1953–54 Montreal Canadiens season

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1953–54 Montreal Canadiens
League 2nd NHL
1953–54 record 35–24–11
Goals for 195
Goals against 141
Team information
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (37)
Assists Maurice Richard (30)
Points Maurice Richard (67)
Penalties in minutes Maurice Richard (112)
Wins Gerry McNeil (28)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.59)

The 1953–54 Montreal Canadiens season was the 45th season in franchise history. The team placed second in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in Stanley Cup final against Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 3.

Pre-season[edit]

"Punch Line" center Elmer Lach retired.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]

GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 191 132 +59 88
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 35 24 11 195 141 +54 81
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 24 14 152 131 +21 78
4 Boston Bruins 70 32 28 10 177 181 −4 74
5 New York Rangers 70 29 31 10 161 182 −21 68
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 12 51 7 133 242 −109 31


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1953–54 NHL Records
Team BOS CHI DET MON NYR TOR
Boston 11–1–2 3–8–3 4–6–4 7–7 7–6–1
Chicago 1–11–2 2–11–1 3–9–2 3–9–2 3–11
Detroit 8–3–3 11–2–1 6–6–2 6–5–3 6–3–5
Montreal 6–4–4 9–3–2 6–6–2 9–5 5–6–3
New York 7–7 9–3–2 5–6–3 5–9 3–6–5
Toronto 6–7–1 11–3 3–6–5 6–5–3 6–3–5

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 8, 1953 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 1–0–0
2 W October 10, 1953 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 2–0–0
3 L October 11, 1953 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 2–1–0
4 W October 15, 1953 6–1 New York Rangers (1953–54) 3–1–0
5 W October 17, 1953 5–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 4–1–0
6 L October 18, 1953 0–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 4–2–0
7 W October 22, 1953 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 5–2–0
8 W October 24, 1953 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 6–2–0
9 W October 25, 1953 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 7–2–0
10 W October 29, 1953 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 8–2–0
11 L October 31, 1953 0–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 8–3–0
12 L November 1, 1953 1–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 8–4–0
13 W November 5, 1953 4–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 9–4–0
14 W November 7, 1953 5–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 10–4–0
15 L November 8, 1953 0–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 10–5–0
16 L November 11, 1953 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 10–6–0
17 W November 12, 1953 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–6–0
18 L November 14, 1953 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–7–0
19 T November 15, 1953 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 11–7–1
20 W November 19, 1953 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 12–7–1
21 W November 21, 1953 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 13–7–1
22 T November 22, 1953 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 13–7–2
23 W November 26, 1953 6–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 14–7–2
24 L November 28, 1953 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 14–8–2
25 L November 29, 1953 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 14–9–2
26 W December 3, 1953 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 15–9–2
27 W December 5, 1953 4–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 16–9–2
28 W December 6, 1953 7–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 17–9–2
29 L December 9, 1953 0–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 17–10–2
30 W December 10, 1953 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 18–10–2
31 W December 12, 1953 7–2 New York Rangers (1953–54) 19–10–2
32 L December 13, 1953 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 19–11–2
33 W December 19, 1953 7–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 20–11–2
34 L December 20, 1953 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 20–12–2
35 W December 26, 1953 2–0 New York Rangers (1953–54) 21–12–2
36 T December 30, 1953 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 21–12–3
37 T December 31, 1953 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 21–12–4
38 T January 2, 1954 1–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 21–12–5
39 L January 3, 1954 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 21–13–5
40 W January 7, 1954 7–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 22–13–5
41 W January 9, 1954 12–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 23–13–5
42 L January 10, 1954 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 23–14–5
43 W January 16, 1954 2–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 24–14–5
44 L January 17, 1954 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 24–15–5
45 L January 21, 1954 0–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 24–16–5
46 W January 23, 1954 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 25–16–5
47 L January 24, 1954 3–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 25–17–5
48 W January 27, 1954 2–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 26–17–5
49 L January 30, 1954 1–2 New York Rangers (1953–54) 26–18–5
50 L February 4, 1954 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 26–19–5
51 W February 6, 1954 4–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 27–19–5
52 W February 7, 1954 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 28–19–5
53 T February 11, 1954 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 28–19–6
54 T February 13, 1954 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 28–19–7
55 L February 14, 1954 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 28–20–7
56 W February 18, 1954 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 29–20–7
57 W February 20, 1954 2–0 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 30–20–7
58 L February 22, 1954 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 30–21–7
59 T February 25, 1954 0–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 30–21–8
60 W February 27, 1954 5–0 New York Rangers (1953–54) 31–21–8
61 L February 28, 1954 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 31–22–8
62 T March 4, 1954 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 31–22–9
63 T March 6, 1954 3–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 31–22–10
64 T March 7, 1954 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 31–22–11
65 L March 11, 1954 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 31–23–11
66 W March 13, 1954 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 32–23–11
67 W March 14, 1954 6–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 33–23–11
68 L March 17, 1954 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 33–24–11
69 W March 20, 1954 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1953–54) 34–24–11
70 W March 21, 1954 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 35–24–11

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Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Maurice Richard RW 70 37 30 67 112
Bernie Geoffrion RW 54 29 25 54 87
Bert Olmstead LW 70 15 37 52 85
Ken Mosdell C 67 22 24 46 64
Doug Harvey D 68 8 29 37 110
Jean Beliveau C 44 13 21 34 22
Paul Masnick C 50 5 21 26 57
Elmer Lach C 48 5 20 25 28
Calum MacKay LW 47 10 13 23 54
Floyd Curry RW 70 13 8 21 22
Eddie Mazur D/LW 67 7 14 21 95
Tom Johnson D 70 7 11 18 85
John McCormack C 51 5 10 15 12
Dollard St. Laurent D 53 3 12 15 43
Paul Meger LW 44 4 9 13 24
Dick Gamble LW 32 4 8 12 18
Butch Bouchard D 70 1 10 11 89
Lorne Davis RW 37 6 4 10 2
Dickie Moore LW 13 1 4 5 12
Bud MacPherson D 41 0 5 5 41
Andre Corriveau RW 3 0 1 1 0
Fred Burchell C 2 0 0 0 2
Gerry Desaulniers C 3 0 0 0 0
Ed Litzenberger C/RW 3 0 0 0 0
Gerry McNeil G 53 0 0 0 0
Jacques Plante G 17 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Gerry McNeil 3180 53 28 19 6 114 2.15 6
Jacques Plante 1020 17 7 5 5 27 1.59 5
Team: 4200 70 35 24 11 141 2.01 11

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Dickie Moore LW 11 5 8 13 8
Bernie Geoffrion RW 11 6 5 11 18
Jean Beliveau C 10 2 8 10 4
Floyd Curry RW 11 4 0 4 4
Paul Masnick C 10 0 4 4 4
Maurice Richard RW 11 3 0 3 22
Butch Bouchard D 11 2 1 3 4
Tom Johnson D 11 1 2 3 30
Dollard St. Laurent D 10 1 2 3 8
Eddie Mazur D/LW 11 0 3 3 7
Lorne Davis RW 11 2 0 2 8
Doug Harvey D 10 0 2 2 12
Elmer Lach C 4 0 2 2 0
Paul Meger LW 6 1 0 1 4
Ken Mosdell C 11 1 0 1 4
Calum MacKay LW 3 0 1 1 0
John McCormack C 7 0 1 1 0
Bert Olmstead LW 11 0 1 1 19
Bud MacPherson D 3 0 0 0 4
Gerry McNeil G 3 0 0 0 0
Jacques Plante G 8 0 0 0 0
Gaye Stewart LW 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Jacques Plante 480 8 5 3 15 1.88 2
Gerry McNeil 190 3 2 1 3 0.95 1
Team: 670 11 7 4 18 1.61 3

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Note:
Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1953–1954 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1953–54 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Montreal Canadiens 1954–55 Game Log and Scores". Databasehockey.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  4. ^ "1953-54 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.