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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
Boston Bruins 78 57 14 7 121 399 207
New York Rangers 78 49 18 11 109 259 177
Montreal Canadiens 78 42 23 13 97 291 216
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 37 33 8 82 248 211
Buffalo Sabres 78 24 39 15 63 217 291
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 46 8 56 229 296
Detroit Red Wings 78 22 45 11 55 209 308
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
4 Jean Béliveau 70 25 51 76
12 Yvan Cournoyer 65 37 36 73
3 Jean-Claude Tremblay 76 11 52 63
20 Peter Mahovlich 78 35 26 61
25 Jacques Lemaire 78 28 28 56
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 47 23-12-9 2 2.65
Season results


A midseason coaching move that had Al MacNeil taking over the reins from Claude Ruel 24 games into the season was not the only change that the Canadiens underwent after missing the playoffs for the first time in over two decades.

Rejean Houle, Marc Tardif, Guy Lapointe and Pete Mahovlich all made important contributions, playing their first seasons with Montreal the same year that had Jean Beliveau and John Ferguson were making their final appearances.

Beliveau led the team with a 25-goal, 76-point harvest, scoring three against Minnesota one evening to become the third member of the NHL’s 500-goal club before retiring as the league’s all-time highest scoring centerman.

Young veteran Yvan Cournoyer’s 37 markers and the “Little M”, with 35, led the team, and the midseason addition of Frank Mahovlich added more scoring punch in the second half. Fourth-year forward, Jacques Lemaire continued his solid two way play, contributing 28 goals to the campaign.

Defenseman Jean-Claude Tremblay exploded into an offensive force, becoming the best rearguard in the NHL not named Orr, in 1970-71. His 63-point campaign, with four game-winners among his eleven goals, earned Tremblay a spot on the first All-Star team as well as the nickname “JC Superstar”.

The youthful goaltending tandem of Rogatien Vachon and Phil Myre, who backstopped the team most of the way to their third place finish, watched as a former college netminder joined the team and won all six late-season games in which he appeared.

Without even enough experience to officially be considered an NHL rookie, Ken Dryden nevertheless got the nod as the Habs playoff goaltender.


In the quarterfinal against Boston, who finished 24 points ahead of the underdog Habs during the regular season, Montreal took the series to the limit before finally prevailing in seven games. An incredible comeback from a 5-1 deficit in a 7-5 win in Game 2 in Boston and victories in the final two games were the highlights as the Canadiens eliminated the NHL powerhouse from the postseason.

The Canadiens and North Stars exchanged victories through the first five games of their semifinal before a Habs’ 3-2 win in game six broke the pattern and sent them through to the Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The first place finishers in the West, Chicago opened the Stanley Cup Finals at home with a 2-1 overtime win and followed it up with a second victory, taking the next game 5-3.

Down two games and trailing 2-0 in the third game, Montreal’s four-goal outburst gave them a 4-2 victory as Yvan Cournoyer netted the game-winner. He potted two in a 5-2 win in game four, tying the series and sending it back to Chicago Stadium.

Home teams continued to dominate, with Tony Esposito shutting out his former teammates 2-0 in the fifth match. Back in front of Forum fans, Montreal overcame a 3-2 third period deficit, with goals by the Mahovlich brothers tying the series for the second time.

After allowing Chicago to take a 2-0 lead in front of their fans in the final game, goals by Jacques Lemaire and Henri Richard evened things up. Two and a half minutes into the third period, the “Pocket Rocket” gave the Habs a lead they held until the final siren.

Jean Beliveau retired as a 10-time Stanley Cup Champion and Ken Dryden, between the pipes for every minute of Montreal’s postseason, was named the Conn Smythe trophy winner as postseason MVP.
The playoffs roadmap
Quarter-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 7th, 1971 MTL 1 BOS 3  
April 8th, 1971 MTL 7 BOS 5  
April 10th, 1971 BOS 1 MTL 3  
April 11th, 1971 BOS 5 MTL 2  
April 13th, 1971 MTL 2 BOS 7  
April 15th, 1971 BOS 3 MTL 8  
April 18th, 1971 MTL 4 BOS 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3
Semi-finals - Minnesota North Stars
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 20th, 1971 MIN 2 MTL 7  
April 22nd, 1971 MIN 6 MTL 3  
April 24th, 1971 MTL 6 MIN 3  
April 25th, 1971 MTL 2 MIN 5  
April 27th, 1971 MIN 1 MTL 6  
April 29th, 1971 MTL 3 MIN 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Stanley Cup Finals - Chicago Blackhawks
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 4th, 1971 MTL 1 CHI 2  
May 6th, 1971 MTL 3 CHI 5  
May 9th, 1971 CHI 2 MTL 4  
May 11th, 1971 CHI 2 MTL 5  
May 13th, 1971 MTL 0 CHI 2  
May 16th, 1971 CHI 3 MTL 4  
May 18th, 1971 MTL 3 CHI 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3