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1975–76 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Prince of Wales Conference Champions
Norris Division Champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 1st Prince of Wales
1975–76 record 58–11–11
Goals for 337
Goals against 174
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Yvan Cournoyer
Alternate captains None
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Lafleur (56)
Assists Pete Mahovlich (71)
Points Guy Lafleur (125)
Penalties in minutes Doug Risebrough (180)
Wins Ken Dryden (42)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.03)
The 1975–76 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 67th season. The Canadiens won their 19th Stanley Cup in club history.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Henri Richard's number 16 was retired December 10, 1975 by the Canadiens in his honour.

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 58 11 11 337 174 127
Los Angeles Kings 80 38 33 9 263 265 85
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 35 33 12 339 303 82
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 44 10 226 300 62
Washington Capitals 80 11 59 10 224 394 32

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 8, 19759–0 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 1–0–0
2WOctober 9, 19759–4 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 2–0–0
3WOctober 11, 19757–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 3–0–0
4LOctober 14, 19753–5 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 3–1–0
5TOctober 18, 19752–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 3–1–1
6WOctober 21, 19757–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 4–1–1
7WOctober 22, 19754–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 5–1–1
8WOctober 25, 19756–2 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 6–1–1
9TOctober 27, 19754–4 New York Islanders (1975–76) 6–1–2
10LOctober 29, 19751–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 6–2–2
11WNovember 1, 19754–0 New York Rangers (1975–76) 7–2–2
12WNovember 3, 19753–2 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 8–2–2
13WNovember 5, 19753–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 9–2–2
14WNovember 8, 19755–0 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 10–2–2
15LNovember 9, 19751–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 10–3–2
16WNovember 11, 19756–0 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 11–3–2
17WNovember 13, 19755–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 12–3–2
18TNovember 15, 19754–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 12–3–3
19LNovember 16, 19751–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 12–4–3
20WNovember 19, 19756–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 13–4–3
21WNovember 22, 19754–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 14–4–3
22WNovember 25, 19754–0 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 15–4–3
23WNovember 27, 19752–1 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 16–4–3
24WNovember 29, 19756–4 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 17–4–3
25WNovember 30, 19753–2 New York Islanders (1975–76) 18–4–3
26LDecember 3, 19755–6 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 18–5–3
27WDecember 4, 19754–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 19–5–3
28WDecember 6, 19759–3 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 20–5–3
29TDecember 7, 19752–2 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 20–5–4
30TDecember 10, 19753–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 20–5–5
31WDecember 13, 19754–1 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 21–5–5
32WDecember 14, 19757–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 22–5–5
33WDecember 17, 19752–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 23–5–5
34TDecember 20, 19752–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 23–5–6
35WDecember 21, 19752–1 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 24–5–6
36WDecember 27, 19752–1 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 25–5–6
37WDecember 29, 19756–0 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 26–5–6
38WJanuary 3, 19767–0 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 27–5–6
39LJanuary 5, 19762–4 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 27–6–6
40WJanuary 7, 19762–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 28–6–6
41WJanuary 10, 19767–1 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 29–6–6
42WJanuary 11, 19762–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 30–6–6
43WJanuary 13, 19763–2 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 31–6–6
44WJanuary 17, 19764–2 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 32–6–6
45WJanuary 18, 19764–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 33–6–6
46WJanuary 22, 19764–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 34–6–6
47WJanuary 24, 19765–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 35–6–6
48TJanuary 25, 19763–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 35–6–7
49TJanuary 27, 19762–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 35–6–8
50WJanuary 30, 19765–4 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 36–6–8
51LJanuary 31, 19763–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 36–7–8
52WFebruary 4, 19768–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 37–7–8
53WFebruary 6, 19767–1 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 38–7–8
54WFebruary 8, 19763–0 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 39–7–8
55WFebruary 10, 19766–1 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 40–7–8
56LFebruary 12, 19764–6 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 40–8–8
57TFebruary 14, 19762–2 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 40–8–9
58LFebruary 15, 19761–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 40–9–9
59WFebruary 18, 19767–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 41–9–9
60WFebruary 20, 19765–3 New York Rangers (1975–76) 42–9–9
61WFebruary 22, 19764–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 43–9–9
62WFebruary 24, 19766–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 44–9–9
63WFebruary 25, 19763–1 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 45–9–9
64WFebruary 28, 19763–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 46–9–9
65TFebruary 29, 19761–1 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 46–9–10
66WMarch 3, 19764–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 47–9–10
67WMarch 6, 19763–2 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 48–9–10
68WMarch 7, 19766–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 49–9–10
69WMarch 10, 19765–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 50–9–10
70WMarch 13, 19764–2 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 51–9–10
71WMarch 14, 19765–1 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 52–9–10
72WMarch 16, 19765–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 53–9–10
73WMarch 19, 19764–1 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 54–9–10
74LMarch 20, 19763–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 54–10–10
75LMarch 24, 19761–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 54–11–10
76WMarch 27, 19768–2 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 55–11–10
77TMarch 28, 19762–2 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 55–11–11
78WMarch 31, 19767–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 56–11–11
79WApril 3, 19766–3 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 57–11–11
80WApril 4, 19764–3 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 58–11–11

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Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 80 56 69 125 366818012
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 80 34 71 105 7671817
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 80 45 34 79 4773707
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 71 32 36 68 20378012
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 77 21 47 68 7864811
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 80 32 35 67 28101204
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 61 20 32 52 2026603
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 71 8 39 47 3852111
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 80 16 28 44 18018103
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 80 10 30 40 5950200
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 59 11 24 35 3625211
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 5 30 35 1617011
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 78 15 13 28 5720121
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 71 11 16 27 885102
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 74 13 8 21 357001
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 46 6 11 17 3117001
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 66 1 11 12 5020001
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 72 0 12 12 2930000
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 16 1 3 4 2512000
Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop D 19 0 3 3 821000
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 62 0 2 2 00000
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 22 0 2 2 40000
Andruff, RonRon Andruff C 1 0 0 0 00000
Goldup, GlennGlenn Goldup RW 3 0 0 0 2-1000
Shanahan, SeanSean Shanahan C/RW 4 0 0 0 0-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3580 62 42 10 8 121 2.03 8
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1220 22 16 1 3 50 2.46 2
Team: 4800 80 58 11 11 171 2.14 10

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 13 7 10 17 2003
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 13 7 8 15 2300
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 13 4 8 12 24201
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 13 3 6 9 4201
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 13 3 6 9 6112
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 13 3 3 6 12101
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 13 3 3 6 2111
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 13 3 3 6 10001
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 12 2 3 5 18001
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 13 3 1 4 2010
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 13 1 3 4 20000
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 13 2 1 3 2000
Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop D 13 0 3 3 12000
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 13 0 3 3 30000
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 13 2 0 2 8101
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 12 1 1 2 6000
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 10 0 1 1 27000
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 2 0 0 0 0000
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 13 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 780 13 12 1 25 1.92 1
Team: 780 13 12 1 25 1.92 1

[2]

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;

TransactionsEdit

June 17, 1975 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Wayne Thomas[3]
To Montreal Canadiens
Toronto's 1st round draft choice in the 1976 Amateur Draft (Peter Lee)

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

For more details on this topic, see 1976 Stanley Cup Finals.

Guy Lafleur scored his first two career goals in the finals, both game-winners.

Reggie Leach scored four time in the finals, and 19 for the play-offs to win the Conn Smythe Trophy despite the Flyers losing to the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 9 Philadelphia 3 Montreal 4
May 11 Philadelphia 1 Montreal 2
May 13 Montreal 3Philadelphia 2
May 16 Montreal 5 Philadelphia 3

Montreal wins the series 4–0.

Reggie Leach won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

1976 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson, Bill Nyrop, Pierre Bouchard, Jimmy Roberts, Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Peter Mahovlich, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Yvon Lambert, Bob Gainey, Doug Jarvis, Doug Risebrough, Murray Wilson, Mario Tremblay, Rick Chartraw, Michel Larocque, Scotty Bowman(coach), Sam Pollock(general manager), Eddy Palchak, Pierre Meilleur (trainers)

Draft picksEdit

See also: 1975 NHL Entry Draft
Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 9 Robin Sadler (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1975–76 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  2. 1975-76 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
  3. http://habsgoalies.blogspot.com/2007/06/wayne-thomas-1972-74.html

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