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80-81MonCan
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Norris Division Champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 1st Prince of Wales
1980–81 record 45-22-13
Goals for 332
Goals against 232
General Manager Irving Grundman
Coach Claude Ruel
Captain Serge Savard
Alternate captains None
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Steve Shutt</br>Mark Napier (35)
Assists Guy Lafleur (43)
Points Steve Shutt (73)
Penalties in minutes Chris Nilan (262)
Wins Richard Sevigny (20)
Goals against average Rick Wamsley (1.90)

The 1980–81 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 72nd season of play. The Canadiens lost just once in their last twenty-seven home games.[1] The Canadiens would earn at least 100 regular season points for the seventh consecutive season.[2] Montreal qualified for the playoffs and were eliminated in the NHL's Preliminary round by the Edmonton Oilers three games to none. Four days after the Canadiens were eliminated, head coach Claude Ruel resigned.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 332 232 103
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 337 290 99
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 302 345 73
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 292 372 60
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 252 339 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 results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 11, 19804–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 0–1–0
2LOctober 12, 19802–3 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 0–2–0
3TOctober 15, 19803–3 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 0–2–1
4WOctober 18, 19804–1 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 1–2–1
5LOctober 19, 19801–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 1–3–1
6LOctober 21, 19803–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 1–4–1
7WOctober 23, 19807–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 2–4–1
8LOctober 25, 19802–5 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 2–5–1
9LOctober 28, 19804–6 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 2–6–1
10WOctober 30, 19808–2 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 3–6–1
11WNovember 1, 19807–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 4–6–1
12WNovember 4, 19805–4 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 5–6–1
13LNovember 6, 19802–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 5–7–1
14WNovember 8, 19803–0 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 6–7–1
15WNovember 11, 19808–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 7–7–1
16WNovember 12, 19808–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 8–7–1
17TNovember 14, 19803–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 8–7–2
18WNovember 16, 19805–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 9–7–2
19WNovember 19, 19805–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 10–7–2
20WNovember 20, 19807–3 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 11–7–2
21WNovember 22, 19807–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 12–7–2
22LNovember 25, 19804–5 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 12–8–2
23LNovember 27, 19803–4 New York Islanders (1980–81) 12–9–2
24LNovember 29, 19802–4 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 12–10–2
25WDecember 3, 19806–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 13–10–2
26LDecember 4, 19802–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 13–11–2
27WDecember 6, 19804–1 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 14–11–2
28LDecember 10, 19803–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 14–12–2
29WDecember 11, 19805–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 15–12–2
30WDecember 13, 19804–1 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 16–12–2
31TDecember 17, 19804–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 16–12–3
32WDecember 18, 19804–0 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 17–12–3
33LDecember 20, 19803–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 17–13–3
34TDecember 23, 19802–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 17–13–4
35WDecember 27, 19807–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 18–13–4
36WDecember 28, 19805–2 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 19–13–4
37WDecember 30, 19804–0 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 20–13–4
38WJanuary 2, 19813–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 21–13–4
39WJanuary 3, 19812–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 22–13–4
40WJanuary 6, 19816–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 23–13–4
41WJanuary 8, 19814–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 24–13–4
42TJanuary 10, 19815–5 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 24–13–5
43WJanuary 12, 19815–0 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 25–13–5
44WJanuary 15, 19817–3 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 26–13–5
45LJanuary 17, 19815–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 26–14–5
46LJanuary 19, 19813–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 26–15–5
47LJanuary 21, 19812–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 26–16–5
48WJanuary 24, 19816–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 27–16–5
49LJanuary 28, 19811–9 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 27–17–5
50TJanuary 29, 19814–4 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 27–17–6
51LJanuary 31, 19811–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 27–18–6
52WFebruary 3, 19815–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 28–18–6
53WFebruary 5, 19817–0 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 29–18–6
54WFebruary 7, 19816–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 30–18–6
55TFebruary 12, 19813–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 30–18–7
56WFebruary 14, 19816–1 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 31–18–7
57TFebruary 15, 19815–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 31–18–8
58WFebruary 19, 19815–2 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 32–18–8
59WFebruary 21, 19814–1 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 33–18–8
60WFebruary 22, 19814–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 34–18–8
61TFebruary 24, 19812–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 34–18–9
62WFebruary 26, 19816–0 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 35–18–9
63WFebruary 28, 19815–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 36–18–9
64TMarch 1, 19814–4 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 36–18–10
65WMarch 4, 19819–3 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 37–18–10
66LMarch 7, 19812–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 37–19–10
67TMarch 9, 19811–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 37–19–11
68WMarch 11, 19812–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 38–19–11
69WMarch 12, 19814–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 39–19–11
70WMarch 14, 19812–1 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 40–19–11
71TMarch 17, 19813–3 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 40–19–12
72LMarch 18, 19813–9 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 40–20–12
73WMarch 21, 19815–3 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 41–20–12
74TMarch 22, 19812–2 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 41–20–13
75WMarch 26, 19818–2 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 42–20–13
76LMarch 28, 19812–6 New York Rangers (1980–81) 42–21–13
77LMarch 29, 19810–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 42–22–13
78WMarch 31, 19813–1 New York Islanders (1980–81) 43–22–13
79WApril 3, 19816–1 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 44–22–13
80WApril 5, 19814–2 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 45–22–13

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PlayoffsEdit

The Canadiens were swept in three games by the Edmonton Oilers. In Game One of the series, Wayne Gretzky had five assists. This was a single game playoff record.[5]

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 77 35 38 73 5130703
Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 79 35 36 71 2434506
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 51 27 43 70 2924707
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 77 25 38 63 12316414
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 77 27 31 58 8320613
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 73 22 32 54 397403
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 61 25 28 53 2813502
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 65 12 38 50 3746702
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 78 23 24 47 3613533
Langway, RodRod Langway D 80 11 34 45 12053512
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 57 17 24 41 1624502
Acton, KeithKeith Acton C 61 15 24 39 745302
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 16 22 38 3412021
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 48 13 21 34 937101
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 80 3 25 28 9663100
Gingras, GastonGaston Gingras D 55 5 16 21 225301
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 77 4 13 17 3012001
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 57 7 8 15 2627001
Wickenheiser, DougDoug Wickenheiser C 41 7 8 15 205200
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 33 1 9 10 79 -6101
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 8 2 2 4 6 -1100
Herron, DenisDenis Herron G 25 0 2 2 00000
Carbonneau, GuyGuy Carbonneau C 2 0 1 1 00000
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 28 0 1 1 20000
Baker, BillBill Baker D 11 0 0 0 32 -1000
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 14 0 0 0 4 -5000
Joly, YvanYvan Joly RW 1 0 0 0 00000
Orleski, DaveDave Orleski LW 1 0 0 0 00000
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 33 0 0 0 300000
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley G 5 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 1777 33 20 4 3 71 2.40 2
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1623 28 16 9 3 82 3.03 1
Herron, DenisDenis Herron 1147 25 6 9 6 67 3.50 1
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley 253 5 3 0 1 8 1.90 1
Team: 4800 80 45 22 13 228 2.85 5

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 3 2 1 3 4000
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 2 0 2 2 0000
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 3 1 0 1 4000
Gingras, GastonGaston Gingras D 1 1 0 1 0100
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 3 1 0 1 6000
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 3 1 0 1 0100
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 3 0 1 1 2000
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 3 0 1 1 0000
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 3 0 1 1 2000
Acton, KeithKeith Acton C 2 0 0 0 6000
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 3 0 0 0 2000
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 3 0 0 0 0000
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 3 0 0 0 2000
Langway, RodRod Langway D 3 0 0 0 6000
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 1 0 0 0 17000
Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 3 0 0 0 2000
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 2 0 0 0 0000
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 1 0 0 0 0000
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 3 0 0 0 0000
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 3 0 0 0 0000
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 3 0 0 0 9000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 180 3 0 3 13 4.33 0
Team: 180 3 0 3 13 4.33 0

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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

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  2. The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  3. The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.242, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  4. 1980–81 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  5. The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  6. 1980-81 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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