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1951–52 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
1951–52 record 34–26–10
Goals for 195
Goals against 164
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Bernie Geoffrion (30)
Assists Elmer Lach (50)
Points Elmer Lach (65)
Penalties in minutes Doug Harvey (82)
Wins Gerry McNeil (34)
Goals against average Gerry McNeil (2.34)
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1950–51 1952–53

The 1951–52 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 43rd season of play. After qualifying for the playoffs in second place, the Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins to advance to the final series. The Detroit Red Wings would sweep the Canadiens in the finals, four games to none.


Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 70 44 14 12 100 215 133
Montreal Canadiens 70 34 26 10 78 195 164
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 29 25 16 74 168 157
Boston Bruins 70 25 29 16 66 162 176
New York Rangers 70 23 34 13 59 192 219
Chicago Black Hawks 70 17 44 9 43 158 241

Game LogEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 11, 19514–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 1–0–0
2LOctober 13, 19511–2 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 1–1–0
3WOctober 14, 19514–3 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 2–1–0
4WOctober 18, 19513–2 New York Rangers (1951–52) 3–1–0
5LOctober 20, 19510–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 3–2–0
6LOctober 22, 19511–3 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 3–3–0
7TOctober 25, 19512–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 3–3–1
8LOctober 28, 19511–2 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 3–4–1
9WOctober 29, 19516–1 New York Rangers (1951–52) 4–4–1
10LOctober 31, 19510–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 4–5–1
11LNovember 1, 19512–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 4–6–1
12LNovember 3, 19512–3 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 4–7–1
13WNovember 8, 19514–2 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 5–7–1
14WNovember 10, 19514–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 6–7–1
15TNovember 11, 19513–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 6–7–2
16WNovember 17, 19513–2 New York Rangers (1951–52) 7–7–2
17TNovember 18, 19513–3 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 7–7–3
18LNovember 22, 19511–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 7–8–3
19LNovember 24, 19512–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 7–9–3
20LNovember 25, 19511–2 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 7–10–3
21WNovember 29, 19515–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 8–10–3
22WDecember 1, 19514–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 9–10–3
23LDecember 2, 19511–4 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 9–11–3
24LDecember 8, 19510–3 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 9–12–3
25LDecember 9, 19512–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 9–13–3
26TDecember 13, 19511–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 9–13–4
27WDecember 15, 19513–1 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 10–13–4
28WDecember 16, 19514–2 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 11–13–4
29LDecember 19, 19512–4 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 11–14–4
30WDecember 20, 19514–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 12–14–4
31WDecember 22, 19515–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 13–14–4
32LDecember 23, 19510–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 13–15–4
33WDecember 26, 19513–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 14–15–4
34WDecember 29, 19517–2 New York Rangers (1951–52) 15–15–4
35WDecember 31, 19515–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 16–15–4
36WJanuary 1, 19523–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 17–15–4
37WJanuary 3, 19523–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 18–15–4
38LJanuary 5, 19522–3 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 18–16–4
39WJanuary 12, 19528–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 19–16–4
40TJanuary 13, 19522–2 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 19–16–5
41TJanuary 17, 19522–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 19–16–6
42LJanuary 19, 19520–4 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 19–17–6
43LJanuary 20, 19521–2 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 19–18–6
44WJanuary 23, 19524–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 20–18–6
45WJanuary 24, 19524–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 21–18–6
46WJanuary 26, 19525–3 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 22–18–6
47WJanuary 27, 19525–3 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 23–18–6
48WJanuary 31, 19521–0 New York Rangers (1951–52) 24–18–6
49TFebruary 2, 19522–2 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 24–18–7
50LFebruary 3, 19520–1 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 24–19–7
51LFebruary 7, 19523–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 24–20–7
52LFebruary 9, 19522–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 24–21–7
53WFebruary 10, 19523–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 25–21–7
54WFebruary 14, 19523–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 26–21–7
55WFebruary 16, 19525–1 New York Rangers (1951–52) 27–21–7
56LFebruary 17, 19522–3 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 27–22–7
57TFebruary 21, 19523–3 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 27–22–8
58WFebruary 23, 19527–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 28–22–8
59WFebruary 28, 19523–2 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 29–22–8
60WMarch 1, 19523–1 New York Rangers (1951–52) 30–22–8
61WMarch 2, 19526–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 31–22–8
62LMarch 5, 19522–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 31–23–8
63TMarch 8, 19524–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1951–52) 31–23–9
64WMarch 9, 19522–0 @ New York Rangers (1951–52) 32–23–9
65WMarch 13, 19523–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 33–23–9
66LMarch 15, 19520–2 Boston Bruins (1951–52) 33–24–9
67LMarch 16, 19521–2 @ Boston Bruins (1951–52) 33–25–9
68WMarch 19, 19523–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1951–52) 34–25–9
69TMarch 22, 19523–3 Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 34–25–10
70LMarch 23, 19522–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1951–52) 34–26–10

PlayoffsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 3Edit

Having last met in the 1946 Stanley Cup Finals where the Habs defeated the Bruins 4 games to 1 with three games going to overtime, the 1952 Semi-final series would be even closer with Montreal edging Boston 4 games to 3. The series is famous for Jim Henry playing Games 6 and 7 with a broken nose and Maurice Richard scoring the Game 7 winning goal having been concussed and cut. The photo of the two battered players shaking hands has become iconic.

Game 1 at the Montreal Forum was a clean game that was dominated by Montreal. After Richard put the Habs up in the first period, he assisted on a goal by Dickie Moore in the second. The Bruins Pentti Lund, playing blind in one eye, cut the lead to 2-1 but Richard's second of the game made it 3-1 Montreal at the end of the second period. Goals by Billy Reay and Floyd Curry completed Montreal's 5-1 win.

Game 2 at Montreal was a repeat of Game 1 with a goal by Ken Mosdell and a Hat trick by Bernie Geoffrion. However, Mosdell collided with Boston's Ed Sandford, broke his right leg and was lost for the playoffs. Boston's Gus Kyle was also lost for the remainder of the series and was replaced with rookie Bob Armstrong, who'd go on to become a regular on the Bruins blueline for the next decade.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden had no goals in the first period. At 2:05 of the second period, Hal Laycoe's shot deflected off Doug Harvey's stick past Gerry McNeil for the Bruins first lead of the series. 33 seconds later, Dave Creighton made it 2-0 Boston. 29 seconds later, Ed Sandford's shot fell in the crease and as McNeil tried to clear it, he ran into Paul Meger who accidentally put the puck in his own net. Boston led 3-0 after scoring three goals in 1:02. In the third period, Fleming Mackell made it 4-0 until Montreal's Floyd Curry scored a consolation goal for a 4-1 Bruins win.

Game 4 at Boston saw the first career playoff goal by Real Chevrefils put the Bruins up 1-0 at 9:53 of the first period. In the second period, Milt Schmidt made it 2-0 until Mackell took a tripping penalty and Curry scored a late power play goal. At 6:48 of the third period, Curry tied the score until Mackell scored the game winner on a three on two break. With a 3-2 win, the Bruins had evened the series.

Game 5 at Montreal saw the Bruins play a defensive game. After two scoreless periods, Dave Creighton forced a turnover, passed to Johnny Peirson who fed it to Jack McIntyre. Flying down the right wing, the left shooting McIntyre fired a shot far side that beat McNeil. The Bruins held a 3-2 series lead with Jim Henry posting his first playoff shutout in 10 years.

Game 6 at Boston saw the Bruins jump out to a 2-0 lead on first period goals by Dave Creighton and Milt Schmidt. The Habs Eddie Mazur, who'd never appeared in a regular season game for them, cut the lead in half at 4:53 of the second period. Eight minutes into the third period, Bruins goalie Jim Henry had his nose broken by a Doug Harvey shot. The game was delayed for 17 minutes as Henry was treated. He courageously returned to play but with both eyes black and swollen, he struggled to see the puck at times. At 11:05, Richard fired a 30 foot shot through a screen that sent the game into overtime. After a scoreless first OT, Paul Masnick rapped in a rebound from a Harvey shot that ended the game at 7:49 of the second OT. The series was tied heading back to Montreal.

Game 7 at Montreal was an iconic game for Maurice Richard. In the second period, with the score tied on goals by Eddie Mazur and Ed Sandford, Richard's attempt to cut between Bruins Hal Laycoe and Leo Labine resulted in him falling and hitting his head on the ice. Bleeding from a cut above his left eye and unconscious, he was roused and brought to the dressing room for repairs. While being stitched up, he lost consciousness again. With five minutes left in the game and the teams playing four on four (Laycoe and Billy Reay were in the box for high sticking), Richard made his way back to the Habs bench. Assuring coach Dick Irvin that he was all right, Irvin could see Richard wasn't as he didn't know the game's score and admitted his vision was blurry. Nevertheless, Richard went on the ice, took a pass from Butch Bouchard on the right wing, beat Bill Quackenbush to the outside, faked a shot to the near post on Jim Henry, cut in front of the Bruins net and put the puck in the far side of the net (see Gallery for a photo). Deliriously happy Montreal fans rained debris on the ice and the game was stopped for 5 minutes to clean the mess up. With the Bruins goalie pulled, Bill Reay scored with 34 seconds left for a 3-1 Habs victory and the series win. The players shook hands after the game with Milt Schmidt congratulating Habs rookie Dickie Moore, who he'd battled for most of the series. Jim Henry and Richard's handshake became one of hockey's most iconic photos with Henry's blackened eyes from his broken nose and Richard's bandaged eye still bleeding.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 25 Boston Bruins 1-5 Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 March 27 Boston Bruins 0-4 Montreal Canadiens 0-2
3 March 30 Montreal Canadiens 1-4 Boston Bruins 2-1
4 April 1 Montreal Canadiens 2-3 Boston Bruins 2-2
5 April 3 Boston Bruins 1-0 Montreal Canadiens 3-2
6 April 6 Montreal Canadiens 3-2 (2OT) Boston Bruins 3-3
7 April 8 Boston Bruins 1-3 Montreal Canadiens 3-4

Detroit Red Wings 4, Montreal Canadiens 0Edit

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 70 15 50 65 36
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 67 30 24 54 66
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 48 27 17 44 44
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 69 24 18 42 44
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 68 7 34 41 20
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 64 23 17 40 8
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 64 20 18 38 10
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 69 7 28 35 49
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 33 18 15 33 44
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 68 6 23 29 82
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 44 5 11 16 19
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 40 3 10 13 30
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 60 3 9 12 45
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack C 54 2 10 12 4
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 67 0 7 7 76
Lowe, RossRoss Lowe D/LW 31 1 5 6 42
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 54 2 1 3 24
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 15 1 2 3 2
Davis, LorneLorne Davis RW 3 1 1 2 2
Couture, GerryGerry Couture RW 10 0 1 1 4
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 12 0 1 1 8
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 1 0 0 0 0
Achtymichuk, GeneGene Achtymichuk C 1 0 0 0 0
Edmundson, GarryGarry Edmundson LW 1 0 0 0 2
Fryday, BobBob Fryday RW 3 0 0 0 0
Malone, CliffCliff Malone RW 3 0 0 0 0
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 70 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 4200 70 34 26 10 164 2.34 5
Team: 4200 70 34 26 10 164 2.34 5

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 11 4 3 7 6
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 11 4 2 6 6
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 11 3 1 4 6
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 10 2 2 4 7
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 11 1 2 3 4
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 11 0 3 3 8
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 11 0 3 3 2
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 9 0 3 3 6
Mazur, EddieEddie Mazur D/LW 5 2 0 2 4
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 11 1 1 2 12
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 11 0 2 2 14
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 7 0 2 2 0
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 11 1 0 1 2
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 6 1 0 1 12
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 2 1 0 1 0
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 11 0 1 1 4
Edmundson, GarryGarry Edmundson LW 2 0 0 0 4
Long, StanStan Long D 3 0 0 0 0
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 11 0 0 0 0
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 11 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 688 11 4 7 23 2.01 1
Team: 688 11 4 7 23 2.01 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 RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Over 17 minutes of highlights with commentary from all four games of the Finals. Though blurry, nearly all goals are shown.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1951-52 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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