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1946-1947
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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
Montreal Canadiens 60 34 16 10 78 189 138
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 31 19 10 72 209 172
Boston Bruins 60 26 23 11 63 190 175
Detroit Red Wings 60 22 27 11 55 190 193
New York Rangers 60 22 32 6 50 167 186
Chicago Blackhawks 60 19 37 4 42 193 274
Season's leaders see the complete stats
# 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
9 Maurice Richard 60 45 26 71
6 Toe Blake 60 21 29 50
14 Billy Reay 59 22 20 42
15 Leo Gravelle 53 16 14 30
16 Elmer Lach 31 14 16 30
# #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 Bill Durnan 60 34-16-10 4 2.30
Season results
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THE REGULAR SEASON

In July, a few months prior to the 1946-47 season, general manager Tommy Gorman announces his retirement. Gorman, whose NHL career dates back to the league’s founding in 1917, retires with seven Stanley Cups to his credit as a coach and general manager, including two with the Canadiens.

Frank Selke, let go by Toronto, is hired to take over Montreal’s reins. Selke will go on to build the greatest dynasty in hockey history in the second half of the 1950s.

Despite the Canadiens’ on-ice success, the franchise continues to struggle financially. Selke rolls up his sleeves and sells the rights to several players to other teams around the league, while holding on to his core players and maintaining a competitive lineup.

Goalie Paul Bibeault is among the players on the way out of town when he sees his rights sold to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Selke’s decision to keep the team’s impact players bears fruit. Bill Durnan wins 34 games and posts four shutouts to claim his fourth straight Vezina Trophy, topping the previous record of three set by George Hainsworth.

After scoring 27 goals in 1945-46, Maurice Richard regains his magic touch and scores 45 in 60 games. His 71 points are good for second in the league, just one point behind Chicago’s Max Bentley, and the Rocket wins the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP.

The Canadiens win the regular season title for a fourth year in a row with 78 points. While their offensive production drops off relative to previous seasons, they remain the league’s stingiest defense with just 138 goals allowed in 60 games. Bill Durnan’s excellent 2.30 goals-against average offers testimony to the team’s tenacious defensive play.

THE PLAYOFFS

The Canadiens face the Boston Bruins in the opening round of the playoffs. Montreal wins the first two games at the Forum, the first by a score of 3-1, and the second, 2-1 in overtime.

The Bruins show signs of life in the third game with a 4-2 victory, but it is the only ray of hope for Boston, which loses the following game 5-1, before dropping the fifth game in overtime, 4-3.

The Canadiens’ five-game series win is partly a result of an outstanding performance by Durnan. The All-Star goalie allows just 10 goals in five games.

Montreal advances to the final against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round.

The Habs are in fine form and get off to a great start in the series with a decisive 6-0 win at the Forum. The story is completely different two days later when the Maple Leafs draw even with a 4-0 victory.

With the series shifting to Toronto, the Maple Leafs enjoy a stranglehold on the final, posting two straight wins. The Canadiens stave off elimination in front of their fans with a 3-1 win in Game 5 at the Forum.

Toronto dashes Montreal’s hopes with a 2-1 win in Game 6 at Maple Leaf Gardens to capture the Stanley Cup.

Richard continues his regular season pace and records 11 points in the playoffs. Blake follows closely behind with nine.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 25th, 1947 BOS 1 MTL 3  
March 27th, 1947 BOS 1 MTL 2  
March 29th, 1947 MTL 2 BOS 4  
April 1st, 1947 MTL 5 BOS 1  
April 3rd, 1947 BOS 3 MTL 4  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1
Stanley Cup Finals - Toronto Maple Leafs
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 8th, 1947 TOR 0 MTL 6  
April 10th, 1947 TOR 4 MTL 0  
April 12th, 1947 MTL 2 TOR 4  
April 15th, 1947 MTL 1 TOR 2  
April 17th, 1947 TOR 1 MTL 3  
April 19th, 1947 MTL 1 TOR 2  
Toronto won best-of-seven series 4-2