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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
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
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 24 14 9 1 29 77 54
Montreal Canadiens 24 13 9 2 28 73 61
Toronto St.Patricks 24 13 10 1 27 82 88
Hamilton Tigers 24 6 18 0 12 81 100
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
5 Billy Boucher 24 24 7 31
6 Odie Cleghorn 24 19 6 25
4 Aurèle Joliat 24 12 9 21
2 Sprague Cleghorn 24 9 8 17
3 Billy Coutu 24 5 2 7
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 24 13-9-2 2 2.46
Season results


The 1922-23 NHL campaign began and ended in controversy for the Montreal Canadiens, but the season also brought an end to the team’s three-year playoff drought.

In a widely discussed move early in the fall, veteran Newsy Lalonde was shipped to Saskatoon of the Western Canada Hockey League, becoming the team’s player-coach. In exchange, Montreal received the professional rights to a promising young amateur named Aurel Joliat.

With the captaincy passing to the mercurial Sprague Cleghorn, the Canadiens scoring dipped in 1922-23, the team’s 73 goals trailing the other three NHL squads. Three players – Billy Boucher with 23, Odie Cleghorn (19) and rookie Aurele Joliat (13) accounted for over two thirds of the team’s offensive output. Didier Pitre, a key member of the team since its 1909-10 debut, retired at season’s end.

On the defensive side of things, captain Cleghorn and fellow tough guy Billy Coutu handled the bulk of the blue line responsibilities. Goaltender Georges Vezina registered his stingiest season between the pipes since Montreal joined the NHL, posting a 2.46 goals-against average as the Habs allowed over a half goal less per game than in the previous year.

A powerhouse in the familiar Mount Royal Arena where they lost only two of the dozen games they played, the Canadiens’ road record was almost exactly the reverse. Despite their road woes, they challenged for first place for most of the season, their 13-7-2 record leaving them in second spot, a single point behind the Ottawa Senators but in the postseason for the first time in four years.


A powerhouse at home that had a difficult time winning on the road, the Canadiens reversed their regular season trend in the playoffs. Montreal dropped the first game of the two-game total point series, shutout 2-0 by the Ottawa Senators.

Team captain, Sprague Cleghorn, and veteran defenseman Billy Coutu spent the evening assaulting their opponents at every opportunity. Their excessive zeal earned them a sum of 29 minutes in penalty time and provoked calls that criminal charges be laid. The two were suspended for the second game, not by NHL president Frank Calder, but by Canadiens coach, GM and owner, Leo Dandurand, as disgusted as the rest of the hockey world by his players’ unsportsmanlike display.

Deprived of their blue line stalwarts – one of them the team’s captain – and playing before a decidedly hostile Ottawa crowd, the Canadiens rose to the challenge, taking a two-goal lead and giving the few fans who made the 90-mile journey to the nation’s capital hope that they might prevail.

Cy Denneny’s marker, Ottawa’s only goal, gave the Senators a 3-2 scoring edge and a trip west as the NHL’s Stanley Cup hopeful. They returned as champions for the third time in four years after defeating both the Vancouver Millionaires and the Edmonton Eskimos.

The playoffs roadmap
NHL Finals - Ottawa Senators
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 7th, 1923 OTT 2 MTL 0  
March 9th, 1923 MTL 2 OTT 1  
Ottawa won total-goals series 3-2