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1948–49 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 3rd NHL
1948–49 record 28-23-9
Goals for 152
Goals against 126
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Billy Reay (22)
Assists Billy Reay (23)
Points Billy Reay (45)
Penalties in minutes Murph Chamberlain (111)
Wins Bill Durnan (28)
Goals against average Bill Durnan (2.10)
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1947–48 1949–50

The 1948–49 Montreal Canadiens season was the 40th season in club history. The Canadiens finished 3rd in the league and lost in the Semi-finals to the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 3.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

A league record of ten major penalties was set November 25, 1948 when 11,000 fans at the Montreal Forum witnessed a donnybrook. It started when the Habs' Ken Mosdell elbowed Maple Leaf Gus Mortson. Mortson retaliated by knocking Elliot de Grey down with his stick. Montreal's Maurice Richard then sprang onto Mortson's back, they fought and then all hands joined in. Mortson, Richard, Toronto's Howie Meeker and Mosdell were assessed major penalties. Play had scarcely resumed when the Habs Ken Reardon and the Leafs Joe Klukay began fencing. Bill Barilko went at Reardon, while Klukay got into it with Billy Reay, and in another fight, Hal Laycoe got into it with Garth Boesch. Turk Broda quietly picked up his first shutout of the year as the Leafs beat the Canadiens 2-0.

Bill Durnan set a long-standing modern NHL record between February 26 and March 6, 1949, when he amassed four consecutive shutouts, not allowing a goal over a span of 309 minutes, 21 seconds.[1] This record was not surpassed until 2004, when Brian Boucher, then of the Phoenix Coyotes, broke it.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 60 34 19 7 75 195 145
Boston Bruins 60 29 23 8 66 178 163
Montreal Canadiens 60 28 23 9 65 152 126
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 22 25 13 57 147 161
Chicago Black Hawks 60 21 31 8 50 173 211
New York Rangers 60 18 31 11 47 133 172

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 T October 14, 1948 1–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 0–0–1
2 W October 16, 1948 8–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 1–0–1
3 W October 21, 1948 5–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 2–0–1
4 T October 23, 1948 0–0 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 2–0–2
5 L October 27, 1948 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 2–1–2
6 T October 30, 1948 3–3 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 2–1–3
7 L October 31, 1948 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 2–2–3
8 W November 6, 1948 2–0 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 3–2–3
9 W November 11, 1948 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 4–2–3
10 W November 13, 1948 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 5–2–3
11 L November 14, 1948 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 5–3–3
12 L November 17, 1948 3–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 5–4–3
13 W November 21, 1948 3–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 6–4–3
14 T November 24, 1948 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 6–4–4
15 L November 25, 1948 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 6–5–4
16 L November 27, 1948 0–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 6–6–4
17 W December 4, 1948 3–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 7–6–4
18 L December 5, 1948 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 7–7–4
19 L December 11, 1948 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 7–8–4
20 T December 12, 1948 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 7–8–5
21 W December 15, 1948 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 8–8–5
22 W December 18, 1948 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 9–8–5
23 L December 19, 1948 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 9–9–5
24 W December 23, 1948 4–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 10–9–5
25 L December 25, 1948 0–2 New York Rangers (1948–49) 10–10–5
26 L December 26, 1948 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 10–11–5
27 W December 30, 1948 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 11–11–5
28 L January 1, 1949 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 11–12–5
29 W January 6, 1949 7–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 12–12–5
30 L January 8, 1949 1–4 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 12–13–5
31 T January 9, 1949 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 12–13–6
32 W January 12, 1949 5–3 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 13–13–6
33 W January 15, 1949 7–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 14–13–6
34 L January 16, 1949 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 14–14–6
35 W January 19, 1949 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 15–14–6
36 W January 20, 1949 2–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 16–14–6
37 W January 22, 1949 4–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 17–14–6
38 L January 23, 1949 0–3 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 17–15–6
39 W January 26, 1949 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 18–15–6
40 L January 29, 1949 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 18–16–6
41 L January 30, 1949 0–9 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 18–17–6
42 L February 3, 1949 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 18–18–6
43 L February 5, 1949 2–3 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 18–19–6
44 L February 6, 1949 0–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 18–20–6
45 T February 9, 1949 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 18–20–7
46 L February 13, 1949 3–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 18–21–7
47 W February 17, 1949 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 19–21–7
48 W February 19, 1949 3–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 20–21–7
49 L February 20, 1949 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 20–22–7
50 W February 24, 1949 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 21–22–7
51 W February 26, 1949 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 22–22–7
52 W March 2, 1949 2–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 23–22–7
53 W March 5, 1949 4–0 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 24–22–7
54 W March 6, 1949 1–0 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 25–22–7
55 T March 9, 1949 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 25–22–8
56 W March 12, 1949 3–0 New York Rangers (1948–49) 26–22–8
57 T March 13, 1949 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 26–22–9
58 W March 17, 1949 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1948–49) 27–22–9
59 W March 19, 1949 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 28–22–9
60 L March 20, 1949 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 28–23–9

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Detroit Red Wings 4, Montreal Canadiens 3[edit | edit source]

The Canadiens met the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 22 Montreal Canadiens 1 Detroit Red Wings 2 OT
March 24 Montreal Canadiens 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 OT
March 26 Detroit Red Wings 2 Montreal Canadiens 3
March 29 Detroit Red Wings 3 Montreal Canadiens 1
March 31 Montreal Canadiens 1 Detroit Red Wings 3
April 2 Detroit Red Wings 1 Montreal Canadiens 3
April 5 Montreal Canadiens 1 Detroit Red Wings 3

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 60 22 23 45 33
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 59 20 18 38 110
Carveth, JoeJoe Carveth RW 60 15 22 37 8
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 36 11 18 29 59
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 60 17 9 26 50
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 59 8 12 20 44
Dussault, NormNorm Dussault C 47 9 8 17 6
Riopelle, RipRip Riopelle LW 48 10 6 16 34
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 55 3 13 16 87
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 46 3 13 16 103
Leger, RogerRoger Leger D 28 6 7 13 10
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 54 5 8 13 111
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 59 3 9 12 14
Plamondon, GerryGerry Plamondon LW 27 5 5 10 8
Gravelle, LeoLeo Gravelle RW 36 4 6 10 6
Campeau, TodTod Campeau C 26 3 7 10 12
Laycoe, HalHal Laycoe D 51 3 5 8 31
Robertson, GeorgeGeorge Robertson LW/C 30 2 5 7 6
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 27 3 3 6 42
Jacques Locas RW 3 0 0 0 0
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 3 0 0 0 2
Dorohoy, EddieEddie Dorohoy C/LW 16 0 0 0 6
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 60 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 3600 60 28 23 9 126 2.10 10
Team: 3600 60 28 23 9 126 2.10 10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Plamondon, GerryGerry Plamondon LW 7 5 1 6 0
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 7 1 5 6 4
Gravelle, LeoLeo Gravelle RW 7 2 1 3 0
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 7 2 1 3 14
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 7 1 1 2 4
MacKay, MurdoMurdo MacKay RW/C 6 1 1 2 0
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 7 1 1 2 4
Riopelle, RipRip Riopelle LW 7 1 1 2 2
Carveth, JoeJoe Carveth RW 7 0 1 1 8
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 7 0 1 1 4
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 7 0 1 1 10
Laycoe, HalHal Laycoe D 7 0 1 1 13
Leger, RogerRoger Leger D 5 0 1 1 2
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 1 0 0 0 4
Campeau, TodTod Campeau C 1 0 0 0 0
Dussault, NormNorm Dussault C 2 0 0 0 0
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 2 0 0 0 2
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 4 0 0 0 8
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 7 0 0 0 6
Reardon, KenKen Reardon D 7 0 0 0 18
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 7 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 468 7 3 4 17 2.18 0
Team: 468 7 3 4 17 2.18 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]

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