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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 52 17 9 113 349 221
Montreal Canadiens 78 45 24 9 99 293 240
New York Rangers 78 40 24 14 94 300 251
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 35 27 16 86 274 230
Buffalo Sabres 78 32 34 12 76 242 250
Detroit Red Wings 78 29 39 10 68 255 319
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 43 11 59 224 296
New York Islanders 78 19 41 18 56 182 247
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
27 Frank Mahovlich 71 31 49 80
12 Yvan Cournoyer 67 40 33 73
20 Peter Mahovlich 78 36 37 73
25 Jacques Lemaire 66 29 38 67
10 Guy Lafleur 73 21 35 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
30 Wayne Thomas 42 23-12-5 1 2.76
Season results


A number of unforeseen absences forced the Canadiens to rework their roster for the 1973-74 season. Promising young forwards, Marc Tardif and Rejean Houle, decided to test their luck in the WHA, while Ken Dryden chose to concentrate on completing his legal studies.

Yvon Lambert, the AHL’s most valuable player the year before, filled one of the slots up front, beginning his eight-year tenure with the Habs as one of the league’s top power forwards. Also stepping up to fill the void was Steve Shutt, who enjoyed an increase in ice time and displayed more of a scoring touch than in his initial campaign, notching 15 goals and 35 points.

Between the pipes, the trio of Michel Larocque and Michel Plasse and Wayne Thomas divided the duties. Thomas, who saw the most action, posted a 2.76 goals-against average over 42 games, good enough for fourth among NHL netminders.

The team’s scoring was driven by veterans, with the Mahovlich brothers and Yvan Cournoyer combining as the team’s only truly potent line, putting a collective 226 points into the record books with both the “Roadrunner” and the “Little M” among league leaders with 40 and 36 goals respectively.

On defense, Larry Robinson carved out a full-time post and was a physical presence in all 78 games on the schedule, improving with every game while veteran role players, Claude Larose and Jim Roberts, continued to stymie opposing forwards

Jacques Laperriere and Frank Mahovlich played their final NHL games in 1973-74. Laperriere, limited to only 42 games by injuries, missed the postseason and retired. Mahovlich decided to jump to the WHA, finishing his pro career in the rebel league.

A 45-24-9 regular season record dropped the Canadiens to second place. Boston regained the top spot in the East, finishing 14 points ahead of Montreal.


The Canadiens opponent in the quarterfinals was the New York Rangers, a solid second or third place team since the beginning of the decade. Under Emile Francis the Rangers had qualified for the playoffs for eight straight seasons, their best long-term performance since the mid-1930s.

With eight 20-goal men in the lineup and the acrobatic Eddie Giacomin in goal, the Rangers would prove to be no pushovers. The teams opened the series at the Forum, trading 4-1 decisions before relocating to Madison Square Garden, where they once again split the games.

A 3-2 New York win in overtime before Forum fans in the fifth game gave the Rangers the lead for the second time in the series and the curtain came down on the Canadiens’ season in Manhattan, where they dropped the sixth game 5-2.

The Rangers went on to lose to eventual the Stanley Cup Champion Flyers in the next round.
The playoffs roadmap
Quarter-finals - New York Rangers
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 10th, 1974 NYR 4 MTL 1  
April 11th, 1974 NYR 1 MTL 4  
April 13th, 1974 MTL 4 NYR 2  
April 14th, 1974 MTL 4 NYR 6  
April 16th, 1974 NYR 3 MTL 2  
April 18th, 1974 MTL 2 NYR 5  
NY Rangers won best-of-seven series 4-2