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1945-46 Montreal Canadiens

1945–46 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
1945–46 record 28–17–5
Goals for 172
Goals against 134
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Toe Blake (29)
Assists Elmer Lach (34)
Points Toe Blake (50)
Wins Bill Durnan (28)
Goals against average Bill Durnan (2.60)
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1944–45 1946–47

The 1945–46 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 37th season of play. The Canadiens placed first during the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals to win the Stanley Cup for the sixth time.


OffseasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 50 28 17 5 61 172 134 337
Boston Bruins 50 24 18 8 56 167 156 273
Chicago Black Hawks 50 23 20 7 53 200 178 339
Detroit Red Wings 50 20 20 10 50 146 159 298
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 19 24 7 45 174 185 247
New York Rangers 50 13 28 9 35 144 191 285

Game LogEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 27, 19458–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 1–0–0
2WNovember 1, 19454–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 2–0–0
3WNovember 3, 19453–1 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 3–0–0
4LNovember 4, 19455–6 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 3–1–0
5WNovember 10, 19455–3 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 4–1–0
6LNovember 11, 19451–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 4–2–0
7WNovember 14, 19456–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 5–2–0
8WNovember 15, 19452–0 New York Rangers (1945–46) 6–2–0
9WNovember 17, 19457–3 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 7–2–0
10LNovember 21, 19450–3 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 7–3–0
11WNovember 24, 19452–1 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 8–3–0
12LNovember 25, 19451–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 8–4–0
13WDecember 1, 19454–3 New York Rangers (1945–46) 9–4–0
14WDecember 8, 19451–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 10–4–0
15LDecember 9, 19451–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 10–5–0
16LDecember 13, 19453–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 10–6–0
17TDecember 15, 19453–3 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 10–6–1
18WDecember 16, 19454–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 11–6–1
19TDecember 19, 19454–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 11–6–2
20WDecember 23, 19454–1 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 12–6–2
21WDecember 26, 19454–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 13–6–2
22LDecember 29, 19454–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 13–7–2
23TDecember 31, 19450–0 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 13–7–3
24WJanuary 5, 19464–2 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 14–7–3
25LJanuary 10, 19464–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 14–8–3
26WJanuary 12, 19469–3 New York Rangers (1945–46) 15–8–3
27LJanuary 13, 19461–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 15–9–3
28LJanuary 16, 19461–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 15–10–3
29WJanuary 19, 19463–1 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 16–10–3
30LJanuary 20, 19460–3 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 16–11–3
31LJanuary 23, 19462–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 16–12–3
32WJanuary 26, 19465–3 New York Rangers (1945–46) 17–12–3
33WFebruary 2, 19465–1 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 18–12–3
34LFebruary 3, 19460–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 18–13–3
35WFebruary 9, 19466–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 19–13–3
36WFebruary 10, 19462–0 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 20–13–3
37WFebruary 13, 19465–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 21–13–3
38WFebruary 16, 19464–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 22–13–3
39WFebruary 17, 19465–4 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 23–13–3
40LFebruary 20, 19461–2 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 23–14–3
41WFebruary 24, 19466–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 24–14–3
42LFebruary 27, 19463–5 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 24–15–3
43TMarch 2, 19463–3 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 24–15–4
44LMarch 3, 19462–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 24–16–4
45WMarch 6, 19467–3 New York Rangers (1945–46) 25–16–4
46WMarch 9, 19462–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 26–16–4
47WMarch 10, 19463–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 27–16–4
48TMarch 14, 19462–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 27–16–5
49WMarch 16, 19466–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 28–16–5
50LMarch 17, 19465–8 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 28–17–5

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PlayoffsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1Edit

Having last met in the 1943 semi-finals where the Bruins defeated the Habs 4 games to 1, the 1946 series would see three games go to overtime. The Canadiens won two of the OT games and defeated the Bruins 4 games to 1. Brothers Terry Reardon (Boston) and Ken Reardon (Montreal) faced each other in the series.

Game 1 in Montreal saw a scoreless first period yield to an early second period Power play goal by Butch Bouchard of the Canadiens. Bob Fillion made it 2-0 before the Bruins scored a pair by Bep Guidolin and Woody Dumart. Tied going into the third, the Bruins Jack Crawford scored his only goal of the playoffs with less than 6 minutes left. An accurate pass from Maurice Richard to Murph Chamberlain tied the game with less than four minutes in the period, sending the game into overtime. The Bruins line of Kenny Smith, Bill Cowley and Terry Reardon had stopped the Habs "Punch Line" from scoring all game. In OT, Cowley had a breakaway that was stopped by Bill Durnan. At 9:08, Frank Brimsek kicked out a point shot by Butch Bouchard. Maurice Richard scored on the rebound, his 5th of the playoffs.

Game 2 in Montreal saw the Habs Toe Blake barely play, having hurt his back in Game 1. The teams traded first period goals by Pat Egan and Elmer Lach. As in game 1, the Bruins took the lead on a goal by Bobby Bauer in the second but the Habs again tied it up on Butch Bouchard's long point shot. Jimmy Peters was the OT hero as his backhand shot deflected off Terry Reardon and into the net. Montreal held a 2-0 series lead going to Boston.

Game 3 in Boston again saw Montreal pull the game out in the third period. After the Bruins Guidolin and Terry Reardon tallied, the Habs responded with goals by Elmer Lach and Glen Harmon, it was 2-2 at the end of the second. Third period goals by Ken Mosdell and Dutch Hiller and stout goaltending by the Habs Bill Durnan led Montreal to a 4-3 win and a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.

Game 4 in Boston saw Dit Clapper take to the ice for the first time in the series while Art Ross manned the bench. After a scoreless first period in which the Bruins were badly outshot (it took 18 minutes to record their first shot on net), the Bruins Murray Henderson broke the ice in the second, responded to by Richard. In the third, Don Gallinger put the Bruins up at 3:01 but Richard responded again a minute later, sending the game into overtime. Terry Reardon's 4th of the playoffs at 15:13 won it for the Bruins, despite being outshot 39-20. The teams travelled back to Montreal with the Habs having a 3-1 series lead.

Game 5 in Montreal saw the Kraut Line finally break out. After Bill Cowley opened the scoring at 5:42 on the power play, the Habs Fillion tied it up at 9:55. Durnan couldn't control a Woody Dumart shot and Bobby Bauer backhanded the rebound through Durnan's legs for a 2-1 lead. However, Lach and Mosdell responded and the Habs led 3-2 at the end of the first. The first goal of the series for Milt Schmidt was the only goal of the second period. Tied 3-3 going into the third, the Habs again demonstrated a strong final frame and once Toe Blake scored the winner, his first of the series, at 11:06 (playing with an injured back), Chamberlain and Hiller piled on and Montreal took the Cup in 5 games.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 30 Boston Bruins 3-4 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 April 2 Boston Bruins 2-3 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 0-2
3 April 4 Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Boston Bruins 3-0
4 April 7 Montreal Canadiens 2-3 (OT) Boston Bruins 3-1
5 April 9 Boston Bruins 3-6 Montreal Canadiens 1-4

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 50 29 21 50 2
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 50 27 21 48 50
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 50 13 34 47 34
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters RW 47 11 19 30 10
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 44 17 12 29 10
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 40 12 14 26 42
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 45 11 11 22 2
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 39 9 10 19 8
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 45 7 11 18 4
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 45 7 10 17 52
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 49 7 10 17 28
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 50 10 6 16 12
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 45 5 7 12 18
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 43 5 4 9 45
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 13 2 1 3 8
Plamondon, GerryGerry Plamondon LW 6 0 2 2 2
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 8 0 1 1 6
MacKay, MurdoMurdo MacKay RW/C 5 0 1 1 0
McMahon, MikeMike McMahon D 13 0 1 1 2
White, MoeMoe White LW/C 4 0 1 1 2
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 10 0 0 0 0
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 40 0 0 0 0
Lynn, VicVic Lynn LW/D 2 0 0 0 0
Thibeault, LorrainLorrain Thibeault LW 1 0 0 0 0
Tremblay, NilsNils Tremblay C 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 2400 40 24 11 5 104 2.60 4
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 600 10 4 6 0 30 3.00 0
Team: 3000 50 28 17 5 134 2.68 4

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 9 5 12 17 4
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 9 7 6 13 5
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 9 7 4 11 15
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 9 4 3 7 6
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 9 4 2 6 18
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 9 4 2 6 2
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 9 4 1 5 6
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 9 2 3 5 0
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 9 1 4 5 0
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters RW 9 3 1 4 6
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 9 2 1 3 17
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 9 1 2 3 4
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 9 1 1 2 4
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 9 0 2 2 2
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 8 0 1 1 2
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 9 0 0 0 0
Plamondon, GerryGerry Plamondon LW 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 581 9 8 1 20 2.07 0
Team: 581 9 8 1 20 2.07 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 RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 1946 Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

Roster

  Centers
  Wingers
  Goaltenders

1 Bill Durnan


  Non-players
  • Donat Raymond (president/owner), Dalton Coleman (vice president/owner)
  • Bill Hardy (director), Tommy Gorman (manager)
  • Dick Irvin Sr. (coach), Arthur Cayford (secretary-treasurer)†
  • Ernie Cook (trainer)†, Hector Dubois (ass't trainer)†

† Left off cup, but included on the team picture.



Farm TeamsEdit

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Highlights of the December 16, 1945 game between the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens which the Habs took 4-2. Goalie Jim Henry of the Rangers is under siege but keeps the game close. First goal of the game by Canadiens Billy Reay is shown as is the last goal by Canadiens Bob Fillion.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1945–46 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1945-46 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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