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1967-1968
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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 74 42 22 10 94 236 167
New York Rangers 74 39 23 12 90 226 183
Boston Bruins 74 37 27 10 84 259 216
Chicago Blackhawks 74 32 26 16 80 212 222
Toronto Maple Leafs 74 33 31 10 76 209 176
Detroit Red Wings 74 27 35 12 66 245 257
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
4 Jean Béliveau 59 31 37 68
15 Bobby Rousseau 74 19 46 65
12 Yvan Cournoyer 64 28 32 60
21 Gilles Tremblay 71 23 28 51
8 Dick Duff 66 25 21 46
# #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 Rogatien Vachon 39 23-13-2 4 2.48
Season results
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THE REGULAR SEASON

The start of the 1967-68 season makes it hard for Canadiens fans to keep up with all the new players in the league, following the expansion draft that allows the NHL to double in size and form two divisions, made up of six teams apiece.

More than 15 Habs players have moved on to other teams, including goalie Charlie Hodge and defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot. Wily general manager Sam Pollock, though, has positioned himself to protect and retain the team’s core players while adding promising rookies such as forward Jacques Lemaire and defenseman Serge Savard.

After winning a few games to start the season, the Habs hit the skids and begin to pile up losses. After 33 games, the team is 12th overall, dead last in the league. All that changes on December 27 in Toronto as Toe Blake’s squad skates to a 2-2 tie after overcoming a two-goal deficit.

The Canadiens begin one of the greatest regular season comebacks in NHL history. After two wins and a tie in their next three games, the team posts 12 straight wins beginning on January 6 to break the previous team record of 11 straight victories set in 1926-27. After losing to the Rangers, the Canadiens win another eight games in a row.

From December 27 to February 22, the Habs put together an incredible 22-1-2 record, rising from worst to first in the league. Over that stretch, Rogatien Vachon excels in goal and allows only 15 goals in 21 games. Jean Beliveau records 13 goals and 34 points in 23 games.

Beliveau reaches a couple of historic milestones during the course of the 1967-68 season. In October, he scores his 400th career goal. He becomes the first player in Canadiens history to reach 1,000 career points at the beginning of March.

Despite losing their last three games of the regular season, the team finishes in first place with a 42-22-10 record.

Beliveau leads the team with 68 points, including 31 goals. Claude Provost becomes the first recipient of the Bill Masterton Award, which is presented to the NHL player who has demonstrated the most perseverance and team spirit during the season.

THE PLAYOFFS

Entering the playoffs on the strength of their regular season title, the Habs begin the first round with confidence and face the Boston Bruins in the postseason for the first time since losing to the Canadiens in the 1958 Stanley Cup Final.

During the regular season, Toe Blake’s squad maintained a record of five wins and five losses against Boston. Those five defeats are the only ones the team will suffer at the Bruins’ hands that season as the Canadiens sweep the series in four straight.

In their semifinal, the Canadiens take on the Chicago Blackhawks, who beat the New York Rangers in the other Eastern quarterfinal.

The Habs continue their streak and win three more games, including the first of the series by a score of 9-2, backing the Blackhawks into a corner. Chicago avoids elimination with a 2-1 win in Game 4. Montreal, however, dashes the Blackhawks’ comeback hopes in the following game when Jacques Lemaire scores the winning goal in overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 victory.

Winners of the other semifinal, the expansion St. Louis Blues, coached by Scotty Bowman, reach the Stanley Cup Final in their first season in the league after eliminating Philadelphia and Minnesota. The Blues’ playoff celebrations come to an abrupt end in the Final as the Canadiens sweep the series in four straight games to capture the team’s 15th Stanley Cup.

The short series belies the closeness of the games, with all four being decided by just one goal. Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard, and Bobby Rousseau, in overtime, and Jean-Claude Tremblay in regulation account for the game-winning goals throughout the Finals.

It is the eighth and final Stanley Cup behind the Canadiens’ bench for Toe Blake, who also won three Cups during his playing career.

The playoffs roadmap
Quarter-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 4th, 1968 BOS 1 MTL 2  
April 6th, 1968 BOS 3 MTL 5  
April 9th, 1968 MTL 5 BOS 2  
April 11th, 1968 MTL 3 BOS 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Semi-finals - Chicago Blackhawks
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 18th, 1968 CHI 2 MTL 9  
April 20th, 1968 CHI 1 MTL 4  
April 23rd, 1968 MTL 4 CHI 2  
April 25th, 1968 MTL 1 CHI 2  
April 28th, 1968 CHI 3 MTL 4  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1
Stanley Cup Finals - St. Louis Blues
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 5th, 1968 MTL 3 STL 2  
May 7th, 1968 MTL 1 STL 0  
May 9th, 1968 STL 3 MTL 4  
May 11th, 1968 STL 2 MTL 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0