Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Greatest NHL Team Ever
THE 1976-77 MONTREAL CANADIENS
The Montreal Canadiens went 60-8-12 for 132 points in the 1976-77 NHL season, which is still a record for points in a season by a team. Montreal outscored the opposition 387-171 during the 80-game schedule.
The Canadiens were led by the likes of Hall-of-Famers Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson and goaltender Ken Dryden. Steve Shutt and Jacques Lemaire were part of the first line along with Lafleur. Robinson anchored the league's best defense along with Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe. Hall-of-Famer Scotty Bowman was the Head Coach of the legendary team.
Bob Gainey and Yvon Cournoyer were also stalwarts on the record setting club, which lost just one game (33-1-6) at home that season and only eight games overall, a record which still stands for least amount of losses in a full season.
Montreal won the Stanley Cup that season by sweeping the Boston Bruins in four games and went 12-2 in the playoffs. It was the second consecutive Stanley Cup title in a run of four straight from the 1975-76 to 1978-79 seasons by the Canadiens.