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1930–31 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 1st Canadian
1930–31 record 26-10-8
Goals for 129
Goals against 89
General Manager Leo Dandurand
Coach Cecil Hart
Captain Sylvio Mantha
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Howie Morenz (28)
Assists Howie Morenz (23)
Points Howie Morenz (54)
Penalties in minutes Marty Burke (91)
Wins George Hainsworth (26)
Goals against average George Hainsworth (2.02)
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1929–30 1931–32

The 1930–31 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 22nd season. The Montreal Canadiens beat the Chicago Black Hawks three games to two in a best-of-five Stanley Cup final for their second consecutive Cup win and fourth in team history.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Howie Morenz led the league in scoring.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 44 26 10 8 129 89 60
Toronto Maple Leafs 44 22 13 9 118 99 53
Montreal Maroons 44 20 18 6 105 106 46
New York Americans 44 18 16 10 76 74 46
Ottawa Senators 44 10 30 4 91 142 24

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 Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W November 15, 1930 5–1 Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 1–0–0
2 L November 18, 1930 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1930–31) 1–1–0
3 W November 20, 1930 7–1 Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 2–1–0
4 L November 23, 1930 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 2–2–0
5 L November 27, 1930 2–3 @ Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 2–3–0
6 W November 29, 1930 3–2 Boston Bruins (1930–31) 3–3–0
7 W December 2, 1930 2–0 @ Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 4–3–0
8 W December 4, 1930 5–4 New York Rangers (1930–31) 5–3–0
9 W December 7, 1930 3–2 @ New York Americans (1930–31) 6–3–0
10 W December 9, 1930 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 7–3–0
11 W December 11, 1930 5–4 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 8–3–0
12 T December 13, 1930 1–1 OT New York Americans (1930–31) 8–3–1
13 T December 18, 1930 0–0 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 8–3–2
14 L December 23, 1930 1–5 @ New York Rangers (1930–31) 8–4–2
15 W December 27, 1930 8–5 Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 9–4–2
16 T December 30, 1930 1–1 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 9–4–3
17 L January 3, 1931 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 9–5–3
18 L January 6, 1931 2–6 Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 9–6–3
19 W January 8, 1931 2–1 @ New York Americans (1930–31) 10–6–3
20 W January 10, 1931 6–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 11–6–3
21 W January 13, 1931 2–1 @ Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 12–6–3
22 W January 15, 1931 4–1 Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 13–6–3
23 L January 17, 1931 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 13–7–3
24 W January 20, 1931 3–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1930–31) 14–7–3
25 W January 22, 1931 3–0 @ Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 15–7–3
26 W January 24, 1931 6–1 New York Americans (1930–31) 16–7–3
27 W January 29, 1931 7–1 Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 17–7–3
28 W February 1, 1931 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 18–7–3
29 W February 3, 1931 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 19–7–3
30 T February 5, 1931 4–4 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 19–7–4
31 L February 7, 1931 1–2 Boston Bruins (1930–31) 19–8–4
32 W February 15, 1931 2–0 @ New York Americans (1930–31) 20–8–4
33 W February 17, 1931 2–0 Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 21–8–4
34 T February 19, 1931 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1930–31) 21–8–5
35 W February 21, 1931 6–4 New York Americans (1930–31) 22–8–5
36 W February 26, 1931 5–0 Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 23–8–5
37 T February 28, 1931 5–5 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 23–8–6
38 W March 3, 1931 1–0 @ Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 24–8–6
39 L March 5, 1931 1–2 New York Rangers (1930–31) 24–9–6
40 W March 8, 1931 2–0 @ Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 25–9–6
41 W March 10, 1931 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 26–9–6
42 L March 12, 1931 0–3 @ Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 26–10–6
43 T March 14, 1931 3–3 OT Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 26–10–7
44 T March 21, 1931 4–4 OT Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 26–10–8

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 2[edit | edit source]

The league's two best teams met in the second round of the playoffs, both teams having received byes in the first round. The series was extremely close with three of the five games being decided in overtime.

Game 1 in Boston saw the Bruins behind 4-1 entering the third period. A three goal comeback sent the game into overtime where Cooney Weiland scored his second goal of the game to win it for the Bruins.

Game 2 in Boston was a close checking affair with the only goal scored by Georges Mantha in the first period. Early in the third period, Habs goalie George Hainsworth was cut on the forehead with a skate, stopping the game for 8 minutes while he was tended to in the locker room. With 4 minutes left in the game, George Owen was given a major penalty for an infraction against Howie Morenz. This resulted in a shower of debris being thrown on the ice, stopping the game for 15 minutes while it was cleaned up. With a minute to go, for the first time in NHL history, coach Art Ross pulled goalie Tiny Thompson in a failed attempt to tie the game.

Game 3 saw the series shift to Montreal for the remainder of the games played. Down 3-1 entering the third period, the Bruins again mounted a third period comeback to tie it up on goals by Cooney Weiland and Marty Barry. However, Georges Mantha scored the winner in overtime.

Game 4 saw the Bruins build a three goal lead entering the third period including Weiland's fourth goal of the series. A goal by the Canadiens' Nick Wasnie wasn't enough as the Bruins tied the series.

Game 5 followed the pattern of game 1 and 3 in which the Bruins fell behind entering the third period. Two goals from series scoring leader Weiland tied the game up but Wildor Larochelle scored at 19:00 of the first OT and the Habs took the series 3-2. Cooney Weiland led all playoff scorers with 9 points.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 24 Montreal Canadiens 4-5 (OT) Boston Bruins 0-1
2 March 26 Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 March 28 Boston Bruins 3-4 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 1-2
4 March 30 Boston Bruins 3-1 Montreal Canadiens 2-2
5 April 1 Boston Bruins 2-3 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 2-3

Montreal Canadiens 3, Chicago Black Hawks 2[edit | edit source]

For more details on this topic, see 1931 Stanley Cup Finals.
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 3 Montreal Canadiens 2 Chicago Black Hawks 1
April 5 Montreal Canadiens 1 Chicago Black Hawks 2 2OT
April 9 Chicago Black Hawks 3 Montreal Canadiens 2 3OT
April 11 Chicago Black Hawks 1 Montreal Canadiens 2
April 14 Chicago Black Hawks 1 Montreal Canadiens 2

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz C 39 28 23 51 49
Joliat, AurelAurel Joliat LW 43 13 22 35 73
Gagnon, JohnnyJohnny Gagnon RW 41 18 7 25 43
Lepine, PitPit Lepine C 44 17 7 24 63
Mantha, GeorgesGeorges Mantha D/LW 44 11 6 17 25
Leduc, AlbertAlbert Leduc D 44 8 6 14 82
Larochelle, WildorWildor Larochelle RW 40 8 5 13 35
Wasnie, NickNick Wasnie RW 44 9 2 11 26
Mantha, SylvioSylvio Mantha D 44 4 7 11 75
Mondou, ArmandArmand Mondou LW 40 5 4 9 10
Burke, MartyMarty Burke D 44 2 5 7 91
Rivers, GusGus Rivers RW 44 2 5 7 6
McCaffrey, BertBert McCaffrey RW/D 22 2 1 3 10
Lesieur, ArtArt Lesieur D 21 2 0 2 14
Pusie, JeanJean Pusie D 6 0 0 0 0
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth G 44 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth 2740 44 26 10 8 89 1.95 8
Team: 2740 44 26 10 8 89 1.95 8

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Gagnon, JohnnyJohnny Gagnon RW 10 6 2 8 8
Mantha, GeorgesGeorges Mantha D/LW 10 5 1 6 4
Lepine, PitPit Lepine C 10 4 2 6 6
Wasnie, NickNick Wasnie RW 10 4 1 5 8
Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz C 10 1 4 5 10
Joliat, AurelAurel Joliat LW 10 0 4 4 12
Mantha, SylvioSylvio Mantha D 10 2 1 3 26
Burke, MartyMarty Burke D 10 1 2 3 10
Larochelle, WildorWildor Larochelle RW 10 1 2 3 8
Leduc, AlbertAlbert Leduc D 7 0 2 2 9
Rivers, GusGus Rivers RW 10 1 0 1 0
Pusie, JeanJean Pusie D 3 0 0 0 0
Mondou, ArmandArmand Mondou LW 8 0 0 0 0
Lesieur, ArtArt Lesieur D 10 0 0 0 4
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth G 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth 722 10 6 4 21 1.75 2
Team: 722 10 6 4 21 1.75 2

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; 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 Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 1931 Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]

Roster

  Centers
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


† Left off the cup, but qualified to be on it. A Played 3 games in Finals. B Played 22 of 44 regular season games

  Non-players
  • Louis Athanase David (President), Joseph Cattarinich (Vice President/Owner)
  • Leo Dandurand (Secretary/Owner), Cecil Hart (Manager-Coach)
  • Edouard St. Pere (Vice President), Georges Richer (Treasurer),
  • Fernand Rinfeet, Amerdee Monte Juce, Alphonse Raymond, Henry Gray (Directors)
  • Ed Dulfour (Trainer), Jim McKenna (Ass't Trainer)
  • Dr. J.A. Corrigan (Team Physician), Jules Dugal (Business Manager)

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • Officially, owner Leo Dandurand was the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens from 1921–22 to 1934–35. However, Cecil Hart was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1930, 1931 and he is listed on every team picture for those seasons as Manager, not Coach.

Sources:

  • Mouton, p. 157
  • Players. NHL. Retrieved on 2008-10-22.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261–3. 

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1969). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.2 1927–1946 inc.. National Hockey League, 109–134. 
  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Toronto, Ontario: Key Porter Books. ISBN 155013051X. 
  1. 1930–31 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1930-31 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-05.
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