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1956–57 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 2nd NHL
1956–57 record 35–23–12
Goals for 210
Goals against 155
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Maurice Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau
Maurice Richard (33)
Assists Jean Beliveau (51)
Points Jean Beliveau (84)
Penalties in minutes Jean Beliveau (105)
Wins Jacques Plante (31)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (2.00)
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1955–56 1957–58

The 1956–57 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 48th season of play. The Canadiens finished 2nd in the league and defeated the Boston Bruins 4 games to 1 in the 1957 Stanley Cup Finals to win the Stanley Cup for the ninth time in team history and second year in a row.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 70 38 20 12 88 198 157
Montreal Canadiens 70 35 23 12 82 210 155
Boston Bruins 70 34 24 12 80 195 174
New York Rangers 70 26 30 14 66 184 227
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 21 34 15 57 174 192
Chicago Black Hawks 70 16 39 15 47 169 225

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualify for the playoffs are indicated in bold.

Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 13, 1956 3–0 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 1–0–0
2 L October 14, 1956 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 1–1–0
3 T October 18, 1956 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 1–1–1
4 W October 20, 1956 5–0 New York Rangers (1956–57) 2–1–1
5 L October 24, 1956 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 2–2–1
6 L October 25, 1956 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 2–3–1
7 L October 27, 1956 0–1 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 2–4–1
8 L October 28, 1956 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 2–5–1
9 W November 1, 1956 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 3–5–1
10 W November 3, 1956 6–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 4–5–1
11 W November 4, 1956 1–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 5–5–1
12 W November 7, 1956 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 6–5–1
13 W November 8, 1956 4–2 New York Rangers (1956–57) 7–5–1
14 L November 10, 1956 1–3 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 7–6–1
15 L November 11, 1956 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 7–7–1
16 W November 14, 1956 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 8–7–1
17 W November 17, 1956 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 9–7–1
18 L November 18, 1956 3–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 9–8–1
19 L November 22, 1956 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 9–9–1
20 W November 24, 1956 6–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 10–9–1
21 T November 25, 1956 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 10–9–2
22 W November 29, 1956 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 11–9–2
23 W December 1, 1956 7–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 12–9–2
24 L December 2, 1956 0–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 12–10–2
25 W December 5, 1956 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 13–10–2
26 W December 7, 1956 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 14–10–2
27 T December 9, 1956 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 14–10–3
28 W December 13, 1956 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 15–10–3
29 W December 15, 1956 6–4 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 16–10–3
30 L December 16, 1956 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 16–11–3
31 W December 20, 1956 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 17–11–3
32 T December 22, 1956 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 17–11–4
33 T December 23, 1956 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 17–11–5
34 L December 26, 1956 0–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 17–12–5
35 W December 29, 1956 6–3 New York Rangers (1956–57) 18–12–5
36 W January 1, 1957 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 19–12–5
37 T January 3, 1957 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 19–12–6
38 W January 5, 1957 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 20–12–6
39 W January 6, 1957 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 21–12–6
40 W January 10, 1957 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 22–12–6
41 W January 12, 1957 4–1 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 23–12–6
42 W January 13, 1957 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 24–12–6
43 W January 16, 1957 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 25–12–6
44 W January 19, 1957 5–0 New York Rangers (1956–57) 26–12–6
45 L January 20, 1957 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 26–13–6
46 T January 26, 1957 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 26–13–7
47 L January 27, 1957 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 26–14–7
48 W January 31, 1957 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 27–14–7
49 L February 2, 1957 1–2 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 27–15–7
50 T February 3, 1957 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 27–15–8
51 T February 6, 1957 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 27–15–9
52 T February 9, 1957 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 27–15–10
53 L February 10, 1957 4–5 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 27–16–10
54 L February 14, 1957 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 27–17–10
55 L February 16, 1957 1–2 New York Rangers (1956–57) 27–18–10
56 W February 17, 1957 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 28–18–10
57 T February 21, 1957 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 28–18–11
58 W February 23, 1957 4–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 29–18–11
59 L February 24, 1957 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 29–19–11
60 W February 28, 1957 3–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 30–19–11
61 W March 2, 1957 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 31–19–11
62 L March 3, 1957 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 31–20–11
63 L March 6, 1957 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 31–21–11
64 W March 9, 1957 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 32–21–11
65 L March 10, 1957 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 32–22–11
66 W March 14, 1957 8–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 33–22–11
67 T March 16, 1957 2–2 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 33–22–12
68 L March 17, 1957 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 33–23–12
69 W March 20, 1957 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 34–23–12
70 W March 23, 1957 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 35–23–12

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs in second place.

Montreal Canadiens 4, New York Rangers 1[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1[edit | edit source]

The teams last met in the 1955 Semi-finals where Montreal defeated Boston 4 games to 1. The Canadiens again won in five games with goalie Jacques Plante limiting the Bruins to 6 goals, 4 of which were scored by Fleming Mackell. Except for Game 1, Boston's line of Mackell, Jerry Toppazzini and Larry Regan held the Richards off the board but Montreal's second line of Jean Béliveau, Bernie Geoffrion and Bert Olmstead out played Boston's line of Don McKenney, Real Chevrefils and Leo Labine. The Canadiens also had depth scoring from their third and fourth lines while the Bruins had none.

Game 1 at the Montreal Forum saw the Canadiens out shoot the Bruins 39-23. After a scoreless first period, with Phil Goyette in the box for hooking, Boston's Fleming Mackell opened the scoring with a Power play goal. A pass from Doug Mohns at the point to Mackell at the side of the net saw him slip the puck past Plante. Maurice Richard then took over the game. A backhander from the slot and then a power play goal in which he was sent in on a breakaway by Doug Harvey staked Montreal to a 2-1 lead. A backhand shot from Bernie Geoffrion on the power play and a Maurice Richard wrister past Don Simmons on a drop pass from brother Henri Richard had Montreal leading 4-1 going into the third period. With less than two minutes to go in the game, Maurice smacked a shot in low on Simmon's stick side for a convincing 5-1 Montreal win.

Game 2 at Montreal was the closest match of the series. Shots were nearly even and despite seven power plays, no special team goals were scored. After a scoreless first period in which Vic Stasiuk and Doug Harvey engaged in some nasty spearing, Jean Béliveau scored the only goal of the game on a breakaway at 2:27 of the second period for a 1-0 Montreal win.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden saw Montreal dash Boston's hopes with three goals in the first period. Bernie Geoffrion's shot to the low left corner, a Floyd Curry shot, also to the low left corner and a Geoffrion shot on the power play, also to the low left corner had the Habs in front 3-0 going into the second period. Boston's Don McKenney raced down the right wing and fired a backhander past Plante (into the low left corner) to cut the lead to 3-1. However, 7:31 into the third period, Phil Goyette scored on a rebound to make it 4-1. Fleming Mackell scored a consolation goal in the last minute, slipping a shot past Plante from the side of the net for a 4-2 Canadiens win and a stranglehold on the series.

Game 4 at Boston saw the Bruins play their best game of the series. Although outshot 28-21, Don Simmons held Montreal off the scoresheet in recording his first career playoff shutout. Fleming Mackell opened the scoring on the power play 2:56 into the game, scoring from his favorite spot, beside the net. In the game's last minute, Mackell scored an empty netter past Maurice Richard who tried to stop Mackell's shot. Boston's 2-0 win set the series at 3 game to 1.

Game 5 at Montreal was a penalty-filled match as the desperate Bruins fought to avoid elimination. After five penalties, André Pronovost opened the scoring at 18:11 of the first period. As Don Marshall broke into the slot, he was taken out by two Bruins defenders causing Don Simmons lost sight of the puck and Pronovost tapped it in. A melee broke out a minute later with Leo Labine and Bert Olmstead the main combatants resulting in a Montreal power play to begin the second period. Dickie Moore broke around Bob Armstrong 14 seconds in and scored on Simmons. Armstrong crashed into Simmons on the play and was hurt, missing the remainder of the game. Later in the period, a low Geoffrion slap shot beat Simmons between the legs for his playoff leading 11th goal. The Bruins launched a furious assault in the third period in which Leo Labine scored on a Leo Boivin rebound, cutting the lead to 3-1. Don Marshall stopped the come back with a backhand goal with less than three minutes remaining. Floyd Curry scored a minute later to complete a 5-1 Montreal win.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 6 Boston Bruins 1-5 Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 April 9 Boston Bruins 0-1 Montreal Canadiens 0-2
3 April 11 Montreal Canadiens 2-4 Boston Bruins 3-0
4 April 14 Montreal Canadiens 0-2 Boston Bruins 1-3
5 April 16 Boston Bruins 1-5 Montreal Canadiens 1-4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 69 33 51 84 105
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 63 33 29 62 74
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 70 29 29 58 56
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 63 18 36 54 71
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 70 6 44 50 92
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 64 15 33 48 74
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 41 19 21 40 18
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 67 16 14 30 24
Pronovost, AndreAndre Pronovost LW 64 10 11 21 58
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 70 12 8 20 6
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 70 7 9 16 20
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 70 4 11 15 59
Leclair, JackieJackie Leclair C 47 3 10 13 14
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 59 0 13 13 70
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 64 1 11 12 49
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 14 3 4 7 0
Turner, BobBob Turner D 58 1 4 5 48
Johnson, AllanAllan Johnson RW/C 2 0 1 1 2
Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 1 0 0 0 0
Balfour, MurrayMurray Balfour RW 2 0 0 0 2
Rousseau, GuyGuy Rousseau LW 2 0 0 0 0
Achtymichuk, GeneGene Achtymichuk C 3 0 0 0 0
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 3 0 0 0 0
Wilson, JerryJerry Wilson C 3 0 0 0 2
Cressman, GlenGlen Cressman C 4 0 0 0 2
Smrke, StanStan Smrke LW 4 0 0 0 0
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 10 0 0 0 4
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 9 0 0 0 2
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 61 0 0 0 16
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 3660 61 31 18 12 122 2.00 9
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 540 9 4 5 0 31 3.44 0
Team: 4200 70 35 23 12 153 2.19 9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 10 11 7 18 2
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 6 6 12 15
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 10 8 3 11 8
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 10 3 7 10 4
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 10 0 9 9 13
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 10 2 6 8 10
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 10 0 7 7 10
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 10 3 2 5 2
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 10 1 3 4 2
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 10 2 1 3 4
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 10 0 2 2 13
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 10 0 2 2 10
Pronovost, AndreAndre Pronovost LW 8 1 0 1 4
Broden, ConnieConnie Broden C 6 0 1 1 0
Turner, BobBob Turner D 6 0 1 1 0
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 7 0 1 1 13
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 10 0 1 1 8
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 10 0 0 0 4
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 616 10 8 2 17 1.66 1
Team: 616 10 8 2 17 1.66 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]

Montreal Canadiens 1957 Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]

Roster

  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • 8 Jack LeClair& -Left off the Stanley Cup.
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.

&-Jack LeClair played 47 games for Montreal, qualifying to be on the cup. His name was not included on the Cup, because LeClair was playing in the minors during the playoffs.


Les Canadiens in October

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Highlights with English commentary of all goals in the 1957 Stanley Cup Finals and the Cup presentation.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1956–57 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1956-57 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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