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1958-1959
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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
Montreal Canadiens 70 39 18 13 91 258 158
Boston Bruins 70 32 29 9 73 205 215
Chicago Blackhawks 70 28 29 13 69 197 208
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 27 32 11 65 189 201
New York Rangers 70 26 32 12 64 201 217
Detroit Red Wings 70 25 37 8 58 167 218
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
12 Dickie Moore 70 41 55 96
4 Jean Béliveau 64 45 46 91
5 Bernard Geoffrion 59 22 44 66
16 Henri Richard 63 21 30 51
18 Marcel Bonin 57 13 30 43
# #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 Jacques Plante 67 38-16-13 9 2.16
Season results
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THE REGULAR SEASON

Dickie Moore continued his hard-working ways in 1958-59, once again capturing the Art Ross Trophy, his 96 points setting a new NHL record. A healthy Jean Beliveau finished second overall with 91 points, surpassing the league record he already held for points in a single season by a center.

Ralph Backstrom joined the team on a full-time basis and took home the Calder Trophy after his 18-goal, 40-point season. Goaltender Jacques Plante repeated as Vezina winner, still the stingiest of NHL puck stoppers while the Norris trophy was once again awarded to a member of the Canadiens, this time around to Tom Johnson.

Putting a league-leading 258 goals into the record book, Montreal still had the tightest defence in the league, allowing a hundred fewer than they scored as Jacques Plante appeared in 67 games, his heaviest workload since taking over the position from Gerry McNeil.

While Boom Boom Geoffrion joined Beliveau in rebounding from the previous season’s infirmities, captain Maurice Richard was not so lucky. Limited to only 42 games The Rocket nonetheless contributed 38 points to his team’s cause.

Others stepped up to pick up the slack offensively. Crafty Tom Johnson emerged as a two-way defenceman, adding almost 40 points to the team total while Marcel Bonin, a former Red Wing reputed to be the strongest man in the NHL, accounted for 43.

Once all 70 games had all been completed, the Canadiens sat atop the NHL, their 39-18-13 record giving them an eighteen-point advantage over the second place Bruins and their second straight regular season championship.

THE PLAYOFFS

The road to the Montreal Canadiens twelfth Stanley Cup victory had eleven stops along the way against adversaries who had failed to make it into the postseason the year before. It was also made a bit rockier by inopportune injuries that limited Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau to only seven postseason appearances between them.

Rugged Marcel Bonin stepped into the breach and led all playoff scorers, lighting the lamp ten times while wearing an injured Rocket Richard’s gloves for most of the Habs playoff run. Dickie Moore, who led all postseason players with a dozen assists, spent much of the final series feeding Bonin, but also managed to bury the puck five times himself.

Semi-final opponents, the third-place Blackhawks stretched Montreal to six games, winning games three and four at home to tie the series before dropping the fifth and sixth and allowing the Canadiens through to the finals for the ninth spring in a row.

The last Stanley Cup confrontation between the Habs and the Leafs, in the spring of 1951 did not finish well for Montreal. This time the series again went five games but the outcome was much more satisfactory. Winning the opener 5-3 after a Bonin goal broke a 3-3 deadlock, the Habs took the second game 3-1 with Claude Provost coming to the fore with a pair of goals.

Toronto won only the third game, taking it 3-2 thanks to Dick Duff’s overtime goal before Bernard Geoffrion closed things down with the winning markers in both the fourth and final games.

The Canadiens fourth straight Stanley Cup went one better than the Toronto run a decade earlier but the Habs weren’t quite finished monopolizing Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Chicago Blackhawks
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 24th, 1959 CHI 2 MTL 4  
March 26th, 1959 CHI 1 MTL 5  
March 28th, 1959 MTL 2 CHI 4  
March 31st, 1959 MTL 1 CHI 3  
April 2nd, 1959 CHI 2 MTL 4  
April 4th, 1959 MTL 5 CHI 4  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Stanley Cup Finals - Toronto Maple Leafs
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 9th, 1959 TOR 3 MTL 5  
April 11th, 1959 TOR 1 MTL 3  
April 14th, 1959 MTL 2 TOR 3  
April 16th, 1959 MTL 3 TOR 2  
April 18th, 1959 TOR 3 MTL 5  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1