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1976–77 Montreal Canadiens season

The 1976–77 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 68th season. The team is regarded to be the greatest NHL team ever composed. The Canadiens won their 20th Stanley Cup in 1976–77, taking the NHL championship. They set an NHL record for most points in a season by a team with 132 points.[1] They outscored opponents by 216 goals in 80 games for an average of 2.7 goals a game.[1]

Of the 24 players on the roster, 14 were drafted by the Canadiens including: Pierre Bouchard, Rick Chartraw, Brian Engblom, Bob Gainey, Rejean Houle, Guy Lafleur, Michel Larocque, Pierre Mondou, Bill Nyrop, Doug Risebrough, Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, Mario Tremblay, and Murray Wilson. The only player on the roster not developed by the Canadiens was Peter Mahovlich.[1] All six defencemen made it into the Hall of Fame

Offseason

Regular season

Final standings

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 60 8 12 387 171 132
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 31 15 271 241 83
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 34 33 13 240 252 81
Washington Capitals 80 24 42 14 221 307 62
Detroit Red Wings 80 16 55 9 183 309 41
[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game log

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1976 10–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 1–0–0
2 W October 9, 1976 3–0 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 2–0–0
3 L October 10, 1976 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 2–1–0
4 W October 12, 1976 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 3–1–0
5 W October 14, 1976 7–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 4–1–0
6 W October 16, 1976 7–4 New York Rangers (1976–77) 5–1–0
7 L October 17, 1976 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 5–2–0
8 W October 19, 1976 6–0 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 6–2–0
9 W October 21, 1976 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 7–2–0
10 W October 23, 1976 9–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 8–2–0
11 W October 25, 1976 4–1 New York Islanders (1976–77) 9–2–0
12 T October 27, 1976 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 9–2–1
13 L October 30, 1976 3–4 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 9–3–1
14 W November 1, 1976 3–2 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 10–3–1
15 W November 3, 1976 5–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 11–3–1
16 W November 6, 1976 11–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 12–3–1
17 W November 9, 1976 8–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 13–3–1
18 T November 10, 1976 2–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 13–3–2
19 T November 13, 1976 3–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 13–3–3
20 W November 15, 1976 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 14–3–3
21 L November 17, 1976 0–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 14–4–3
22 W November 19, 1976 6–3 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 15–4–3
23 W November 21, 1976 9–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 16–4–3
24 W November 23, 1976 5–1 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 17–4–3
25 W November 24, 1976 8–1 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 18–4–3
26 W November 27, 1976 4–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 19–4–3
27 T December 2, 1976 3–3 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 19–4–4
28 W December 4, 1976 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 20–4–4
29 W December 6, 1976 1–0 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 21–4–4
30 W December 8, 1976 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 22–4–4
31 W December 11, 1976 5–0 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 23–4–4
32 L December 12, 1976 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 23–5–4
33 W December 15, 1976 8–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 24–5–4
34 W December 18, 1976 2–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 25–5–4
35 W December 20, 1976 5–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 26–5–4
36 W December 27, 1976 4–2 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 27–5–4
37 T December 29, 1976 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 27–5–5
38 T December 30, 1976 5–5 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 27–5–6
39 W January 2, 1977 7–0 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 28–5–6
40 W January 3, 1977 6–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 29–5–6
41 W January 6, 1977 9–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 30–5–6
42 W January 8, 1977 7–2 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 31–5–6
43 W January 11, 1977 6–0 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 32–5–6
44 L January 12, 1977 2–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 32–6–6
45 W January 15, 1977 6–0 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 33–6–6
46 L January 17, 1977 3–7 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 33–7–6
47 W January 18, 1977 3–0 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 34–7–6
48 W January 20, 1977 6–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 35–7–6
49 W January 22, 1977 5–2 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 36–7–6
50 T January 23, 1977 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 36–7–7
51 T January 29, 1977 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 36–7–8
52 W January 30, 1977 2–1 New York Islanders (1976–77) 37–7–8
53 W February 1, 1977 7–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 38–7–8
54 W February 3, 1977 6–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 39–7–8
55 T February 5, 1977 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 39–7–9
56 W February 9, 1977 6–0 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 40–7–9
57 W February 12, 1977 8–3 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 41–7–9
58 W February 13, 1977 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 42–7–9
59 T February 16, 1977 4–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 42–7–10
60 W February 19, 1977 5–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 43–7–10
61 W February 21, 1977 3–2 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 44–7–10
62 W February 23, 1977 4–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 45–7–10
63 W February 26, 1977 5–3 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 46–7–10
64 W February 27, 1977 8–1 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 47–7–10
65 W March 1, 1977 5–4 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 48–7–10
66 W March 3, 1977 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 49–7–10
67 W March 5, 1977 7–2 New York Rangers (1976–77) 50–7–10
68 L March 6, 1977 1–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 50–8–10
69 T March 9, 1977 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 50–8–11
70 W March 10, 1977 7–1 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 51–8–11
71 W March 12, 1977 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 52–8–11
72 W March 14, 1977 3–0 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 53–8–11
73 W March 16, 1977 5–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 54–8–11
74 W March 21, 1977 5–1 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 55–8–11
75 W March 24, 1977 6–1 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 56–8–11
76 W March 26, 1977 4–0 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 57–8–11
77 W March 27, 1977 6–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 58–8–11
78 T March 30, 1977 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 58–8–12
79 W April 2, 1977 11–0 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 59–8–12
80 W April 3, 1977 2–1 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 60–8–12

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Playoffs

Stanley Cup Final

Jacques Lemaire scored three game-winning goals, including the Cup winner in overtime. Guy Lafleur won the Conn Smythe Trophy for scoring 9 goals and 17 assists during the playoffs.

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 7 Boston 3 Montreal 7
May 10 Boston 0 Montreal 3
May 12 Montreal 4 Boston 2
May 14 Montreal 2 Boston 1 OT

Montreal wins the series 4–0.

Guy Lafleur won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Player stats

Regular season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 80 56 80 136 20 89 14 0 8
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 80 60 45 105 28 88 8 0 9
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 77 19 66 85 45 120 3 0 3
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 77 25 51 76 53 69 10 0 6
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 75 34 41 75 22 70 5 2 4
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 76 15 47 62 45 36 3 0 1
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 78 22 38 60 132 33 1 0 6
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 60 25 28 53 8 27 6 0 2
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 79 24 28 52 50 30 2 0 5
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 65 22 30 52 24 39 2 0 3
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 74 18 28 46 61 25 4 0 3
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 78 9 33 42 35 79 0 0 1
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 16 22 38 14 30 0 0 2
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 80 14 19 33 41 31 0 1 3
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 60 13 14 27 26 25 1 0 1
Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop D 74 3 19 22 21 42 0 0 1
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 45 5 14 19 18 22 0 1 1
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 73 4 11 15 52 33 0 1 0
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 43 3 4 7 59 27 0 0 1
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 56 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque G 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 3275 56 41 6 8 117 2.14 10
Larocque, MichelMichel Larocque 1525 26 19 2 4 53 2.09 4
Team: 4800 80 60 8 12 170 2.12 14

Playoffs

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 14 9 17 26 6 1 0 2
Lemaire, JacquesJacques Lemaire C 14 7 12 19 6 1 0 3
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 14 8 10 18 2 2 0 3
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 12 3 9 12 4 1 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 14 2 10 12 12 1 0 0
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 13 4 5 9 19 2 0 1
Savard, SergeSerge Savard D 14 2 7 9 2 1 0 1
Wilson, MurrayMurray Wilson LW 14 1 6 7 14 0 0 0
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 14 0 7 7 2 0 0 0
Lambert, YvonYvon Lambert LW 14 3 3 6 12 1 0 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 14 4 1 5 25 0 1 1
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 12 2 3 5 16 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 14 3 0 3 6 0 1 1
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 14 3 0 3 9 0 0 0
Chartraw, RickRick Chartraw D/RW 13 2 1 3 17 0 0 0
Nyrop, BillBill Nyrop D 8 1 0 1 4 0 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 6 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Dryden, KenKen Dryden G 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Polich, MikeMike Polich C/LW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Dryden, KenKen Dryden 849 14 12 2 22 1.55 4
Team: 849 14 12 2 22 1.55 4

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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;

Awards and records

1977 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Champions

Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson, Bill Nyrop, Pierre Bouchard, Jimmy Roberts, Rick Chartraw, Brian Engblom, Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Peter Mahovlich, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Yvon Lambert, Bob Gainey, Doug Jarvis, Doug Risebrough, Murray Wilson, Mario Tremblay, Rejean Houle, Pierre Mondou, Mike Polich, Michel Larocque, Scotty Bowman(coach), Sam Pollock(general manager), Eddy Palchak, Pierre Meilleur (trainers)

Draft picks

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 12 Peter Lee (L)  England/
 Canada
Ottawa 67's (OHA)
1 13 Rod Schutt (L)  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
1 18 Bruce Baker  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHA)

References

  • Canadiens on Hockey Database
  • Canadiens on NHL Reference
  • Canadiens on Hockey Reference
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