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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 28 17 5 61 172 134
Boston Bruins 50 24 18 8 56 167 156
Chicago Blackhawks 50 23 20 7 53 200 178
Detroit Red Wings 50 20 20 10 50 146 159
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 19 24 7 45 174 185
New York Rangers 50 13 28 9 35 144 191
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 50 29 21 50
9 Maurice Richard 50 27 22 49
16 Elmer Lach 50 13 34 47
19 Jimmy Peters 47 11 19 30
14 Billy Reay 44 17 12 29
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 40 24-11-5 4 2.60
Season results


The1945-46 season sees a number of veterans rejoining their respective teams following the war, bringing about a new level of parity throughout the NHL.

Forward Joe Benoit is among those players returning to hockey after serving in the military. Like many other war veterans returning to the game, Benoit struggles to regain his pre-war production as evidenced by his 19 points in 39 games.

The Punch Line continues to terrorize the league. Toe Blake finishes first in team scoring with 29 goals and 50 points. Maurice Richard is next with 27 goals and 48 points, followed by Elmer Lach with 47 points.

In goal, Bill Durnan keeps up his dazzling play and wins his third straight Vezina Trophy, tying George Hainsworth’s record. Durnan also sets a personal best with a league-leading four shutouts during the regular season.

Unlike the previous two seasons, Durnan records 24 wins while appearing in only 40 games. Paul Bibeault, loaned to Toronto in 1943-44 and Boston in 1944-45, accounts for four wins in 10 games.

On February 13, 1946, Dick Irvin records his 150th regular season win as coach of the Canadiens in a 5-1 victory in Chicago. The accomplishment helps him claim a spot on the NHL’s First All-Star Team for the last time. The following season, the league stops naming a coach to its All-Star Teams.

Durnan, Richard and Emile Bouchard join Irvin on the First All-Star Team. Lach, Blake and Ken Reardon are named to the Second All-Star Team.


The Canadiens open the playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks, whose potent offense generated a league-leading 200 goals during the regular season. The Blackhawks’ firepower proves no match for the stellar play of Durnan.

It’s no contest in the semi-final as the Canadiens literally crush the poor Blackhawks in four straight games by scores of 6-2, 5-1, 8-2 and 7-2.

Next are the Bruins. The first two games of the series are tight battles that both require overtime to determine the outcome. The Canadiens seize the initiative in both games and give their fans a pair of wins, 4-3 and 3-2, at the Forum.

After winning the next game to take a 3-0 series lead, the Canadiens have their sights set on completing the sweep in Game 4, but the Bruins have other plans. Boston steals a 3-2 overtime win at home to keep their hopes alive. It will prove to be the Canadiens’ only loss of the playoffs.

Back at the Forum for Game 5, the Canadiens roar to a 6-3 win and a Stanley Cup. As he did in 1943-44, Blake once again notches the Cup-clinching goal.

Durnan allows only 20 goals in nine games, maintaining a remarkable 2.07 goals-against average. The Punch Line carries over its outstanding regular season production, accounting for 19 of the 45 goals scored by the team during the playoffs. Blake and Richard each score seven goals while Lach is the leading playoff scorer with 17 points.
The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Chicago Blackhawks
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 19th, 1946 CHI 2 MTL 6  
March 21st, 1946 CHI 1 MTL 5  
March 24th, 1946 MTL 8 CHI 2  
March 26th, 1946 MTL 7 CHI 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 30th, 1946 BOS 3 MTL 4  
April 2nd, 1946 BOS 2 MTL 3  
April 4th, 1946 MTL 4 BOS 2  
April 7th, 1946 MTL 2 BOS 3  
April 9th, 1946 BOS 3 MTL 6  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1