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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 43 17 10 96 250 158
New York Rangers 70 32 25 13 77 195 188
Detroit Red Wings 70 29 29 12 70 176 207
Boston Bruins 70 27 28 15 69 199 194
Chicago Blackhawks 70 24 39 7 55 163 202
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 21 38 11 53 192 226
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
12 Dickie Moore 70 36 48 84
16 Henri Richard 67 28 52 80
4 Jean Béliveau 55 27 32 59
14 Claude Provost 70 19 32 51
5 Bernard Geoffrion 42 27 23 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 57 34-14-8 9 2.11
Season results


Injuries continue to plague Montreal in 1957-58 as Beliveau, Geoffrion and Maurice Richard are unable to answer the call in a total of 85 regular season games. Of the three, Geoffrion’s life-threatening bowel rupture is the most serious.

Lines are juggled all season long to compensate for the missing stars but some of the team’s newer acquisitions step to the forefront, carrying the Habs to the top of the standings.

Dickie Moore proves his playoff performance of the previous spring is the rule rather than the exception as he doggedly fights for every loose puck against larger but less determined opponents. When the season ends, “Digging Dickie”, who had played the last month with a cast on his arm, tops all NHLers with 84 points and 38 goals.

Henri Richard ends the season second in the points race, his league-leading 52 assists and the 28 goals that accompanied them proving that The Pocket Rocket was far more than just Maurice’s kid brother.

Doug Harvey continues to quarterback the blue line corps, single-handedly setting the pace of the game to suit his purposes en route to yet another Norris Trophy, his fourth in a row.

Goaltender Jacques Plante also retains his claim on the Vezina Trophy. Appearing in 57 games, he leads all NHL netminders with nine shutouts and a 2.11 goals-against average.

At the conclusion of the regular season, Montreal has outscored the rest of the league and finishes 19 points ahead of their closest rival. The Canadiens also have all their injured players back in the lineup, ready for postseason action.


Beginning the playoffs with a healthy squad firing on all cylinders, Montreal’s first opponents are the third-place Red Wings. A crushing 8-1 defeat in the opening game sets the tone for the series.

It takes four games to send Detroit packing for the summer, with the Canadiens outscoring their opponents 19-6 along the way. The team now enjoys a week off while fourth-place Boston deals with the Rangers, whose second-place regular season finish had come as a surprise to most observers.

Riding a 14-goal outburst in the two final games against New York, the Bruins dropped the first game, losing 2-1 before Forum fans. The second game went the visitors’ way 5-3, sending the series to Boston, where the Richard brothers provide the scoring punch, combining for all three Montreal markers, as a flawless Jacques Plante blanks the Bruins in the third match.

The teams continue to trade victories as Boston rebounds to take the fourth game 3-1, tying things up for a second time.

Game 5, tied at two goals each, goes into overtime and the game is sealed by Maurice Richard, his winning goal coming almost six minutes into the extra frame. Montreal fans head home just one victory short of celebrating their third straight Stanley Cup Championship.

Bernard Geoffrion’s deciding goal in the 5-3 win leads the Montreal Canadiens to victory, becoming the first team to capture three consecutive Stanley Cups since the 1948-49 Maple Leafs.
The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Detroit Red Wings
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 25th, 1958 DET 1 MTL 8  
March 27th, 1958 DET 1 MTL 5  
March 30th, 1958 MTL 2 DET 1  
April 1st, 1958 MTL 4 DET 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 8th, 1958 BOS 1 MTL 2  
April 10th, 1958 BOS 5 MTL 2  
April 13th, 1958 MTL 3 BOS 0  
April 15th, 1958 MTL 1 BOS 3  
April 17th, 1958 BOS 2 MTL 3  
April 20th, 1958 MTL 5 BOS 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2