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1949-1950
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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
Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 88 229 164
Montreal Canadiens 70 29 22 19 77 172 150
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 31 27 12 74 176 173
New York Rangers 70 28 31 11 67 170 189
Boston Bruins 70 22 32 16 60 198 228
Chicago Blackhawks 70 22 38 10 54 203 244
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 70 43 22 65
16 Elmer Lach 64 15 33 48
14 Billy Reay 68 19 26 45
22 Norm Dussault 67 13 24 37
15 Leo Gravelle 70 19 10 29
# #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 64 26-21-17 8 2.20
Season results
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THE REGULAR SEASON

The story of the 1949-50 season is once again the play of goalie Bill Durnan and the Canadiens’ defense corps.

Ken Reardon, Doug Harvey, Glen Harmon and Emile Bouchard continue their excellent work in front of Durnan. At the end of the regular season, the Canadiens have allowed only 150 goals in 70 games, the lowest total in the league.

In goal, Durnan continues his dominant play of the previous season and claims 26 of the team’s 29 wins, maintaining a 2.20 goals-against average with eight shutouts. He wins his sixth Vezina Trophy in seven NHL seasons.

As they did in 1947-48 when Durnan won only 20 games, the Canadiens’ fans boo him, despite the fact that he is the league’s best goalie. In an interview, Durnan announces that he will retire at the end of the current season.

On offense, Maurice Richard leads his teammates with 43 goals and 65 points to finish fourth overall in league scoring.

Elmer Lach, now recovered from the broken jaw that sidelined him the previous season, records 48 points in 64 games, just ahead of Billy Reay. Defenseman Ken Reardon bolsters the offense with 28 points, the most among the Canadiens’ blue-liners.

Reardon gets himself in hot water when he says in a magazine interview that he will seek revenge from Cal Gardner and make sure that the Toronto defenseman gets 14 stitches in his mouth, a reference to a previous altercation when Gardner was with the New York Rangers.

On March 1, 1950, league president Clarence Campbell requires Reardon to post a $1,000 bond to insure that he will not act on his threat. At season’s end, Campbell returns the money to the Canadiens defenseman, who did not go after Gardner again.

THE PLAYOFFS

Unlike in the previous season, the Canadiens are the favorites as they enter their semifinal against the New York Rangers.

Right from the start, New York serves notice that the series will not be an easy victory. The Rangers win the first two games in Montreal to take a 2-0 series lead.

As the quarterfinal shifts to Manhattan, the Rangers claim a 4-1 win in the third game to put the Canadiens in a huge hole. To shake up his team, Montreal coach Dick Irvin pulls Bill Durnan from the net after the loss and replaces him with Gerry McNeil.

The move works as the Canadiens claim a 3-2 win in overtime in the fourth game at the Forum as Lach delivers the winning goal.

The Rangers complete their upset in five games with a 3-0 victory in the next game. Center Norm Dussault shines in the playoffs with three goals after scoring only 13 during the regular season.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - New York Rangers
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 29th, 1950 MTL 1 NYR 3  
April 1st, 1950 NYR 3 MTL 2  
April 2nd, 1950 MTL 1 NYR 4  
April 4th, 1950 NYR 2 MTL 3  
April 6th, 1950 NYR 3 MTL 0  
NY Rangers won best-of-seven series 4-1