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1971–72 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 3rd East
1971–72 record 46-16-16
Goals for 307
Goals against 205
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Yvan Cournoyer (47)
Assists Frank Mahovlich (53)
Points Frank Mahovlich (96)
Penalties in minutes Pete Mahovlich (103)
Wins Ken Dryden (39)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.24)
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1970–71 1972–73

The 1971–72 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 63rd season of play. The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 119
New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 109
Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 108
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 80
Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 76
Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 51
Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 48

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


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 9, 1971 4–4 New York Rangers (1971–72) 0–0–1
2 T October 14, 1971 1–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 0–0–2
3 W October 16, 1971 9–3 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 1–0–2
4 L October 17, 1971 4–8 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 1–1–2
5 W October 20, 1971 4–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 2–1–2
6 W October 22, 1971 6–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 3–1–2
7 W October 23, 1971 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 4–1–2
8 W October 27, 1971 5–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 5–1–2
9 W October 30, 1971 3–0 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 6–1–2
10 L October 31, 1971 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 6–2–2
11 W November 3, 1971 5–1 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 7–2–2
12 W November 6, 1971 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 8–2–2
13 W November 7, 1971 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 9–2–2
14 W November 10, 1971 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 10–2–2
15 W November 13, 1971 5–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 11–2–2
16 T November 14, 1971 2–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 11–2–3
17 W November 16, 1971 7–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 12–2–3
18 T November 18, 1971 2–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 12–2–4
19 T November 20, 1971 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 12–2–5
20 T November 24, 1971 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 12–2–6
21 W November 27, 1971 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 13–2–6
22 L November 28, 1971 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 13–3–6
23 W December 1, 1971 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 14–3–6
24 W December 4, 1971 7–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 15–3–6
25 W December 8, 1971 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 16–3–6
26 W December 11, 1971 4–3 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 17–3–6
27 L December 12, 1971 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 17–4–6
28 W December 15, 1971 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 18–4–6
29 W December 17, 1971 6–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 19–4–6
30 T December 19, 1971 3–3 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 19–4–7
31 W December 22, 1971 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 20–4–7
32 L December 25, 1971 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 20–5–7
33 L December 26, 1971 1–5 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 20–6–7
34 W December 29, 1971 3–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 21–6–7
35 L January 1, 1972 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 21–7–7
36 L January 2, 1972 4–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 21–8–7
37 W January 5, 1972 6–4 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 22–8–7
38 W January 8, 1972 10–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 23–8–7
39 L January 9, 1972 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 23–9–7
40 L January 11, 1972 3–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 23–10–7
41 W January 13, 1972 7–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 24–10–7
42 W January 15, 1972 6–2 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 25–10–7
43 L January 16, 1972 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 25–11–7
44 W January 19, 1972 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 26–11–7
45 L January 22, 1972 5–8 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 26–12–7
46 T January 23, 1972 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 26–12–8
47 L January 27, 1972 5–6 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 26–13–8
48 W January 29, 1972 4–0 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 27–13–8
49 W February 1, 1972 3–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 28–13–8
50 T February 3, 1972 1–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 28–13–9
51 T February 4, 1972 2–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 28–13–10
52 W February 6, 1972 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 29–13–10
53 W February 10, 1972 7–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 30–13–10
54 W February 12, 1972 6–5 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 31–13–10
55 T February 13, 1972 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 31–13–11
56 T February 16, 1972 1–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 31–13–12
57 W February 19, 1972 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 32–13–12
58 W February 20, 1972 4–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 33–13–12
59 L February 22, 1972 3–7 New York Rangers (1971–72) 33–14–12
60 W February 24, 1972 4–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 34–14–12
61 W February 26, 1972 8–1 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 35–14–12
62 W February 27, 1972 5–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 36–14–12
63 W March 1, 1972 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 37–14–12
64 W March 4, 1972 5–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 38–14–12
65 W March 5, 1972 4–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 39–14–12
66 W March 8, 1972 5–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 40–14–12
67 W March 9, 1972 5–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 41–14–12
68 T March 11, 1972 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 41–14–13
69 W March 13, 1972 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 42–14–13
70 W March 15, 1972 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 43–14–13
71 W March 18, 1972 4–3 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 44–14–13
72 L March 19, 1972 6–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 44–15–13
73 T March 22, 1972 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 44–15–14
74 T March 25, 1972 3–3 New York Rangers (1971–72) 44–15–15
75 L March 26, 1972 4–5 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 44–16–15
76 T March 29, 1972 5–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 44–16–16
77 W April 1, 1972 6–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 45–16–16
78 W April 2, 1972 6–5 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 46–16–16

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 4, Montreal Canadiens 2[edit | edit source]

After winning the Stanley Cup the previous season, the Canadiens could not repeat. The Canadiens lost to the New York Rangers in the first round, losing four games to two.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich 76 43 53 96 36 42 14 4 4
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer 73 47 36 83 15 23 18 0 5
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire 77 32 49 81 26 37 8 0 7
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich 75 35 32 67 103 16 7 4 6
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur 73 29 35 64 48 27 5 0 5
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay 76 6 51 57 24 52 3 0 2
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif 75 31 22 53 81 15 9 0 4
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe 69 11 38 49 58 15 4 0 4
Richard, HenriHenri Richard 75 12 32 44 48 10 0 0 1
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose 77 20 18 38 64 9 1 3 4
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle 77 11 17 28 21 9 1 0 1
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere 73 3 25 28 50 36 2 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts 51 7 15 22 53 3 0 3 1
Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau 55 7 10 17 19 4 0 0 2
Harper, TerryTerry Harper 52 2 12 14 35 9 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard 23 1 8 9 16 21 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard 60 3 5 8 39 10 0 0 0
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto 27 3 2 5 22 3 0 0 0
Arnason, ChuckChuck Arnason 17 3 0 3 4 -1 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 64 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 0
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch 11 1 1 2 8 8 0 0 0
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley 16 0 2 2 0 -1 0 0 0
DeJordy, DenisDenis DeJordy 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Comeau, ReyRey Comeau 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gagnon, GermainGermain Gagnon 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hoganson, DaleDale Hoganson 21 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Myre, PhilPhil Myre 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3800 64 39 8 15 142 2.24 8
Myre, PhilPhil Myre 528 9 4 5 0 32 3.64 0
DeJordy, DenisDenis DeJordy 332 7 3 2 1 25 4.52 0
Vachon, RogieRogie Vachon 20 1 0 1 0 4 12.00 0
Team: 4680 78 46 16 16 203 2.60 8

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich 6 3 2 5 2 1 0 0
Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif 6 2 3 5 9 0 0 1
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur 6 1 4 5 2 0 0 0
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer 6 2 1 3 2 0 0 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose 6 2 1 3 23 0 0 0
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire 6 2 1 3 2 0 0 0
Richard, HenriHenri Richard 6 0 3 3 4 0 0 0
Harper, TerryTerry Harper 5 1 1 2 6 0 0 0
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich 6 0 2 2 12 0 0 0
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Murdoch, BobBob Murdoch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard 6 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 360 6 2 4 17 2.83 0
Team: 360 6 2 4 17 2.83 0

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

May 22, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Bobby Sheehan
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
August 31, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Marshall Johnston
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
October, 1971 To California Golden Seals
cash
To Montreal Canadiens
Jocelyn Hardy
October, 1971 To California Golden Seals
cash
To Montreal Canadiens
Mike Laughton
October, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Lyle Carter
John French
To Montreal Canadiens
Randy Rota
October 6, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Ray Martyniuk
To Montreal Canadiens
Tony Featherstone

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

For more details on this topic, see 1971 NHL Entry Draft.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Brief highlights of the 1972 Rangers-Canadiens Quarter-finals, Rangers-Black Hawks Semi-finals, Bruins-Leafs Quarter-finals and Bruins-Blues Semi-finals before highlights of all six games of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1971–72 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  2. 1971-72 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
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