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1973–74 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 2nd East
1973–74 record 45-24-9
Goals for 293
Goals against 240
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Yvan Cournoyer (40)
Assists Frank Mahovlich (49)
Points Frank Mahovlich (80)
Penalties in minutes Pete Mahovlich (122)
Wins Wayne Thomas (23)
Goals against average Wayne Thomas (2.76)
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1972–73 1974–75

The 1973–74 Montreal Canadiens season was the 65th season in team history. The Canadiens finished 2nd in the East Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the New York Rangers 4 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Ken Dryden shocked the hockey world as he sat out the entire 1973–74 season. He had won a Vezina Trophy and helped lead Canada past Russia in the dramatic Hockey Summit of 1972. Despite his bargaining power, most players in Dryden's position would have simply accepted what the Canadiens were giving him. Dryden bolted training camp, while general manager Sam Pollock fumed.[1] Wayne Thomas replaced Dryden as the starting goaltender and appeared in 42 games.[2]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Gregg Sheppard scores the game winner, February 24, 1974.

On March 23, 1974, the Boston Bruins played the Canadiens at home. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Gregg Sheppard and Wayne Cashman set up goals by Dave Forbes and Carol Vadnais. After an Andre Savard slapshot beat Montreal goalie Michel Plasse, Sheppard won a face-off back to Bobby Orr. Plasse kicked out Orr's slapshot to Sheppard who fired it in to cap off a Bruins four goal second period. Jimmy Roberts made it close in the third period, banking in a Murray Wilson centering pass before Phil Esposito scored on a breakaway. Sheppard won another face-off which lead to a Bobby Schmautz tip-in goal, putting the game out of reach for Montreal. Sheppard's four points powered the Bruins to a 6-3 victory.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 78 52 17 9 349 221 113
Montreal Canadiens 78 45 24 9 293 240 99
New York Rangers 78 40 24 14 300 251 94
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 35 27 16 274 230 86
Buffalo Sabres 78 32 34 12 242 250 76
Detroit Red Wings 78 29 39 10 255 319 68
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 43 11 224 296 59
New York Islanders 78 19 41 18 182 247 56

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 Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1973 5–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 1–0–0
2 W October 13, 1973 4–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 2–0–0
3 L October 17, 1973 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 2–1–0
4 L October 20, 1973 2–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 2–2–0
5 W October 21, 1973 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 3–2–0
6 W October 24, 1973 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 4–2–0
7 W October 25, 1973 4–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 5–2–0
8 W October 27, 1973 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 6–2–0
9 T October 31, 1973 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 6–2–1
10 W November 3, 1973 6–2 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 7–2–1
11 T November 4, 1973 1–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 7–2–2
12 W November 7, 1973 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 8–2–2
13 L November 8, 1973 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 8–3–2
14 L November 10, 1973 0–5 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 8–4–2
15 L November 14, 1973 3–4 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 8–5–2
16 W November 17, 1973 8–5 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 9–5–2
17 L November 18, 1973 4–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 9–6–2
18 W November 21, 1973 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 10–6–2
19 W November 24, 1973 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 11–6–2
20 W November 25, 1973 6–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 12–6–2
21 W November 28, 1973 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 13–6–2
22 L December 1, 1973 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 13–7–2
23 W December 2, 1973 3–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 14–7–2
24 W December 6, 1973 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 15–7–2
25 W December 8, 1973 3–1 New York Islanders (1973–74) 16–7–2
26 T December 11, 1973 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 16–7–3
27 T December 14, 1973 2–2 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 16–7–4
28 W December 15, 1973 6–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 17–7–4
29 W December 18, 1973 4–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 18–7–4
30 T December 20, 1973 2–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 18–7–5
31 W December 22, 1973 7–1 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 19–7–5
32 T December 23, 1973 1–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 19–7–6
33 L December 26, 1973 2–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 19–8–6
34 W December 29, 1973 7–1 New York Rangers (1973–74) 20–8–6
35 L January 2, 1974 4–8 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 20–9–6
36 W January 5, 1974 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 21–9–6
37 W January 7, 1974 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 22–9–6
38 W January 10, 1974 8–3 New York Islanders (1973–74) 23–9–6
39 W January 12, 1974 7–3 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 24–9–6
40 L January 15, 1974 1–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 24–10–6
41 W January 17, 1974 6–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 25–10–6
42 L January 19, 1974 0–8 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 25–11–6
43 W January 20, 1974 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 26–11–6
44 W January 23, 1974 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 27–11–6
45 W January 24, 1974 4–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 28–11–6
46 W January 26, 1974 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 29–11–6
47 L February 1, 1974 3–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 29–12–6
48 W February 3, 1974 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 30–12–6
49 W February 5, 1974 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 31–12–6
50 L February 6, 1974 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 31–13–6
51 W February 9, 1974 7–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 32–13–6
52 L February 10, 1974 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 32–14–6
53 L February 13, 1974 2–3 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 32–15–6
54 W February 15, 1974 9–4 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 33–15–6
55 T February 17, 1974 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 33–15–7
56 L February 19, 1974 3–5 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 33–16–7
57 W February 21, 1974 5–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 34–16–7
58 T February 23, 1974 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 34–16–8
59 W February 24, 1974 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 35–16–8
60 W February 26, 1974 6–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 36–16–8
61 W February 28, 1974 7–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 37–16–8
62 L March 2, 1974 3–4 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 37–17–8
63 L March 3, 1974 0–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 37–18–8
64 L March 6, 1974 2–9 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 37–19–8
65 W March 9, 1974 4–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 38–19–8
66 W March 10, 1974 5–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 39–19–8
67 T March 13, 1974 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 39–19–9
68 L March 16, 1974 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 39–20–9
69 W March 17, 1974 4–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 40–20–9
70 L March 20, 1974 6–7 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 40–21–9
71 W March 23, 1974 7–3 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 41–21–9
72 L March 24, 1974 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 41–22–9
73 W March 26, 1974 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 42–22–9
74 W March 29, 1974 4–3 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 43–22–9
75 W March 30, 1974 5–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 44–22–9
76 L April 3, 1974 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 44–23–9
77 W April 6, 1974 6–2 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 45–23–9
78 L April 7, 1974 4–6 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 45–24–9

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

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

The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs in second place, setting up a match-up with the third-place New York Rangers. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens twice at the Forum to win the series four games to two.

  • 4/10/1974 New York Rangers 1 - 4
  • 4/11/1974 New York Rangers 4 - 1
  • 4/13/1974 at New York Rangers 4 - 2
  • 4/14/1974 at New York Rangers 4 - 6
  • 4/16/1974 New York Rangers 2 - 3
  • 4/18/1974 at New York Rangers 2 - 5

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Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 71 31 49 80 47 16 8 2 3
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 67 40 33 73 18 16 10 0 9
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 78 36 37 73 122 42 7 4 7
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 66 29 38 67 10 4 10 0 7
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 73 21 35 56 29 10 3 1 2
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 75 19 36 55 28 7 1 0 3
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 74 23 31 54 34 9 1 2 2
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 71 13 40 53 63 12 5 1 2
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 70 15 20 35 17 19 3 0 1
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 72 17 14 31 26 4 0 0 4
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 78 6 20 26 66 32 0 0 1
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 39 17 7 24 52 11 1 0 1
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 67 8 16 24 39 27 0 1 2
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 67 4 14 18 49 20 1 0 1
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 60 6 10 16 42 5 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 60 1 14 15 25 8 0 0 0
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 42 2 10 12 14 15 0 1 0
Gardner, DaveDave Gardner C 31 1 10 11 2 4 0 0 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 66 3 7 10 34 -9 0 0 0
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 20 1 4 5 18 -3 1 0 0
Wilson, RickRick Wilson D 21 0 2 2 6 8 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 27 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 42 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Goldup, GlennGlenn Goldup RW 6 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse G 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 2410 42 23 12 5 111 2.76 1
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1431 27 15 8 2 69 2.89 0
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse 839 15 7 4 2 57 4.08 0
Team: 4680 78 45 24 9 237 3.04 1

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 6 5 3 8 9 1 0 0
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 6 5 2 7 2 0 0 2
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 6 2 2 4 2 0 0 0
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 6 0 4 4 2 0 0 0
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 6 2 1 3 4 1 0 0
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 6 1 2 3 0 0 0 0
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 6 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 5 0 2 2 11 0 0 0
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 5 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Lefley, ChuckChuck Lefley LW 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 6 0 1 1 26 0 0 0
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 5 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 364 6 2 4 18 2.97 0
Team: 364 6 2 4 18 2.97 0

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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]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

See also: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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