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season card
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
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 103 332 232
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 99 337 290
Chicago Blackhawks 80 31 33 16 78 304 315
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 73 302 345
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 60 292 372
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 56 252 339
Season's leaders see the complete stats
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
22 Steve Shutt 77 35 38 73
31 Mark Napier 79 35 36 71
10 Guy Lafleur 51 27 43 70
14 Mario Tremblay 77 25 38 63
15 Réjean Houle 77 27 31 58
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
RECORD Record - Goalie record (W-L-T)
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
33 Richard Sévigny 33 20-4-3 2 2.40
Season results


A new team for a new decade.

General manager Irving Grundman has high hopes that the Canadiens’ selection of Doug Wickenheiser with the first overall pick in the 1980 Entry Draft will prove to be another bold stroke by the organization, much like the selection of Guy Lafleur was nine years earlier.

Unfortunately for Wickenheiser, the public pressure is overwhelming and comparisons with Denis Savard, the third overall pick in the draft, weigh heavily on the Saskatchewan native’s shoulders. His rookie season falls well short of expectations.

The Canadiens get off to a rough start and soon find themselves last in the Norris Division. They fashion a spectacular recovery with 17 wins in 24 games in November and December. During this outstanding run, Lafleur moves into third place overall among the team’s all-time scoring leaders.

The Habs begin the New Year with an eight-game winning streak and close in on the Los Angeles Kings for the division lead. Despite the team’s success, Grundman makes a number of changes. He sends defenseman Rick Chartraw to Los Angeles, and goalie Michel Larocque to Toronto a few weeks later.

The team could hardly have hoped for better results over the final two months of the season as they lose just six of their final 30 games to finish first overall in the Prince of Wales Conference.

Despite the on-ice success, things are far from smooth in the dressing room where coach Claude Ruel’s defensive style of play proves unpopular.


As successful as the regular season was, the playoffs are brief and disappointing for the Habs. Facing the young Edmonton Oilers in the first round, the Canadiens are swept in three straight games. Young Wayne Gretzky puts his prodigious talents on full display with five assists in the series opener, two more in the second game and a hat trick and an assist in Game 3.

At series end, Habs goalie Richard Sevigny has to eat his words, having predicted several days earlier that Guy Lafleur would easily outplay Gretzky.
The playoffs roadmap
Preliminary round - Edmonton Oilers
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 8th, 1981 EDM 6 MTL 3  
April 9th, 1981 EDM 3 MTL 1  
April 11th, 1981 MTL 2 EDM 6  
Edmonton won best-of-five series 3-0