744–4 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 0–0–2
3LOctober 15, 19743–6 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 0–1–2
4LOctober 17, 19742–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 0–2–2
5WOctober 19, 19745–1 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 1–2–2
6TOctober 20, 19742–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 1–2–3
7WOctober 23, 19743–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 2–2–3
8WOctober 26, 19744–2 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 3–2–3
9LOctober 27, 19742–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 3–3–3
10TOctober 30, 19744–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 3–3–4
11WOctober 31, 19743–0 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 4–3–4
12LNovember 2, 19740–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 4–4–4
13WNovember 4, 19746–1 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 5–4–4
14TNovember 6, 19744–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 5–4–5
15WNovember 9, 19744–3 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 6–4–5
16WNovember 10, 197411–1 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 7–4–5
17LNovember 13, 19746–8 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 7–5–5
18WNovember 14, 19744–1 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 8–5–5
19TNovember 16, 19744–4 New York Rangers (1974–75) 8–5–6
20WNovember 18, 19749–4 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 9–5–6
21TNovember 20, 19743–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 9–5–7
22WNovember 22, 19747–6 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 10–5–7
23LNovember 24, 19744–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 10–6–7
24WNovember 27, 19743–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 11–6–7
25WNovember 30, 19747–1 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 12–6–7
26WDecember 2, 19742–0 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 13–6–7
27TDecember 4, 19744–4 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 13–6–8
28WDecember 7, 19745–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 14–6–8
29TDecember 8, 19743–3 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 14–6–9
30WDecember 10, 19745–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 15–6–9
31TDecember 12, 19743–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 15–6–10
32WDecember 14, 19745–3 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 16–6–10
33WDecember 18, 19744–3 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 17–6–10
34WDecember 20, 19746–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 18–6–10
35TDecember 21, 19742–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 18–6–11
36WDecember 27, 19747–1 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 19–6–11
37WDecember 28, 19747–2 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 20–6–11
38TJanuary 2, 19751–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 20–6–12
39WJanuary 4, 197510–0 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 21–6–12
40WJanuary 5, 19756–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 22–6–12
41TJanuary 8, 19754–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 22–6–13
42WJanuary 11, 19756–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 23–6–13
43WJanuary 12, 19757–2 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 24–6–13
44WJanuary 15, 19755–3 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 25–6–13
45LJanuary 18, 19753–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 25–7–13
46LJanuary 19, 19753–6 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 25–8–13
47WJanuary 23, 19757–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 26–8–13
48LJanuary 25, 19756–7 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 26–9–13
49WJanuary 26, 19757–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 27–9–13
50WJanuary 28, 19753–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 28–9–13
51WFebruary 1, 19755–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 29–9–13
52WFebruary 2, 19755–1 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 30–9–13
53WFebruary 5, 19758–5 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 31–9–13
54WFebruary 8, 19757–1 New York Rangers (1974–75) 32–9–13
55TFebruary 9, 19754–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 32–9–14
56TFebruary 12, 19752–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 32–9–15
57WFebruary 15, 197512–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 33–9–15
58WFebruary 16, 19756–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 34–9–15
59TFebruary 18, 19754–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 34–9–16
60WFebruary 20, 19756–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 35–9–16
61LFebruary 22, 19756–7 New York Islanders (1974–75) 35–10–16
62WFebruary 26, 19754–3 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 36–10–16
63LMarch 1, 19753–4 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 36–11–16
64WMarch 3, 19754–2 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 37–11–16
65WMarch 5, 19754–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 38–11–16
66WMarch 7, 19758–4 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 39–11–16
67WMarch 9, 19755–3 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 40–11–16
68TMarch 12, 19753–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 40–11–17
69WMarch 15, 19753–0 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 41–11–17
70WMarch 17, 19755–1 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 42–11–17
71WMarch 19, 19752–1 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 43–11–17
72LMarch 22, 19754–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 43–12–17
73LMarch 23, 19751–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 43–13–17
74TMarch 25, 19753–3 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 43–13–18
75LMarch 26, 19754–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 43–14–18
76WMarch 29, 19754–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 44–14–18
77TMarch 30, 19752–2 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 44–14–19
78WApril 2, 19756–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 45–14–19
79WApril 5, 197510–2 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 46–14–19
80WApril 6, 19754–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 47–14–19

[3]

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 70 53 66 119 375215211
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 80 35 82 117 64411313
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 80 36 56 92 20251208
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 80 28 47 75 88461110
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 76 29 45 74 32151102
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 80 32 35 67 74261003
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 77 30 35 65 4040305
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 80 14 47 61 7661102
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 80 20 40 60 6471712
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 64 15 32 47 19827202
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 73 24 18 42 4413406
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 63 21 18 39 10823001
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 80 17 20 37 4923102
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 79 5 13 18 5218020
Sather, GlenGlen Sather LW 63 6 10 16 4414010
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 16 3 10 13 49000
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 79 3 9 12 6524000
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 56 1 11 12 5821000
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 8 1 2 3 6-2000
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 18 1 2 3 40000
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 56 0 3 3 20000
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 9 0 2 2 0-1000
Goldup, GlennGlenn Goldup RW 9 0 1 1 2-1000
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 25 0 1 1 20000
Andruff, RonRon Andruff C 5 0 0 0 2-1000
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 12 0 0 0 6-4000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3320 56 30 9 16 149 2.69 4
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1480 25 17 5 3 74 3.00 3
Team: 4800 80 47 14 19 223 2.79 7

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 11 12 7 19 15404
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 11 6 10 16 10101
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 11 5 7 12 4100
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 11 5 6 11 4200
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 11 6 4 10 4310
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 11 3 5 8 37000
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 11 1 7 8 2000
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 9 1 6 7 4000
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 11 4 2 6 0200
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 11 2 4 6 4001
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 11 0 6 6 12000
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 11 2 2 4 2000
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 11 0 4 4 27000
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 6 1 2 3 4000
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 5 0 3 3 4000
Sather, GlenGlen Sather LW 11 1 1 2 4000
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 10 0 2 2 10000
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 11 0 1 1 7000
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 11 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 688 11 6 5 29 2.53 2
Team: 688 11 6 5 29 2.53 2

[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;

PlayoffsEdit

The Canadiens' first round opponent was the Vancouver Canucks and the Canadiens won the series in five games to advance to the semi-finals against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres defeated the Canadiens in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup final. The Sabres' checkers were able to shut down the Canadiens' top scorers, while the Canadiens' checkers were not able to contain the Sabres' French Connection line.[2]

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Following the 1975 playoffs, Henri Richard retires after 20 NHL seasons. Having been the Canadiens captain since 1971, he will be succeeded in that post by Yvan Cournoyer.

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

NHL DraftEdit

See also: 1974 NHL Entry Draft
= NHL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team

Farm teamsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Jenish, D'Arcy (2008). Montreal Canadiens: 100 years of glory. Doubleday Canada. 
  1. 1.0 1.1 Jenish(2008), p. 220.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jenish(2008), p. 221.
  3. 1974–75 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  4. 1974-75 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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