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Montreal Canadiens in October, 1942.

1942–43 Montreal Canadiens · 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-seasonEdit

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 SeasonEdit

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 slim point and bowed out in the playoffs' first round. Alex Smart scored three goals in his NHL debut.[1]

Final StandingsEdit

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 LogEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 31, 19423–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 1–0–0
2LNovember 7, 19423–4 OT @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 1–1–0
3WNovember 8, 194210–4 New York Rangers (1942–43) 2–1–0
4WNovember 12, 19425–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 3–1–0
5LNovember 14, 19422–5 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–2–0
6LNovember 15, 19421–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–3–0
7LNovember 17, 19421–4 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 3–4–0
8LNovember 21, 19420–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 3–5–0
9TNovember 22, 19423–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 3–5–1
10TNovember 24, 19424–4 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–5–2
11LNovember 28, 19422–6 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 3–6–2
12LNovember 29, 19423–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 3–7–2
13WDecember 3, 19424–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–7–2
14LDecember 5, 19421–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–8–2
15LDecember 6, 19422–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 4–9–2
16LDecember 12, 19422–3 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 4–10–2
17WDecember 13, 19427–3 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–10–2
18LDecember 17, 19421–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 5–11–2
19TDecember 19, 19421–1 New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–11–3
20LDecember 20, 19423–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 5–12–3
21TDecember 25, 19422–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 5–12–4
22WDecember 27, 19424–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 6–12–4
23LJanuary 2, 19433–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 6–13–4
24TJanuary 3, 19434–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 6–13–5
25WJanuary 9, 19437–2 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 7–13–5
26WJanuary 10, 19437–4 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 8–13–5
27WJanuary 14, 19435–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 9–13–5
28LJanuary 16, 19434–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 9–14–5
29WJanuary 17, 19432–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 10–14–5
30LJanuary 19, 19432–5 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 10–15–5
31TJanuary 21, 19434–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 10–15–6
32TJanuary 23, 19435–5 New York Rangers (1942–43) 10–15–7
33TJanuary 30, 19433–3 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 10–15–8
34WJanuary 31, 19434–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 11–15–8
35WFebruary 6, 19438–3 Boston Bruins (1942–43) 12–15–8
36LFebruary 7, 19431–7 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 12–16–8
37WFebruary 11, 19435–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 13–16–8
38WFebruary 13, 19435–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 14–16–8
39LFebruary 14, 19431–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 14–17–8
40WFebruary 18, 19435–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 15–17–8
41WFebruary 20, 19436–1 New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–17–8
42LFebruary 21, 19431–6 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–18–8
43WFebruary 25, 19434–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 17–18–8
44LFebruary 28, 19432–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 17–19–8
45WMarch 4, 19437–2 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 18–19–8
46TMarch 6, 19432–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 18–19–9
47TMarch 11, 19434–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 18–19–10
48TMarch 13, 19436–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 18–19–11
49TMarch 14, 19434–4 @ Boston Bruins (1942–43) 18–19–12
50WMarch 18, 19436–3 New York Rangers (1942–43) 19–19–12

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PlayoffsEdit

Boston Bruins 4, Montreal Canadiens 1 Edit

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 StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

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
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 50 0 0 0 0
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
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

PlayoffsEdit

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
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 5 0 0 0 0
Dheere, MarcelMarcel Dheere LW 5 0 0 0 6
Heffernan, GerryGerry Heffernan RW 2 0 0 0 0
McMahon, MikeMike McMahon D 5 0 0 0 14
Meronek, BillBill Meronek C 1 0 0 0 0
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 2 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;

Post SeasonEdit

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

TriviaEdit

17Nov1942-Jackson Bibeault

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.

     

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See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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