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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 70 36 16 18 90 222 133
Montreal Canadiens 70 28 23 19 75 155 148
Boston Bruins 70 28 29 13 69 152 172
Chicago Blackhawks 70 27 28 15 69 169 175
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 27 30 13 67 156 167
New York Rangers 70 17 37 16 50 152 211
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
9 Maurice Richard 70 28 33 61
15 Bert Olmstead 69 17 28 45
16 Elmer Lach 53 16 25 41
5 Bernard Geoffrion 65 22 17 39
2 Doug Harvey 69 4 30 34
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 Gerry McNeil 66 25-23-18 10 2.12
Season results


he regular season with a league-leading ten shutouts and a 2.12 goals-against average, second only to Detroit’s Terry Sawchuck.

Doug Harvey, one of the most effective in the league when it came to neutralizing opposing forwards, blossomed into an offensive force on the blue line, his 34 points good enough for fifth on the team.

Up front, only The Rocket (28) and Boom Boom Geoffrion (22) crack the 20-goal plateau. Others making important contributions offensively are Bert Olmstead, second in team scoring and veteran center, Elmer Lach, both of whom add more than 40 points to their career totals.

A tall center named Jean Beliveau suits up for three games, scoring five goals during his brief visit to the big club. Also making his Habs debut was goaltender Jacques Plante, who allows only four goals while facing NHL shooters in trio of games.

As seems to have become customary, Detroit finishes atop the standings, well ahead of the other five teams. Montreal, the only other team to end the season with a winning record, places second.

Four Habs are named All-Stars. Harvey makes the first team while McNeil, Richard and Olmstead are voted onto the second squad.


Montreal’s first playoff opponents were the fourth-place Chicago Blackhawks, who had not reached the postseason since 1945-46 when Montreal last captured the Cup. Despite their lacklustre regular season record, the Hawks come ready to play in the semifinals.

After winning the first two games at home, the Habs drop the next two in Chicago as well as Game 5 at The Forum. With Jacques Plante in net for the sixth game, Montreal shuts out the Blackhawks 3-0 and, back in Chicago three nights later, wins 4-1 to move on to the Finals.

Also vying for the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1953 are the Boston Bruins, who had knocked off the powerful Red Wings, upsetting the reigning champs in six games while Montreal was battling Chicago.

With Plante still in net, the Canadiens split the first two games, played in Montreal. Coach Dick Irvin puts his veteran, McNeil, back into the lineup for the third game and comes away from the Boston Garden with a lead in the series. Two days later, a 7-3 thrashing increases the lead and sets the stage for what would be the final game of the series.

The Forum crowd watches anxiously as game six remains scoreless through 60 minutes, with both McNeil and Jim Henry stopping everything that is thrown at them. The overtime period is less than two minutes old when a failed clearing attempt finds its way onto Elmer Lach’s stick. In the blink of an eye, the veteran forward puts an end to the suspense and brings his team the seventh Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Chicago Blackhawks
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 24th, 1953 CHI 1 MTL 3  
March 26th, 1953 CHI 3 MTL 4  
March 29th, 1953 MTL 1 CHI 2  
March 31st, 1953 MTL 1 CHI 3  
April 2nd, 1953 CHI 4 MTL 2  
April 4th, 1953 MTL 3 CHI 0  
April 7th, 1953 CHI 1 MTL 4  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3
Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 9th, 1953 BOS 2 MTL 4  
April 11th, 1953 BOS 4 MTL 1  
April 12th, 1953 MTL 3 BOS 0  
April 14th, 1953 MTL 7 BOS 3  
April 16th, 1953 BOS 0 MTL 1  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1