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1976-77 Montreal Canadiens

1976–77 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
1976–77 record 60-8-12
Goals for 387
Goals against 171
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Yvan Cournoyer
Alternate captains None
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Steve Shutt (60)
Assists Guy Lafleur (80)
Points Guy Lafleur (136)
Penalties in minutes Doug Risebrough (132)
Wins Ken Dryden (41)
Goals against average Michel Larocque (2.09)
The 1976–77 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 68th season. The Canadiens won their 20th Stanley Cup in 1976–77, taking the NHL championship. They set an NHL record for most points in a season by a team with 132 points. [1] They outscored opponents by 216 goals in 80 games for an average of 2.7 goals a game [1].

Of the 24 players on the roster, 14 were drafted by the Canadiens including: Pierre Bouchard, Rick Chartraw, Brian Engblom, Bob Gainey, Rejean Houle, Guy Lafleur, Michel Larocque, Pierre Mondou, Bill Nyrop, Doug Risebrough, Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, Mario Tremblay, and Murray Wilson. The only player on the roster not developed by the Canadiens was Peter Mahovlich. [1]

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 60 8 12 387 171 132
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 31 15 271 241 83
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 34 33 13 240 252 81
Washington Capitals 80 24 42 14 221 307 62
Detroit Red Wings 80 16 55 9 183 309 41

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, 197610–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 1–0–0
2WOctober 9, 19763–0 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 2–0–0
3LOctober 10, 19761–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 2–1–0
4WOctober 12, 19764–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 3–1–0
5WOctober 14, 19767–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 4–1–0
6WOctober 16, 19767–4 New York Rangers (1976–77) 5–1–0
7LOctober 17, 19763–5 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 5–2–0
8WOctober 19, 19766–0 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 6–2–0
9WOctober 21, 19765–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 7–2–0
10WOctober 23, 19769–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 8–2–0
11WOctober 25, 19764–1 New York Islanders (1976–77) 9–2–0
12TOctober 27, 19764–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 9–2–1
13LOctober 30, 19763–4 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 9–3–1
14WNovember 1, 19763–2 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 10–3–1
15WNovember 3, 19765–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 11–3–1
16WNovember 6, 197611–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 12–3–1
17WNovember 9, 19768–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 13–3–1
18TNovember 10, 19762–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 13–3–2
19TNovember 13, 19763–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 13–3–3
20WNovember 15, 19764–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 14–3–3
21LNovember 17, 19760–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 14–4–3
22WNovember 19, 19766–3 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 15–4–3
23WNovember 21, 19769–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 16–4–3
24WNovember 23, 19765–1 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 17–4–3
25WNovember 24, 19768–1 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 18–4–3
26WNovember 27, 19764–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 19–4–3
27TDecember 2, 19763–3 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 19–4–4
28WDecember 4, 19763–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 20–4–4
29WDecember 6, 19761–0 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 21–4–4
30WDecember 8, 19764–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 22–4–4
31WDecember 11, 19765–0 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 23–4–4
32LDecember 12, 19762–5 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 23–5–4
33WDecember 15, 19768–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 24–5–4
34WDecember 18, 19762–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 25–5–4
35WDecember 20, 19765–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 26–5–4
36WDecember 27, 19764–2 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 27–5–4
37TDecember 29, 19763–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 27–5–5
38TDecember 30, 19765–5 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 27–5–6
39WJanuary 2, 19777–0 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 28–5–6
40WJanuary 3, 19776–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 29–5–6
41WJanuary 6, 19779–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 30–5–6
42WJanuary 8, 19777–2 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 31–5–6
43WJanuary 11, 19776–0 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 32–5–6
44LJanuary 12, 19772–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 32–6–6
45WJanuary 15, 19776–0 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 33–6–6
46LJanuary 17, 19773–7 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 33–7–6
47WJanuary 18, 19773–0 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 34–7–6
48WJanuary 20, 19776–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 35–7–6
49WJanuary 22, 19775–2 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 36–7–6
50TJanuary 23, 19772–2 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 36–7–7
51TJanuary 29, 19773–3 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 36–7–8
52WJanuary 30, 19772–1 New York Islanders (1976–77) 37–7–8
53WFebruary 1, 19777–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 38–7–8
54WFebruary 3, 19776–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 39–7–8
55TFebruary 5, 19773–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 39–7–9
56WFebruary 9, 19776–0 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 40–7–9
57WFebruary 12, 19778–3 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 41–7–9
58WFebruary 13, 19775–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 42–7–9
59TFebruary 16, 19774–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 42–7–10
60WFebruary 19, 19775–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 43–7–10
61WFebruary 21, 19773–2 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 44–7–10
62WFebruary 23, 19774–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 45–7–10
63WFebruary 26, 19775–3 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 46–7–10
64WFebruary 27, 19778–1 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 47–7–10
65WMarch 1, 19775–4 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 48–7–10
66WMarch 3, 19775–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 49–7–10
67WMarch 5, 19777–2 New York Rangers (1976–77) 50–7–10
68LMarch 6, 19771–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 50–8–10
69TMarch 9, 19772–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 50–8–11
70WMarch 10, 19777–1 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 51–8–11
71WMarch 12, 19775–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 52–8–11
72WMarch 14, 19773–0 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 53–8–11
73WMarch 16, 19775–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 54–8–11
74WMarch 21, 19775–1 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 55–8–11
75WMarch 24, 19776–1 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 56–8–11
76WMarch 26, 19774–0 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 57–8–11
77WMarch 27, 19776–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 58–8–11
78TMarch 30, 19773–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 58–8–12
79WApril 2, 197711–0 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 59–8–12
80WApril 3, 19772–1 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 60–8–12

[2]

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalEdit

Jacques Lemaire scored three game-winning goals, including the Cup winner in overtime. Guy Lafleur won the Conn Smythe Trophy for scoring 9 goals and 17 assists during the playoffs.

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 7 Boston 3 Montreal 7
May 10 Boston 0 Montreal 3
May 12 Montreal 4Boston 2
May 14 Montreal 2 Boston 1 OT

Montreal wins the series 4–0.

Guy Lafleur won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 80 56 80 136 20891408
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 80 60 45 105 2888809
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 77 19 66 85 45120303
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 77 25 51 76 53691006
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 75 34 41 75 2270524
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 76 15 47 62 4536301
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 78 22 38 60 13233106
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 60 25 28 53 827602
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 79 24 28 52 5030205
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 65 22 30 52 2439203
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 74 18 28 46 6125403
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 78 9 33 42 3579001
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 16 22 38 1430002
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 80 14 19 33 4131013
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 60 13 14 27 2625101
Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop D 74 3 19 22 2142001
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 45 5 14 19 1822011
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 73 4 11 15 5233010
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 43 3 4 7 5927001
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 56 0 2 2 00000
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 4 0 1 1 01000
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 26 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3275 56 41 6 8 117 2.14 10
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1525 26 19 2 4 53 2.09 4
Team: 4800 80 60 8 12 170 2.12 14

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 14 9 17 26 6102
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 14 7 12 19 6103
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 14 8 10 18 2203
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 12 3 9 12 4100
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 14 2 10 12 12100
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 13 4 5 9 19201
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 14 2 7 9 2101
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 14 1 6 7 14000
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 14 0 7 7 2000
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 14 3 3 6 12100
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 14 4 1 5 25011
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 12 2 3 5 16000
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 14 3 0 3 6011
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 14 3 0 3 9000
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 13 2 1 3 17000
Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop D 8 1 0 1 4000
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 6 0 1 1 6000
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 6 0 1 1 4000
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 14 0 0 0 0000
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 2 0 0 0 2000
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 4 0 0 0 0000
Polich, MikeMike Polich C/LW 5 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 849 14 12 2 22 1.55 4
Team: 849 14 12 2 22 1.55 4

[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

1977 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

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

Draft picksEdit

See also: 1976 NHL Amateur Draft
Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 12 Peter Lee (L) Flag of England England/
Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ottawa 67's (OHA)
1 13 Rod Schutt (L) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
1 18 Bruce Baker Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OHA)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Habs Team Best Ever, by Ken Campbell, The Hockey News, November 20, 2007
  2. 1976–77 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  3. 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 204, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

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