It’s time for the greatest hockey franchise in history today on our second NHL Saturday miniseries, meaning it’s the Original Six dominator from Montréal—the Canadiens. Les Habs! In 105 overall seasons, this club has made the playoffs a whopping 85 times and snared 23 Stanley Cups (and 25 titles, in total). Obviously, there are only five teams below, and the sabermetrics reveal the interesting reality that the 1970s were the heyday for the organizations with the most heydays. Enjoy the retrospective!

No. 5: 1974-75 Montréal Canadiens

This is the only team on this short list to not win the Stanley Cup. After finishing first in the Norris Division with a 47-14-19 record for 113 points, these Canadiens beat Vancouver in five games to open the playoffs. Things looked good for the No. 1 team in the SRS, based on a No. 1 finish in scoring offense and a No. 4 rank in scoring defense. However, in the conference semifinals, the Buffalo Sabres upset Montréal in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals against the defending champs from Philadelphia.

These names will be familiar: right wing Guy Lafleur (53G, 66A), center Pete Mahovlich (35G, 82A, 64 PIMs), C Jacques Lemaire (36G, 56A), defenseman Guy Lapointe (28G, 47A, 88 PIMs), RW Yvan Cournoyer (29G, 45A), goaltender Ken Dryden (30-9-16, 4 SOs), and G Michel Larocque (17-5-3, 3 SOs). So how did they lose to the Sabres? Well, Buffalo was No. 2 in the SRS, but the Sabres won three time by one goal each—including two in overtime. Montréal outscored them, 29-20, too.

No. 4: 1972-73 Montréal Canadiens

Remember, the Canadiens won six Cups in the 1970s alone, so … yeah. This Cup-winning squad won the NHL East Division with a 52-10-16 record for 120 points. Even though Montréal played the easiest schedule in the league, the team finished No. 1 in the SRS, No. 2 in scoring offense, and No. 1 in scoring defense. In the playoffs, the Habs beat Buffalo in six games, Philadelphia in five games, and Chicago in six games. This was first of nine Cup championships for Head Coach Scotty Bowman.

Roll call: Lemaire (44G, 51A), left wing Frank Mahovlich (38G, 55A, 51 PIMs), Cournoyer (40G, 39A), Dryden (33-7-13, 6 SOs), G Michel Plasse (11-2-3), and G Wayne Thomas (8-1-0, 1 SO). The skaters dominated the postseason, as Dryden was just so-so in net (2.90 GAA). Montréal outscored its three opponents, 73-50, in winning the NHL title, and Cournoyer even notched a hat trick in Game 3 against Buffalo. This was a pretty dominant team, and it rates out as only the fourth best in team history!

No. 3: 1975-76 Montréal Canadiens

This was the season where the Broad Street Bullies finally went down … and hard. These Canadiens finished first, again, in the Norris with a crazy 58-11-11 record for 127 points. This team was just fourth in goals scored, but it was tops in goal prevention—ending up No. 1 in the SRS again. Come playoff time, there was no doubt about the Montréal Machine: it swept Chicago first, followed that up with a five-game series win over the New York Islanders, and then dropped Philly in four straight to win it all.

Most of the these names have been memorized by now: Lafleur (56G, 69A), Pete Mahovlich (34G, 71A, 76 PIMs), LW Steve Shutt (45G, 34A, 47 PIMs), Dryden (42-10-8, 8 SOs), and Larocque (16-1-3, 2 SOs). Dryden was on his game in the playoffs, going 12-1 with a 1.92 GAA and a .929 S%. The Canadiens outscored their opponents by a combined 44-25 margin, as they won seven one-goal games in the postseason on their way to yet another Cup championship.

No. 2: 1977-78 Montréal Canadiens

Cup champs. Norris Division crown. A 59-10-11 record. The 129 points. Sounds like a broken record, huh? But it was a clean sweep this time, with the top offense, the top defense, and the top spot in the SRS. The Habs went 12-3 in the postseason, beating the Detroit Red Wings (5 games), the Toronto Maple Leafs (4 games), and the Boston Bruins (6 games), in order. Interesting, too, how that was an Original Six procession to the Stanley Cup title for the Canadiens, so there were no flukes there.

Guess who led? Lafleur (60G, 72A), Lemaire (36G, 61A, 54 PIMs), Shutt (49G, 37A), Dryden (37-707, 5 SOs), and Larocque (22-3-4, 1 SO). Dryden once again came up big in the playoffs, starting all the games to the tune of a 1.90 GAA, .920 S%, and 2 SOs. Lafleur and D Larry Robinson both posted 21 points to lead the skaters in the postseason. This time, the Canadiens only needed two one-goal victories in their seemingly routine coronation. This was the third of four straight Cup championships.

No. 1: 1976-77 Montréal Canadiens

Many people feel this is the best team in NHL history: a 60-8-12 record for 132 points, another top Norris finish, and another offseason touring Lord Stanley’s hardware around. The squad was No. 1 in the SRS, and No. 1 in scoring, and No. 1 in defense … blah blah blah. After sweeping St. Louis in the first round of the postseason, somehow the Islanders took 2 games from the Habs in the next round. But the Canadiens returned to form in sweeping the Bruins in the Cup Finals. Darn near a perfect season.

One more time now, with feeling: Lafleur (56G, 80A), Shutt (60G, 45A), Robinson (19G, 66A, 45 PIMs), Lapointe (25G, 51A, 53 PIMs), Lemaire (34G, 51A), Dryden (41-6-8, 10 SOs), and Larocque (19-2-4, 4 SOs). Robinson actually posted a plus-120 rating for the year, too. Dryden was at his best in the postseason (1.56 GAA, .932 S%, 4 SOs), as Montréal outscored its opponents by a collective 54-22 margin. Lafleur added a hat trick in the first round against the Blues … as if it was needed. Best ever? Maybe.