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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 70 45 15 10 100 222 131
Detroit Red Wings 70 30 24 16 76 183 148
New York Rangers 70 32 28 10 74 204 203
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 24 33 13 61 153 181
Boston Bruins 70 23 34 13 59 147 185
Chicago Blackhawks 70 19 39 12 50 155 216
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
4 Jean Béliveau 70 47 41 88
9 Maurice Richard 70 38 33 71
15 Bert Olmstead 70 14 56 70
5 Bernard Geoffrion 59 29 33 62
12 Dickie Moore 70 11 39 50
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 Jacques Plante 64 42-12-10 7 1.86
Season results


A year filled with changes and success, the 1955-56 season features a new hand on the tiller as former Canadiens star, Toe Blake, takes over behind the bench, replacing a departed Dick Irvin who has moved on to Chicago.

It is also the season that Jean Beliveau became angry. After tolerating all kinds of illegal tactics by his opponents since entering the league, he decides that he is no longer going to turn the other cheek and begins to give back as good as he gets.

Beliveau’s new mindset results in143 penalty minutes but it also gives him a bit more room to operate on the ice. Ably flanked by Maurice Richard and Bert Olmstead, that season’s NHL assists leader, he makes the most of it, scoring 47 goals, topping both the team and the league, while setting a new record for NHL centers.

Initially considered as simply The Rocket’s kid brother, Henri Richard becomes an instant sensation, nailing down a starting job centering Bernard Geoffrion and Dickie Moore, and giving the Habs a second trio that any other NHL coach would have gladly named as his first.

Losing only 15 of the 70 games on the regular season schedule, the Canadiens finish the season with a 24-point lead on Detroit, dethroned as regular season champs after a record seven-year run.

Jacques Plante is the NHL’s top netminder, losing only twelve of the 64 games he plays in to lead the league with a 1.86 goals-against average. At season’s end, he also takes home the first of five consecutive Vezina Trophies. Doug Harvey repeats as Norris Trophy winner and Beliveau wins the Art Ross and Hart Trophies while six Habs were named to NHL All-Star teams.

Only one honor remained to be captured: the Stanley Cup.


Going into the postseason as a favorite for the first time since the beginning of the decade, Montreal gets the ball rolling in the semifinals against the New York Rangers, a team playing postseason hockey for the first time since 1949-50.

Third-place finishers under fiery new coach Phil Watson, the youthful Rangers are no match for the new NHL powerhouse, winning only the second game of the series. Meanwhile, Montreal puts seven pucks past Gump Worsley in both the opening and fifth games to head into the Finals for the sixth straight year.

Detroit’s wave had crested and their seven-year domination of the NHL was at an end, a fact driven home by Montreal’s domination in the Stanley Cup Finals. Taking the first two games at The Forum, Montreal drops the third game in Detroit before coming back home with a 3-1 stranglehold on the series after the second game at The Olympia had been completed.

Fifteen minutes into the second period of the Game 5, with the score tied at a goal each, Maurice Richard, trailing only Beliveau among Montreal’s playoff marksmen, finds the mesh behind netminder Glenn Hall with his fifth postseason marker.

Detroit fails to reply and, after Montreal adds an insurance marker, league president Clarence Campbell meets Butch Bouchard on The Forum’s surface, presenting him with the second Stanley Cup of his captaincy and the eighth earned by the Canadiens in franchise history.

It would be some years before Montreal would relinquish hockey’s holy grail.
The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - New York Rangers
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 20th, 1956 NYR 1 MTL 7  
March 22nd, 1956 NYR 4 MTL 2  
March 24th, 1956 MTL 3 NYR 1  
March 25th, 1956 MTL 5 NYR 3  
March 27th, 1956 NYR 0 MTL 7  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1
Stanley Cup Finals - Detroit Red Wings
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 31st, 1956 DET 4 MTL 6  
April 3rd, 1956 DET 1 MTL 5  
April 5th, 1956 MTL 1 DET 3  
April 8th, 1956 MTL 3 DET 0  
April 10th, 1956 DET 1 MTL 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1