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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
Montreal Canadiens 44 22 7 15 59 71 43
New York Americans 44 19 13 12 50 53 53
Toronto Maple Leafs 44 21 18 5 47 85 69
Ottawa Senators 44 14 17 13 41 54 67
Montreal Maroons 44 15 20 9 39 67 65
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
7 Howie Morenz 42 17 10 27
4 Aurèle Joliat 44 12 5 17
2 Sylvio Mantha 44 9 4 13
5 Albert Leduc 43 9 2 11
6 Art Gagné 44 7 3 10
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 George Hainsworth 44 22-7-15 22 0.92
Season results


The 1928-29 regular season stands out as one of the most successful in Canadiens history. Leading the pack almost from the outset they lost only seven games, finished atop the Canadian Division for a second consecutive season and added a few lines that are still in the NHL record book.

Swept up in a league-wide drought that had only two NHLers bury 20 pucks, Howie Morenz’s 27 points put him in third spot in the scoring race, the only Hab to place among league leaders in any offensive category.

While the offence may have faltered, dropping from 116 to 71 goals, fifth in the NHL, Montreal’s strength came in its own end. Sylvio Mantha, and Albert Leduc, both tough, hard-hitting rearguards, showed significant offensive skills with nine goals each. Second-year man, Marty Burke, also at home when things got rough, spelled the pair for what little time they weren’t on the ice.

No matter how you crunch the numbers, George Hainsworth, standing tall at 5-foot-6 and weighing in at all of 150 pounds, had a season for the ages. He allowed 43 goals all year and shut out his opponents on 22 nights, exactly half the games on the schedule and posted a goals against average of 0.92.

The Canadiens finished the season with an eight-game undefeated run, allowing only three goals and shutting out their opponents five times. The first postseason adversary would be the Boston Bruins.


The NHL had a new playoff configuration for the 1929 postseason. The division leaders met in a best-of-five semi-final while the second and third place finishers met in two series to determine the other Stanley Cup finalist.

Facing their American Division regular season counterpart, the Canadiens came up against the Boston Bruins, a team that had scored 17 more regular season goals and was almost as stingy when it came to giving them up.

The best-of-five contest, played while the Rangers faced the Americans and Toronto met Detroit in quarterfinal action, gave Boston home ice advantage for the first two games.

Hainsworth held the Bruins to a single goal in each road game but his teammates failed to light the lamp at the other end of the ice and the series reverted to the Forum, with Boston holding a 2-0 lead.

Playing in front of hometown fans in the third game, Aurel Joliat scored one goal and assisted on another but the Bruins potted three on the night, sweeping the series before moving on to defeat the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 19th, 1929 MTL 0 BOS 1  
March 21st, 1929 MTL 0 BOS 1  
March 23rd, 1929 BOS 3 MTL 2  
Boston won best-of-five series 3-0