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1953–54 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Conference Champions
Division Champions
1953–54 record 35-24-11
Goals for 195
Goals against 141
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (37)
Assists Bert Olmstead (37)
Points Maurice Richard (67)
Penalties in minutes Maurice Richard (112)
Wins Gerry McNeil (28)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.59)
Seasons
1952–53 1954–55

The 1953–54 Montreal Canadiens season was the 45th season in franchise history. The team placed first second in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in Stanley Cup final against Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 3.

Regular SeasonEdit

20Dec1953-Geoffrion Murphy

Bernie Geoffrion clubs Ron Murphy, December 20, 1953.

The December 20, 1953 game between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens saw stick work between Ron Murphy and Bernie Geoffrion. Geoffrion wanted to fight and had dropped his stick but Murphy wouldn't let go of his. Geoffrion retrieved his stick and swung it at Murphy until he made contact with his head. Murphy was knocked unconscious, suffered a broken jaw and concussion and missed the reason of the season recovering from the attack. Geoffrion was suspended for all remaining games versus the Rangers for the season.

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 37 19 14 88 191 132
Montreal Canadiens 70 35 24 11 81 195 141
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 24 14 78 152 131
Boston Bruins 70 32 28 10 74 177 181
New York Rangers 70 29 31 10 68 161 182
Chicago Black Hawks 70 12 51 7 31 133 242

Game LogEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 8, 19533–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 1–0–0
2WOctober 10, 19534–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 2–0–0
3LOctober 11, 19531–4 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 2–1–0
4WOctober 15, 19536–1 New York Rangers (1953–54) 3–1–0
5WOctober 17, 19535–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 4–1–0
6LOctober 18, 19530–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 4–2–0
7WOctober 22, 19533–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 5–2–0
8WOctober 24, 19531–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 6–2–0
9WOctober 25, 19532–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 7–2–0
10WOctober 29, 19533–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 8–2–0
11LOctober 31, 19530–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 8–3–0
12LNovember 1, 19531–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 8–4–0
13WNovember 5, 19534–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 9–4–0
14WNovember 7, 19535–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 10–4–0
15LNovember 8, 19530–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 10–5–0
16LNovember 11, 19531–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 10–6–0
17WNovember 12, 19534–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–6–0
18LNovember 14, 19532–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–7–0
19TNovember 15, 19532–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–7–1
20WNovember 19, 19531–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 12–7–1
21WNovember 21, 19531–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 13–7–1
22TNovember 22, 19532–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 13–7–2
23WNovember 26, 19536–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 14–7–2
24LNovember 28, 19531–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 14–8–2
25LNovember 29, 19531–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 14–9–2
26WDecember 3, 19535–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 15–9–2
27WDecember 5, 19534–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 16–9–2
28WDecember 6, 19537–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 17–9–2
29LDecember 9, 19530–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 17–10–2
30WDecember 10, 19535–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 18–10–2
31WDecember 12, 19537–2 New York Rangers (1953–54) 19–10–2
32LDecember 13, 19533–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 19–11–2
33WDecember 19, 19537–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 20–11–2
34LDecember 20, 19531–3 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 20–12–2
35WDecember 26, 19532–0 New York Rangers (1953–54) 21–12–2
36TDecember 30, 19532–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 21–12–3
37TDecember 31, 19532–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 21–12–4
38TJanuary 2, 19541–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 21–12–5
39LJanuary 3, 19543–4 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 21–13–5
40WJanuary 7, 19547–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 22–13–5
41WJanuary 9, 195412–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 23–13–5
42LJanuary 10, 19541–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 23–14–5
43WJanuary 16, 19542–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 24–14–5
44LJanuary 17, 19542–3 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 24–15–5
45LJanuary 21, 19540–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 24–16–5
46WJanuary 23, 19545–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 25–16–5
47LJanuary 24, 19543–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 25–17–5
48WJanuary 27, 19542–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 26–17–5
49LJanuary 30, 19541–2 New York Rangers (1953–54) 26–18–5
50LFebruary 4, 19542–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 26–19–5
51WFebruary 6, 19544–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 27–19–5
52WFebruary 7, 19544–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 28–19–5
53TFebruary 11, 19542–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 28–19–6
54TFebruary 13, 19542–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 28–19–7
55LFebruary 14, 19541–4 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 28–20–7
56WFebruary 18, 19544–2 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 29–20–7
57WFebruary 20, 19542–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 30–20–7
58LFebruary 22, 19540–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 30–21–7
59TFebruary 25, 19540–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 30–21–8
60WFebruary 27, 19545–0 New York Rangers (1953–54) 31–21–8
61LFebruary 28, 19540–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 31–22–8
62TMarch 4, 19541–1 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 31–22–9
63TMarch 6, 19543–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 31–22–10
64TMarch 7, 19542–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 31–22–11
65LMarch 11, 19540–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 31–23–11
66WMarch 13, 19544–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 32–23–11
67WMarch 14, 19546–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 33–23–11
68LMarch 17, 19541–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 33–24–11
69WMarch 20, 19546–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 34–24–11
70WMarch 21, 19543–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 35–24–11

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PlayoffsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 0Edit

The teams met the previous year in the 1953 Stanley Cup Finals where Montreal prevailed 4 games to 1. The Canadiens won in convincing fashion, never trailing in a game and despite Maurice Richard not registering a point in the series. Jacques Plante was brilliant, allowing only 4 goals in 4 games and posting 2 shutouts. At the end of the playoffs, after managing the Bruins since their first season in 1924-25, Art Ross announced his retirement and was replaced by Lynn Patrick.

Game 1 at the Montreal Forum saw the Canadiens pepper Bruins goalie Jim Henry with 43 shots. After Canadiens Lorne Davis opened the scoring at 4:25 in the second period it appeared Boston had tied it up when a Doug Mohns eluded Plante and skittered towards the open net. Doug Harvey batted it out and the goal judge declared the puck hadn't crossed the line. The Bruins couldn't solve Plante and Bernie Geoffrion scored in the third period for a 2-0 Montreal win.

Game 2 in Montreal saw the Canadiens dominate from the opening faceoff as Dickie Moore scored 10 seconds into the game. Montreal scored three more in the first period then Moore potted his second for a 5-0 lead. After Jean Béliveau scored his first career playoff goal early in the second, the game got chippy. Fleming Mackell scored Boston's only goal of the game at 13:02 and then several fights broke out. The fighting continued in the third period as 94 minutes in penalties were called in the game. Paul Meger and Beliveau added goals for a 8-1 Canadiens romp and 2-0 series lead.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden was the closest game of the series. After a scoreless first period, Butch Bouchard and Cal Gardner traded goals in the first minute of the second period. Geoffrion and Bouchard made it 3-1 going into the third period. The Bruins fought back hard and goals by Doug Mohns and Milt Schmidt (the last of his career) tied it up with four minutes left. Dickie Moore scored with 1:30 left to win it 4-3 for Montreal.

Game 4 in Boston saw Montreal sweep the series on goals by Floyd Curry and Dickie Moore's 4th of the series.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 23 Boston Bruins 0-2 Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 March 25 Boston Bruins 1-8 Montreal Canadiens 0-2
3 March 28 Montreal Canadiens 4-3 Boston Bruins 3-0
4 March 30 Montreal Canadiens 2-0 Boston Bruins 4-0

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

For more details on this topic, see 1954 Stanley Cup Finals.
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Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 70 37 30 67 112
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 54 29 25 54 87
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 70 15 37 52 85
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 67 22 24 46 64
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 68 8 29 37 110
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 44 13 21 34 22
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 50 5 21 26 57
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 48 5 20 25 28
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 47 10 13 23 54
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 70 13 8 21 22
Mazur, EddieEddie Mazur D/LW 67 7 14 21 95
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 70 7 11 18 85
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack C 51 5 10 15 12
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 53 3 12 15 43
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 44 4 9 13 24
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 32 4 8 12 18
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 70 1 10 11 89
Davis, LorneLorne Davis RW 37 6 4 10 2
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 13 1 4 5 12
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 41 0 5 5 41
Corriveau, AndreAndre Corriveau RW 3 0 1 1 0
Burchell, FredFred Burchell C 2 0 0 0 2
Desaulniers, GerardGerard Desaulniers C 3 0 0 0 0
Litzenberger, EdEd Litzenberger C/RW 3 0 0 0 0
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 53 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 17 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 3180 53 28 19 6 114 2.15 6
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 1020 17 7 5 5 27 1.59 5
Team: 4200 70 35 24 11 141 2.01 11

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 11 5 8 13 8
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 11 6 5 11 18
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 2 8 10 4
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 11 4 0 4 4
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 10 0 4 4 4
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 11 3 0 3 22
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 11 2 1 3 4
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 11 1 2 3 30
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 10 1 2 3 8
Mazur, EddieEddie Mazur D/LW 11 0 3 3 7
Davis, LorneLorne Davis RW 11 2 0 2 8
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 10 0 2 2 12
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 4 0 2 2 0
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 6 1 0 1 4
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 11 1 0 1 4
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 3 0 1 1 0
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack C 7 0 1 1 0
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 11 0 1 1 19
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 3 0 0 0 4
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 3 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 8 0 0 0 0
Stewart, GayeGaye Stewart LW 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 480 8 5 3 15 1.88 2
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 190 3 2 1 3 0.95 1
Team: 670 11 7 4 18 1.61 3

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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

RosterEdit

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Nearly 25 minutes of highlights featuring all goals and many penalties from all seven games of the 1954 Finals.

Narrated highlights of all seven games of the 1954 Finals featuring nearly all goals.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1953–54 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. Montreal Canadiens 1954-55 Game Log and Scores. Databasehockey.com. Retrieved on 2008-12-08.
  3. 1953-54 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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