1975–76 NHL season

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Templat:Infobox sports season The 1975–76 NHL season was the 59th season of the National Hockey League. The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, defeating the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers in the final.

Regular season[sunting | sunting sumber]

The Montreal Canadiens set records in wins with 58 and points with 127, beginning a four-year stretch where they would dominate the league in the regular season and win four straight Stanley Cup titles. The Philadelphia Flyers tied the record set by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins for most consecutive home ice wins, with 20.

During the regular season, between December 28 and January 10, "Super Series '76" took place as two teams from the Soviet Championship League played eight exhibitions against NHL teams. HC CSKA Moscow (the "Red Army Club"), defending Soviet champion, played against the New York Rangers, Montreal, Boston and, on January 11, the defending NHL champion, the Philadelphia Flyers, while Krylya Sovetov Moscow ("the Soviet Wings") played against Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Chicago and the New York Islanders.[1]

The blockbuster trade of the year saw the Boston Bruins send superstar center Phil Esposito and star defenceman Carol Vadnais to the New York Rangers for star center Jean Ratelle and superstar defenceman Brad Park. Both Ratelle and Park would excel for the Bruins for years to come, while Esposito's days as the preeminent scorer in the NHL were behind him.

On February 7, 1976, Darryl Sittler set an NHL record that still stands for most points scored in one game. He recorded ten points (six goals, four assists) against the Boston Bruins.

Final standings[sunting | sunting sumber]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Prince of Wales Conference[sunting | sunting sumber]

Templat:1975–76 NHL Adams Division standings Templat:1975–76 NHL Norris Division standings

Clarence Campbell Conference[sunting | sunting sumber]

Templat:1975–76 NHL Patrick Division standings Templat:1975–76 NHL Smythe Division standings

Playoffs[sunting | sunting sumber]

Playoff seeds[sunting | sunting sumber]

The twelve teams that qualified for the playoffs are ranked 1–12 based on regular season points.

Note: Only teams that qualified for the playoffs are listed here.

  1. Montreal Canadiens, Norris Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions – 127 points
  2. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions – 118 points
  3. Boston Bruins, Adams Division champions – 113 points
  4. Buffalo Sabres – 105 points
  5. New York Islanders – 101 points
  6. Los Angeles Kings – 85 points
  7. Toronto Maple Leafs – 83 points
  8. Pittsburgh Penguins – 82 points (35 wins, 5 points head-to-head vs. Atlanta)
  9. Atlanta Flames – 82 points (35 wins, 3 points head-to-head vs. Pittsburgh)
  10. Chicago Black Hawks, Smythe Division champions – 82 points (32 wins)
  11. Vancouver Canucks – 81 points
  12. St. Louis Blues – 72 points

Playoff bracket[sunting | sunting sumber]


  • Division winners earned a bye to the Quarterfinals
  • Teams re-seeded after Preliminary and Quarterfinal rounds

Preliminary Round[sunting | sunting sumber]

(1) Buffalo Sabres vs. (8) St. Louis Blues[sunting | sunting sumber]


(2) New York Islanders vs. (7) Vancouver Canucks[sunting | sunting sumber]


(3) Los Angeles Kings vs. (6) Atlanta Flames[sunting | sunting sumber]


(4) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (5) Pittsburgh Penguins[sunting | sunting sumber]


Quarterfinals[sunting | sunting sumber]

(1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (8) Chicago Black Hawks[sunting | sunting sumber]


(2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (7) Toronto Maple Leafs[sunting | sunting sumber]


(3) Boston Bruins vs. (6) Los Angeles Kings[sunting | sunting sumber]


(4) Buffalo Sabres vs. (5) New York Islanders[sunting | sunting sumber]


Semifinals[sunting | sunting sumber]

(1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (4) New York Islanders[sunting | sunting sumber]


(2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (3) Boston Bruins[sunting | sunting sumber]


Stanley Cup Finals[sunting | sunting sumber]

The two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Philadelphia Flyers, once again made it to the finals, but were swept in four games by the Montreal Canadiens.


Awards[sunting | sunting sumber]

1976 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Wales Conference regular season champion)
Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:
(Campbell Conference regular season champion)
Philadelphia Flyers
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer, regular season)
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:
(Perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication)
Rod Gilbert, New York Rangers
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Top first-year player)
Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
Conn Smythe Trophy:
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Reggie Leach, Philadelphia Flyers
Hart Memorial Trophy:
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Jack Adams Award:
(Best coach)
Don Cherry, Boston Bruins
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
(Best defenceman)
Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers/Boston Bruins
Lester B. Pearson Award:
(Outstanding player, regular season)
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy:
(Goaltender(s) of team(s) with best goaltending record)
Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick Trophy:
(Service to hockey in the U.S.)
Stan Mikita, George A. Leader, Bruce A. Norris

All-Star teams[sunting | sunting sumber]

First Team   Position   Second Team
Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens G Glenn Resch, New York Islanders
Denis Potvin, New York Islanders D Borje Salming, Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad Park, Boston Bruins/New York Rangers D Guy Lapointe, Montreal Canadiens
Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers C Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo Sabres
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens RW Reggie Leach, Philadelphia Flyers
Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers LW Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres

Player statistics[sunting | sunting sumber]

Scoring leaders[sunting | sunting sumber]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens 80 56 69 125 36
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers 76 30 89 119 136
Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres 80 44 69 113 36
Bill Barber Philadelphia Flyers 80 50 62 112 104
Pierre Larouche Pittsburgh Penguins 76 53 58 111 33
Jean Ratelle New York Rangers/Boston Bruins 80 36 69 105 18
Pete Mahovlich Montreal Canadiens 80 34 71 105 76
Jean Pronovost Pittsburgh Penguins 80 52 52 104 24
Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs 79 41 59 100 90
Syl Apps, Jr. Pittsburgh Penguins 80 32 67 99 24

Source: NHL.[2]

Leading goaltenders[sunting | sunting sumber]

Note: GP = Games played; Min - Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 62 3580 121 2.03 42 10 8 8
Chico Resch N.Y. Islanders 44 2546 88 2.07 23 11 8 7
Dan Bouchard Atlanta Flames 47 2671 113 2.54 19 17 8 2
Wayne Stephenson Philadelphia Flyers 66 3819 164 2.58 40 10 13 1
Billy Smith N.Y. Islanders 39 2254 98 2.61 19 10 9 3
Gilles Gilbert Boston Bruins 55 3123 151 2.90 33 8 10 3
Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 68 4003 198 2.97 30 23 13 4
Rogatien Vachon L.A. Kings 51 3060 160 3.14 26 20 5 5
Wayne Thomas Toronto Maple Leafs 64 3684 196 3.19 28 24 12 2
Gary Simmons California Seals 40 2360 131 3.33 15 19 5 2

Other statistics[sunting | sunting sumber]

Debuts[sunting | sunting sumber]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1975–76 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games[sunting | sunting sumber]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1975–76 (listed with their last team):

NOTE: Boudrias finished his major professional career in the World Hockey Association.

See also[sunting | sunting sumber]

References[sunting | sunting sumber]

  • Diamond, Dan, penyunting (2000). Total Hockey. Kingston, NY: Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X. 
  • Dinger, Ralph, penyunting (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5. 
  • Dryden, Steve, penyunting (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9. 
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1. 

External links[sunting | sunting sumber]

Templat:1975–76 NHL season by team Templat:NHL seasons