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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 41 27 12 94 309 262
Quebec Nordiques 80 41 30 9 91 323 275
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 28 14 90 290 237
Boston Bruins 80 36 34 10 82 303 287
Hartford Whalers 80 30 41 9 69 268 318
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
26 Mats Naslund 80 42 37 79
14 Mario Tremblay 75 31 35 66
24 Chris Chelios 74 9 55 64
21 Guy Carbonneau 79 23 34 57
6 Pierre Mondou 67 18 39 57
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
37 Steve Penney 54 26-18-8 1 3.08
Season results


To celebrate their 75th anniversary, the Canadiens unveil their all-time Dream Team, as selected by their fans, on January 12 at the Forum: Toe Blake behind the bench, Jacques Plante in goal, Doug Harvey and Larry Robinson on defense, and the line of Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Dickie Moore are all on hand along with Aurele Joliat, who takes part in the ceremony as the oldest living member of the Canadiens.

Before the start of the regular season, Serge Savard parts ways with two of the team’s goalies. He trades Rick Wamsley to the St. Louis Blues and Richard Sevigny, left unprotected, is picked up by the Quebec Nordiques. Steve Penney, the revelation of the previous spring’s playoffs, becomes the team’s No. 1 goalie.

The team avoids a repeat of the 1983-84 regular season and collects victories from the outset of the schedule. The Canadiens record 30 points over the course of the first two months of the season. While everything seems smooth on the ice, a big change is just around the corner.

Unhappy with the defensive style of play imposed by Jacques Lemaire, his former teammate and current head coach, and disappointed with his low offensive production of recent seasons, Guy Lafleur announces his retirement on November 26. The loss of “Flower” comes in addition to the departure of Steve Shutt, who was traded one week earlier to the Los Angeles Kings. Though it is not part of a master plan, Savard is paving the way for the arrival over the course of the following season of a crop of talented young players from the organization’s farm team in Sherbrooke.

In the wake of the departure of two of the team’s top scorers, Mats Naslund steps up and puts together his best season since arriving in North American two years earlier.

The team struggles in January and Penney starts to show signs of overuse. Doug Soetaert, acquired from the Winnipeg Jets at the beginning of the season, also
sees his fair share of work.

Soetaert and Penney can count on the support of two young players making their first strides in the league, Petr Svoboda and Chris Chelios, a pair of offensive defensemen. The latter plays so well that he is invited to play in the All-Star Game, though he finishes as a runner-up to Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux as the league’s rookie of the year.

Things come together for Lemaire’s squad late in the season and the Canadiens finish first in the Adams Division, three points ahead of the Nordiques. The two teams will cross paths again in the playoffs.


The Canadiens face perrenial rival Boston in the first round of the postseason. The Bruins surprise the Habs with a 5-3 win in the opener at the Forum. Lemaire’s players lose only one more game after that and claim the series, three games to two.

For the second year in a row, the Habs face off against the Nordiques in the division final. Quebec claims the first game at the Forum and the teams split the next four games.

Facing elimination in Game 6, the Canadiens extend their season with a 5-2 win at the Colisee in Quebec City. The seventh game, typical of the series, is a tight battle. After 60 minutes, the teams are tied 2-2.

To the disappointment of Forum fans and Habs supporters everywhere, it’s the Nordiques who break through in overtime as Peter Stastny scores to give Quebec a 3-2 win, officially ending the Canadiens’ season.
The playoffs roadmap
Adams Division semi-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 10th, 1985 BOS 5 MTL 3  
April 11th, 1985 BOS 3 MTL 5  
April 13th, 1985 MTL 4 BOS 2  
April 14th, 1985 MTL 6 BOS 7  
April 16th, 1985 BOS 0 MTL 1  
Canadiens won best-of-five series 3-2
Adams Division finals - Quebec Nordiques
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 18th, 1985 QUE 2 MTL 1  
April 21st, 1985 QUE 4 MTL 6  
April 23rd, 1985 MTL 6 QUE 7  
April 25th, 1985 MTL 3 QUE 1  
April 27th, 1985 QUE 5 MTL 1  
April 30th, 1985 MTL 5 QUE 2  
May 2nd, 1985 QUE 3 MTL 2  
Quebec won best-of-seven series 4-3