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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 40 23 7 87 224 175
Montreal Canadiens 70 36 23 11 83 211 185
Chicago Blackhawks 70 34 28 8 76 224 176
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 30 26 14 74 204 173
New York Rangers 70 20 38 12 52 179 246
Boston Bruins 70 21 43 6 48 166 253
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
14 Claude Provost 70 27 37 64
6 Ralph Backstrom 70 25 30 55
16 Henri Richard 53 23 29 52
15 Bobby Rousseau 66 12 35 47
22 John Ferguson 69 17 27 44
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 Charlie Hodge 53 26-16-10 3 2.55
Season results


The summer of 1964 is synonymous with reorganization in the Canadiens’ front office as the Molson family, fearful of losing Sam Pollock to another team, moves ahead with a changing of the guard.

At the age of 71, general manager Frank Selke reluctantly submits his resignation and Pollock begins his term as the head of the team. Other changes follow with the team changing presidents and members of the board. Scotty Bowman becomes coach of the junior Canadiens. Habs coach Toe Blake is the only member of management spared.

Among the team’s players, the only significant change is the departure of right winger Bernie Geoffrion, who retires as an active player to coach the Quebec Aces of the American Hockey League.

All the changes within the organization appear to have a positive effect on the team, which begins the 1964-65 season with a seven-game unbeaten streak that includes four wins and three ties.

A few days before Christmas, the Canadiens complete a significant trade that brings left-winger, Dick Duff to Montreal in return for right-winger, Bill Hicke.

From November 28 to January 3, the Canadiens put together a bountiful 12-2-2 stretch. The rest of the season sees its share of highs and lows, as evidenced by a five-game losing streak at the beginning of February, which is followed a few games later by a five-game winning streak.

The Habs end the season with a 36-23-11 record, good for second place in the standings and four points behind the Detroit Red Wings.

Primarily known for his outstanding defensive play, right winger Claude Provost showcases the full range of his abilities by leading the team in scoring with 64 points, including 27 goals, marking the best offensive season of his career. He finishes sixth overall in league scoring.


In the semifinals, for the second year in a row, the Canadiens face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the defending champions and winners of three straight Stanley Cups.

The Habs start the playoffs by delighting their fans with two wins at the Forum. With the series in Toronto for the next two games, the Canadiens see their opponents tie the series as they drop the next two, 3-2 in overtime and 4-2.

Back in Montreal, Toe Blake’s squad puts the Maple Leafs in a hole with a 3-1 win in Game 5. During the sixth game at Maple Leaf Gardens, Provost, the team’s leading scorer, sends Toronto packing when he finds the back of the net 16:33 into overtime, propelling the Habs a 4-3 victory.

The Canadiens are back in the Finals for the first time in five seasons and face the Chicago Blackhawks, who upset Detroit in seven games in the other semifinal. During the regular season, the Habs maintained a 6-5-3 record against Chicago, including their worst defeat of the season, a 7-0 loss.

The showdown with the Blackhawks starts the same as the series against the Maple Leafs, with the Canadiens winning the first two games at the Forum before losing the next two at Chicago Stadium.

Back in Montreal, the Habs take a 3-2 series lead with a decisive 6-0 win. Chicago forces a seventh and deciding game with a 2-1 win in overtime in front of its fans.

The home team’s dominance continues in Game 7 as the Canadiens register their third shutout of the series in a 4-0 win to claim the Stanley Cup for the 13th time in team history.

Jean Beliveau records eight goals and 16 points in eight games, earning the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded for the first time to the most valuable player of the playoffs.
The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Toronto Maple Leafs
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 1st, 1965 TOR 2 MTL 3  
April 3rd, 1965 TOR 1 MTL 3  
April 6th, 1965 MTL 2 TOR 3  
April 8th, 1965 MTL 2 TOR 4  
April 10th, 1965 TOR 1 MTL 3  
April 13th, 1965 MTL 4 TOR 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Stanley Cup Finals - Chicago Blackhawks
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 17th, 1965 CHI 2 MTL 3  
April 20th, 1965 CHI 0 MTL 2  
April 22nd, 1965 MTL 1 CHI 3  
April 25th, 1965 MTL 1 CHI 5  
April 27th, 1965 CHI 0 MTL 6  
April 29th, 1965 MTL 1 CHI 2  
May 1st, 1965 CHI 0 MTL 4  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3