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season card
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
Ottawa Senators 18 12 6 24 71 53
Montreal Canadiens 18 10 8 20 88 78
Toronto Arenas 18 5 13 10 64 92
Season's leaders see the complete stats
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
4 Newsy Lalonde 17 22 10 32
6 Odie Cleghorn 17 22 6 28
5 Didier Pitre 17 14 5 19
11 Jack McDonald 18 8 4 12
7 Joe Malone 8 7 2 9
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
RECORD Record - Goalie record (W-L-T)
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
1 Georges Vézina 18 10-8-0 1 4.19
Season results


The NHL’s second season was another precarious one for the fledgling league. Once again, one of the team’s failed to finish out the entire schedule. The Toronto Arenas ceased operations with 18 of the 20 games on each team’s calendar completed, leaving only the Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators as viable franchises.

The split season once again worked to Montreal’s advantage as they finished the first half with a 7-3 record and, just as they had in 1917-18, slipped to a losing record in the closing half of the season.

The Canadiens scored 88 goals, almost one more per game than their closest opponent, icing the most potent offense in the three-team NHL. Newsy Lalonde captured an offensive trifecta, leading the league in goals, assists and points.

Newcomer Odie Cleghorn, a former Montreal Wanderer, tied Lalonde’s 22-goal output and was runner-up for assists and total points, both on the team and in the NHL. Didier Pitre lit the lamp 14 times and even netminder, Georges Vezina, contributed to his team’s offence, earning the first assist ever credited to an NHL goaltender.

Not to be outdone, the team’s tough guys were also chart-toppers with Joe Hall and Bert Corbeau on the top rungs of the league’s penalty minute ladder.

Even if Ottawa had not finished the second half atop the standings, as the only other team in the league the Senators would have faced the Canadiens in the playoffs.


Scheduled as a best-of-seven affair, the NHL championship series between the only franchises left standing, didn’t go the distance.

Montreal took a stranglehold on the series by capturing the first three games, winning the opener 8-4 and the next two by identical 6-3 scores. Ottawa rallied to take the fourth game before the Canadiens closed things out with a 4-2 victory at home.

Newsy Lalonde, who potted five in the third game, finished the series with 11 goals in the record books. He would also score six of the Canadiens ten goals in the finals against the PCHA champion, Seattle Metropolitans.

Seattle shut out their visitors 7-0 in the first game. Montreal rebounded with a 4-2 win with Lalonde getting all his team’s goals. The third game also saw the Metropolitans open the floodgates and win 7-2.

Vezina and Hap Holmes were perfect throughout regulation in the fourth game. Twenty minutes later, neither had been beaten and the game went into the books as a draw.

Joe Hall was hospitalized during the fifth game, succumbing to the influenza pandemic. His teammates played on to a 4-3 overtime victory but when other players from both teams fell ill, play was halted.

With the interrupted series tied, no winner was declared and the Stanley Cup went unawarded for the first time since its inception in 1893.

The playoffs roadmap
NHL Finals - Ottawa Senators
Date AWAY   HOME  
February 22nd, 1919 OTT 4 MTL 8  
February 27th, 1919 MTL 5 OTT 3  
March 1st, 1919 OTT 3 MTL 6  
March 3rd, 1919 MTL 3 OTT 6  
March 6th, 1919 OTT 2 MTL 4  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1
Stanley Cup Finals - Seattle Metropolitans
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 19th, 1919 MTL 0 SEA 7  
March 22nd, 1919 MTL 4 SEA 2  
March 24th, 1919 MTL 2 SEA 7  
March 26th, 1919 MTL 0 SEA 0  
March 30th, 1919 MTL 4 SEA 3  
Series cancelled due to influenza epidemic