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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 53 18 9 115 315 218
Boston Bruins 80 37 29 14 88 289 256
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 35 7 83 291 299
Hartford Whalers 80 37 38 5 79 299 290
Quebec Nordiques 80 27 46 7 61 269 342
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 77 33 51 84
15 Bobby Smith 80 32 51 83
24 Chris Chelios 80 15 58 73
44 Stéphane Richer 68 25 35 60
21 Guy Carbonneau 79 26 30 56
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 48 33-5-6 4 2.47
Season results


hen Stephane Richer is suspended for 10 games for slashing Jeff Norton of the New York Islanders. Despite playing without one of the team’s leading scorers, the Canadiens win 22 games, dropping just three contests in November and December.

On December 17, Guy Lafleur returns to Montreal, this time as a member of the New York Rangers. Accorded a hero’s welcome by the Forum faithful, Lafleur rises to the occasion and nets two goals.

The team is practically flawless during the second half of the season, led by the sensational play of goalie, Patrick Roy. Between the end of November and late March, Roy is unbeatable at home. He puts together a 26-game unbeaten streak at the Forum, breaking Bill Durnan’s record of 25 games, set in 1943-44. Roy extends the mark to 29 games without a loss on home ice with another win and a pair of ties. Shared with backup Brian Hayward, at the end of the season Roy will claim his third straight Jennings Trophy.

The Habs keep rolling through the final month of the schedule as they put together one of the finest campaigns in Canadiens history. The team wins 10 of its last 15 games and ends the season atop the Adams Division, 27 points ahead of Boston. The Canadiens’ 115 points mark their highest total since 1981-82.

The Canadiens are particularly dominant at home with a 30-6-4 record at the Forum.

At the end of the season, the team revels in a bumper crop of individual awards: Roy wins his first Vézina Trophy, Chris Chelios claims the Norris Trophy, Pat Burns captures the Jack Adams Award, and Guy Carbonneau wins his second straight Selke Trophy.


In the opening round of the playoffs, the Canadiens quickly dispose of the Hartford Whalers with a four-game series sweep.

The second round against the Bruins is a bit more of a challenge. The Habs get out to a 3-0 lead in the series, but Boston prevents the sweep, winning the fourth game. The Canadiens win the following game at the Forum to end the series. All five games are decided by one goal.

In the conference final, Burns’ squad faces the Philadelphia Flyers, who had upset the Washington Capitals in the previous round. Led by Tim Kerr and Rick Tocchet on offense and Ron Hextall in goal, the Flyers finished the regular season fourth in the Patrick Division with 80 points.

Montreal and Philadelphia split the first two games of the series at the Forum. The Habs then take control with consecutive wins at the Spectrum. After Philadelphia extends the series with an overtime win in Game 5 in Montreal, the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-2 win on the road.

The league’s two best teams in the regular season meet in the Final: the Canadiens and the Calgary Flames. Montreal keeps up with the Flames’ potent offense, featuring Joe Mullen, Doug Gilmour and Joel Otto. Four games into the Final, the series is tied 2-2. Calgary delivers a heavy blow to the Canadiens’ hopes in the fifth game with a 3-2 win.

For the first time in franchise history, the Canadiens look on as a visiting team hoists the Stanley Cup on Forum ice following a 4-2 loss in Game 6.
The playoffs roadmap
Adams Division semi-finals - Hartford Whalers
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 5th, 1989 HFD 2 MTL 6  
April 6th, 1989 HFD 2 MTL 3  
April 8th, 1989 MTL 5 HFD 4  
April 9th, 1989 MTL 4 HFD 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Adams Division finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 17th, 1989 BOS 2 MTL 3  
April 19th, 1989 BOS 2 MTL 3  
April 21st, 1989 MTL 5 BOS 4  
April 23rd, 1989 MTL 2 BOS 3  
April 25th, 1989 BOS 2 MTL 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1
Conference finals - Philadelphia Flyers
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 1st, 1989 PHI 3 MTL 1  
May 3rd, 1989 PHI 0 MTL 3  
May 5th, 1989 MTL 5 PHI 1  
May 7th, 1989 MTL 3 PHI 0  
May 9th, 1989 PHI 2 MTL 1  
May 11th, 1989 MTL 4 PHI 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Stanley Cup Finals - Calgary Flames
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 14th, 1989 MTL 2 CGY 3  
May 17th, 1989 MTL 4 CGY 2  
May 19th, 1989 CGY 3 MTL 4  
May 21st, 1989 CGY 4 MTL 2  
May 23rd, 1989 MTL 2 CGY 4  
May 25th, 1989 CGY 4 MTL 2  
Calgary won best-of-seven series 4-2