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1940–41 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 6th NHL
1940–41 record 16-26-6
Goals for 121
Goals against 143
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals John Quilty (18)
Assists Toe Blake (20)
Points John Quilty (34)
Penalties in minutes Red Goupille (81)
Wins Bert Gardiner (13)
Goals against average Bert Gardiner (2.75)
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1939–40 1941–42

The 1940–41 Montreal Canadiens season was the 32nd season in club history. The Canadiens finished 6th in the league and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Chicago Black Hawks 2 games to 1.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Montreal Canadiens had hit the bottom in 1939-40, and were in financial trouble. Frank Patrick decided to become an investor and governor for the team, and Tommy Gorman was hired as general manager. He hired recently released Toronto coach Dick Irvin to run the team. One of the first things Gorman and Irvin did was scout for players, and the Canadiens came up with Johnny Quilty, Joe Benoit, Elmer Lach and defenceman Ken Reardon. Bert Gardiner would be used in goal, replacing Claude Bourque and Wilf Cude. Murph Chamberlain was bought from Toronto to bolster the offence.

Quilty and Benoit came through, as did Toe Blake, but the Habs had a long way to go, finishing sixth. Quilty won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie. In fact, before the season started, Coach Irvin handed a sealed envelope to a reporter of his guess who would win the Calder Trophy, and when the season ended, the reporter opened the envelope: Johnny Quilty was the choice Irvin made.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Boston Bruins 48 27 8 13 67 168 102
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 28 14 6 62 145 99
Detroit Red Wings 48 21 16 11 53 112 102
New York Rangers 48 21 19 8 50 143 125
Chicago Black Hawks 48 16 25 7 39 112 139
Montreal Canadiens 48 16 26 6 38 121 147
New York Americans 48 8 29 11 27 99 186

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
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 T November 3, 1940 1–1 OT Boston Bruins (1940–41) 0–0–1
2 L November 10, 1940 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 0–1–1
3 L November 14, 1940 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 0–2–1
4 L November 16, 1940 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 0–3–1
5 T November 17, 1940 4–4 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 0–3–2
6 L November 21, 1940 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 0–4–2
7 W November 23, 1940 3–1 New York Americans (1940–41) 1–4–2
8 L November 24, 1940 1–2 @ New York Americans (1940–41) 1–5–2
9 W November 26, 1940 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 2–5–2
10 L November 30, 1940 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 2–6–2
11 L December 5, 1940 2–3 New York Rangers (1940–41) 2–7–2
12 W December 7, 1940 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 3–7–2
13 L December 12, 1940 3–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 3–8–2
14 W December 15, 1940 2–1 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 4–8–2
15 L December 19, 1940 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 4–9–2
16 W December 21, 1940 3–1 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 5–9–2
17 W December 26, 1940 7–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 6–9–2
18 W December 28, 1940 3–0 New York Americans (1940–41) 7–9–2
19 L December 31, 1940 2–4 @ New York Americans (1940–41) 7–10–2
20 W January 1, 1941 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 8–10–2
21 T January 4, 1941 3–3 OT New York Rangers (1940–41) 8–10–3
22 L January 5, 1941 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 8–11–3
23 L January 7, 1941 3–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 8–12–3
24 L January 9, 1941 1–3 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 8–13–3
25 L January 11, 1941 1–2 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 8–14–3
26 L January 12, 1941 5–7 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 8–15–3
27 W January 16, 1941 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 9–15–3
28 W January 18, 1941 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 10–15–3
29 L January 23, 1941 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 10–16–3
30 T January 25, 1941 2–2 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 10–16–4
31 L February 2, 1941 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 10–17–4
32 L February 4, 1941 3–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 10–18–4
33 T February 6, 1941 4–4 OT Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 10–18–5
34 T February 8, 1941 3–3 OT New York Americans (1940–41) 10–18–6
35 L February 9, 1941 3–6 OT @ New York Americans (1940–41) 10–19–6
36 W February 11, 1941 6–2 New York Rangers (1940–41) 11–19–6
37 W February 13, 1941 6–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 12–19–6
38 L February 15, 1941 0–5 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 12–20–6
39 L February 16, 1941 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 12–21–6
40 L February 20, 1941 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 12–22–6
41 W February 22, 1941 7–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 13–22–6
42 L February 27, 1941 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 13–23–6
43 L March 1, 1941 1–3 New York Rangers (1940–41) 13–24–6
44 W March 2, 1941 3–2 @ New York Americans (1940–41) 14–24–6
45 W March 6, 1941 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1940–41) 15–24–6
46 L March 8, 1941 0–4 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 15–25–6
47 L March 9, 1941 0–8 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 15–26–6
48 W March 15, 1941 6–0 New York Americans (1940–41) 16–26–6

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Chicago Black Hawks 2, Montreal Canadiens 1[edit | edit source]

Best of 3

  • March 20 Chicago Black Hawks 2 Montreal 1 @ Chicago
  • March 22 Montreal 4 Chicago 3 @ Montreal
  • March 25 Chicago 3 Montreal 2 @ Chicago

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Quilty, JohnJohn Quilty C 48 18 16 34 31
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 45 16 16 32 32
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 48 12 20 32 49
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 39 15 10 25 25
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 45 10 15 25 75
Demers, TonyTony Demers RW 46 13 10 23 17
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 43 7 14 21 16
Adams, JackJack Adams LW 42 6 12 18 11
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 43 5 13 18 4
Drouin, PollyPolly Drouin LW 21 4 7 11 0
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 34 2 8 10 41
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 48 3 6 9 81
Portland, JackJack Portland D 42 2 7 9 34
Graboski, TonyTony Graboski LW/D 34 4 3 7 12
Trudel, LouLou Trudel LW 16 2 3 5 2
Singbush, AlexAlex Singbush D 32 0 5 5 15
Smith, StuStu Smith LW 3 2 1 3 2
O'Neil, JimJim O'Neil C/RW 12 0 3 3 0
Mantha, GeorgesGeorges Mantha D/LW 6 0 1 1 0
Young, DougDoug Young D 3 0 0 0 4
Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 7 0 0 0 12
Cude, WilfWilf Cude G 3 0 0 0 0
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 4 0 0 0 0
Gardiner, BertBert Gardiner G 42 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Gardiner, BertBert Gardiner 2600 42 13 23 6 119 2.75 1
Cude, WilfWilf Cude 180 3 2 1 0 13 4.33 0
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 210 4 1 2 0 15 4.29 0
Team: 2990 48 16 26 6 147 2.95 1

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 3 4 0 4 2
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 3 0 3 3 5
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 3 1 1 2 0
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 3 0 2 2 11
Quilty, JohnJohn Quilty C 3 0 2 2 0
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 3 1 0 1 0
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 2 1 0 1 0
Portland, JackJack Portland D 3 0 1 1 2
Drouin, PollyPolly Drouin LW 1 0 0 0 0
Smith, StuStu Smith LW 1 0 0 0 0
Demers, TonyTony Demers RW 2 0 0 0 0
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 2 0 0 0 0
Graboski, TonyTony Graboski LW/D 3 0 0 0 6
Adams, JackJack Adams LW 3 0 0 0 0
O'Neil, JimJim O'Neil C/RW 3 0 0 0 0
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 3 0 0 0 4
Singbush, AlexAlex Singbush D 3 0 0 0 4
Gardiner, BertBert Gardiner G 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Gardiner, BertBert Gardiner 214 3 1 2 8 2.24 0
Team: 214 3 1 2 8 2.24 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 Records[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1940–41 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1940-41 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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