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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 50 38 8 4 80 228 121
Detroit Red Wings 50 31 14 5 67 218 161
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 24 22 4 52 183 161
Boston Bruins 50 16 30 4 36 179 219
Chicago Blackhawks 50 13 30 7 33 141 194
New York Rangers 50 11 29 10 32 154 247
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
16 Elmer Lach 50 26 54 80
9 Maurice Richard 50 50 23 73
6 Toe Blake 49 29 38 67
10 Bud O'Connor 50 21 23 44
5 Dutch Hiller 48 20 16 36
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 Bill Durnan 50 38-8-4 1 2.42
Season results


The 1944-45 season belongs to the Punch Line. Maurice Richard continues his outstanding play and scores 50 goals in 50 games, smashing Joe Malone’s single season record of 44 goals that had stood since 1917-18. After Richard’s 45th goal, Malone himself presents the Rocket with the milestone puck.

It is Elmer Lach, however, who wins the scoring title and the Hart Trophy with an impressive output of 26 goals and 54 assists for a total of 80 points. The Rocket finishes second overall with 73 points. For his part, Toe Blake finishes the season with 67 points, including 29 goals.

For the second time in NHL history, three linemates finish in the top three spots in league scoring, a feat first accomplished by the Boston Bruins in 1939-40.

In his second season with the Canadiens, Bill Durnan continues his remarkable play in goal and once again records 38 wins on his way to his second straight Vezina Trophy.

The combined efforts of the Punch Line, Durnan and defenseman Emile Bouchard help lead the Canadiens to a second straight regular season title with 80 points, just three less than in the previous season.

It is no surprise when six members of the team are named to the NHL’s two All-Star teams. Durnan, Bouchard, Lach, Richard and Blake are all named to the First All-Star Team along with Detroit Red Wings defenseman Flash Hollett. Canadiens defenseman Glen Harmon is named to the Second All-Star Team.

Montreal leads the league in every category at the end of the regular season, with the most goals scored (228) and the fewest goals allowed (121) along with being the most penalized team in the league with a total of 376 penalty minutes.

Coach Dick Irvin enjoys his 100th victory behind the Canadiens’ bench at the Forum on November 26, 1944. Ironically, the 4-1 win comes at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the same team that fired Irvin after the 1939-40 season.


A stunning surprise awaits Irvin’s team in the first round of the playoffs. The Canadiens face Toronto, the team that has caused them the most problems during the regular season.

The Maple Leafs shock one and all by winning the first two games in Montreal, 1-0 and 3-2. The road team continues to hold the upper hand in Game 3 as the Canadiens recover for a 4-1 win in Toronto.

After a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in overtime in the fourth game, the Canadiens bounce back in front of their fans in Game 5 with a convincing 10-3 win at the Forum.

Despite the absence of star goalie Paul Bibeault, the Maple Leafs complete their stunning series win with a 3-2 victory in the sixth game.

Lach and Richard once again shine in the playoffs, each accounting for eight points in six games. Bouchard caps a career year with seven points in the playoffs after recording 34 during the regular season.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Toronto Maple Leafs
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 20th, 1945 TOR 1 MTL 0  
March 22nd, 1945 TOR 3 MTL 2  
March 24th, 1945 MTL 4 TOR 1  
March 27th, 1945 MTL 3 TOR 4  
March 29th, 1945 TOR 3 MTL 10  
March 31st, 1945 MTL 2 TOR 3  
Toronto won best-of-seven series 4-2