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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
Detroit Red Wings 60 34 19 7 75 195 145
Boston Bruins 60 29 23 8 66 178 163
Montreal Canadiens 60 28 23 9 65 152 126
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 22 25 13 57 147 161
Chicago Blackhawks 60 21 31 8 50 173 211
New York Rangers 60 18 31 11 47 133 172
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
14 Billy Reay 60 22 23 45
9 Maurice Richard 59 20 18 38
6 Joe Carveth 60 15 22 37
16 Elmer Lach 36 11 18 29
18 Ken Mosdell 60 17 9 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 Bill Durnan 60 28-23-9 10 2.10
Season results


Like the year before, the Canadiens suffer through another injury-plagued season in 1948-49.

Elmer Lach gets off to a good start with 29 points in 36 games before he breaks his jaw in a collision with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman, Bob Goldham.

Montreal’s defense corps is then dealt a crippling blow when Emile Bouchard suffers a knee injury.

Without longtime linemates Lach and Toe Blake, Maurice Richard records just 38 points in 59 games, including 20 goals. Billy Reay steps into the breach with 22 goals and 23 assists in 60 games, a 25-point increase over the previous season.

Goalie Bill Durnan ensures that the previous season’s outcome is avoided with 28 wins, including a career high 10 shutouts. Durnan puts together a remarkable streak late in the season when he posts a 7-1-2 record and five shutouts, including four in a row from February 26 through March 6, 1949. His shutout streak lasts 309 minutes and 21 seconds.

Durnan’s exploits lead to his fifth Vezina Trophy in six years and help the Canadiens clinch a playoff spot.

The Canadiens’ offense struggles to put the puck in the net, but the team’s defense carries its weight as evidenced by its 126 goals allowed, the least during the league’s 60-game schedule.


In the first round, the Canadiens face the regular season champions, the Detroit Red Wings. Dick Irvin’s team defies the hockey pundits with a strong effort against the powerful Red Wings.

Detroit claims the first game with a 2-1 win in overtime. Two days later, the Canadiens even the series with a 4-3 victory, also in overtime, as Gerald Plamondon delivers the winning goal.

The Habs take a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win in the third game, but the visiting Red Wings even it again with a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens in Game 4.

The Red Wings claim the fifth game, 3-1. With the series shifting back to the Forum, the Canadiens avoid elimination with a 3-1 win, much to their fans’ delight.

The Olympia hosts the seventh and deciding game. The home team wins it 3-1 to claim the hard-fought series, four games to three. All seven games are decided by a margin of two goals or less.

Underdogs from the outset, the Canadiens’ playoff effort is a great display of character. Reay’s strong regular season production continues as he posts six points in the playoffs. Plamondon scores five goals, including his overtime winner in Game 2.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Detroit Red Wings
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 22nd, 1949 MTL 1 DET 2  
March 24th, 1949 MTL 4 DET 3  
March 26th, 1949 DET 2 MTL 3  
March 29th, 1949 DET 3 MTL 1  
March 31st, 1949 MTL 1 DET 3  
April 2nd, 1949 DET 1 MTL 3  
April 5th, 1949 MTL 1 DET 3  
Detroit won best-of-seven series 4-3