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1940-1941
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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
Boston Bruins 48 27 8 13 67 168 102
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 28 14 6 62 145 99
Detroit Red Wings 48 21 16 11 53 112 102
New York Rangers 48 21 19 8 50 143 125
Chicago Blackhawks 48 16 25 7 39 112 139
Montreal Canadiens 48 16 26 6 38 121 147
New York Americans 48 8 29 11 27 99 186
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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
10 John Quilty 48 18 16 34
11 Joe Benoit 45 16 16 32
6 Toe Blake 48 12 20 32
11 Ray Getliffe 39 15 10 25
12 Murph Chamberlain 45 10 15 25
# #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 Bert Gardiner 42 13-23-6 2 2.75
Season results
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THE REGULAR SEASON

After missing the playoffs twice in the previous four seasons, the time has come for the Canadiens to make some changes before the puck drops for the 1940-41 season.

The franchise is in financial trouble and a group led by Ernest Savard tries to acquire the team. The Canadian Arena Company turns down their offer, which sets off a wave of departures from the organization and Senator Donat Raymond becomes the team’s president. Tommy Gorman, who already manages the Forum, is hired as the Canadiens’ general manager and he hires Dick Irvin, recently fired by Toronto, to replace Pit Lepine behind the bench.

Gorman gets right to work and begins a recruiting drive to improve the lineup, adding players such as Johnny Quilty, Joe Benoit, Elmer Lach and Ken Reardon to the team’s roster.

The final pieces of the puzzle settle into place when Bert Gardiner takes over between the pipes from the duo of Claude Bourque and Wilf Cude and former Toronto forward Murph Chamberlain is brought in to give Montreal’s offense a little more bite.

Surprisingly, it’s the 20-year old, Quilty that sparks the team’s offense, just as his coach had predicted. Prior to the season, Irvin gave a sealed envelope with the name of the player he thought would be named the league’s rookie of the year inside it to a newspaperman who had asked the coach to predict who would claim the award.

At the end of the season, the reporter opens the envelope and to his wonder sees Quilty’s name written on the paper enclosed. Thanks to his 34-point season, Quilty becomes the first Calder Trophy winner in team history.

THE PLAYOFFS

After finishing the regular season in the sixth and final spot for the playoffs, Irvin’s team faces the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.

The series figures to be a real battle between the two teams that each finished the regular season with 16 wins, with just one point separating them in the standings.

As expected, the series is hotly contested as all three games are decided by one goal. The second game, Montreal’s only win of the series, requires two overtime periods to determine the outcome.

The Blackhawks claim the series in front of their fans in the third and final game at Chicago Stadium and advance to the next round.

Despite the quick playoff exit, rookie forward Joe Benoit still manages to score four goals.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Chicago Blackhawks
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 20th, 1941 MTL 1 CHI 2  
March 22nd, 1941 CHI 3 MTL 4  
March 25th, 1941 MTL 2 CHI 3  
Chicago won best-of-three series 2-1