1974-75 Montreal Canadiens Season
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1974%E2%80%9375 Montreal Canadiens Season
1974-75 Montreal Canadiens
Norris Division champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 2nd Wales
1974-75 record 47-14-19
Goals for 374
Goals against 225
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Henri Richard
Alternate captains Yvan Cournoyer
Pete Mahovlich
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Lafleur (53)
Assists Pete Mahovlich (82)
Points Guy Lafleur (117)
Penalties in minutes Doug Risebrough (198)
Plus/minus Serge Savard (+71)
Wins Ken Dryden (30)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.69)

The 1974-75 Montreal Canadiens season was the 66th season in team history. The Montreal Canadiens were eliminated in the semi-finals against the Buffalo Sabres four games to two. Henri Richard would play his final season with the club.

Offseason

Frank Mahovlich left the Canadiens, signing with the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association (WHA). Jacques Laperriere retired, he and Scotty Bowman unable to get along.[1]Ken Dryden returned to the club after his law articling.[2]

Regular season

Henri Richard entered his 20th season with the Canadiens, but his health was failing. He played 16 games before fracturing his left ankle on November 13, 1974, in a game against Buffalo and did not play again until the spring.[1]

Guy Lafleur had a break-out season, breaking the Canadiens' goal-scoring record of 50 goals held by Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion. Lafleur finished with 53 goals and 119 points.[2]

Final standings

Norris Division[3]

GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 80 47 14 19 374 225 +149 113
2 Los Angeles Kings 80 42 17 21 269 185 +84 105
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 80 37 28 15 326 289 +37 89
4 Detroit Red Wings 80 23 45 12 259 335 -76 58
5 Washington Capitals 80 8 67 5 181 446 -265 21


Schedule and results

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Player statistics

Regular season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Guy Lafleur RW 70 53 66 119 37 52 15 2 11
Pete Mahovlich C 80 35 82 117 64 41 13 1 3
Jacques Lemaire C 80 36 56 92 20 25 12 0 8
Guy Lapointe D 80 28 47 75 88 46 11 1 0
Yvan Cournoyer RW 76 29 45 74 32 15 11 0 2
Yvon Lambert LW 80 32 35 67 74 26 10 0 3
Steve Shutt LW 77 30 35 65 40 40 3 0 5
Larry Robinson D 80 14 47 61 76 61 1 0 2
Serge Savard D 80 20 40 60 64 71 7 1 2
Doug Risebrough C 64 15 32 47 198 27 2 0 2
Murray Wilson LW 73 24 18 42 44 13 4 0 6
Mario Tremblay RW 63 21 18 39 108 23 0 0 1
Bob Gainey LW 80 17 20 37 49 23 1 0 2
Jim Roberts D/RW 79 5 13 18 52 18 0 2 0
Glen Sather LW 63 6 10 16 44 14 0 1 0
Henri Richard C 16 3 10 13 4 9 0 0 0
Pierre Bouchard D 79 3 9 12 65 24 0 0 0
Don Awrey D 56 1 11 12 58 21 0 0 0
Claude Larose RW 8 1 2 3 6 -2 0 0 0
Chuck Lefley LW 18 1 2 3 4 0 0 0 0
Ken Dryden G 56 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
John Van Boxmeer D 9 0 2 2 0 -1 0 0 0
Glenn Goldup RW 9 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Michel Larocque G 25 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Ron Andruff C 5 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Rick Chartraw D/RW 12 0 0 0 6 -4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Ken Dryden 3320 56 30 9 16 149 2.69 4
Michel Larocque 1480 25 17 5 3 74 3.00 3
Team: 4800 80 47 14 19 223 2.79 7

Playoffs

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Guy Lafleur RW 11 12 7 19 15 4 0 4
Pete Mahovlich C 11 6 10 16 10 1 0 1
Jacques Lemaire C 11 5 7 12 4 1 0 0
Yvan Cournoyer RW 11 5 6 11 4 2 0 0
Guy Lapointe D 11 6 4 10 4 3 1 0
Doug Risebrough C 11 3 5 8 37 0 0 0
Serge Savard D 11 1 7 8 2 0 0 0
Steve Shutt LW 9 1 6 7 4 0 0 0
Yvon Lambert LW 11 4 2 6 0 2 0 0
Bob Gainey LW 11 2 4 6 4 0 0 1
Don Awrey D 11 0 6 6 12 0 0 0
Jim Roberts D/RW 11 2 2 4 2 0 0 0
Larry Robinson D 11 0 4 4 27 0 0 0
Henri Richard C 6 1 2 3 4 0 0 0
Murray Wilson LW 5 0 3 3 4 0 0 0
Glen Sather LW 11 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Pierre Bouchard D 10 0 2 2 10 0 0 0
Mario Tremblay RW 11 0 1 1 7 0 0 0
Ken Dryden G 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Ken Dryden 688 11 6 5 29 2.53 2
Team: 688 11 6 5 29 2.53 2

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Note:
Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Playoffs

The Canadiens' first round opponent was the Vancouver Canucks and the Canadiens won the series in five games to advance to the semi-finals against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres defeated the Canadiens in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup final. The Sabres' checkers were able to shut down the Canadiens' top scorers, while the Canadiens' checkers were not able to contain the Sabres' French Connection line.[2]

Awards and records

Transactions

Following the 1975 playoffs, Henri Richard retired after 20 NHL seasons. Having been the Canadiens captain since 1971, he was succeeded in that post by Yvan Cournoyer.

Roster

Draft picks

NHL Draft

= NHL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 5 Cam Connor  Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
1 7 Doug Risebrough  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
1 10 Rick Chartraw  United States Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
1 12 Mario Tremblay  Canada Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (OMJHL)
1 15 Gord McTavish  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OMJHL)
2 30 Gary MacGregor  Canada Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
2 33 Gilles Lupien  Canada Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (QMJHL)
3 51 Marty Howe  United States Houston Aeros (WHA)
4 61 Barry Legge  Canada Winnipeg Clubs (WCHL)
4 69 Mike McKegney  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
6 105 John Stewart  Canada Bowling Green University (CCHA)
7 123 Joe Micheletti  United States University of Minnesota (WCHA)
8 140 Jamie Hislop  Canada University of New Hampshire (ECAC)
9 157 Gordon Stewart  Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL)
10 172 Chuck Luksa  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
11 187 Cliff Cox  Canada University of New Hampshire (ECAC)
12 199 Dave Lumley  Canada University of New Hampshire (ECAC)
13 209 Mike Hobin  Canada Hamilton Fincups (OMJHL)

Farm teams

References

  1. ^ a b Jenish(2008), p. 220.
  2. ^ a b c Jenish(2008), p. 221.
  3. ^ "1974-1975 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  4. ^ "1974-75 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "1974-75 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved . 

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