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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 80 58 11 11 127 337 174
Los Angeles Kings 80 38 33 9 85 263 265
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 35 33 12 82 339 303
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 44 10 62 226 300
Washington Capitals 80 11 59 10 32 224 394
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
10 Guy Lafleur 80 56 69 125
20 Peter Mahovlich 80 34 71 105
22 Steve Shutt 80 45 34 79
12 Yvan Cournoyer 71 32 36 68
5 Guy Lapointe 77 21 47 68
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
29 Ken Dryden 62 42-10-8 8 2.03
Season results


“If you can’t lick them in the alley, you can’t lick them on the ice,” Toronto’s Conn Smythe once claimed. Tired of the Flyers brutish style of play, coach Scotty Bowman studded his lineup for a preseason game against Philadelphia with men more noted for fistic prowess than hockey skills.

The Broad Street Bullies lost much of their power to intimidate after that evening, one that many have identified as the night a dynasty was born. Under new captain, Yvan Cournoyer, the Canadiens stormed through the regular season, losing only 11 of 80 games en route to a 127-point campaign.

Vézina Trophy winner, Ken Dryden, re-established his preeminence among NHL netminders, his 2.03 goals-against average and eight shutouts leading all his peers. Dryden’s stingy numbers were aided in no small part by the defense corps built around the “Big Three” of Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson.

Guy Lafleur, flying down the right side to score 56 times in 1975-76, continued to be the NHL’s most spectacular player. The 69 assists he generated earned him 125 points and the Art Ross Trophy. It would not be the Flower’s last scoring title.

Tied for sixth place among NHL scorers with 105 points, Pete Mahovlich hit the century mark for the second straight year. Steve Shutt, rounding out the Habs’ top line, chipped in 79 points, lighting the lamp 45 times. Cournoyer led by example with a dozen game-winners among his 32 goals.

Montreal’s youthful cadre of two-way forwards had grown in the past few years as energetic youngsters made room for themselves on the roster. The addition of Doug Jarvis, who would appear in every Canadiens game for the next seven seasons, rounded out the final roster.


In the spring of 1976 Montreal played two more postseason than games than in 1975 but began their summer vacation in a much better frame of mind than a year prior.

The Smythe Division champion, Chicago Blackhawks, had finished with 35 fewer regular season points than the Habs. Coached by former Canadiens forward, Billy Reay, they mustered only three goals in the four games it took for Montreal to send them packing.

The New York Islanders fared a little better. Backs to the wall after losing each of the previous confrontations by a one-goal margin, Al Arbour’s men managed a win in the fourth game, staving off elimination for a few days.

The Philadelphia Flyers had scored more goals than any other NHL team over the regular schedule and went into the playoffs with a chance to three-peat as Stanley Cup Champions. Neither Chicago nor the Islanders were able to do them the favor of knocking off Montreal so the Flyers and Canadiens were set to face off for hockey’s Holy Grail.

Billed as a battle of skill versus brawn, the epic clash saw two-time defending champion Broad Street Bullies get all they could handle from the high-flying Canadiens.

The best defense in the league came to the forefront when it was most needed. Montreal took the first two at home, winning 4-3 and 2-1 before moving to the Spectrum where they continued to roll with a 3-2 victory in the third game.

The final game saw the teams deadlocked at three goals each well into the third period. With less than six minutes left in regulation time, a Guy Lafleur goal snapped the tie. It held up as the winner and Pete Mahovlich added an insurance marker before the final siren sounded.

Fifteen men on the roster that won the 19th Stanley Cup in team history would remain with the Canadiens for the rest of the decade, driving the team total to 22 before the dawn of the 1980s.
The playoffs roadmap
Quarter-finals - Chicago Blackhawks
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 11th, 1976 CHI 0 MTL 4  
April 13th, 1976 CHI 1 MTL 3  
April 15th, 1976 MTL 2 CHI 1  
April 18th, 1976 MTL 4 CHI 1  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Semi-finals - New York Islanders
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 27th, 1976 NYI 2 MTL 3  
April 29th, 1976 NYI 3 MTL 4  
May 1st, 1976 MTL 3 NYI 2  
May 4th, 1976 MTL 2 NYI 5  
May 6th, 1976 NYI 2 MTL 5  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1
Stanley Cup Finals - Philadelphia Flyers
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 9th, 1976 PHI 3 MTL 4  
May 11th, 1976 PHI 1 MTL 2  
May 13th, 1976 MTL 3 PHI 2  
May 16th, 1976 MTL 5 PHI 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0