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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
New York Rangers 48 29 17 2 60 177 143
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 27 18 3 57 158 136
Boston Bruins 48 25 17 6 56 160 118
Chicago Blackhawks 48 22 23 3 47 145 155
Detroit Red Wings 48 19 25 4 42 140 147
Montreal Canadiens 48 18 27 3 39 134 173
Brooklyn Americans 48 16 29 3 35 133 175
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
6 Toe Blake 48 17 28 45
11 Joe Benoit 46 20 16 36
4 Terry Reardon 33 17 17 34
9 Charlie Sands 38 11 16 27
11 Ray Getliffe 45 11 15 26
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 Paul Bibeault 38 17-19-2 1 3.30
Season results


The 1941-42 season is marked by uncertainty for the Canadiens when Frank Patrick, the team’s governor and primary investor, suffers a heart attack. Patrick decides to sell his shares to other investors and the team comes very close to being moved to Cleveland.

Thanks to the dedicated work of general manager Tommy Gorman, the Canadiens not only stay put in Montreal but are able, once again, to add impact players to their lineup, as they did the season before.

This time it’s defenseman Emile Bouchard and center Buddy O’Connor who join the team. In goal, rookie Paul Bibeault takes over the starting job from the struggling Bert Gardiner.

Bibeault’s outings are, while frequently spectacular, often inconsistent. All the same, he still manages to record 17 of the Canadiens’ 18 wins during the regular season.

On offense, Joe Benoit develops into a 20-goal scorer, becoming the first Canadiens player to achieve that feat since Toe Blake in 1938-39. Benoit finishes the regular season tied for seventh among the league’s leading goal scorers.

Blake finishes with 45 points in 48 games to lead the team in scoring ahead of Benoit’s 36 points. Rookie O’Connor posts an impressive 25 points in 36 games.


After finishing in sixth place, the final qualifying spot for the playoffs, for a second year in a row, the Canadiens face the fifth-place Detroit Red Wings in the opening round.

The Red Wings claim the first game of the series with a 2-1 win before Montreal roars back in the second game, a 5-0 victory as rookie goalie Bibeault claims his first career playoff shutout.

Detroit bounces back at home to claim the series with a 6-2 win in the decisive third game. Despite the loss, Bibeault’s showing between the pipes is promising. Terry Reardon has two goals and two assists in three games.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Detroit Red Wings
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 22nd, 1942 MTL 1 DET 2  
March 24th, 1942 DET 0 MTL 5  
March 26th, 1942 MTL 2 DET 6  
Detroit won best-of-three series 2-1