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1967–68 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
East Division Champions
Division 1st East
1967–68 record 42–22–10
Goals for 236
Goals against 167
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Jean Beliveau
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau (31)
Assists Bobby Rousseau (46)
Points Jean Beliveau (68)
Penalties in minutes John Ferguson (117)
Wins Rogatien Vachon (23)
Goals against average Gump Worsley (1.98)
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1966–67 1968–69

The 1967–68 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 59th season of play. The Canadiens finished 1st in the East Division and defeated the St. Louis Blues in the 1968 Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 0 to win their 15th Stanley Cup.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Canadiens held their training camp in Montreal.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

On March 3, 1968, Jean Beliveau joined Gordie Howe as the only players to have 1000 career points.[1]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

East Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 74 42 22 10 236 167 94
New York Rangers 74 39 23 12 226 183 90
Boston Bruins 74 37 27 10 259 216 84
Chicago Black Hawks 74 32 26 16 212 222 80
Toronto Maple Leafs 74 33 31 10 209 176 76
Detroit Red Wings 74 27 35 12 245 257 66

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
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 W October 11, 1967 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 1–0–0
2 W October 14, 1967 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 2–0–0
3 L October 15, 1967 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 2–1–0
4 T October 18, 1967 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 2–1–1
5 W October 19, 1967 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 3–1–1
6 W October 21, 1967 4–2 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 4–1–1
7 T October 26, 1967 1–1 New York Rangers (1967–68) 4–1–2
8 W October 28, 1967 4–1 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 5–1–2
9 L November 1, 1967 0–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 5–2–2
10 L November 4, 1967 1–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 5–3–2
11 T November 5, 1967 1–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 5–3–3
12 L November 8, 1967 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 5–4–3
13 T November 11, 1967 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 5–4–4
14 L November 12, 1967 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 5–5–4
15 W November 15, 1967 5–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 6–5–4
16 L November 18, 1967 1–2 @ Oakland Seals (1967–68) 6–6–4
17 L November 19, 1967 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 6–7–4
18 W November 22, 1967 3–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 7–7–4
19 W November 23, 1967 7–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 8–7–4
20 L November 25, 1967 1–3 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 8–8–4
21 L November 29, 1967 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 8–9–4
22 T November 30, 1967 1–1 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 8–9–5
23 L December 2, 1967 2–3 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 8–10–5
24 L December 3, 1967 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 8–11–5
25 T December 7, 1967 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 8–11–6
26 T December 9, 1967 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 8–11–7
27 L December 10, 1967 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 8–12–7
28 W December 13, 1967 6–2 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 9–12–7
29 W December 16, 1967 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 10–12–7
30 L December 17, 1967 6–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 10–13–7
31 W December 20, 1967 5–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 11–13–7
32 W December 23, 1967 4–2 Oakland Seals (1967–68) 12–13–7
33 L December 25, 1967 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 12–14–7
34 T December 27, 1967 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 12–14–8
35 W December 28, 1967 6–2 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 13–14–8
36 W December 30, 1967 2–0 Oakland Seals (1967–68) 14–14–8
37 T January 3, 1968 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 14–14–9
38 W January 6, 1968 5–2 New York Rangers (1967–68) 15–14–9
39 W January 7, 1968 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 16–14–9
40 W January 10, 1968 4–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 17–14–9
41 W January 11, 1968 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 18–14–9
42 W January 13, 1968 5–1 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 19–14–9
43 W January 17, 1968 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 20–14–9
44 W January 20, 1968 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 21–14–9
45 W January 25, 1968 2–0 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 22–14–9
46 W January 27, 1968 5–2 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 23–14–9
47 W January 30, 1968 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 24–14–9
48 W February 1, 1968 5–2 New York Rangers (1967–68) 25–14–9
49 W February 3, 1968 5–1 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 26–14–9
50 L February 4, 1968 0–3 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 26–15–9
51 W February 7, 1968 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 27–15–9
52 W February 10, 1968 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 28–15–9
53 W February 11, 1968 6–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 29–15–9
54 W February 14, 1968 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 30–15–9
55 W February 15, 1968 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 31–15–9
56 W February 17, 1968 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 32–15–9
57 W February 21, 1968 7–2 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 33–15–9
58 W February 22, 1968 2–1 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 34–15–9
59 L February 24, 1968 1–6 New York Rangers (1967–68) 34–16–9
60 T February 28, 1968 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 34–16–10
61 L March 2, 1968 2–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 34–17–10
62 L March 3, 1968 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 34–18–10
63 W March 5, 1968 6–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 35–18–10
64 W March 6, 1968 2–0 @ Oakland Seals (1967–68) 36–18–10
65 W March 9, 1968 5–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 37–18–10
66 W March 14, 1968 3–1 New York Rangers (1967–68) 38–18–10
67 W March 16, 1968 6–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 39–18–10
68 L March 17, 1968 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 39–19–10
69 W March 20, 1968 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 40–19–10
70 W March 23, 1968 7–4 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 41–19–10
71 W March 24, 1968 7–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 42–19–10
72 L March 27, 1968 0–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 42–20–10
73 L March 30, 1968 1–2 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 42–21–10
74 L March 31, 1968 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 42–22–10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 0[edit | edit source]

The teams last met a decade before in the 1958 Stanley Cup Finals where Montreal prevailed 4 games to 2. The 1968 series was characterized by Montreal taking advantage of chances and then playing excellent defensive hockey to hold leads. Canadiens veteran Gump Worsley outplayed Gerry Cheevers, particularly in Game 3. Bobby Orr was still recovering from the first surgery on his left knee, made few rushes and notched only two assists in the series.

Game 1 at the Montreal Forum was a very rough game where the teams tried to establish a physical edge. The teams' tough men, Boston's Ted Green and Montreal's John Ferguson fought in the first period while rookies Derek Sanderson and Danny Grant fought in the second period. Ken Hodge opening the scoring with his first career playoff goal, equalized by Henri Richard in the first period. Montreal pressed and outshot Boston 35-22 and Claude Provost netted the winner at 14:40 of the third period for a 2-1 Canadiens win.

Game 2 at Montreal was a tamer affair but the Canadiens once again outshot and out chanced the Bruins. In the first period, Jacques Lemaire opened the scoring with his first career playoff goal but Ken Hodge responded. In the second period, Jacques Laperriere scored and then Lemaire's second of the game staked Montreal to a 3-1 lead. With Jean Béliveau and Claude Provost both in the penalty box, Ted Green potted his first career playoff goal on the 5 on 3 Power play to cut the lead to 3-2. In the third period, Dick Duff and John McKenzie traded goals 23 seconds apart. The Bruins fought to tie up the game but Beliveau sealed the Canadiens 5-3 win.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden saw the Bruins out chance the Canadiens, particularly in the first ten minutes of the game. Ed Westfall opened the scoring and Gump Worsley made several excellent saves, particularly on Tom Williams. Jean Beliveau tipped in a Jacques Laperriere shot on the power play to tie the game 1-1. Derek Sanderson took undisciplined penalties at the end of the first period and at 6:50 of the second period which took the pressure off Montreal. On the power play, Claude Provost beat Cheevers with a long, unscreened shot that demoralized the Bruins. After that, the defensemen overcompensated and tried to block all Montreal's shots instead of checking. Dallas Smith failed to block a Ralph Backstrom shot which slide past Cheevers and later in the period, the Bruins were out-manned in front of their net and John Ferguson tapped in a goal mouth pass to make it 4-1. A Tom Williams spinning shot beat Worsley with five seconds left in the second period to make it 4-2. The Bruins pressed in the third period but Worsley was excellent, stopping Williams on a breakaway. Ted Green hit the post on a slap shot from the point and then Dick Duff scored to make it 5-2. The Bruins had few chances after Duff's goal and Montreal took a 3-0 series lead.

Game 4 at Boston was the only game of the series that the Bruins outshot the Canadiens. After a scoreless first period, Ed Westfall opened the scoring 49 seconds into the second period. Claude Larose then took over the game, evening the score at 12:58 of the second period and staking Montreal to a 2-1 lead at 7:20 of the third. He then set up Ralph Backstrom with less than four minutes to play in the game. Ken Hodge made it 3-2 with 1:26 left to play but Montreal hang on to sweep the Bruins in four games.

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

Montreal Canadiens 4, Chicago Black Hawks 0[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 4, St. Louis Blues 0[edit | edit source]

This was the first Stanley Cup after the 1967 expansion. Montreal defeated Boston and Chicago to advance to the finals as the East Division champion. St. Louis would defeat Philadelphia and Minnesota to advance to the finals as the West Division champion.

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 5 Montreal 3 St. Louis 2 OT
May 7 Montreal 1 St. Louis 0
May 9 St. Louis 3 Montreal 4 OT
May 11 St. Louis 2 Montreal 3

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 59 31 37 68 28 9 0 3
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 74 19 46 65 47 7 1 5
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 64 28 32 60 23 7 1 4
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 71 23 28 51 8 7 1 2
Duff, DickDick Duff LW 66 25 21 46 21 6 0 8
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 70 20 25 45 14 3 0 5
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 73 14 30 44 26 2 3 3
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 69 22 20 42 16 3 1 3
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 61 15 18 33 117 0 0 3
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 73 4 26 30 18 1 0 1
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 54 9 19 28 16 2 0 3
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 72 4 21 25 84 1 0 0
Harris, TedTed Harris D 67 5 16 21 78 0 0 1
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 67 2 13 15 34 1 0 0
Redmond, MickeyMickey Redmond RW 41 6 5 11 4 1 0 0
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 57 3 8 11 66 0 0 1
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 42 2 9 11 28 0 0 0
Grant, DannyDanny Grant RW 22 3 4 7 10 0 0 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 31 1 1 2 31 0 0 0
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 12 0 1 1 9 0 0 0
Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan LW 11 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon G 39 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 40 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 2227 39 23 13 2 92 2.48 4
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 2213 40 19 9 8 73 1.98 6
Team: 4440 74 42 22 10 165 2.23 10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 13 6 8 14 4 3 0 1
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 13 7 6 13 6 2 0 2
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 7 4 11 6 3 0 1
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 13 2 8 10 10 1 0 1
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 13 3 6 9 2 0 1 1
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 13 4 4 8 4 1 0 0
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 13 3 5 8 25 0 0 1
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 13 4 3 7 4 0 0 2
Duff, DickDick Duff LW 13 3 4 7 4 0 0 1
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 13 2 4 6 8 0 0 1
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 9 1 5 6 2 0 0 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 12 3 2 5 8 0 0 0
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 13 1 3 4 20 0 0 0
Harris, TedTed Harris D 13 0 4 4 22 0 0 0
Grant, DannyDanny Grant RW 10 0 3 3 5 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 6 2 0 2 0 0 2 1
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 13 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Redmond, MickeyMickey Redmond RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 12 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 672 12 11 0 21 1.88 1
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 113 2 1 1 4 2.12 0
Team: 785 13 12 1 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]

Montreal Canadiens 1968 Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]

Gump Worsley, Rogatien Vachon, Jacques Laperriere, J. C. Tremblay, Ted Harris, Serge Savard, Terry Harper, Carol Vadnais, Jean Beliveau (captain), Gilles Tremblay, Ralph Backstrom, Dick Duff, Claude Larose, Yvan Cournoyer, Claude Provost, Bobby Rousseau, Henri Richard, John Ferguson, Danny Grant, Jacques Lemaire, Mickey Redmond, Toe Blake (coach), Sam Pollock (general manager), Larry Aubut, Eddy Palchak (trainers).

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

For more details on this topic, see 1967 NHL Entry Draft.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 214.
  2. 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 220.
  4. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222.
  • National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.

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