|1970–71 Montreal Canadiens · NHL|
|Stanley Cup Champions|
|General Manager||Sam Pollock|
|Coach||Claude Ruel (Oct-Dec) |
|Goals||Yvan Cournoyer (37)|
|Assists||Jean Beliveau (51)|
|Points||Jean Beliveau (76)|
|Penalties in minutes||Pete Mahovlich (181)|
|Wins||Rogatien Vachon (23)|
|Goals against average||Rogatien Vachon (2.64)|
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The 1970–71 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 62nd season. The Canadiens finished 3rd in the East Division and defeated the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1971 Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 3 to win their 17th Stanley Cup.
- 1 Regular Season
- 2 Playoffs
- 3 Player Stats
- 4 Transactions
- 5 Awards and Records
- 6 1971 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Champions
- 7 Draft Picks
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Video
- 10 References
The first meeting of the season between the Boston Bruins and the Canadiens on November 8 saw plenty of rough play. Eleven penalties were called in the first 19 minutes of the first period. With the Bruins leading 3-1, a wild melee broke out in the last minute that turned into a bench-clearing brawl. With multiple fights going on, Derek Sanderson and Claude Larose got into it on the Canadiens bench. Fans got involved in the fight which the police rushed to stop. Incensed, more Montreal players waded into the crowd, throwing punches. Police restored order and amazingly, no misconduct penalties were assessed. Each team received three fighting majors and in the penalty-free second period, Dallas Smith made it 4-1 Bruins, resulting in Rogatien Vachon being pulled. Boston added two more in the third period for a 6-1 drubbing in which Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito both had three points.
On December 5, the Bruins played in Montreal. The Canadiens were in disarray, having fired coach Claude Ruel in response to John Ferguson and Ralph Backstrom complaining about Ruel's leadership and retiring. Al MacNeil was behind the bench, Ferguson and Backstrom were coaxed out of retirement but the Canadiens were missing Jean Béliveau, Yvan Cournoyer and Jacques Laperriere for the game. The Bruins took advantage early, with Wayne Cashman scoring on a goal mouth scramble from a Phil Esposito shot. The Habs tied it up at 13:30 but Derek Sanderson restored the lead 14 seconds later. Esposito scored the eventual game winner late in the second period. Nursing a thigh injury, Bobby Orr didn't play in the third period but excellent team defense and a Ken Hodge empty-netter, assisted by Esposito, saw the Bruins win 4-2.
Before the January 24 game versus Boston, "Ted Green Night" was celebrated. With Green's family present, including his three young children, he was showered with gifts and tributes including a new car, an addition to his home and a plaque from Canadiens captain Jean Béliveau. Green spoke and was extremely emotional, thankful for being able to return from the horrific skull injury inflicted upon him in the 1969-70 pre-season. Fittingly, the Bruins defeated the Habs 4-2.
On February 11, 1971, Jean Béliveau became the fourth player to score 500 career goals.
|New York Rangers||78||49||18||11||259||177||109|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||78||37||33||8||248||211||82|
|Detroit Red Wings||78||22||45||11||209||308||55|
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.
|Regular Season Results|
|1||W||October 11, 1970||2–1||@ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71)||1–0–0|
|2||W||October 13, 1970||4–3||Detroit Red Wings (1970–71)||2–0–0|
|3||W||October 15, 1970||3–0||@ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71)||3–0–0|
|4||W||October 17, 1970||6–2||Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71)||4–0–0|
|5||L||October 18, 1970||0–1||@ New York Rangers (1970–71)||4–1–0|
|6||L||October 21, 1970||1–3||Minnesota North Stars (1970–71)||4–2–0|
|7||W||October 24, 1970||3–1||Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71)||5–2–0|
|8||T||October 25, 1970||3–3||@ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71)||5–2–1|
|9||L||October 28, 1970||2–6||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71)||5–3–1|
|10||W||October 31, 1970||6–3||Vancouver Canucks (1970–71)||6–3–1|
|11||W||November 4, 1970||4–3||@ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71)||7–3–1|
|12||W||November 7, 1970||11–2||Buffalo Sabres (1970–71)||8–3–1|
|13||L||November 8, 1970||1–6||@ Boston Bruins (1970–71)||8–4–1|
|14||L||November 11, 1970||0–2||@ California Golden Seals (1970–71)||8–5–1|
|15||T||November 14, 1970||1–1||@ St. Louis Blues (1970–71)||8–5–2|
|16||T||November 15, 1970||2–2||@ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71)||8–5–3|
|17||W||November 17, 1970||5–1||California Golden Seals (1970–71)||9–5–3|
|18||W||November 19, 1970||5–1||Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71)||10–5–3|
|19||L||November 21, 1970||4–5||New York Rangers (1970–71)||10–6–3|
|20||L||November 25, 1970||3–5||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71)||10–7–3|
|21||W||November 28, 1970||5–1||Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71)||11–7–3|
|22||L||November 29, 1970||3–5||@ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71)||11–8–3|
|23||T||December 2, 1970||3–3||@ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71)||11–8–4|
|24||W||December 3, 1970||6–3||St. Louis Blues (1970–71)||12–8–4|
|25||L||December 5, 1970||2–4||Boston Bruins (1970–71)||12–9–4|
|26||L||December 9, 1970||0–4||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71)||12–10–4|
|27||W||December 10, 1970||6–1||Minnesota North Stars (1970–71)||13–10–4|
|28||W||December 12, 1970||8–1||Los Angeles Kings (1970–71)||14–10–4|
|29||T||December 16, 1970||1–1||@ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71)||14–10–5|
|30||W||December 18, 1970||4–3||@ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71)||15–10–5|
|31||L||December 20, 1970||2–7||@ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71)||15–11–5|
|32||T||December 23, 1970||2–2||@ St. Louis Blues (1970–71)||15–11–6|
|33||T||December 26, 1970||4–4||Buffalo Sabres (1970–71)||15–11–7|
|34||W||December 27, 1970||4–2||@ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71)||16–11–7|
|35||T||December 30, 1970||3–3||Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71)||16–11–8|
|36||W||January 2, 1971||5–3||California Golden Seals (1970–71)||17–11–8|
|37||L||January 3, 1971||5–6||@ New York Rangers (1970–71)||17–12–8|
|38||W||January 6, 1971||7–3||Vancouver Canucks (1970–71)||18–12–8|
|39||W||January 9, 1971||1–0||Los Angeles Kings (1970–71)||19–12–8|
|40||L||January 10, 1971||2–3||Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71)||19–13–8|
|41||T||January 14, 1971||3–3||@ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71)||19–13–9|
|42||W||January 16, 1971||4–2||Boston Bruins (1970–71)||20–13–9|
|43||T||January 17, 1971||4–4||@ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71)||20–13–10|
|44||T||January 21, 1971||5–5||@ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71)||20–13–11|
|45||W||January 23, 1971||6–2||Detroit Red Wings (1970–71)||21–13–11|
|46||L||January 24, 1971||2–4||@ Boston Bruins (1970–71)||21–14–11|
|47||W||January 27, 1971||4–2||St. Louis Blues (1970–71)||22–14–11|
|48||L||January 30, 1971||4–5||Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71)||22–15–11|
|49||L||January 31, 1971||1–4||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71)||22–16–11|
|50||W||February 2, 1971||5–2||@ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71)||23–16–11|
|51||W||February 5, 1971||3–2||@ California Golden Seals (1970–71)||24–16–11|
|52||L||February 6, 1971||3–6||@ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71)||24–17–11|
|53||W||February 9, 1971||4–1||Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71)||25–17–11|
|54||W||February 11, 1971||6–2||Minnesota North Stars (1970–71)||26–17–11|
|55||W||February 13, 1971||5–2||California Golden Seals (1970–71)||27–17–11|
|56||W||February 17, 1971||3–0||New York Rangers (1970–71)||28–17–11|
|57||W||February 20, 1971||7–1||Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71)||29–17–11|
|58||T||February 22, 1971||3–3||@ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71)||29–17–12|
|59||W||February 24, 1971||5–2||@ California Golden Seals (1970–71)||30–17–12|
|60||W||February 25, 1971||5–3||@ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71)||31–17–12|
|61||W||February 27, 1971||3–2||St. Louis Blues (1970–71)||32–17–12|
|62||L||March 3, 1971||0–4||@ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71)||32–18–12|
|63||W||March 6, 1971||8–2||Los Angeles Kings (1970–71)||33–18–12|
|64||W||March 7, 1971||4–1||@ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71)||34–18–12|
|65||T||March 9, 1971||3–3||Vancouver Canucks (1970–71)||34–18–13|
|66||L||March 10, 1971||1–2||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71)||34–19–13|
|67||L||March 13, 1971||1–4||Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71)||34–20–13|
|68||W||March 14, 1971||5–1||@ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71)||35–20–13|
|69||L||March 16, 1971||2–6||@ St. Louis Blues (1970–71)||35–21–13|
|70||W||March 18, 1971||4–1||Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71)||36–21–13|
|71||W||March 20, 1971||5–2||Buffalo Sabres (1970–71)||37–21–13|
|72||W||March 21, 1971||6–2||@ New York Rangers (1970–71)||38–21–13|
|73||W||March 24, 1971||5–3||Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71)||39–21–13|
|74||W||March 27, 1971||9–2||Detroit Red Wings (1970–71)||40–21–13|
|75||W||March 28, 1971||2–1||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71)||41–21–13|
|76||L||March 31, 1971||3–6||Boston Bruins (1970–71)||41–22–13|
|77||W||April 3, 1971||7–2||New York Rangers (1970–71)||42–22–13|
|78||L||April 4, 1971||2–7||@ Boston Bruins (1970–71)||42–23–13|
Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 3
The Bruins and Canadiens faced each other in the playoffs for the fifteenth time, having last met in the 1969 Semi-finals where Montreal won in six games. Having shattered nearly ever team record in the regular season, the Bruins were heavy favorites to take the series. A comeback from a four goal deficit in Game 2 led by Jean Béliveau and outstanding goaltending by rookie Ken Dryden in several games resulted in Montreal upsetting Boston four games to three.
Game 1 at the Boston Garden saw Gerry Cheevers start in goal for the Bruins and Ken Dryden for the Canadiens. Boston soundly beat Montreal 7-2 in the last game of the regular season with Phil Myre in net so the Habs turned to Dryden, despite him only having played six NHL games. The game was a goaltenders duel which Cheevers won, stopping 30 shots to Dryden's 39. Bobby Orr opened the scoring with a precise slapshot from the point at 3:57 of the first period on the power play. Montreal responded with a power play goal of their own by John Ferguson early in the second period. Wayne Cashman scored the game winner near the halfway point of the period before Fred Stanfield added an insurance goal at 8:47 of the third period as the Bruins won 3-1.
Game 2 at Boston saw Bruins coach Tom Johnson start Eddie Johnston in net. Given Cheevers' excellent performance in Game 1, many questioned the move, especially after Montreal executed one of the largest comebacks in NHL playoff history. After Yvan Cournoyer scored at 3:32 of the first period, Bobby Orr tied it up a minute later with a one-timer slapshot from the slot. Ted Green made it 2-1 Bruins in the next minute on a give and go with Ken Hodge. In the second period, Boston broke the game open with goals by John McKenzie, Wayne Cashman and Derek Sanderson, all of which Orr assisted on. Before the period ended, Henri Richard stripped Orr of the puck at the Boston blueline and deked Johnston to make it 5-2 Bruins. Jean Beliveau poked in a rebound on the power play early in the third period before scoring his second goal at little over a minute later to make it 5-4 Bruins. At 9:59, Ken Hodge's weak pass back to the point was picked off by Jacques Lemaire who scored on a breakaway to tie the game. John Ferguson gave Montreal the lead with a close-in one-timer before Frank Mahovlich scored on a breakaway to give the Canadiens a shocking 7-5 win. Ed Johnston couldn't be faulted for any of the goals against. Loose defensive coverage, especially by Derek Sanderson's line, who were a combined -10, resulted in the loss.
Game 3 at the Montreal Forum was a tight-checking match filled with penalties, 17 total were called. Despite the many manpower advantages, no power play goals were scored. Cheevers was back in the net for the Bruins but he was outplayed by Dryden who faced 38 shots. After Phil Esposito opened the scoring 29 seconds in, the parade to the penalty box started, which included a fight between Ted Green and Peter Mahovlich. Frank Mahovlich tied the score 4:04 into the second period before Jacques Laperriere put Montreal ahead at 12:05. Boston had several power plays after Laperriere's goal but couldn't take advantage. No power plays resulted in the third period in which Frank Mahovlich scored his second of the game to give Montreal a 3-1 victory and a two games to one lead in the series.
Game 4 at Montreal saw Bobby Orr give one of his best single game performances. As with Game 3, the first two periods were filled with penalties, with 19 called. Frank Mahovlich scored the only goal of the first period, on the power play at 5:30. Orr tied the game at 11:01 of the second period on an amazing play. Dryden came out of the net and poked the puck into the corner, which caromed into the air parallel to the goal line. Orr swatted the puck mid-air, which bounced through Dryden's legs, hit the post and went in. Mike Walton put the Bruins up 2-1 on the power play late in the period. In the third period, Orr's one-timer from the point made it 3-1 Boston, 37 seconds in. Yvan Cournoyer made it close at 6:13 but Fred Stanfield scored an insurance goal at 17:21. With Don Awrey in the box for the only penalty of the third period, Montreal pulled Dryden for an extra attacker. Orr scored a short handed, empty net goal with 3 seconds left to seal Boston's 5-2 win. His Hat trick was only the second in NHL playoff history by a defenseman to that point, George Boucher having scored the first in the 1921 NHL Championship.
Game 5 at Boston was dominated by the Bruins, driven by another great performance from Bobby Orr. Wayne Cashman opened the scoring in the game's first minute before Yvan Cournoyer tied it up at 5:38. Orr then assisted on goals by Phil Esposito and Mike Walton. In the second period, John McKenzie staked Boston to a 4-1 lead before taking a penalty at 16:59. Orr grabbed the puck in the neutral zone, rushed around the Habs net and fed a backhand to Ed Westfall who scored a shorthanded goal to make it 5-1 Bruins. Goals by Frank Mahovlich and John Ferguson early in the third period cut the lead to 5-3. Unlike Game 2, the Bruins prevented a comeback with the first goals of the series from John Bucyk and Ken Hodge. Boston's 7-3 win saw them out shoot Montreal by a wide margin, 56-27, and take a three games to two lead in the series.
Game 6 at Montreal was the only game the Canadiens dominated in the series as they out shot the Bruins 43-32. Montreal goals by Peter Mahovlich and Henri Richard were countered by Phil Esposito and Fred Stanfield as the game reached the halfway mark. Montreal broke the game open with goals by Jacques Lemaire, J.C. Tremblay and then Richard and Mahovlich's second goals of the game. Derek Sanderson got one back with less than four minutes to go in the game before Marc Tardif and Jacques Laperriere completed the 8-3 rout and tied the series at three games each.
Game 7 at Boston saw Ken Dryden play his best game of the series as the Bruins out shot the Canadiens 48-34. Ken Hodge opened the scoring at 6:50 of the first period after picking off a clearing pass and firing a shot past Dryden's glove. At 14:48, Frank Mahovlich knocked a pass out of mid-air past Cheevers to tie the game before Réjean Houle scored his first career playoff goal by tipping in a Peter Mahovlich slapshot. J.C. Tremblay scored the only goal of the second period, firing a shot over Cheever's glove. Frank Mahovlich scored 14 seconds into the third period after Jacques Lemaire stripped Orr of the puck at the Bruins blueline. Fred Stanfield cut the lead to 4-2 less than a minute later but despite peppering Dryden with shots, the Canadiens held on for a 4-2 win to take the series.
|1||April 7||Montreal Canadiens||1-3||Boston Bruins||0-1|
|2||April 8||Montreal Canadiens||7-5||Boston Bruins||1-1|
|3||April 10||Boston Bruins||1-3||Montreal Canadiens||1-2|
|4||April 11||Boston Bruins||5-2||Montreal Canadiens||2-2|
|5||April 13||Montreal Canadiens||3-7||Boston Bruins||2-3|
|6||April 15||Boston Bruins||3-8||Montreal Canadiens||3-3|
|7||April 18||Montreal Canadiens||4-2||Boston Bruins||4-3|
Montreal Canadiens 4, Minnesota North Stars 2
|1||W||April 20, 1971||7–2||Minnesota North Stars||1–0|
|2||L||April 22, 1971||3–6||Minnesota||1–1|
|3||W||April 24, 1971||6–3||@ Minnesota||2–1|
|4||L||April 25, 1971||2–5||@ Minnesota||2–2|
|5||W||April 27, 1971||6–1||Minnesota||3–0|
|6||W||April 29, 1971||3–2||@ Minnesota||4–2|
Montreal Canadiens 4, Chicago Black Hawks 3
- Frank and Peter Mahovlich starred for the Canadiens, scoring nine goals in the seven game final series. Ken Dryden debuted for the Canadiens, while this was Jean Beliveau's last Final series appearance. He ended his career with ten championships. Brothers
|1||L||May 4, 1971||1–2 (OT)||@ Chicago Black Hawks||0–1|
|2||L||May 6, 1971||3–5||@ Chicago||0–2|
|3||W||May 9, 1971||4–2||Chicago||1–2|
|4||L||May 11, 1971||5–2||Chicago||2–2|
|5||L||May 13, 1971||0–2||@ Chicago||2–3|
|6||W||May 16, 1971||4–3||Chicago||3–3|
|7||W||May 18, 1971||3–2||@ Chicago||4–3|
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
|May 22, 1970||To Oakland Seals
|To Montreal Canadiens|
|May 22, 1970||To Oakland Seals
1st round pick in 1970 (Chris Oddleifson)
|To Montreal Canadiens|
1st round pick in 1971 (Guy Lafleur)
|May 22, 1970||To Los Angeles Kings
|To Montreal Canadiens|
|January 13, 1971||To Detroit Red Wings
|To Montreal Canadiens|
Awards and Records
- Conn Smythe Trophy: Ken Dryden
- J.C. Tremblay, Defense, NHL First Team All-Star
- Yvan Cournoyer, Right Wing, NHL Second Team All-Star
1971 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Champions
Ken Dryden, Rogie Vachon, Jacques Laperriere, J. C. Tremblay, Guy Lapointe, Terry Harper, Pierre Bouchard, Jean Beliveau, Marc Tardif, Yvan Cournoyer, Rejean Houle, Claude Larose, Henri Richard, Phil Roberto, Peter Mahovlich, Leon Rochefort, John Ferguson, Bobby Sheehan, Jacques Lemaire, Frank Mahovlich, Bob Murdoch, Chuck Lefley, Al MacNeil (coach), Sam Pollock (general manager).
- For more details on this topic, see 1970 NHL Amateur Draft.
Five minutes of coverage of the Bruins-Canadiens bench-clearing brawl during the last minute of the first period, November 8, 1970.
Highlights of the goals from the Bruins-Canadiens Game 2 of the 1971 Quarter-finals on April 8, 1971.
Highlights from the Bruins-Canadiens Game 7, Canadiens-North Stars Game 6 and Canadiens-Black Hawks Game 7 from the 1971 Stanley Cup playoffs.
- National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 214, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.
- 1970-71 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
|Franchise||Franchise • Original Six • Players • Coaches • General Managers • Seasons • Records • Draft Picks • Award Winners|
|Arenas||Jubilee Arena • Montreal Arena • Mount Royal Arena • Montreal Forum • Bell Centre|
|Affiliates||Laval Rocket (AHL)|
|1970–71 NHL season by team|
|East||Boston • Buffalo • Detroit • Montreal • New York • Toronto • Vancouver|
|West||California • Chicago • Los Angeles • Minnesota • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh • St. Louis|
|See also||1970 NHL Amateur Draft • All-Star Game • 1971 Stanley Cup Finals|