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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
Boston Bruins 80 49 25 6 104 336 261
Buffalo Sabres 80 48 25 7 103 315 257
Quebec Nordiques 80 42 28 10 94 360 278
Montreal Canadiens 80 35 40 5 75 286 295
Hartford Whalers 80 28 42 10 66 288 320
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
10 Guy Lafleur 80 30 40 70
26 Mats Naslund 77 29 35 64
15 Bobby Smith 70 26 37 63
21 Guy Carbonneau 78 24 30 54
11 Ryan Walter 73 20 29 49
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
1 Rick Wamsley 42 19-17-3 2 3.70
Season results


Following the Canadiens’ quick playoff exit the previous spring, team president Ronald Corey cleans house with a number of significant front office moves. General manager Irving Grundman, scouting director Ronald Caron and head coach Bob Berry are relieved of their duties.

Serge Savard becomes the first Francophone to become the Habs’ GM since Jules Dugal in the late 1930s. He asks Berry to return and coach the team, with Jacques Laperriere and Jacques Lemaire as his assistants.

The Canadiens get off to a rough start and have a hard time catching their groove. Savard wastes no time and at the end of October proceeds with the first big deal of his tenure as he trades Keith Acton, Mark Napier and a third round draft pick to the Minnesota North Stars in return for Bobby Smith.

A few weeks later, he continues to rebuild the team by trading defenseman Robert Picard to the Winnipeg Jets for a draft choice. In June, Savard will use that pick to draft Patrick Roy.

The Canadiens’ situation improves in December and January, but they remain in fourth place in their division, 20 points behind the Buffalo Sabres, one of the top teams in the league.

The team falls apart in February and March with just 10 wins in 28 games. Montreal’s offense is ineffective as evidenced by Guy Lafleur, who fails to score a goal over that entire stretch. Berry pays the price for the Canadiens’ poor results and he is fired at the end of February. Jacques Lemaire takes over behind the bench.

With a 35-40-5 record at the end of the regular season, the Habs finish below .500 for the first time since 1950-51, yet the team still manages to claim a playoff spot by finishing fourth in the Adams Division with 75 points.


At the outset of the playoffs, few observers believe the Canadiens stand a chance against the Bruins. That is, before accounting for rookie Steve Penney’s startling emergence in goal. The Habs’ eighth round choice in the 1980 draft, Penney has appeared in only four regular season games and is still searching for his first NHL win.

Unhappy with the erratic play of goalies Richard Sevigny and Rick Wamsley, Lemaire names Penney his starter at the outset of the playoffs. Facing the Bruins’ formidable offense led by Barry Pederson, Rick Middleton and Raymond Bourque, Penney is sensational. He holds the Bruins to two goals in the first two games of the series before posting a shutout in the third game in Montreal. Penney is the primary force behind the Canadiens’ stunning upset over the Bruins and he becomes an immediate fan favorite at the Forum.

For the second time in three years, the team faces the Nordiques in the playoffs. Despite the burgeoning rivalry between the two teams, nobody could have predicted what would follow.

With the series tied 2-2, the two teams return to Quebec for Game 5. Penney delivers another stellar performance and posts his second playoff shutout in a 4-0 win.

On April 20, 1984, tension is at a fever pitch for Game 6. At the end of the second period, chaos ensues. Chris Nilan delivers a vicious blow to the Nordiques’ Randy Moller, and Mario Tremblay does the same to Peter Stastny. Louis Sleigher comes to his teammates’ defense and goes after Canadiens blue-liner, Jean Hamel.

Both benches empty and the Forum crowd witnesses one of the most notorious displays in NHL history. In all, no less than 198 penalty minutes are doled out by referee Bruce Hood, who completely loses control of the game. The Canadiens overcome a 2-0 deficit and win 5-3 in a game that is renowned as the “Good Friday Brawl.”

Once again, Penney continues his miraculous play in the conference final. Facing the New York Islanders, who are trying to win a fifth straight Stanley Cup, Penney helps catapult the Canadiens to a 2-0 series lead. The Islanders regroup, however, and win the next four games to advance to the Final.
The playoffs roadmap
Adams Division semi-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 4th, 1984 MTL 2 BOS 1  
April 5th, 1984 MTL 3 BOS 1  
April 7th, 1984 BOS 0 MTL 5  
Canadiens won best-of-five series 3-0
Adams Division finals - Quebec Nordiques
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 12th, 1984 MTL 2 QUE 4  
April 13th, 1984 MTL 4 QUE 1  
April 15th, 1984 QUE 1 MTL 2  
April 16th, 1984 QUE 4 MTL 3  
April 18th, 1984 MTL 4 QUE 0  
April 20th, 1984 QUE 3 MTL 5  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Conference finals - New York Islanders
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 24th, 1984 NYI 0 MTL 3  
April 26th, 1984 NYI 2 MTL 4  
April 28th, 1984 MTL 2 NYI 5  
May 1st, 1984 MTL 1 NYI 3  
May 3rd, 1984 NYI 3 MTL 1  
May 5th, 1984 MTL 1 NYI 4  
NY Islanders won best-of-seven series 4-2