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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
Hartford Whalers 80 43 30 7 93 287 270
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 29 10 92 277 241
Boston Bruins 80 39 34 7 85 301 276
Quebec Nordiques 80 31 39 10 72 267 276
Buffalo Sabres 80 28 44 8 64 280 308
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 79 25 55 80
15 Bobby Smith 80 28 47 75
32 Claude Lemieux 76 27 26 53
19 Larry Robinson 70 13 37 50
11 Ryan Walter 76 23 23 46
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 Patrick Roy 46 22-16-6 1 2.93
Season results


The team is dealt a tough blow before it even plays its first game of the season in defense of its Stanley Cup Championship. Team captain Bob Gainey injures his knee during a preseason game and is sidelined for three months. Larry Robinson fills in as captain while Gainey recovers.

Despite the absence of the four-time Selke Trophy winner, the Habs continue at the previous spring’s pace and lose only six of their first 20 games. On October 18 at the Forum, the Canadiens’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets allows the team to become the first NHL franchise to hit the 5,000 point benchmark.

On November 20, a new page is added to the team’s storied rivalry with the Boston Bruins, this one for all the wrong reasons. With Chris Nilan playing a prominent role, players from both teams fight in the halls of Boston Garden. The Canadiens’ 3-1 win is of little note.

Things tighten up from that point on as head coach Jean Perron’s team struggles to win prior to the Christmas break, despite the return of captain Gainey.

In February, Rick Green, Chris Chelios and Claude Lemieux, who is enjoying an outstanding first full season in the league, are invited to play for the NHL All-Stars in the Rendez-Vous ’87 series against the Soviet Union in Quebec City. Perron joins them behind the bench of the NHL squad.

The break proves profitable as the team wins 14 of its last 21 games of the season and finishes second in the Adams Division for the second straight year.


For the first time, the opening round of the playoffs will be extended to a best-of-seven series.

For the fourth year in a row, the Canadiens open the playoffs against the Bruins. Montreal’s postseason dominance of Boston is on full display as the Habs sweep coach Terry O’Reilly’s team. It is the team’s 18th consecutive series win over the Bruins, a streak that dates back to 1946.

To the delight of hockey fans throughout Quebec, the Canadiens once again face the Nordiques in the playoffs. The bitter rivalry between the provincial neighbors has reached a level even higher than the tension experienced in the lead up to the Good Friday Brawl three years earlier. It promises to be an unprecedented showdown.

The Nordiques pour cold water on the Canadiens’ fans’ enthusiasm by winning the first two games of the series at the Forum. Montreal returns the favor against Michel Bergeron’s team with consecutive wins at the Colisee in Quebec City. Mats Naslund leads the Canadiens to victory in Game 4 with an overtime goal against Mario Gosselin.

One of the most controversial plays in Canadiens history occurs during the fifth game at the Forum. With 2:53 remaining in the third period, Nordiques forward Alain Cote scores on Brian Hayward, but referee Kerry Fraser waves off the goal with the explanation that Paul Gillis interfered with Hayward. Moments later, Ryan Walter scores the winning goal for the Habs to finish off a setup by Guy Carbonneau.

The Canadiens stumble in the sixth game in Quebec City before winning the series in front of their fans with a 5-3 victory at the Forum in Game 7.

In the conference final against the Philadelphia Flyers, the team’s playoff express is derailed by rookie goalie Ron Hextall, who will go on to claim the Conn Smythe Trophy. Despite winning two games at the Spectrum under the daunting jeers of the Flyers’ rabid fans, the Habs ultimately fall in six games.

The playoffs roadmap
Adams Division semi-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 8th, 1987 BOS 2 MTL 6  
April 9th, 1987 BOS 3 MTL 4  
April 11th, 1987 MTL 5 BOS 4  
April 12th, 1987 MTL 4 BOS 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Adams Division finals - Quebec Nordiques
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 20th, 1987 QUE 7 MTL 5  
April 22nd, 1987 QUE 2 MTL 1  
April 24th, 1987 MTL 7 QUE 2  
April 26th, 1987 MTL 3 QUE 2  
April 28th, 1987 QUE 2 MTL 3  
April 30th, 1987 MTL 2 QUE 3  
May 2nd, 1987 QUE 3 MTL 5  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3
Conference finals - Philadelphia Flyers
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 4th, 1987 MTL 3 PHI 4  
May 6th, 1987 MTL 5 PHI 2  
May 8th, 1987 PHI 4 MTL 3  
May 10th, 1987 PHI 6 MTL 3  
May 12th, 1987 MTL 5 PHI 2  
May 14th, 1987 PHI 4 MTL 3  
Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-2