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1950–51 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 3rd NHL
1950–51 record 25-30-15
Goals for 173
Goals against 184
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (42)
Assists Maurice Richard
Elmer Lach
Doug Harvey (24)
Points Maurice Richard (66)
Penalties in minutes Tom Johnson (128)
Wins Gerry McNeil (25)
Goals against average Gerry McNeill (2.63)
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1949–50 1951–52

The 1950–51 Montreal Canadiens season was the 42nd in franchise history. The team placed first third in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in the 1951 Stanley Cup Finals to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 1. All five games were decided in overtime.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Montreal fans were excited when it was reported that two junior stars, Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion, would be given a trial in a December 16th game with the Rangers. The Canadiens played a 1-1 tie before 14,158 fans. Geoffrion scored the Canadiens goal in his debut.

In March, Rocket Richard ran into trouble in a game with Detroit. Richard was tripped and rose with a cut between the eyes. No penalty was called and Richard commenced an argument with referee Hugh McLean. He continued his argument too long and was given a misconduct penalty. Richard then skated to the penalty box and found Leo Reise of Detroit there to welcome him with derisive remarks which infuriated Richard, who then punched Reise, and when linesman Jim Primeau rushed to intervene, Richard took a poke at him and Richard was given a game misconduct. The Canadiens took a train to New York for a game against the Rangers, and the next morning, Richard encountered referee McLean and linesman Primeau in the lobby of the Picadilly Hotel. No punches were thrown, but Richard grabbed McLean by the tie and then Primeau intervened. Considerable profanity filled the air, but cooler heads separated the trio before fists could fly. NHL President Clarence Campbell took a dim view of the matter and fined the Rocket $500 for conduct prejudicial to the welfare of hockey.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 70 44 13 13 101 236 139
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 41 16 13 95 212 138
Montreal Canadiens 70 25 30 15 65 173 184
Boston Bruins 70 22 30 18 62 178 197
New York Rangers 70 20 29 21 61 169 201
Chicago Black Hawks 70 13 47 10 36 171 280

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 12, 1950 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 0–0–1
2 T October 14, 1950 1–1 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 0–0–2
3 W October 15, 1950 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 1–0–2
4 W October 19, 1950 4–0 New York Rangers (1950–51) 2–0–2
5 W October 21, 1950 2–0 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 3–0–2
6 L October 22, 1950 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 3–1–2
7 L October 26, 1950 1–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 3–2–2
8 W October 28, 1950 5–1 New York Rangers (1950–51) 4–2–2
9 T October 29, 1950 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 4–2–3
10 L November 1, 1950 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 4–3–3
11 L November 2, 1950 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 4–4–3
12 L November 4, 1950 2–3 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 4–5–3
13 L November 9, 1950 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 4–6–3
14 T November 11, 1950 1–1 New York Rangers (1950–51) 4–6–4
15 L November 12, 1950 0–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 4–7–4
16 W November 16, 1950 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 5–7–4
17 W November 18, 1950 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 6–7–4
18 W November 19, 1950 3–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 7–7–4
19 L November 22, 1950 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 7–8–4
20 L November 25, 1950 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 7–9–4
21 W November 26, 1950 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 8–9–4
22 T November 30, 1950 0–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 8–9–5
23 L December 2, 1950 1–7 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 8–10–5
24 W December 3, 1950 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 9–10–5
25 L December 6, 1950 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 9–11–5
26 L December 7, 1950 0–3 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 9–12–5
27 L December 9, 1950 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 9–13–5
28 L December 10, 1950 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 9–14–5
29 L December 13, 1950 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 9–15–5
30 T December 16, 1950 1–1 New York Rangers (1950–51) 9–15–6
31 W December 17, 1950 7–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 10–15–6
32 L December 20, 1950 1–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 10–16–6
33 T December 23, 1950 4–4 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 10–16–7
34 L December 28, 1950 1–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 10–17–7
35 W December 30, 1950 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 11–17–7
36 T January 1, 1951 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 11–17–8
37 L January 4, 1951 2–4 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 11–18–8
38 W January 6, 1951 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 12–18–8
39 W January 10, 1951 3–0 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 13–18–8
40 W January 11, 1951 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 14–18–8
41 W January 13, 1951 4–0 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 15–18–8
42 L January 14, 1951 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 15–19–8
43 L January 18, 1951 2–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 15–20–8
44 T January 20, 1951 2–2 New York Rangers (1950–51) 15–20–9
45 W January 21, 1951 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 16–20–9
46 L January 24, 1951 3–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 16–21–9
47 W January 27, 1951 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 17–21–9
48 T January 28, 1951 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 17–21–10
49 L February 1, 1951 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 17–22–10
50 W February 3, 1951 4–1 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 18–22–10
51 T February 4, 1951 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 18–22–11
52 L February 7, 1951 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 18–23–11
53 L February 10, 1951 0–6 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 18–24–11
54 L February 11, 1951 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 18–25–11
55 T February 15, 1951 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 18–25–12
56 L February 17, 1951 1–2 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 18–26–12
57 L February 22, 1951 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 18–27–12
58 W February 24, 1951 6–2 New York Rangers (1950–51) 19–27–12
59 W March 1, 1951 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 20–27–12
60 L March 3, 1951 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 20–28–12
61 T March 4, 1951 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 20–28–13
62 W March 7, 1951 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 21–28–13
63 W March 10, 1951 12–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 22–28–13
64 T March 11, 1951 5–5 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 22–28–14
65 W March 15, 1951 5–3 New York Rangers (1950–51) 23–28–14
66 W March 17, 1951 3–1 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 24–28–14
67 T March 18, 1951 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 24–28–15
68 L March 21, 1951 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51) 24–29–15
69 W March 24, 1951 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 25–29–15
70 L March 25, 1951 0–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 25–30–15

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 2[edit | edit source]

The Canadiens first played the Detroit Red Wings in the Semi-finals. The first four games of the series was won by the visiting team. The Canadiens then won the last two to win the series four games to two to advance to the final against Toronto.

Date Home Score Visitor Score Notes
March 27 Detroit Red Wings 2 Montreal Canadiens 3 (OT)
March 29 Detroit Red Wings 0 Montreal Canadiens 1 (OT)
March 31 Montreal Canadiens 0 Detroit Red Wings 2
April 3 Montreal Canadiens 1 Detroit Red Wings 4
April 5 Detroit Red Wings 2 Montreal Canadiens 5
April 7 Montreal Canadiens 3 Detroit Red Wings 2

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 1[edit | edit source]

Bob Dawes suffered a compound fracture during the last game of the 1951 Stanley Cup Finals, April 21, 1951.

The Canadiens lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs four games to one with Bill Barilko scoring the series winning goal in overtime in Game 5. All five games in the series were decided in overtime. Canadiens forward Bob Dawes played his only game of the 1951 playoffs in the last game of the Finals. He suffered a compound fracture of the right leg and never played in the NHL again.

For more details on this topic, see 1951 Stanley Cup Finals.
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 11 Montreal 2 Toronto 3 OT
April 14 Montreal 3 Toronto 2 OT
April 17 Toronto 2 Montreal 1 OT
April 19 Toronto 3 Montreal 2 OT
April 21 Montreal 2 Toronto 3 OT

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Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 65 42 24 66 97
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 65 21 24 45 48
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 39 16 22 38 50
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 66 13 18 31 24
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 70 5 24 29 93
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 70 18 10 28 69
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 69 13 14 27 23
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 60 6 18 24 24
Dussault, NormNorm Dussault C 64 4 20 24 15
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 62 0 16 16 40
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 18 8 6 14 9
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 57 2 12 14 27
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 52 3 10 13 80
Kaiser, VernVern Kaiser LW 50 7 5 12 33
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 70 2 8 10 128
Gravelle, LeoLeo Gravelle RW 31 4 2 6 0
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 17 2 4 6 6
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 43 4 1 5 14
Dawes, BobBob Dawes D/C 15 0 5 5 4
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 2 1 1 2 0
Hirschfeld, BertBert Hirschfeld LW 20 0 2 2 0
Laycoe, HalHal Laycoe D 38 0 2 2 25
King, FrankFrank King C 10 1 0 1 2
Robert, ClaudeClaude Robert LW 23 1 0 1 9
Desaulniers, GerardGerard Desaulniers C 3 0 1 1 2
Currie, HughHugh Currie D 1 0 0 0 0
Denis, LuluLulu Denis RW 1 0 0 0 0
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 1 0 0 0 0
Plamondon, GerryGerry Plamondon LW 1 0 0 0 0
Burchell, FredFred Burchell C 2 0 0 0 0
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 3 0 0 0 0
Roche, ErnieErnie Roche D 4 0 0 0 2
Manastersky, TomTom Manastersky D 6 0 0 0 11
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 70 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 4200 70 25 30 15 184 2.63 6
Team: 4200 70 25 30 15 184 2.63 6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 11 9 4 13 13
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 11 3 3 6 10
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 11 2 4 6 9
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 11 0 5 5 12
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 11 2 2 4 2
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 11 1 3 4 4
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 11 2 1 3 4
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 11 1 1 2 2
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 11 1 1 2 6
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 11 1 1 2 4
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 11 0 2 2 2
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 11 0 2 2 8
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 11 1 0 1 0
McNabney, SidSid McNabney C 5 0 1 1 2
Dawes, BobBob Dawes D/C 1 0 0 0 0
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 1 0 0 0 0
Kaiser, VernVern Kaiser LW 2 0 0 0 0
Lowe, RossRoss Lowe D/LW 2 0 0 0 0
Mazur, EddieEddie Mazur D/LW 2 0 0 0 0
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 11 0 0 0 6
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 11 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 785 11 5 6 25 1.91 1
Team: 785 11 5 6 25 1.91 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]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Highlights of Game 5 of the Finals including goals by Richard, the game tying goal with 32 seconds left by Tod Sloan and the overtime winner by Bill Barilko.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1950–51 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. Montreal Canadiens 1951-52 Game Log and Scores. Databasehockey.com. Retrieved on 2008-12-08.
  3. 1950-51 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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