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1925-1926
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TEAM
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 36 24 8 4 52 77 42
Montreal Maroons 36 20 11 5 45 91 73
Pittsburgh Pirates 36 19 16 1 39 82 70
Boston Bruins 36 17 15 4 38 92 85
New York Americans 36 12 20 4 28 68 89
Toronto St.Patricks 36 12 21 3 27 92 114
Montreal Canadiens 36 11 24 1 23 79 108
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# SKATERS
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
7 Howie Morenz 31 23 3 26
4 Aurèle Joliat 35 17 9 26
5 Albert Leduc 32 10 3 13
5 Billy Boucher 34 8 5 13
9 Alfred Lepine 27 9 1 10
# #1 GOALIE
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 Herb Rhéaume 31 10-20-1 0 2.92
Season results
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THE REGULAR SEASON

The 1925-26 season saw the NHL grow to seven teams with three franchises now located in the US. Expansion team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, joined the fray while the relocation of the Hamilton Tigers brought about the New York Americans.

The Canadiens made some major changes, including Billy Coutu taking over the captaincy and Cecil Hart assuming the coaching reins. The biggest change, however, came in the season opener, when an ailing Georges Vezina collapsed and could not complete the game. Vezina, the only man to play goal for the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL died of tuberculosis four months later.

Alphonse “Frenchy” Lacroix, US Olympic hero in the 1924 Winter Games, finished the game in Vezina’s place.  A handful of games later he yielded his post to Herb Rheaume, but neither could adequately replace the greatest goaltender the NHL had yet seen.

Forwards Pit Lepine and Wildor Larochelle broke in with the club that season but with the Howie Morenz line still firing on all cylinders, they saw limited ice time. Albert Leduc, later nicknamed “Battleship” for his devastating body checks, joined Sylvio Mantha on the blue line, giving the fans something to look forward to for years to come.

Although Morenz and Aurele Joliat finished among the five top NHL scorers and their linemate, Billy Boucher who continued playing his usual gritty, two-way game, was not far behind, the Canadiens never really challenged in 1925-26. A late season 12-game losing streak sealed their fate and the Habs finished in dead last, watching from the sidelines as the cross-town Maroons upset the first-place Ottawa Senators for NHL bragging rights and then downed the Victoria Cougars for the Stanley Cup.