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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 41 21 8 90 239 173
Chicago Blackhawks 70 37 25 8 82 240 187
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 34 25 11 79 208 187
Detroit Red Wings 70 31 27 12 74 221 194
Boston Bruins 70 21 43 6 48 174 275
New York Rangers 70 18 41 11 47 195 261
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
15 Bobby Rousseau 70 30 48 78
4 Jean Béliveau 67 29 48 77
16 Henri Richard 62 22 39 61
14 Claude Provost 70 19 36 55
21 Gilles Tremblay 70 27 21 48
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 Lorne Worsley 51 29-14-6 2 2.36
Season results


The Canadiens enter the 1965-66 season as Stanley Cup Champions and get their title defense off to a great start with three straight wins, including a decisive 8-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

The team compiles a number of winning streaks and quickly seizes first place in the standings. From January 29 to March 2, the Canadiens dominate the league and lose just twice in a 15-game stretch that includes 10 wins and three ties.

Jean Beliveau becomes the first player in team history to reach the 500 assist benchmark in January. In March, he plays his 800th game with the Canadiens and attains the 900-point milestone a few days later.

Toe Blake’s squad finishes the schedule emphatically with a five-game winning streak. The Canadiens end the season with a 41-21-8, finishing eight points ahead of Chicago for the regular season title.

Bobby Rousseau leads the team in scoring with 30 goals and 78 points, one more than Beliveau.

Defenseman Jacques Laperriere earns the first and only Norris Trophy of his career. For the first time in league history, the NHL requires teams to dress two goalies for every game. This works out fine for the Canadiens, who rely on the solid tandem of Lorne Worsley and Charlie Hodge. Both goaltenders enjoy an outstanding season and share the Vézina Trophy at the end of the year.


After posting a losing 5-7-2 record against Toronto during the regular season, the Canadiens face the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row.

For the second straight season, the Habs end the Leafs’ drive for the Cup, this time with a four-game sweep.

In the Stanley Cup Final, Toe Blake’s squad takes on the Detroit Red Wings.

The Canadiens struggle at the outset of the series and the Wings quickly take the lead by beating Montreal 3-2 and 5-3 to claim the first two games at the Forum.

After recovering with 4-2 and 2-1 wins at the Olympia in Detroit, the Canadiens put their opponents in a tight spot with a convincing 5-1 win in the fifth game in Montreal.

Unable to score since the start of the Final, Henri Richard ends the series in overtime in Game 6 by sliding with the puck into the back of Roger Crozier’s goal after losing his edge and falling, giving the team a 3-2 win. For a second consecutive year, Montreal ends the postseason with a Stanley Cup parade.

Defenseman Jean-Claude Tremblay leads the team in scoring with 11 points, including nine assists. Béliveau follows with 10 points and leads the team with five goals.
The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Toronto Maple Leafs
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 7th, 1966 TOR 3 MTL 4  
April 9th, 1966 TOR 0 MTL 2  
April 12th, 1966 MTL 5 TOR 2  
April 14th, 1966 MTL 4 TOR 1  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Stanley Cup Finals - Detroit Red Wings
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 24th, 1966 DET 3 MTL 2  
April 26th, 1966 DET 5 MTL 2  
April 28th, 1966 MTL 4 DET 2  
May 1st, 1966 MTL 2 DET 1  
May 3rd, 1966 DET 1 MTL 5  
May 5th, 1966 MTL 3 DET 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2