With their 62 wins, the 1995–96 Detroit Red Wings
eclipsed the all-time record of most regular-season wins, which had been set at 60 by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens
. Their 131 points during the regular season were the most since the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens
accumulated 132 points (still an all-time record). They had two winning streaks of 9 games, and had a 13–game unbeaten streak from Sunday, March 3, 1996 to Sunday, March 31, 1996, going 12–0–1 during that stretch. Having the best record in the league, the Red Wings were awarded the President's Trophy
. During the 1995–96 regular season, the Red Wings were the only team to score a goal in all 82 of its games.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Red Wings defeated the eighth-place Winnipeg Jets
marking the Jets' final games in Winnipeg as the franchise relocated to Phoenix following their playoff defeat. The Wings then defeated the fifth-place St. Louis Blues
in the second round. The latter series went to seven games, the seventh of which went to double overtime where Steve Yzerman
's slap-shot goal beat Jon Casey
in the top right-hand corner of the net. In the Western Conference Finals, the Red Wings were ousted in 6 games by the Colorado Avalanche
who were in the first year after moving from Quebec. These two teams would start the famed Detroit Red Wings Colorado Avalanche Rivalry
which lasted nearly a decade.
- November 28, 1995: The Montreal Canadiens......