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Montreal Canadiens 1975-76 to 1978-79

Montreal Canadiens - 1975-76 to 1978-79
"This is not only a victory for the Canadiens; it is a victory for hockey. I hope that this era of intimidation and violence that is hurting our national sport is coming to an end. Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen." - Serge Savard

"The strangest thing with Scotty (Bowman) would be that the farther ahead we were in the game, the more agitated he'd become. If we were playing a tight 2-1 game, he kept quiet and didn't say anything. But if we were up four or five goals, he'd go crazy...he'd be screaming at us to stay on them, not to goof off and let the other team into the game." - Steve Shutt

On September 13, 1973, Montreal's GM Sam Pollock received a call from his goaltender Ken Dryden. A brilliant performer in the previous regular season and playoffs, Dryden stunned Pollock and the entire hockey world with his decision to retire for the forthcoming season. Dryden was quitting to article for a Toronto law firm, and was unhappy with his $80,000 a year contract when other goalies were making as much as $200,000. After sitting out for a year, Dryden returned to backstop the Habs for four consecutive Stanley Cups.

The Summer After:
three key players - Dryden, Lemaire and Cournoyer - all announced their retirements, coach Scotty Bowman left to become GM and coach in Buffalo

  Stanley Cups: 4 consecutive
6 total in the 70's

Stanley Cup Finals Record: 16-3

Regular Season Winning %: .786

Individual Trophy Winners: 20

Individuals Selected To All-Star Teams: 16

Hockey Hall of Famers: (9)
Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden, Bob Gainey, Guy Lafleur, Guy Lapointe, Jacques Lemaire, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard, Steve Shutt

Other Star Contributors:
Doug Jarvis, Pete Mahovlich, Doug Risebrough

Key Team Records:
Most Wins: 60 (1976-77)
Most Points: 132 (1976-77 - NHL record)
Most Goals: 387 (1976-77)

Key Individual Records:
Most Goals: 60 (Steve Shutt in 1976-77,
Guy Lafleur in 1977-78)
Most Assists: 83 (Pete Mahovlich in 1974-75) Most Points: 136 (Guy Lafleur in 1977-78)

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