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1952–53 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
1952–53 record 28–23–19
Goals for 155
Goals against 148
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (28)
Assists Maurice Richard (33)
Points Maurice Richard (61)
Penalties in minutes Maurice Richard (112)
Wins Gerry McNeil (25)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.33)
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1951–52 1953–54

The 1952–53 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 44th season of play. The Canadiens placed second in the regular season, defeated the Chicago Black Hawks in the semi-final and the Boston Bruins in the final to win the club's seventh Stanley Cup championship.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Season StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Detroit Red Wings 70 36 16 18 90 222 133 645
Montreal Canadiens 70 28 23 19 75 155 148 777
Boston Bruins 70 28 29 13 69 152 172 528
Chicago Black Hawks 70 27 28 15 69 169 175 736
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 27 30 13 67 156 167 812
New York Rangers 70 17 37 16 50 152 211 548

Game LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 9, 19522–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 0–1–0
2WOctober 11, 19522–1 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 1–1–0
3TOctober 12, 19521–1 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 1–1–1
4WOctober 16, 19523–1 New York Rangers (1952–53) 2–1–1
5WOctober 18, 19522–1 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 3–1–1
6LOctober 19, 19521–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 3–2–1
7TOctober 23, 19522–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 3–2–2
8WOctober 25, 19529–0 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 4–2–2
9LOctober 29, 19525–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 4–3–2
10WNovember 1, 19524–1 New York Rangers (1952–53) 5–3–2
11TNovember 2, 19522–2 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 5–3–3
12WNovember 6, 19523–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 6–3–3
13WNovember 8, 19526–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 7–3–3
14LNovember 13, 19521–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 7–4–3
15WNovember 15, 19522–0 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 8–4–3
16LNovember 16, 19521–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 8–5–3
17TNovember 22, 19522–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 8–5–4
18TNovember 23, 19522–2 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 8–5–5
19TNovember 27, 19522–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 8–5–6
20TNovember 29, 19521–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 8–5–7
21LNovember 30, 19521–3 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 8–6–7
22LDecember 4, 19521–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 8–7–7
23LDecember 6, 19521–2 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 8–8–7
24TDecember 7, 19522–2 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 8–8–8
25WDecember 10, 19522–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 9–8–8
26WDecember 11, 19523–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 10–8–8
27WDecember 13, 19523–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 11–8–8
28TDecember 14, 19520–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 11–8–9
29WDecember 18, 19526–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 12–8–9
30LDecember 20, 19523–6 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 12–9–9
31WDecember 21, 19524–3 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 13–9–9
32LDecember 24, 19520–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 13–10–9
33TDecember 27, 19522–2 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 13–10–10
34WDecember 31, 19522–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 14–10–10
35TJanuary 1, 19532–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 14–10–11
36LJanuary 3, 19530–1 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 14–11–11
37TJanuary 8, 19534–4 New York Rangers (1952–53) 14–11–12
38WJanuary 10, 19535–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 15–11–12
39LJanuary 11, 19530–7 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 15–12–12
40WJanuary 15, 19532–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 16–12–12
41TJanuary 17, 19531–1 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 16–12–13
42WJanuary 18, 19533–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 17–12–13
43WJanuary 21, 19531–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 18–12–13
44WJanuary 22, 19534–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 19–12–13
45LJanuary 24, 19531–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 19–13–13
46TJanuary 25, 19533–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 19–13–14
47WJanuary 28, 19532–1 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 20–13–14
48WJanuary 29, 19535–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 21–13–14
49TJanuary 31, 19530–0 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 21–13–15
50LFebruary 1, 19533–4 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 21–14–15
51WFebruary 5, 19532–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 22–14–15
52LFebruary 7, 19531–3 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 22–15–15
53TFebruary 8, 19531–1 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 22–15–16
54WFebruary 12, 19533–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 23–15–16
55TFebruary 14, 19532–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 23–15–17
56LFebruary 15, 19530–1 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 23–16–17
57LFebruary 19, 19531–4 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 23–17–17
58WFebruary 21, 19534–1 New York Rangers (1952–53) 24–17–17
59WFebruary 25, 19532–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 25–17–17
60WFebruary 26, 19534–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 26–17–17
61LFebruary 28, 19533–4 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 26–18–17
62LMarch 5, 19530–5 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 26–19–17
63WMarch 7, 19531–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 27–19–17
64LMarch 8, 19533–4 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 27–20–17
65TMarch 12, 19532–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 27–20–18
66WMarch 14, 19533–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 28–20–18
67LMarch 15, 19531–2 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 28–21–18
68LMarch 19, 19531–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 28–22–18
69LMarch 21, 19531–2 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 28–23–18
70TMarch 22, 19531–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 28–23–19

PlayoffsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1Edit

The teams met the previous year in the 1952 Semi-finals where Montreal prevailed 4 games to 3. Both teams played without their starting goalies during the series but once Gerry McNeil returned in game 3 to replace rookie Jacques Plante he outplayed Boston's backup Gord Henry and notched 2 shutouts for the series win.

Game 1 at the Montreal Forum saw the Canadiens Jacques Plante start in net. Boston was without captain Milt Schmidt, still recovering from an injury suffered in the Semi-finals. An early penalty to Montreal's Ken Mosdell saw the Bruins Bob Armstrong score his first career playoff goal on a give and go with Fleming Mackell that he slapped into the low left corner. Minutes later, Plante was shaken up on a shot by Hal Laycoe and the game stopped while he received treatment. Dickie Moore tied it up when his shot from behind the net went in off the skate of Bruins goalie Jim Henry. In the second period, Modell scored early on a rebound to make it 2-1. Late in the period during a goalmouth scramble, Floyd Curry smacked in it for a 3-1 lead. During the third period with Doug Harvey off for holding, Johnny Peirson (playing with a bandaged head) made it close when he banged in Mackell's pass across goal. But a minute later, Maurice Richard split Laycoe and Armstrong and scored on a breakaway for a 4-2 Montreal win and a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2 in Montreal had Schmidt back in the line-up and the Bruins were bolstered by his play. An early goal by Leo Labine, who deked Doug Harvey and fired a low shot to the left corner, put the Bruins up 1-0. Late in the period, Ed Sandford put in a 5 footer off a pass by Joe Klukay to make it 2-0. Jim Henry twisted his ankle near the end of the first period, forcing Gord Henry to fill in for him. Bert Olmstead scored an early second period goal on a 2 on 1 but Sandford responded with his second of the game on a rebound. In the third period, Schmidt and Woody Dumart showed they still had some of the old magic left as Dumart's pass put Schmidt in the clear and he deked Plante to the ice and slipped in a backhand for a 4-1 Bruins win.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden had Gerry McNeil back in the net for the Canadiens. Tom Johnson took a left wing pass from Mosdell and beat Henry to the far side for a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Paul Masnick's pass from behind the net hit Hal Laycoe's skate and bounced in to make it 2-0. In the third period, Henry couldn't control a blast from the point and Mosdell backhanded in the rebound for a 3-0 Montreal win and a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game 4 in Boston saw Montreal dominate. Henry couldn't stop 40 footers from Lorne Davis, Richard and Dickie Moore which saw the Habs go up 3-0. Dave Creighton backhanded in a Dumart pass to make it 3-1 at the end of the period. Play was close in the second period until Laycoe fell while killing a penalty, resulting in Bernie Geoffrion taking the puck and scoring with a spinning shot at 18:58. At 5:33 of the third, Richard shifted around the Bruins defense and fired a shot top corner. Milt Schmidt responded two minutes later with a backhand goal while speeding down the right wing. With four minutes left, Creighton picked off a Billy Reay clearing pass and drew two defenders to him. Jack McIntyre picked up the loose puck and fired it past McNeil to cut the lead to 5-3. The Bruins pulled the goalie but Schmidt's pass was intercepted by Calum MacKay who killed the rally, making it 6-3. Thirty seconds later, Richard scored on a breakaway for a 7-3 Canadiens win and a 3-1 stranglehold in the series.

Game 5 in Montreal saw only one penalty called during the game. After two sub-par games, Gord Henry played well with both he and Montreal's McNeil stopping numerous scoring chances. The game went into overtime where Elmer Lach picked off Schmidt's clearing pass on the right wing and fired a quick spinning shot past Henry for the Cup winning goal. Ed Sandford led all playoff scorers with 11 points.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 9 Boston Bruins 2-4 Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 April 11 Boston Bruins 4-1 Montreal Canadiens 1-1
3 April 12 Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Boston Bruins 2-1
4 April 14 Montreal Canadiens 7-3 Boston Bruins 3-1
5 April 16 Boston Bruins 0-1 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 1-4

Player StatsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Maurice Richard 70 28 33 61 112
Bert Olmstead 69 17 28 45 83
Elmer Lach 53 16 25 41 56
Bernie Geoffrion 65 22 17 39 37
Paul Meger 69 9 17 26 38
Dick Gamble 69 11 13 24 26
Floyd Curry 68 16 6 22 10
Ken Mosdell 63 5 14 19 27
Billy Reay 56 4 15 19 26
Paul Masnick 53 5 7 12 44
John McCormack 59 1 9 10 9
Dickie Moore 18 2 6 8 19

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Doug Harvey 69 4 30 34 67
Tom Johnson 70 3 8 11 63
Emile Bouchard 58 2 8 10 55
Dollard St. Laurent 54 2 6 8 34
Jim MacPherson 59 2 3 5 67

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP W L T SO GAA

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Highlights of the December 21, 1952 game between the Bruins and the Habs. This was the third game of a tryout for Jean Beliveau (who wears #12) and he scores twice in Montreal's 4-3 win. A first period fight between Jack McIntyre and Bernie Geoffrion (in response to McIntyre breaking Billy Reay's cheek), a dust-up between Milt Schmidt and Maurice Richard as well as goals by Dave Creighton and Beliveau are shown. The end has highlights of the December 7, 1952 Toronto Maple Leafs versus Chicago Blackhawks game including a goal by George Armstrong.

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