1977–78 Montreal Canadiens season

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1977–78 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup champions
Wales Conference champions
Norris Division champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 1st Wales
1977–78 record 59–10–11
Goals for 359
Goals against 183
Team information
General Manager Sam Pollock
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Yvan Cournoyer
Alternate captains None
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Lafleur (60)
Assists Guy Lafleur (72)
Points Guy Lafleur (132)
Penalties in minutes Gilles Lupien (108)
Wins Ken Dryden (37)
Goals against average Ken Dryden (2.05)

The 1977–78 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 69th season. The Canadiens won their third straight Stanley Cup, and 21st overall.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 59 10 11 359 183 129
Detroit Red Wings 80 32 34 14 252 266 78
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 34 15 243 245 77
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 25 37 18 254 321 68
Washington Capitals 80 17 49 14 195 321 48

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 12, 1977 7–3 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 1–0–0
2 W October 15, 1977 5–0 New York Rangers (1977–78) 2–0–0
3 W October 16, 1977 2–0 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 3–0–0
4 W October 19, 1977 5–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 4–0–0
5 T October 20, 1977 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 4–0–1
6 W October 23, 1977 6–2 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 5–0–1
7 W October 24, 1977 5–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 6–0–1
8 T October 26, 1977 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 6–0–2
9 L October 29, 1977 3–5 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 6–1–2
10 L October 30, 1977 0–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 6–2–2
11 T November 2, 1977 2–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 6–2–3
12 W November 5, 1977 5–2 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 7–2–3
13 L November 7, 1977 3–5 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 7–3–3
14 W November 10, 1977 5–1 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 8–3–3
15 W November 12, 1977 5–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 9–3–3
16 W November 13, 1977 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 10–3–3
17 W November 16, 1977 4–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 11–3–3
18 W November 19, 1977 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 12–3–3
19 L November 23, 1977 1–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 12–4–3
20 W November 24, 1977 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 13–4–3
21 W November 26, 1977 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 14–4–3
22 W November 29, 1977 9–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 15–4–3
23 L December 1, 1977 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 15–5–3
24 W December 3, 1977 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 16–5–3
25 T December 5, 1977 2–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 16–5–4
26 W December 8, 1977 8–1 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 17–5–4
27 W December 10, 1977 7–2 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 18–5–4
28 W December 12, 1977 5–1 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 19–5–4
29 L December 14, 1977 2–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 19–6–4
30 L December 17, 1977 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 19–7–4
31 W December 18, 1977 2–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 20–7–4
32 W December 21, 1977 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 21–7–4
33 W December 23, 1977 7–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 22–7–4
34 W December 27, 1977 5–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 23–7–4
35 W December 29, 1977 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 24–7–4
36 W December 31, 1977 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 25–7–4
37 W January 3, 1978 2–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 26–7–4
38 W January 4, 1978 4–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 27–7–4
39 T January 9, 1978 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 27–7–5
40 W January 11, 1978 8–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 28–7–5
41 W January 12, 1978 6–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 29–7–5
42 W January 14, 1978 5–3 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 30–7–5
43 W January 18, 1978 7–4 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 31–7–5
44 T January 19, 1978 1–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 31–7–6
45 W January 21, 1978 8–1 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 32–7–6
46 W January 26, 1978 5–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 33–7–6
47 W January 28, 1978 6–3 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 34–7–6
48 W January 31, 1978 5–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 35–7–6
49 T February 2, 1978 4–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 35–7–7
50 T February 4, 1978 5–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 35–7–8
51 T February 9, 1978 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 35–7–9
52 W February 11, 1978 7–3 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 36–7–9
53 W February 12, 1978 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 37–7–9
54 W February 15, 1978 6–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 38–7–9
55 W February 17, 1978 8–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 39–7–9
56 W February 18, 1978 9–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 40–7–9
57 W February 20, 1978 4–2 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 41–7–9
58 W February 23, 1978 5–1 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 42–7–9
59 L February 25, 1978 3–6 New York Rangers (1977–78) 42–8–9
60 W February 26, 1978 2–1 New York Islanders (1977–78) 43–8–9
61 W February 28, 1978 9–3 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 44–8–9
62 W March 1, 1978 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 45–8–9
63 W March 4, 1978 7–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 46–8–9
64 L March 6, 1978 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 46–9–9
65 W March 8, 1978 4–3 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 47–9–9
66 W March 9, 1978 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 48–9–9
67 W March 11, 1978 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 49–9–9
68 W March 13, 1978 5–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 50–9–9
69 W March 15, 1978 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 51–9–9
70 W March 18, 1978 6–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 52–9–9
71 W March 20, 1978 5–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 53–9–9
72 W March 23, 1978 5–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 54–9–9
73 W March 25, 1978 5–0 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 55–9–9
74 T March 26, 1978 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 55–9–10
75 W March 29, 1978 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 56–9–10
76 W April 1, 1978 7–1 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 57–9–10
77 T April 2, 1978 4–4 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 57–9–11
78 W April 5, 1978 6–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 58–9–11
79 W April 8, 1978 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 59–9–11
80 L April 9, 1978 0–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 59–10–11

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Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup[edit]

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 13 Boston 1 Montreal 4
May 16 Boston 2 Montreal 3 OT
May 18 Montreal 0 Boston 4
May 21 Montreal 3 Boston 4 OT
May 23 Boston 1 Montreal 4
May 25 Montreal 4 Boston 1

Montreal wins the series 4–2.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Guy Lafleur RW 78 60 72 132 26 73 15 0 12
Jacques Lemaire C 76 36 61 97 14 54 6 0 5
Steve Shutt LW 80 49 37 86 24 56 16 0 7
Larry Robinson D 80 13 52 65 39 71 3 2 5
Rejean Houle W 76 30 28 58 50 39 3 0 5
Yvan Cournoyer RW 68 24 29 53 12 39 4 0 6
Pierre Mondou C 71 19 30 49 8 32 4 0 3
Pierre Larouche C 44 17 32 49 11 32 3 0 1
Guy Lapointe D 49 13 29 42 19 46 4 0 2
Serge Savard D 77 8 34 42 24 62 4 0 1
Doug Risebrough C 72 18 23 41 97 30 1 0 3
Yvon Lambert LW 77 18 22 40 20 10 7 0 3
Doug Jarvis C 80 11 28 39 23 12 2 2 1
Bob Gainey LW 66 15 16 31 57 11 0 2 1
Bill Nyrop D 72 5 21 26 37 56 1 2 1
Mario Tremblay RW 56 10 14 24 44 6 0 1 0
Rick Chartraw D/RW 68 4 12 16 64 16 0 0 1
Pierre Bouchard D 59 4 6 10 29 27 0 0 1
Pete Mahovlich C 17 3 5 8 4 6 0 0 1
Gilles Lupien D 46 1 3 4 108 19 0 0 0
Michel Larocque G 30 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Engblom D 28 1 2 3 23 9 0 0 0
Ken Dryden G 52 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Murray Wilson LW 12 0 1 1 0 −1 0 0 0
Pat Hughes RW 3 0 0 0 2 −2 0 0 0
Mike Polich C/LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Schutt LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Ken Dryden 3071 52 37 7 7 105 2.05 5
Michel Larocque 1729 30 22 3 4 77 2.67 1
Team: 4800 80 59 10 11 182 2.27 6

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Guy Lafleur RW 15 10 11 21 16 3 0 2
Larry Robinson D 15 4 17 21 6 2 0 0
Steve Shutt LW 15 9 8 17 20 3 0 0
Jacques Lemaire C 15 6 8 14 10 0 0 1
Yvan Cournoyer RW 15 7 4 11 10 0 0 2
Rejean Houle W 15 3 8 11 14 0 0 0
Pierre Mondou C 15 3 7 10 4 2 0 1
Bob Gainey LW 15 2 7 9 14 0 1 0
Doug Jarvis C 15 3 5 8 12 1 0 1
Serge Savard D 15 1 7 8 8 0 0 0
Guy Lapointe D 14 1 6 7 16 1 0 0
Yvon Lambert LW 15 2 4 6 6 1 0 1
Doug Risebrough C 15 2 2 4 17 0 1 1
Bill Nyrop D 12 0 4 4 6 0 0 0
Pierre Larouche C 5 2 1 3 4 1 0 1
Mario Tremblay RW 5 2 1 3 16 0 0 1
Rick Chartraw D/RW 10 1 0 1 10 0 0 1
Pierre Bouchard D 10 0 1 1 5 0 0 0
Ken Dryden G 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Engblom D 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Gilles Lupien D 8 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Ken Dryden 919 15 12 3 29 1.89 2
Team: 919 15 12 3 29 1.89 2

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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]

1978 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Champions[edit]

Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson, Bill Nyrop, Pierre Bouchard, Jim Roberts, Rick Chartraw, Brian Engblom, Gilles Lupien, Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Pierre Larouche, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Yvon Lambert, Bob Gainey, Doug Jarvis, Doug Risebrough, Murray Wilson, Mario Tremblay, Rejean Houle, Pierre Mondou, Mike Polich, Michel Larocque, Scotty Bowman (coach), Sam Pollock (general manager), Eddy Palchak, Pierre Meilleur (trainers)

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (League)
1 10 Mark Napier Right Wing  Canada Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
1 18 Norm Dupont Left Wing  Canada Montreal Jr. Canadiens (QMJHL)
2 36 Rod Langway Defence  United States University of New Hampshire (ECAC)
3 43 Alain Cote Defence  Canada Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
3 46 Pierre Lagace Left Wing  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
3 49 Moe Robinson Defence  Canada Kingston Canadians (OMJHL)
3 54 Gordie Roberts Defence  United States New England Whalers (WHA)
4 64 Robert Holland Goaltender  Canada Montreal Juniors (QMJHL)
5 90 Gaetan Rochette Left Wing  Canada Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL)
6 108 Bill Himmelright Defence  United States University of North Dakota (WCHA)
7 124 Richard Sevigny Goaltender  Canada Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
8 137 Keith Hendrickson Defence  United States University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
8 140 Morgan Reilly Right Wing  United States Colorado College (WCHA)
9 152 Barry Borrett Goaltender  Canada Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
9 154 Sid Tanchak Centre  Canada Clarkson University (ECAC)
10 160 Mark Holden Goaltender  United States Brown University (ECAC)
10 162 Craig Laughlin Right Wing  Canada Clarkson University (ECAC)
11 167 Dan Poulin Defence  Canada Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
11 169 Tom McDonell Centre  Canada Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)
12 173 Cary Farelli Right Wing  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)
12 174 Carey Walker Goaltender  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
13 176 Mark Wells Centre  United States Bowling Green University (CCHA)
13 177 Stan Palmer Defence  United States University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
14 179 Jean Belisle Goaltender  Canada Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
14 180 Bob Daly Goaltender  Canada Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)
15 182 Bob Boileau Right Wing  Canada Boston University (ECAC)
15 183 John Costello Centre  United States University of Massachusetts Lowell (ECAC)

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Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1977–78 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  3. ^ "1977-78 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 234, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5