Top-20 All-Time Goal Scorers for the Montreal Canadiens 1 Goals by Maurice Richard-544-544 Guy Lafleur has scored 518 goals in his career. Jean Beliveau has 507 goals. Fourth place is held by Yvan Cournoyer (428 goals). Steve Shutt has scored 410 goals. Additional things to know about the top-20 list: It includes only players who have played at least 200 games or more in a season; it does not include current players of the Montreal Canadiens.
Goals per game average is one way to evaluate goal scorers. The higher the number, the better. The all-time leader is Maurice Richard with 4.92 goals per game. Next is Guy Lafleur with 4.55 goals per game. Third place is held by Jean Béliveau with 4.26 goals per game. Fourth place is held by Yvan Cournoyer with 3.70 goals per game.
Here are the top-10 goal scorers for the Montreal Canadiens as ranked by goals per game average: Richard, Lafleur, Beliveau, Cournoyer, Shutt, Henri Richard, Marcel Dionne, Ken Hodge, and Phil Esposito.
Of the top-10 goal scorers, five of them (Richard, Lafleur, Beliveau, Cournoyer, and Shutt) have won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer.
Richer Richer was the first player since Guy Lafleur's peak to score 50 goals for the Montreal Canadiens in 1987-88 and 51 goals in 1989-90. Richer is the only player in Canadiens history to have scored 50 goals in a single season. He is also the only player to have scored at least 50 goals in a season while playing all but six games for his team.
Richer was born on January 4, 1959 in Saint-Jean-de-Lévis, Quebec. He played minor hockey in Laval before turning pro with the Hull Olympiques of the World Hockey Association (WHA). After one season with Hull, where he set a league record by scoring 52 goals in 62 games, the Montreal Canadiens drafted him ninth overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
Richer immediately made an impact in the NHL, scoring 30 goals in his rookie season. In time, he became one of the top power play quarterbacks in the game, helping the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1993. However, an injury forced him to miss most of the 1994-95 season, ending his bid to break the 50-goal mark. He returned the following year, scoring 51 goals again, this time leading the league in that category. That same year, he was named the MVP of the NHL All-Star Game.
Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille, and Shanahan are four of just eleven players in NHL history with 650 or more goals. Goals of G-Cahreer The names of active players in the NHL are in boldface.
Wayne Gretzky established the record for the fewest NHL games necessary to achieve the milestone with 575. Mario Lemieux was the second-fastest, reaching the milestone in his 605th game. Mike Bossy (647), Brett Hull (693), and the four players that followed needed fewer than 800 games to score their first 500 goals.
Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille, and Shanahan are four of only thirteen players in NHL history with 650 or more goals.
On January 11, 2017, Ovechkin recorded his 1,000th career point, making him the 37th player in NHL history to do it with only one franchise. Ovechkin has since exceeded that milestone and is on the verge of scoring his 700th career goal. That would put him eighth all-time in goals, only eight behind seventh-place Mike Gartner.
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Guy LaFleur, commonly nicknamed as "The Flower" and "Le Demon Blond," scored 50 goals in six straight seasons with the Habs. In addition, he was the first player in NHL history to record at least 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons.
During the 1977-78 season, he had 60 goals and 132 points in 78 games. During the 1978-79 season, he had 52 goals and 129 points in 80 games. During the 1979-80 season, he had 50 goals and 125 points in 74 games. Guy Lafleur is the only Canadiens player with multiple 100-point seasons, ranking sixth all-time.
Joe Malone, who scored five goals in the Canadiens' inaugural NHL game on Dec. 19, 1917, is the only Montreal player to have scored more than three goals in his debut game. Poehling was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. The Greatest Moments of the NHL Season: At the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round (TBA)!'
Malone and Nadeau are the only players to have scored four goals in a single NHL game. They did so on separate occasions: Malone on Nov. 8, 1917, and Nadeau on Jan. 13, 1948. The latter player had an amazing series of games during the 1947-48 season. He started with four goals in a win over the New York Rangers on Oct. 14, 1947, then went on to score another four goals in a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 21, 1947, before ending the season with another four-goal game, this time a victory over the Chicago Black Hawks on Nov. 4, 1947.
Nadeau was one of the best playmakers in NHL history. He won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and ethics to multiple times and was also nominated twice for the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is given to the most valuable player of the league year-round. He died at the age of 36 in a car accident.
The only rookie to score more than three goals in a game is Pierre Bouchard of the Chicago Black Hawks.