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1946–47 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1946–47 record 34-16-10
Goals for 189
Goals against 138
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (45)
Assists Toe Blake (29)
Points Maurice Richard (71)
Penalties in minutes Murph Chamberlain (97)
Wins Bill Durnan (34)
Goals against average Bill Durnan (2.30)
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1945–46 1947–48

The 1946–47 Montreal Canadiens season was the 38th season in club history. The Canadiens finished 1st in the league and lost in the 1947 Stanley Cup Finals to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 2.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 60 34 16 10 78 189 138 561
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 31 19 10 72 209 172 669
Boston Bruins 60 26 23 11 63 190 175 463
Detroit Red Wings 60 22 27 11 55 190 193 535
New York Rangers 60 22 32 6 50 167 186 426
Chicago Black Hawks 60 19 37 4 42 193 274 467

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 17, 1946 3–0 New York Rangers (1946–47) 1–0–0
2 T October 19, 1946 1–1 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 1–0–1
3 L October 23, 1946 1–4 New York Rangers (1946–47) 1–1–1
4 W October 26, 1946 7–2 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 2–1–1
5 L October 27, 1946 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 2–2–1
6 T November 1, 1946 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 2–2–2
7 W November 7, 1946 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 3–2–2
8 W November 9, 1946 5–2 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 4–2–2
9 L November 10, 1946 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 4–3–2
10 T November 13, 1946 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 4–3–3
11 W November 14, 1946 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 5–3–3
12 L November 16, 1946 0–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 5–4–3
13 W November 17, 1946 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 6–4–3
14 L November 23, 1946 2–3 New York Rangers (1946–47) 6–5–3
15 W November 24, 1946 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 7–5–3
16 W November 27, 1946 6–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 8–5–3
17 W November 30, 1946 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 9–5–3
18 W December 3, 1946 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 10–5–3
19 L December 4, 1946 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 10–6–3
20 W December 8, 1946 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 11–6–3
21 W December 11, 1946 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 12–6–3
22 W December 15, 1946 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 13–6–3
23 W December 21, 1946 5–1 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 14–6–3
24 W December 22, 1946 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 15–6–3
25 L December 25, 1946 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 15–7–3
26 W December 26, 1946 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 16–7–3
27 W December 28, 1946 8–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 17–7–3
28 W January 1, 1947 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 18–7–3
29 W January 4, 1947 4–1 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 19–7–3
30 L January 8, 1947 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 19–8–3
31 L January 11, 1947 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 19–9–3
32 L January 12, 1947 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 19–10–3
33 L January 15, 1947 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 19–11–3
34 T January 16, 1947 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 19–11–4
35 W January 18, 1947 6–2 New York Rangers (1946–47) 20–11–4
36 T January 19, 1947 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 20–11–5
37 W January 22, 1947 4–3 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 21–11–5
38 W January 25, 1947 4–1 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 22–11–5
39 W January 28, 1947 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 23–11–5
40 W January 30, 1947 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 24–11–5
41 W February 1, 1947 2–1 New York Rangers (1946–47) 25–11–5
42 L February 2, 1947 1–7 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 25–12–5
43 W February 5, 1947 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 26–12–5
44 W February 6, 1947 8–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 27–12–5
45 W February 8, 1947 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 28–12–5
46 T February 12, 1947 1–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 28–12–6
47 T February 15, 1947 4–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 28–12–7
48 T February 16, 1947 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 28–12–8
49 L February 22, 1947 3–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 28–13–8
50 T February 23, 1947 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 28–13–9
51 W February 26, 1947 1–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 29–13–9
52 W February 27, 1947 6–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 30–13–9
53 L March 1, 1947 1–2 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 30–14–9
54 T March 6, 1947 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 30–14–10
55 W March 9, 1947 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 31–14–10
56 W March 15, 1947 1–0 New York Rangers (1946–47) 32–14–10
57 W March 16, 1947 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 33–14–10
58 L March 19, 1947 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1946–47) 33–15–10
59 L March 22, 1947 4–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 33–16–10
60 W March 23, 1947 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 34–16–10

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

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

Having met the year before in the 1946 Stanley Cup Finals where the Habs defeated the Bruins 4 games to 1, the Canadiens would repeat the victory in 5 games, though two games were decided in overtime.

Game 1 at the Montreal Forum saw the Bruins jump out to an early lead on a goal by Ken Smith. Bill Durnan would not allow another and goals by Toe Blake, Jimmy Peters and Johnny Quilty secured a 3-1 win for the Habs.

Game 2 in Montreal was a tight checking affair with a scoreless first period. Bobby Bauer scored for the Bruins at 3:02 of the second period which held up until Ken Reardon tied it with less than a minute left in the game. Montreal's Ken Mosdell was the OT hero 5:38 in and the Habs took a 2-0 series lead to Boston. Bruins All-Star defenseman Jack Crawford was lost to injury for the remainder of the series.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden was a rough affair with several brawls. Maurice Richard opened the scoring :38 seconds in which Ken Mosdell extended five minutes later. At the 14:38 minute mark, Woody Dumart and Richard got into a scrap, resulting in a major penalty to Richard. The second period saw 4 majors handed out and Richard receive a game misconduct. Energized, the Bruins struck for 3 goals by Milt Schmidt, Joe Carveth and Schmidt again and led 3-2 at the end of the second period. Ken Reardon was knocked out of the series after receiving a check from Bep Guidolin and breaking his toe after hitting the boards. Deflated, the Habs didn't counter and Dumart's first of the playoffs 14:48 into the third period led the Bruins to a 4-2 win.

Game 4 in Boston saw Eddie Shore honored with entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame and his #2 jersey retired. Playing without defensemen Crawford and Murray Henderson, Montreal's Billy Reay ruined the celebration with a 4 goal performance as the Habs took a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.

Game 5 in Montreal saw the Bruins Pentti Lund play his first ever game in place of Jack McGill. After a scoreless first period, Toe Blake scored 45 seconds into the second but the Bruins Carveth and Schmidt scored within 20 seconds of each other to make it 2-1 Bruins at the end of the period. Richard tied it up at 7:43 of the third but Ken Smith put the Bruins up 3-2 at 11:40. With time running out, Richard scored again with a little over 3 minutes remaining and the game headed to overtime. The Bruins had a scary moment when Fern Flaman took a penalty 15:25 into the first OT, but managed to kill it off. Late in the second OT, a shot by Murph Chamberlain hit the post and dropped for Johnny Quilty who rapped in the winner. Montreal won the series 4 games to 1.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 25 Boston Bruins 1-3 Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 March 27 Boston Bruins 1-2 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 0-2
3 March 29 Montreal Canadiens 2-4 Boston Bruins 1-2
4 April 1 Montreal Canadiens 1-5 Boston Bruins 3-1
5 April 3 Boston Bruins 3-4 (2OT) Montreal Canadiens 1-4

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

For more details on this topic, see 1947 Stanley Cup Finals.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 60 45 26 71 69
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 60 21 29 50 6
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 59 22 20 42 17
Gravelle, LeoLeo Gravelle RW 53 16 14 30 12
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 31 14 16 30 22
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 46 10 20 30 6
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters RW 60 11 13 24 27
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 52 5 17 22 84
Leger, RogerRoger Leger D 49 4 18 22 12
Allen, GeorgeGeorge Allen LW/D 49 7 14 21 12
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 49 10 10 20 97
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 54 5 10 15 50
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 57 5 9 14 53
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 50 2 11 13 14
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 60 5 7 12 60
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 57 6 3 9 16
Quilty, JohnJohn Quilty C 3 1 1 2 0
Macey, HubHub Macey LW 12 0 1 1 0
Lewis, DougDoug Lewis LW 3 0 0 0 0
Pargeter, GeorgeGeorge Pargeter LW 4 0 0 0 0
Benoit, JoeJoe Benoit RW 6 0 0 0 4
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 6 0 0 0 0
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 60 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 3600 60 34 16 10 138 2.30 4
Team: 3600 60 34 16 10 138 2.30 4

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 10 6 5 11 44
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 11 2 7 9 0
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 11 6 1 7 14
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 8 3 4 7 0
Leger, RogerRoger Leger D 11 0 6 6 10
Quilty, JohnJohn Quilty C 7 3 2 5 9
Allen, GeorgeGeorge Allen LW/D 11 1 3 4 6
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 11 1 3 4 19
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters RW 11 1 2 3 10
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 7 1 2 3 20
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 11 0 3 3 21
Gravelle, LeoLeo Gravelle RW 6 2 0 2 2
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 4 2 0 2 4
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 11 1 1 2 4
MacKay, MurdoMurdo MacKay RW/C 9 0 1 1 0
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 4 0 0 0 4
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 7 0 0 0 4
Macey, HubHub Macey LW 7 0 0 0 0
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 8 0 0 0 0
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 11 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 720 11 6 5 23 1.92 1
Team: 720 11 6 5 23 1.92 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]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During the February 1, 1947 Rangers-Canadiens game, Chuck Rayner skated three times into Montreal's zone in an attempt to score in the Rangers 2-1 loss.[3]

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1946–47 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1946-47 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
  3. The Official NHL 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book, p.94.


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