Montreal Canadiens in October, 1942.

1942–43 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 4th NHL
1942–43 record 19-19-12
Goals for 181
Goals against 191
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Joe Benoit (30)
Assists Buddy O'Connor (43)
Points Toe Blake (59)
Penalties in minutes Leo Lamoureux (53)
Wins Paul Bibeault (19)
Goals against average Paul Bibeault (3.81)
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1941–42 1943–44

The 1942–43 Montreal Canadiens season was the 34th season in franchise history. The team placed fourth in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in the Semi-finals against the Boston Bruins 4 games to 2.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Montreal Canadiens held their training camp at first at the Verdun Auditorium and then moved to the Montreal Forum as ice became available there. They shared the Forum with the Boston Bruins.

They played a total of six exhibition games, compiling a 4-1-1 record.

Note: The Canadian Army All-Stars were made up of players from Montreal Army and the Ottawa Commandos.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Montreal Canadiens were still making progress, and coach Dick Irvin put together the first "Punch Line" of Elmer Lach, Toe Blake and Joe Benoit. Benoit became the first Canadien to hit the 30 goal plateau since Howie Morenz did it in 1929–30 (40 goals), scoring an even 30. Gordie Drillon also added some scoring power. Rookie Maurice Richard showed promise, but broke his leg. The Canadiens made the playoffs by one point and bowed out in the playoffs' first round. Alex Smart scored three goals in his NHL debut.[1]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts
Detroit Red Wings 50 25 14 11 61
Boston Bruins 50 24 17 9 57
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 22 19 9 53
Montreal Canadiens 50 19 19 12 50
Chicago Black Hawks 50 17 18 15 49
New York Rangers 50 11 31 8 30

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 W October 31, 1942 3–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 1–0–0
2 L November 7, 1942 3–4 OT @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 1–1–0
3 W November 8, 1942 10–4 New York Rangers (1942–43) 2–1–0
4 W November 12, 1942 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 3–1–0
5 L November 14, 1942 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–2–0
6 L November 15, 1942 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–3–0
7 L November 17, 1942 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 3–4–0
8 L November 21, 1942 0–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 3–5–0
9 T November 22, 1942 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 3–5–1
10 T November 24, 1942 4–4 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–5–2
11 L November 28, 1942 2–6 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 3–6–2
12 L November 29, 1942 3–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–7–2
13 W December 3, 1942 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–7–2
14 L December 5, 1942 1–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–8–2
15 L December 6, 1942 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 4–9–2
16 L December 12, 1942 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 4–10–2
17 W December 13, 1942 7–3 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–10–2
18 L December 17, 1942 1–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 5–11–2
19 T December 19, 1942 1–1 New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–11–3
20 L December 20, 1942 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 5–12–3
21 T December 25, 1942 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 5–12–4
22 W December 27, 1942 4–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 6–12–4
23 L January 2, 1943 3–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 6–13–4
24 T January 3, 1943 4–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 6–13–5
25 W January 9, 1943 7–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 7–13–5
26 W January 10, 1943 7–4 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 8–13–5
27 W January 14, 1943 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 9–13–5
28 L January 16, 1943 4–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 9–14–5
29 W January 17, 1943 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 10–14–5
30 L January 19, 1943 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 10–15–5
31 T January 21, 1943 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 10–15–6
32 T January 23, 1943 5–5 New York Rangers (1942–43) 10–15–7
33 T January 30, 1943 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 10–15–8
34 W January 31, 1943 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 11–15–8
35 W February 6, 1943 8–3 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 12–15–8
36 L February 7, 1943 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 12–16–8
37 W February 11, 1943 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 13–16–8
38 W February 13, 1943 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 14–16–8
39 L February 14, 1943 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 14–17–8
40 W February 18, 1943 5–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 15–17–8
41 W February 20, 1943 6–1 New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–17–8
42 L February 21, 1943 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–18–8
43 W February 25, 1943 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 17–18–8
44 L February 28, 1943 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 17–19–8
45 W March 4, 1943 7–2 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 18–19–8
46 T March 6, 1943 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 18–19–9
47 T March 11, 1943 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 18–19–10
48 T March 13, 1943 6–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 18–19–11
49 T March 14, 1943 4–4 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 18–19–12
50 W March 18, 1943 6–3 New York Rangers (1942–43) 19–19–12

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Boston Bruins 4, Montreal Canadiens 1[edit | edit source]

In their fourth playoff meeting and first since 1930-31, the Bruins defeated the Habs in a tight series in which three games went to overtime. It would be another 45 years before the Bruins beat Montreal in a playoff series.

Game 1 saw the Habs take a 3-0 lead in the second period. Goals by Don Gallinger and a power play goal by Art Jackson cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the third. Dutch Hiller put Montreal up 4-2 but goals by Oscar Aubuchon (the only playoff goal of his career) and the indomitable Bill Cowley sent the game into overtime with a power play goal with 4 minutes left in regulation. Gallinger's second goal of the game 12:30 into the first OT was a wraparound that beat Paul Bibeault and sent the crowd home happy as the Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Game 2 was the reverse of game 1 in that the Bruins held a 4-0 lead in the third period on goals by Gallinger, Ab DeMarco, Jackson and Herb Cain. With a little less than 6 minutes remaining in the game, Jack Crawford took a minor penalty and Montreal mounted a furious comeback, scoring 3 power play goals in less than 2 minutes, two by Gordie Drillon and one by Toe Blake (NHL game sheets and newspaper accounts confirm this but it isn't noted in some other sources). But Jackson's second of the game with little over a minute remaining gave the Bruins a 5-3 win and a 2-0 lead in the series.

Game 3 saw the series switch to the Montreal Forum where encouraged by the home crowd, Elmer Lach and Drillon's third of the series spotted the Habs a 2-0 lead in the second period. Herb Cain cut the lead in half and Dit Clapper scored the tying goal in the last minute of the third period. Flash Hollett took a penalty 1:30 into the first overtime but veteran Busher Jackson was not deterred. While killing the penalty, he grabbed the puck at center ice, crossed the blue line and threw a shot which Bibeault couldn't control. Jackson pounced on the rebound and scored a shorthanded goal, giving the Bruins a 3-2 win and a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.

Game 4 would be the Habs only victory of the series. With Bruins all-star defenseman Jack Crawford out due to injury and Bill "Red" Anderson playing the only game of his NHL career subbing for Crawford, the Habs won handily 4-0 on goals by Jack Portland, Toe Blake (his 4th of the series), Buddy O'Connor and Joe Benoit. Paul Bibeault earned the shutout and the Bruins led the series 3-1.

Game 5 saw the series back in the Boston Garden where the teams traded goals. Montreal held a 4-3 lead going into the third period on goals by Elmer Lach, two by O'Connor and one by Drillon. Dit Clapper, Murph Chamberlain (assisted by Flash Hollett, his 8th assist of the series) and Cain's third of the series were Boston's counters. Cain scored his fourth at 9:49 of the third to tie the game and send it into overtime. 3:41 in the first OT, Ab Demarco scored his second of the series to win it for the Bruins.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 21 Montreal Canadiens 4-5 (OT) Boston Bruins 0-1
2 March 23 Montreal Canadiens 3-5 Boston Bruins 0-2
3 March 25 Boston Bruins 3-2 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 3-0
4 March 27 Boston Bruins 0-4 Montreal Canadiens 3-1
5 March 30 Montreal Canadiens 4-5 (OT) Boston Bruins 1-4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 48 23 36 59 26
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 45 18 40 58 14
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 50 15 43 58 2
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 49 30 27 57 23
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 49 28 22 50 14
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 50 18 28 46 26
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 45 2 16 18 47
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 46 2 16 18 53
Portland, JackJack Portland D 49 3 14 17 52
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 39 8 6 14 4
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 27 5 9 14 25
Reardon, TerryTerry Reardon C/RW 13 6 6 12 2
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 31 3 9 12 0
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 16 5 6 11 4
Meronek, BillBill Meronek C 12 3 6 9 0
Smart, AlexAlex Smart LW 8 5 2 7 0
Demers, TonyTony Demers RW 9 2 5 7 0
Mahaffy, JohnJohn Mahaffy C 9 2 5 7 4
Dheere, MarcelMarcel Dheere LW 11 1 2 3 2
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 6 2 0 2 8
Graboski, TonyTony Graboski LW/D 9 0 2 2 4
Laforce, ErnieErnie Laforce D 1 0 0 0 0
Lee, BobbyBobby Lee C 1 0 0 0 0
Mailley, FrankFrank Mailley D 1 0 0 0 0
McGibbon, IrvIrv McGibbon RW 1 0 0 0 2
Phillips, CharlieCharlie Phillips D 17 0 0 0 6
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 50 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 3010 50 19 19 12 191 3.81 1
Team: 3010 50 19 19 12 191 3.81 1

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 5 4 5 9 0
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 5 4 3 7 0
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 5 4 2 6 0
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 5 2 4 6 6
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 5 1 3 4 4
Portland, JackJack Portland D 5 1 2 3 2
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 5 1 0 1 4
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 5 0 1 1 4
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 5 0 1 1 8
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 5 0 1 1 2
Meronek, BillBill Meronek C 1 0 0 0 0
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 2 0 0 0 0
Heffernan, GerryGerry Heffernan RW 2 0 0 0 0
McMahon, MikeMike McMahon D 5 0 0 0 14
Dheere, MarcelMarcel Dheere LW 5 0 0 0 6
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 5 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 320 5 1 4 18 3.38 1
Team: 320 5 1 4 18 3.38 1

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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]

  • The Canadiens did not win any awards this season.

Post Season Exhibition[edit | edit source]

The Canadiens participated in a three team tournament in April that took place in southern California. The other teams were Victoria Navy, a senior team that played in the Vancouver Island Senior League and the San Diego Skyhawks of the Southern California Hockey League. These two teams were reinforced by NHL players, most notably the Bentley brothers, Reg, Doug, and Max Bentley.

The proceeds of the games went to war charities.

  • April 7: Victoria 5 @ San Diego 7
  • April 9: Victoria 6 San Diego 2 @ Los Angeles
  • April 10: Victoria 4 @ San Diego 3
  • April 13: Montreal 7 Victoria 5 @ Los Angeles
  • April 14: Montreal 9 Victoria 1 @ Los Angeles
  • April 17: Victoria 6 Montreal 5 @ Los Angeles
  • April 18: Montreal 8 @ San Diego 6
  • April 19: Montreal 7 @ San Diego 6

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Bruins #16 Art Jackson scores on Canadiens Paul Bibeault who is wearing a Red Wings jersey, November 17, 1942.

  • After the November 15, 1942 game at Detroit, it was discovered that the jersey of Tony Graboski of the Montreal Canadiens was missing. With no extra jerseys and an impending game at the Boston Garden, the Canadiens borrowed the #16 jersey from the Red Wings which goalie Paul Bibeault wore for the November 17, 1942 game against the Boston Bruins. Graboski wore Bibeault's #1 jersey for the game.

     

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16
  2. 1942–43 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  3. 1942-43 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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