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BOB GAINEY (2005-2009)

Bob
Gainey

2005 -
Date of birth December 13th, 1953
Place of birth Peterborough, ON, CAN
Seasons - MTL 2
Seasons - NHL 2
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
TOTALS 57 29 21 0 7 65
2005-2006 41 23 15 0 3 49
2008-2009 16 6 6 0 4 16
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
RESULT Result
TOTALS 10 2 8  
2005-2006 6 2 4 Conference quarterfinals
2008-2009 4 0 4 Conference quarterfinals
Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey is also the team’s head coach. On March 9, 2009, he relieved Guy Crabonneau of his head coaching duties and stepped behind the Montreal bench for the second time.

On January 14, 2006, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey fired head coach Claude Julien and announced that he would serve as the team’s interim coach through the end of the 2005-06 season.

After an erratic first half, the team won 23 times in its last 41 regular season games under Gainey, qualifying for the playoffs with a total of 93 points in the standings.

Goalie Cristobal Huet gave his teammates a much-needed boost in the final stretch of the regular season, winning 18 times – including seven by shutout – in 36 games. During that span he maintained a .929 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.

The Canadiens’ playoff hopes, though, were trounced by the Carolina Hurricanes, who eliminated Montreal in six games in the first round. Three of the six tightly-disputed games were decided in overtime.

At the end of the season, Huet won the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award after posting the league’s best save percentage.

As he had indicated when he took on the interim coaching position, Gainey stepped aside following the playoffs and handed over the job to Guy Carbonneau, who had served an apprenticeship under Gainey as the team’s associate coach.