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78-79TorML
1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 3rd Adams Division
Conference 5th Prince of Wales
1978–79 record 34-33-13
Goals for 267
Goals against 252
General Manager Jim Gregory
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Darryl Sittler
Alternate captains None
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (43)
Assists Darryl Sittler (51)
Points Darryl Sittler (87)
Penalties in minutes Tiger Williams (298)
Wins Mike Palmateer (26)
Goals against average Mike Palmateer (2.95)

The 1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the sixty-second season of the Toronto NHL franchise, fifty-second as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs placed third in the Adams Division to make the playoffs where the Leafs won their first round series against the Atlanta Flames, only to lose in the second series to the Montreal Canadiens.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

# Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team
2 21 Joel Quenneville Flag of Canada.svg Canada Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)
[1]


Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 43 23 14 316 270 100
Buffalo Sabres 80 36 28 16 280 263 88
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 34 33 13 267 252 81
Minnesota North Stars 80 28 40 12 257 289 68

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

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 11, 19783–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 1–0–0
2WOctober 14, 197810–7 New York Islanders (1978–79) 2–0–0
3LOctober 15, 19782–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 2–1–0
4WOctober 18, 19782–0 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 3–1–0
5LOctober 19, 19780–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 3–2–0
6WOctober 21, 19782–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 4–2–0
7LOctober 22, 19782–5 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 4–3–0
8TOctober 25, 19784–4 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 4–3–1
9LOctober 26, 19780–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 4–4–1
10LOctober 28, 19783–5 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 4–5–1
11WNovember 1, 19784–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 5–5–1
12WNovember 3, 19783–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 6–5–1
13TNovember 4, 19784–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 6–5–2
14WNovember 7, 19785–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 7–5–2
15LNovember 8, 19781–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 7–6–2
16LNovember 11, 19782–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 7–7–2
17TNovember 15, 19782–2 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 7–7–3
18WNovember 16, 19786–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 8–7–3
19WNovember 18, 19783–1 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 9–7–3
20WNovember 21, 19784–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 10–7–3
21TNovember 22, 19783–3 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 10–7–4
22LNovember 25, 19783–6 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 10–8–4
23WNovember 26, 19788–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 11–8–4
24WNovember 29, 19785–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 12–8–4
25WDecember 2, 19785–2 New York Rangers (1978–79) 13–8–4
26LDecember 3, 19782–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 13–9–4
27LDecember 5, 19781–5 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 13–10–4
28LDecember 6, 19784–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 13–11–4
29LDecember 9, 19782–3 New York Islanders (1978–79) 13–12–4
30LDecember 10, 19783–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 13–13–4
31WDecember 13, 19785–1 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 14–13–4
32WDecember 16, 19784–2 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 15–13–4
33LDecember 17, 19786–7 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 15–14–4
34WDecember 20, 19784–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 16–14–4
35LDecember 22, 19781–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 16–15–4
36WDecember 23, 19786–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 17–15–4
37LDecember 26, 19781–5 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 17–16–4
38TDecember 27, 19781–1 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 17–16–5
39TDecember 30, 19785–5 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 17–16–6
40LJanuary 3, 19791–4 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 17–17–6
41LJanuary 6, 19793–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 17–18–6
42LJanuary 8, 19791–5 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 17–19–6
43TJanuary 10, 19792–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 17–19–7
44WJanuary 13, 19794–2 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 18–19–7
45WJanuary 16, 19793–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 19–19–7
46TJanuary 19, 19793–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 19–19–8
47WJanuary 20, 19793–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 20–19–8
48TJanuary 24, 19792–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 20–19–9
49LJanuary 26, 19792–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 20–20–9
50TJanuary 28, 19792–2 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 20–20–10
51WJanuary 31, 19795–1 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 21–20–10
52LFebruary 3, 19793–6 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 21–21–10
53LFebruary 4, 19794–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 21–22–10
54WFebruary 12, 19795–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 22–22–10
55TFebruary 14, 19792–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 22–22–11
56WFebruary 17, 19795–2 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 23–22–11
57WFebruary 19, 19796–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 24–22–11
58LFebruary 21, 19791–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 24–23–11
59LFebruary 24, 19792–4 New York Rangers (1978–79) 24–24–11
60LFebruary 26, 19791–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 24–25–11
61LFebruary 28, 19794–6 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 24–26–11
62LMarch 1, 19791–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 24–27–11
63WMarch 3, 19794–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 25–27–11
64WMarch 4, 19794–2 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 26–27–11
65WMarch 7, 19792–0 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 27–27–11
66WMarch 10, 19799–4 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 28–27–11
67WMarch 11, 19794–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 29–27–11
68LMarch 14, 19791–4 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 29–28–11
69LMarch 15, 19792–6 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 29–29–11
70WMarch 17, 19796–4 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 30–29–11
71LMarch 19, 19793–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 30–30–11
72LMarch 21, 19792–4 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 30–31–11
73TMarch 24, 19793–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 30–31–12
74LMarch 25, 19791–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 30–32–12
75WMarch 28, 19796–2 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 31–32–12
76WMarch 31, 19796–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 32–32–12
77WApril 1, 19796–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 33–32–12
78TApril 4, 19793–3 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 33–32–13
79WApril 7, 19796–2 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 34–32–13
80LApril 8, 19793–6 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 34–33–13

[2]

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 70 36 51 87 6991204
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 79 43 42 85 32121602
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 78 17 56 73 7636402
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 80 12 51 63 80-7400
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 79 25 36 61 1821716
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 77 17 36 53 15719005
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 77 19 20 39 298-7604
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 80 14 19 33 1363002
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 63 16 12 28 107401
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 71 15 11 26 102002
Hutchison, DaveDave Hutchison D 79 4 15 19 23536000
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 69 9 9 18 452000
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 46 5 12 17 4-10400
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 76 8 7 15 52-2022
Burrows, DaveDave Burrows D 65 2 11 13 28-10000
Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan LW 62 4 7 11 254020
Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville D 61 2 9 11 607001
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 11 7 2 9 00201
Saganiuk, RockyRocky Saganiuk RW/C 16 3 5 8 91101
Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau C 26 4 3 7 2-3000
Stamler, LorneLorne Stamler LW 45 4 3 7 2-6001
Johansen, TrevorTrevor Johansen D 40 1 4 5 481000
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 58 0 5 5 240000
Ashby, DonDon Ashby C 3 0 0 0 0-3000
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel G 1 0 0 0 00000
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison G 25 0 0 0 100000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 3396 58 26 21 10 167 2.95 4
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison 1403 25 8 12 3 82 3.51 1
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Team: 4800 80 34 33 13 249 3.11 5

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 6 5 4 9 17200
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 6 4 3 7 7011
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 6 3 3 6 2101
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 6 3 2 5 0000
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 6 2 2 4 22000
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 6 0 4 4 27000
Hutchison, DaveDave Hutchison D 6 0 3 3 23000
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 6 1 1 2 2000
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 6 0 2 2 0000
Saganiuk, RockyRocky Saganiuk RW/C 3 1 0 1 5000
Burrows, DaveDave Burrows D 6 0 1 1 7000
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 6 0 1 1 4000
Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville D 6 0 1 1 4000
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 6 0 1 1 8000
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 3 0 1 1 0000
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 6 0 0 0 4000
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison G 2 0 0 0 0000
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 6 0 0 0 4000
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 5 0 0 0 6000
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 6 0 0 0 48000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 298 5 2 3 17 3.42 0
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison 91 2 0 1 7 4.62 0
Team: 389 6 2 4 24 3.70 0

[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;

PlayoffsEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Atlanta Flames

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 10 Toronto 2 Atlanta 1
April 12 Atlanta 4 Toronto 7

Toronto wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0.

Quarter-finalsEdit

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 16 Toronto 2 Montreal 5
April 18 Toronto 1 Montreal 5
April 21 Montreal 4 Toronto 3 (OT)
April 22 Montreal 5 Toronto 4 (OT)

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0.

TransactionsEdit

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1978-79 season.

TradesEdit

September 13, 1978 To Vancouver Canucks
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Garry Monahan
October 5, 1978 To Minnesota North Stars
3rd round pick in 1980 - Randy Velischek
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Walt McKechnie
October 19, 1978 To Colorado Rockies
Jack Valiquette
To Toronto Maple Leafs
2nd round pick in 1981 - Gary Yaremchuk
March 13, 1979 To Colorado Rockies
Don Ashby
Trevor Johansen
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Paul Gardner

WaiversEdit

July 4, 1979 To Edmonton Oilers
Stan Weir

Expansion DraftEdit

June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Jordy Douglas
June 13, 1979 To Winnipeg Jets
Pierre Hamel
June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Kevin Kemp
June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Rick Ley

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Borje Salming, Second Team NHL All-Star, Defense

Farm TeamsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1978e.html
  2. 1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-21.
  3. 1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.


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