After posting a losing 5-7-2 record against Toronto during the regular season, the Canadiens face the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row.
For the second straight season, the Habs end the Leafs’ drive for the Cup, this time with a four-game sweep.
In the Stanley Cup Final, Toe Blake’s squad takes on the Detroit Red Wings.
The Canadiens struggle at the outset of the series and the Wings quickly take the lead by beating Montreal 3-2 and 5-3 to claim the first two games at the Forum.
After recovering with 4-2 and 2-1 wins at the Olympia in Detroit, the Canadiens put their opponents in a tight spot with a convincing 5-1 win in the fifth game in Montreal.
Unable to score since the start of the Final, Henri Richard ends the series in overtime in Game 6 by sliding with the puck into the back of Roger Crozier’s goal after losing his edge and falling, giving the team a 3-2 win. For a second consecutive year, Montreal ends the postseason with a Stanley Cup parade.
Defenseman Jean-Claude Tremblay leads the team in scoring with 11 points, including nine assists. Béliveau follows with 10 points and leads the team with five goals.