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1944–45 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1944–45 record 38–8–4
Goals for 228
Goals against 121
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (50)
Assists Elmer Lach (54)
Points Elmer Lach (80)
Penalties in minutes Maurice Richard (46)
Wins Bill Durnan (38)
Goals against average Bill Durnan (2.42)
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1943–44 1945–46

The 1944–45 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 36th season. The Canadiens finished 1st in the league and lost in the Semi-finals to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Maurice Richard's 50 goals in 50 games[edit | edit source]

In 1945, Maurice Richard made NHL history by becoming the first player to score 50 goals in one season, reaching the mark on the final night of the season — 50 goals in 50 games.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 50 38 8 4 80 228 121 376
Detroit Red Wings 50 31 14 5 67 218 161 260
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 24 22 4 52 183 161 317
Boston Bruins 50 16 30 4 36 179 219 275
Chicago Black Hawks 50 13 30 7 33 141 194 245
New York Rangers 50 11 29 10 32 154 247 305

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 28, 1944 3–2 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 1–0–0
2 L November 2, 1944 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 1–1–0
3 W November 4, 1944 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 2–1–0
4 W November 5, 1944 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 3–1–0
5 W November 9, 1944 9–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 4–1–0
6 L November 11, 1944 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 4–2–0
7 W November 12, 1944 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 5–2–0
8 W November 18, 1944 6–3 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 6–2–0
9 W November 19, 1944 6–2 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 7–2–0
10 W November 21, 1944 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 8–2–0
11 T November 23, 1944 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 8–2–1
12 L November 25, 1944 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 8–3–1
13 W November 26, 1944 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 9–3–1
14 L November 30, 1944 5–7 New York Rangers (1944–45) 9–4–1
15 W December 3, 1944 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 10–4–1
16 W December 5, 1944 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 11–4–1
17 T December 14, 1944 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 11–4–2
18 W December 16, 1944 8–5 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 12–4–2
19 W December 17, 1944 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 13–4–2
20 W December 23, 1944 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 14–4–2
21 W December 28, 1944 9–1 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 15–4–2
22 W December 30, 1944 4–1 New York Rangers (1944–45) 16–4–2
23 W January 2, 1945 6–3 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 17–4–2
24 L January 4, 1945 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 17–5–2
25 W January 6, 1945 10–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 18–5–2
26 W January 11, 1945 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 19–5–2
27 W January 13, 1945 8–3 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 20–5–2
28 W January 14, 1945 6–2 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 21–5–2
29 W January 17, 1945 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 22–5–2
30 W January 20, 1945 5–2 New York Rangers (1944–45) 23–5–2
31 W January 21, 1945 6–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 24–5–2
32 W January 27, 1945 11–3 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 25–5–2
33 W January 28, 1945 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 26–5–2
34 T February 1, 1945 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 26–5–3
35 W February 3, 1945 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 27–5–3
36 W February 4, 1945 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 28–5–3
37 W February 8, 1945 9–4 New York Rangers (1944–45) 29–5–3
38 W February 10, 1945 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 30–5–3
39 W February 11, 1945 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 31–5–3
40 W February 17, 1945 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 32–5–3
41 T February 18, 1945 0–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 32–5–4
42 W February 25, 1945 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 33–5–4
43 L March 3, 1945 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 33–6–4
44 L March 4, 1945 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 33–7–4
45 W March 8, 1945 3–2 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 34–7–4
46 W March 10, 1945 7–3 New York Rangers (1944–45) 35–7–4
47 W March 11, 1945 11–5 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 36–7–4
48 L March 15, 1945 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1944–45) 36–8–4
49 W March 17, 1945 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 37–8–4
50 W March 18, 1945 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 38–8–4

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 2[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 50 26 54 80 37
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 50 50 23 73 46
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 49 29 38 67 25
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 50 21 23 44 2
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 48 20 16 36 20
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 50 11 23 34 34
Gauthier, FernFern Gauthier RW 50 18 13 31 23
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 49 2 22 24 58
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 41 16 7 23 34
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 31 12 6 18 16
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 31 6 8 14 12
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 32 2 12 14 38
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 43 5 8 13 20
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 42 5 8 13 41
Majeau, FernFern Majeau C/LW 12 2 6 8 4
Rossignol, RolyRoly Rossignol RW 5 2 2 4 2
Field, WilfWilf Field D 9 1 0 1 10
Tremblay, NilsNils Tremblay C 1 0 1 1 0
Joanette, RosarioRosario Joanette C 2 0 1 1 4
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 50 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 3000 50 38 8 4 121 2.42 1
Team: 3000 50 38 8 4 121 2.42 1

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 6 6 2 8 10
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 6 4 4 8 2
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 6 3 4 7 4
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 1 3 0 3 0
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 6 1 1 2 10
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 6 1 1 2 4
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 6 1 1 2 2
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 6 0 2 2 5
Emberg, EddieEddie Emberg C 2 1 0 1 0
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 6 1 0 1 2
Mahaffy, JohnJohn Mahaffy C 1 0 1 1 0
Stahan, ButchButch Stahan D 3 0 1 1 2
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 6 0 1 1 0
Rossignol, RolyRoly Rossignol RW 1 0 0 0 2
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 2 0 0 0 0
Tremblay, NilsNils Tremblay C 2 0 0 0 0
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 3 0 0 0 0
Gauthier, FernFern Gauthier RW 4 0 0 0 0
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 6 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 373 6 2 4 15 2.41 0
Team: 373 6 2 4 15 2.41 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]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1944–45 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1944-45 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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