1976–77 NHL season

The 1976–77 NHL season was the 60th season of the National Hockey League. The Kansas City Scouts moved to Denver, Colorado, and became the Colorado Rockies and the California Golden Seals moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and became the Cleveland Barons. The Montreal Canadiens once again dominated the playoffs as, for the second straight year, they swept their opponent four games to none in the final series for the Stanley Cup.

1976–77 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 5, 1976 – May 14, 1977
Number of games 80
Number of teams 18
Draft
Top draft pick Rick Green
Picked by Washington Capitals
Regular season
Season champions Montreal Canadiens
Season MVP Guy Lafleur (Canadiens)
Top scorer Guy Lafleur (Canadiens)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVP Guy Lafleur (Canadiens)
Stanley Cup
Champions Montreal Canadiens
  Runners-up Boston Bruins

League business

Two teams would relocate: The Kansas City Scouts moved to Denver, Colorado, and became the Colorado Rockies and the California Golden Seals moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and became the Cleveland Barons. The last time a relocation had occurred was when the Ottawa Senators had relocated in 1934 to become the St. Louis Eagles. Instability and the poor performances of the Washington Capitals and the Scouts since the 1974 expansion caused the league to shelve an expansion to Denver and Seattle that had been proposed for this season.

This season was Clarence Campbell's last as NHL President. He would be succeeded by John Ziegler.

Regular season

The previous season saw the Montreal Canadiens set new records in wins and points. Both of those records were broken again by the Canadiens this season as, with the highest points percentage in post-expansion NHL history (.825), they had 60 wins and 132 points. Their home record was 33 wins, 1 loss, and 6 ties. Scoring two hundred goals more than they allowed, the Canadiens were a full 20 points ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers, however, were swept in four straight games by the third-place Boston Bruins in the semi-finals. The Bruins were in turn swept by the Canadiens in four straight in the finals.

On February 2, 1977, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Ian Turnbull became the first player in NHL history to score five goals on five shots.[1]

Final standings

Prince of Wales Conference
Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 49 23 8 312 240 106
Buffalo Sabres 80 48 24 8 301 220 104
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 33 32 15 301 285 81
Cleveland Barons 80 25 42 13 240 292 63

[2]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 60 8 12 387 171 132
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 31 15 271 241 83
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 34 33 13 240 252 81
Washington Capitals 80 24 42 14 221 307 62
Detroit Red Wings 80 16 55 9 183 309 41

[2]

Clarence Campbell Conference
Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 16 16 323 213 112
New York Islanders 80 47 21 12 288 193 106
Atlanta Flames 80 34 34 12 264 265 80
New York Rangers 80 29 37 14 272 310 72

[2]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 80 32 39 9 239 276 73
Minnesota North Stars 80 23 39 18 240 310 64
Chicago Black Hawks 80 26 43 11 240 298 63
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 42 13 235 294 63
Colorado Rockies 80 20 46 14 226 307 54

[2]

Playoffs

The New York Islanders won six consecutive games before the semi-final and were the only team from the preliminary round to make it to the semi-finals, where they lost to the first-ranked, defending champion and eventual champion Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens swept the St. Louis Blues, dispatched the Islanders in six to reach the final. The losses to the Islanders were the Canadiens' only losses of their playoff run. Second-ranked Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the quarter-final, before being swept by the third-ranked Boston Bruins in the semi-final.

Playoff structure

For the 1976–77 Stanley Cup playoff tournament, the top three teams in each division were awarded playoff berths. These twelve teams were then ranked 1 through 12 according to their regular season records, irrespective of divisional affiliation. The four division winners automatically qualified for the quarterfinals, while the remaining eight teams (2nd and 3rd place teams in each division) played a preliminary round. For the preliminary round, the top-ranked non-division winner played the twelfth-ranked team, the second top ranked non-division winner played the eleventh-ranked team, the third ranked non-division winner played the third-lowest ranked non-division winner. (This did not necessarily have to be the tenth-ranked team, as it was possible for a tenth-ranked team to win its division. In fact, St. Louis did win the Smythe Division as the tenth-ranked playoff team.) The remaining two non-division winners formed the fourth preliminary round pairing. The preliminary round consisted of a best-of-three series with the first game played on the home ice of the higher-ranked team, and the second game on the home ice of the lower-ranked team. If a third and deciding game was necessary, it was played on the home ice of the higher-ranked team.

For the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds, each series was a best-of-seven, with home-ice advantage in games 1, 2, 5 and 7 going to the team with the better regular season record. The other team hosted games 3 and 4, and game 6 if it was necessary. The four preliminary round winners joined the four division winners for the quarterfinals. The matchups were determined according to regular season records without regard to divisional affiliations. Of the eight remaining teams, the top-ranked team played the lowest-ranked remaining team, the second-highest-ranked remaining team played the second-lowest-ranked remaining team, etc. The four quarterfinal winners advanced to the semifinals, with the match-ups again determined by regular season records. The highest-ranked remaining team played the lowest-ranked remaining team, and the other two teams formed the second match-up. The two semifinal winners played each other in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Playoff seeds

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 – 132 points
  2. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions – 112 points
  3. Boston Bruins, Adams Division champions – 106 points (49 wins)
  4. New York Islanders – 106 points (47 wins)
  5. Buffalo Sabres – 104 points
  6. Los Angeles Kings – 83 points
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins – 81 points (34 wins)
  8. Toronto Maple Leafs – 81 points (33 wins)
  9. Atlanta Flames – 80 points
  10. St. Louis Blues, Smythe Division champions – 73 points
  11. Minnesota North Stars – 64 points
  12. Chicago Black Hawks – 63 points

Playoff bracket

  Preliminary Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
       
  1 Montreal 4  
    8 St. Louis 0  
     
       
  1 Montreal 4  
  4 NY Islanders 2  
1 NY Islanders 2  
8 Chicago 0  
  4 NY Islanders 4
    5 Buffalo 0  
2 Buffalo 2
7 Minnesota 0  
  1 Montreal 4
  3 Boston 0
       
       
  2 Philadelphia 4
    7 Toronto 2  
4 Pittsburgh 1
5 Toronto 2  
  2 Philadelphia 0
  3 Boston 4  
       
       
  3 Boston 4
    6 Los Angeles 2  
3 Los Angeles 2
6 Atlanta 1  
  • Division winners earned a bye to the Quarterfinals
  • Teams were re-seeded based on regular season record after the Preliminary and Quarterfinal rounds

Preliminary Round

(1) New York Islanders vs. (8) Chicago Black Hawks

April 5 Chicago Black Hawks 2–5 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Grant Mulvey (1) – pp – 15:22 First period No scoring
Kirk Bowman (1) – pp – 08:24 Second period 02:31 – J.P. Parise (1)
No scoring Third period 03:18 – ppDenis Potvin (1)
04:53 – Billy MacMillan (1)
11:56 – Bob Bourne (1)
19:22 – en – J.P. Parise (2)
Tony Esposito 32 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 14 saves / 16 shots
April 7 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Dennis Hull (1) – pp – 11:12 First period 13:56 – Jude Drouin (1)
No scoring Second period 14:18 – Clark Gillies (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Tony Esposito 33 saves / 35 saves Goalie stats Billy Smith 18 saves / 19 shots
New York won series 2–0

(2) Buffalo Sabres vs. (7) Minnesota North Stars

April 5 Minnesota North Stars 2–4 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Recap  
Roland Eriksson (1) – 02:08 First period 02:55 – Rene Robert (1)
Tim Young (1) – 7:35 Second period 02:47 – Jim Lorentz (1)
04:35 – Jerry Korab (1)
No scoring Third period 19:55 – en – Rene Robert (2)
Pete LoPresti 37 saves / 41 shots Goalie stats Don Edwards 23 saves / 25 shots
April 7 Buffalo Sabres 7–1 Minnesota North Stars Met Center Recap  
Jim Lorentz (2) – 04:33
Richard Martin (1) – 16:11
Jim Lorentz (3) – 17:07
First period 10:07 – Doug Hicks (1)
Gary McAdam (1) – 16:36
Jocelyn Guevremont (1) – 17:55
Second period No scoring
Jocelyn Guevremont (2) – pp – 02:09
Jim Lorentz (4) – 15:28
Third period No scoring
Don Edwards 24 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Pete LoPresti 5 saves / 8 shots
Gary Smith 11 saves / 15 shots
Buffalo won series 2–0

(3) Los Angeles Kings vs. (6) Atlanta Flames

April 5 Atlanta Flames 2–5 Los Angeles Kings The Forum Recap  
Guy Chouinard (1) – pp – 04:07 First period 00:23 – Glenn Goldup (1)
10:33 – ppMike Murphy (1)
17:38 – ppButch Goring (1)
Willi Plett (1) – 08:06 Second period 14:04 – Don Kozak (1)
No scoring Third period 17:57 – Glenn Goldup (2)
Dan Bouchard 20 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Rogie Vachon 20 saves / 22 shots
April 7 Los Angeles Kings 2–3 Atlanta Flames Omni Coliseum Recap  
Marcel Dionne (1) – 15:30 First period 15:14 – Guy Chouinard (2)
16:52 – Curt Bennett (1)
Don Kozak (2) – pp – 15:13 Second period 08:47 – Eric Vail (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Rogie Vachon 31 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Phil Myre 22 saves / 24 shots
April 9 Atlanta Flames 2–4 Los Angeles Kings The Forum Recap  
Bill Clement (1) – sh – 14:58 First period 03:47 – Butch Goring (2)
05:52 – Marcel Dionne (2)
No scoring Second period 03:06 – Butch Goring (3)
Tom Lysiak (1) – pp – 05:05 Third period 19:59 – en – Butch Goring (4)
Phil Myre 19 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Rogie Vachon 25 saves / 27 shots
Los Angeles won series 2–1

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs

April 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 13:25 – Bob Kelly (1)
Don Ashby (1) – 04:12
Lanny McDonald (1) – 12:11
Second period No scoring
Dave Williams (1) – 10:32
Darryl Sittler (1) – en – 19:52
Third period 18:34 – ppMario Faubert (1)
Wayne Thomas 29 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Denis Herron 29 saves / 32 shots
April 7 Pittsburgh Penguins 6–4 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Jean Pronovost (1) – 01:01
Ron Stackhouse (1) – 06:37
Syl Apps Jr. (1) – pp – 12:30
First period No scoring
Lowell MacDonald (1) – 07:38 Second period 06:10 – ppDarryl Sittler (2)
12:38 – Stan Weir (1)
Greg Malone (1) – 13:57
Ron Stackhouse (2) – en – 19:23
Third period 03:37 – ppIan Turnbull (1)
07:52 – Borje Salming (1)
Denis Herron 37 saves / 41 shots Goalie stats Wayne Thomas 28 saves / 33 shots
April 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena Recap  
Borje Salming (2) – pp – 08:34
Ian Turnbull (2) – pp – 14:14
First period 19:40 – ppJean Pronovost (2)
Lanny McDonald (2) – 08:46
Lanny McDonald (3) – 14:17
Second period 16:06 – Blair Chapman (1)
Lanny McDonald (4) – en – 19:44 Third period No scoring
Mike Palmateer 38 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Denis Herron 37 saves / 41 shots
Toronto won series 2–1

Quarterfinals

(1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (8) St. Louis Blues

April 11 St. Louis Blues 2–7 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Bernie Federko (1) – 18:38 First period 00:51 – Guy Lafleur (1)
07:54 – ppLarry Robinson (1)
16:30 – Guy Lafleur (2)
19:35 – Jacques Lemaire (1)
No scoring Second period 11:27 – Guy Lafleur (3)
14:33 – ppGuy Lapointe (1)
Brian Sutter (1) – 12:32 Third period 02:23 – Bill Nyrop (1)
Ed Staniowski 26 saves / 32 shots
Eddie Johnston 9 saves / 10 shots
Goalie stats Ken Dryden 18 saves / 20 shots
April 13 St. Louis Blues 0–3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 06:15 – Steve Shutt (1)
13:19 – Bob Gainey (1)
No scoring Second period 18:01 – Guy Lafleur (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Eddie Johnston 38 saves / 41 shots
Ed Staniowski 0 saves / 0 shots
Goalie stats Ken Dryden 23 saves / 23 shots
April 16 Montreal Canadiens 5–1 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
Serge Savard (1) – pp – 02:57
Serge Savard (2) – 19:45
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Steve Shutt (2) – 01:35
Rick Chartraw (1) – 08:46
Jacques Lemaire (2) – 13:10
Third period 16:50 – Claude Larose (1)
Ken Dryden 36 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Eddie Johnston 30 saves / 35 shots
April 17 Montreal Canadiens 4–1 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
Steve Shutt (3) – pp – 18:21 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 02:46 – Larry Patey (1)
Guy Lafleur (5) – 02:34
Peter Mahovlich (1) – 14:49
Bob Gainey (2) – sh-en – 19:55
Third period No scoring
Ken Dryden 24 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Ed Staniowski 27 saves / 30 shots
Montreal won series 4–0

(2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (7) Toronto Maple Leafs

April 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers Spectrum Recap  
Darryl Sittler (3) – pp – 04:10
Tiger Williams (2) – 07:11
Errol Thompson (1) - 8:52
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 13:25 – ppRick MacLeish (1)
No scoring Third period 10:27 – ppBob Dailey (1)
Mike Palmateer 17 saves / 18 shots
Wayne Thomas 10 saves / 11 shots
Goalie stats Bernie Parent 21 saves / 24 shots
April 13 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers Spectrum Recap  
Bob Neely (1) – pp – 06:55
Stan Weir (2) – pp – 11:15
First period No scoring
Tiger Williams (3) – 00:37
Darryl Sittler (4) – 15:08
Second period 06:07 – Bill Barber (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Mike Palmateer 27 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Bernie Parent 11 saves / 15 shots
Wayne Stephenson 5 saves / 5 shots
April 15 Philadelphia Flyers 4–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period 03:48 – ppDarryl Sittler (5)
18:27 – ppIan Turnbull (3)
Ross Lonsberry (1) – 03:18
Orest Kindrachuk (1) – pp – 12:53
Second period No scoring
Rick MacLeish (2) – 19:22 Third period 15:41 – Errol Thompson (2)
Rick MacLeish (3) – 02:55 First overtime period No scoring
Wayne Stephenson 25 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Mike Palmateer 33 saves / 37 shots
April 17 Philadelphia Flyers 6–5 OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Bobby Clarke (1) – pp – 13:28 First period No scoring
Reggie Leach (1) – 11:21 Second period 04:03 – Lanny McDonald (5)
06:16 – ppBorje Salming (3)
18:45 – pp – Lanny McDonald (6)
Mel Bridgman (1) – sh – 14:11
Tom Bladon (1) – 18:11
Bobby Clarke (2) – 18:27
Third period 06:24 – Lanny McDonald (7)
12:44 – pp – Lanny McDonald (8)
Reggie Leach (2) – 19:10 First overtime period No scoring
Wayne Stephenson 37 saves / 42 shots Goalie stats Mike Palmateer 39 saves / 45 shots
April 19 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2 Philadelphia Flyers Spectrum Recap  
No scoring First period 14:12 – Reggie Leach (3)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 15:07 – Reggie Leach (4)
Mike Palmateer 37 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Wayne Stephenson 21 saves / 21 shots
April 21 Philadelphia Flyers 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period 11:43 – ppIan Turnbull (4)
Bobby Clarke (3) – 04:10
Bob Dailey (2) – 15:36
Second period 07:17 – Lanny McDonald (9)
Rick MacLeish (4) – pp – 07:37
Jimmy Watson (1) – 17:22
Third period 05:06 – pp – Lanny McDonald (10)
Wayne Stephenson 21 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Wayne Thomas 26 saves / 30 shots
Philadelphia won series 4–2

(3) Boston Bruins vs. (6) Los Angeles Kings

April 11 Los Angeles Kings 3–8 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 01:49 – Bobby Schmautz (1)
02:45 – Brad Park (1)
04:50 – Bobby Schmautz (2)
12:15 – shGregg Sheppard (1)
19:24 – Bobby Schmautz (3)
Don Kozak (3) – 09:45
Vic Venasky (1) – pp – 18:37
Second period 11:30 – Terry O'Reilly (1)
Dave Hutchison (1) – 10:24 Third period 02:06 – Stan Jonathan (1)
15:52 – ppPeter McNab (1)
Rogie Vachon 24 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 19 saves / 22 shots
April 13 Los Angeles Kings 2–6 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 06:14 – Stan Jonathan (2)
07:28 – Terry O'Reilly (2)
09:53 – Bobby Schmautz (4)
No scoring Second period 17:03 – Jean Ratelle (1)
17:59 – Bobby Schmautz (5)
Tom Williams (1) – pp – 14:11
Marcel Dionne (3) – pp – 19:29
Third period 03:09 – Gregg Sheppard (2)
Rogie Vachon 11 saves / 16 shots
Gary Simmons 6 saves / 7 shots
Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 15 saves / 17 shots
April 15 Boston Bruins 7–6 Los Angeles Kings The Forum Recap  
Bobby Schmautz (6) – pp – 05:49 First period 03:40 – Mike Murphy (2)
10:51 – ppBob Murdoch (1)
19:20 – Butch Goring (5)
Terry O'Reilly (3) – 01:59
Don Marcotte (1) – 03:39
Second period 07:00 – Gary Sargent (1)
16:33 – Tom Williams (2)
Bobby Schmautz (7) – pp – 00:10
Wayne Cashman – 11:27
Don Marcotte (2) – 17:08
Stan Jonathan (3) – 19:47
Third period 18:05 – Marcel Dionne (4)
Gerry Cheevers 18 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Rogie Vachon 22 saves / 29 shots
April 17 Boston Bruins 4–7 Los Angeles Kings The Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 00:06 – Don Kozak (4)
18:39 – Frank St. Marseille (1)
Peter McNab (2) – 01:30 Second period 15:56 – ppButch Goring (6)
18:40 – ppGary Sargent (2)
Jean Ratelle (2) – pp – 03:26
Bobby Schmautz (8) – 05:51
Rick Middleton (1) – 15:08
Third period 10:08 – Marcel Dionne (5)
10:51 – Mike Murphy (3)
14:45 – Gene Carr (1)
Gerry Cheevers 11 saves / 15 shots
Gilles Gilbert 4 saves / 7 shots
Goalie stats Rogie Vachon 30 saves / 34 shots
April 19 Los Angeles Kings 3–1 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Dave Schultz (1) – pp – 16:22 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 13:42 – Rick Middleton (2)
Bob Murdoch (2) – 01:00
Mike Murphy (4) – en – 19:59
Third period No scoring
Rogie Vachon 39 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 18 saves / 20 shots
April 21 Boston Bruins 4–3 Los Angeles Kings The Forum Recap  
Rick Middleton (3) – 03:42
Stan Jonathan (4) – 07:35
Rick Middleton (4) – 07:46
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Gregg Sheppard (3) – pp – 12:58 Third period 00:42 – ppGary Sargent (3)
05:39 – Tom Williams (3)
08:51 – ppButch Goring (7)
Gerry Cheevers 15 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Rogie Vachon 34 saves / 38 shots
Boston won series 4–2

(4) New York Islanders vs. (5) Buffalo Sabres

April 11 Buffalo Sabres 2–4 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
No scoring First period 12:28 – Garry Howatt (1)
18:44 – Billy Harris (1)
Gilbert Perreault (1) – 09:38
Rene Robert (3) – 11:39
Second period 12:04 – Clark Gillies (2)
18:33 – Jude Drouin (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Don Edwards 24 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 37 saves / 39 shots
April 13 Buffalo Sabres 2–4 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Don Luce (1) – 11:26
Rene Robert (4) – pp – 15:40
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 13:50 – Bob Bourne (2)
16:31 – Bryan Trottier (1)
No scoring Third period 08:30 – Clark Gillies (3)
11:35 – Dave Lewis (1)
Don Edwards 18 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 24 saves / 26 shots
April 15 New York Islanders 4–3 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Recap  
Billy Harris (2) – 17:39 First period 02:18 – ppRick Martin (2)
06:29 – ppJerry Korab (2)
Jude Drouin (3) – 10:55
Jude Drouin (4) – pp – 13:40
Second period No scoring
Clark Gillies (4) – 00:09 Third period 10:10 – ppDon Luce (2)
Billy Smith 45 saves / 48 shots Goalie stats Don Edwards 19 saves / 23 shots
April 17 New York Islanders 4–3 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Recap  
Billy Harris (3) – pp – 10:29 First period 02:49 – Jocelyn Guevremont (3)
Ed Westfall (1) – sh – 09:54
Denis Potvin (2) – 18:51
Second period 06:16 – ppDon Luce (3)
Billy MacMillan (2) – 07:42 Third period 04:57 – Rene Robert (5)
Billy Smith 26 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Gerry Desjardins 17 saves / 21 shots
New York won series 4–0

Semifinals

(1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (4) New York Islanders

April 23 New York Islanders 3–4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Billy Harris (4) – pp – 08:39
Billy Harris (5) – 12:56
First period 12:14 – Peter Mahovlich (2)
Billy Harris (6) – 00:49 Second period 09:40 – Murray Wilson (1)
No scoring Third period 02:25 – Guy Lafleur (6)
04:07 – Steve Shutt (4)
Billy Smith 34 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Ken Dryden 16 saves / 19 shots
April 26 New York Islanders 0–3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 07:46 – shJimmy Roberts (1)
11:31 – Larry Robinson (2)
19:24 – ppPeter Mahovlich (3)
Billy Smith 30 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Ken Dryden 19 saves / 19 shots
April 28 Montreal Canadiens 3–5 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Guy Lapointe (2) – 11:10
Jimmy Roberts (2) – 17:29
First period 12:49 – ppDenis Potvin (3)
19:50 – Denis Potvin (4)
No scoring Second period 06:04 – J.P. Parise (3)
Guy Lapointe (3) – 16:20 Third period 11:09 – Andre St. Laurent (1)
19:49 – enBryan Trottier (2)
Ken Dryden 19 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 35 saves / 38 shots
April 30 Montreal Canadiens 4–0 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Steve Shutt (5) – 01:04
Guy Lafleur (7) – 02:23
Jimmy Roberts (3) – 08:18
First period No scoring
Steve Shutt (6) – 17:31 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Ken Dryden 18 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 18 saves / 22 shots
Chico Resch 11 saves / 11 shots
May 3 New York Islanders 4–3 OT Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
J.P. Parise (4) – pp – 08:11 First period 09:08 – Jacques Lemaire (3)
Denis Potvin (5) – 18:11 Second period 03:27 – Mario Tremblay (1)
Jude Drouin (5) – 13:09 Third period 11:38 – Yvon Lambert (1)
Billy Harris (7) – 03:58 First overtime period No scoring
Chico Resch 26 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Ken Dryden 15 saves / 19 shots
May 5 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Bob Gainey (3) – 00:07 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Bob Gainey (4) – 9:12 Third period 19:51 – Denis Potvin (6)
Ken Dryden 27 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Chico Resch 18 saves / 20 shots
Montreal won series 4–2

(2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (3) Boston Bruins

April 24 Boston Bruins 4–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers Spectrum Recap  
Jean Ratelle (3) – 11:36 First period No scoring
Bobby Schmautz (9) – pp – 06:56
Don Marcotte (3) – sh – 15:31
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 01:45 – ppBobby Clarke (4)
16:33 – Bob Dailey (3)
19:31 – Bobby Clarke (5)
Rick Middleton (5) – 02:57 First overtime period No scoring
Gerry Cheevers 35 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Wayne Stephenson 17 saves / 20 shots
Bernie Parent 3 saves / 4 shots
April 26 Boston Bruins 5–4 2OT Philadelphia Flyers Spectrum Recap  
Peter McNab (3) – 13:45 First period 14:53 – Andre Dupont (1)
Gregg Sheppard (4) – 14:01
Mike Milbury (1) – 15:01
Jean Ratelle (4) – 15:39
Second period 05:35 – Orest Kindrachuk (2)
07:58 – Paul Holmgren (1)
15:16 – Gary Dornhoefer (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Terry O'Reilly (4) – 10:07 Second overtime period No scoring
Gerry Cheevers 43 saves / 47 shots Goalie stats Wayne Stephenson 28 saves / 33 shots
April 28 Philadelphia Flyers 1–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Bob Dailey (4) – pp – 08:59 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 12:07 – Peter McNab (4)
No scoring Third period 07:51 – Mike Milbury (2)
Wayne Stephenson 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 14 saves / 15 shots
May 1 Philadelphia Flyers 0–3 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 10:45 – Jean Ratelle (5)
No scoring Third period 14:05 – Don Marcotte (4)
19:13 – en – Don Marcotte (5)
Wayne Stephenson 35 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 21 saves / 21 shots
Boston won series 4–0

Stanley Cup Finals

The defending champion Montreal Canadiens took on the "Original Six" rival, the third-ranked Boston Bruins in the Final. Both teams had swept a series and had lost only two games in the earlier rounds. The Canadiens swept the series in four games to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

May 7 Boston Bruins 3–7 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Brad Park (2) – 05:23 First period 01:45 – Doug Risebrough (1)
04:23 – ppYvon Lambert (2)
14:35 – Mario Tremblay (2)
Terry O'Reilly (5) – 11:54
Bobby Schmautz (10) – pp – 16:35
Second period 05:08 – Jacques Lemaire (4)
No scoring Third period 00:59 – Rick Chartraw (2)
02:04 – Mario Tremblay (3)
13:58 – Yvon Lambert (3)
Gerry Cheevers 17 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Ken Dryden 17 saves / 20 shots
May 10 Boston Bruins 0–3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 07:43 – ppPeter Mahovlich (4)
12:07 - Doug Risebrough (2)
No scoring Third period 05:40 – Steve Shutt (7)
Gerry Cheevers 16 saves / 19 shots Goalie stats Ken Dryden 22 saves / 22 shots
May 12 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Guy Lafleur (8) – pp – 04:08
Steve Shutt (8) – pp – 07:58
Jacques Lemaire (5) – pp – 18:29
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 06:32 – Gregg Sheppard (5)
Guy Lafleur (9) – 12:52 Third period 18:34 – ppPeter McNab (5)
Ken Dryden 23 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 15 saves / 19 shots
May 14 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 OT Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 11:38 – Bobby Schmautz (11)
Jacques Lemaire (6) – 01:34 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Jacques Lemaire (7) – 04:32 First overtime period No scoring
Ken Dryden 25 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 26 saves / 28 shots
Montreal won series 4–0

Awards

1977 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)
Ed Westfall, New York Islanders
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Top first-year player)
Willi Plett, Atlanta Flames
Conn Smythe Trophy:
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy:
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
Jack Adams Award:
(Best coach)
Scotty Bowman, Montreal Canadiens
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
(Best defenceman)
Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
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 & Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick Trophy:
(Service to hockey in the U.S.)
John Bucyk, Murray Armstrong, John Mariucci

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens G Rogie Vachon, Los Angeles Kings
Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens D Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
Borje Salming, Toronto Maple Leafs D Guy Lapointe, Montreal Canadiens
Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings C Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo Sabres
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens RW Lanny McDonald, Toronto Maple Leafs
Steve Shutt, Montreal Canadiens LW Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens 80 56 80 136 20
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 53 69 122 12
Steve Shutt Montreal Canadiens 80 60 45 105 28
Rick MacLeish Philadelphia Flyers 79 49 48 97 42
Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres 80 39 56 95 30
Tim Young Minnesota North Stars 80 29 66 95 58
Jean Ratelle Boston Bruins 78 33 61 94 22
Lanny McDonald Toronto Maple Leafs 80 46 44 90 77
Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs 73 38 52 90 89
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers 80 27 63 90 71

Source: NHL.[3]

Leading goaltenders

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
Michel Larocque Montreal Canadiens 26 1525 53 2.09 19 2 4 4
Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 56 3275 117 2.14 41 6 8 10
Chico Resch N.Y. Islanders 46 2711 103 2.28 26 13 6 4
Billy Smith N.Y. Islanders 36 2089 98 2.50 21 8 6 2
Don Edwards Buffalo Sabres 25 1480 62 2.51 16 7 2 2
Gerry Desjardins Buffalo Sabres 49 2871 126 2.63 31 12 6 3
Bernie Parent Philadelphia Flyers 61 3525 159 2.71 35 13 12 5
Rogatien Vachon L.A. Kings 68 4059 184 2.72 33 23 12 8
Denis Herron Pittsburgh Penguins 34 1920 94 2.94 15 11 5 1
Dunc Wilson Pittsburgh Penguins 45 2627 129 2.95 18 19 8 5

Coaches

Patrick Division

Adams Division

Norris Division

Smythe Division

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1976–77 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1976–77 (listed with their last team):

See also

References

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Kingston, NY: Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (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.
Notes
  1. ^ Hockey's Book of Firsts, p.27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  2. ^ a b c d Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225.
  3. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 150.

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