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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 46 25 9 101 289 232
Buffalo Sabres 80 45 27 8 98 286 248
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 28 11 93 288 234
Hartford Whalers 80 38 33 9 85 275 268
Quebec Nordiques 80 12 61 7 31 240 407
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
44 Stéphane Richer 75 51 40 91
27 Shayne Corson 76 31 44 75
6 Russ Courtnall 80 27 32 59
21 Guy Carbonneau 68 19 36 55
39 Brian Skrudland 59 11 31 42
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 54 31-16-5 3 2.53
Season results


Prior to the regular season, Guy Carbonneau and Chris Chelios take over from Bob Gainey and become the first co-captains in team history.

After 16 seasons in a Canadiens jersey, Gainey ends his NHL career following the team’s loss to Calgary in the previous spring’s Stanley Cup Final.

In addition to Gainey’s departure, the team also has to adjust to the losses of Rick Green, who also retires, and Larry Robinson, who becomes a member of the Los Angeles Kings.

Patrick Roy is still on hand and he helps the team get off to a good start, given the circumstances. Stephane Richer, whose goal production tailed off the previous season, begins to regain his scoring touch.

The team has a share of the division lead at the end of November, tied for first place with the Buffalo Sabres.

The Canadiens’ lack of experience on defense begins to show in December and the team starts to struggle. The team loses four in a row between Christmas and New Year’s and drops to third place.

Roy takes matters in hand to right the team. On February 2 and 3, he posts back-to-back shutouts against Buffalo and Hartford. At the end of the season, Roy will win his second straight Vézina Trophy.

On Valentine’s Day, in a game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Canadiens post a 10-1 win. The line of Richer, Shayne Corson and Brian Skrudland leads the way with a combined total of 17 points. Richer accounts for seven points single-handedly, including two goals. He will end the season with 51 goals to become the only Canadiens player other than Guy Lafleur to record two or more 50-goal seasons.

Despite a strong finish to the regular season, Montreal has to settle for third place in the Adams Division with 93 points.


In the opening round of the playoffs, coach Pat Burns’ team faces the Buffalo Sabres for the first time in seven years. After the Sabres win the opener, the Habs come back with two straight wins to capture a 2-1 series lead.

After dropping the fourth game at the Forum, the Canadiens take the series with a pair of wins, 4-2 and 5-2.

For the third year in a row, Montreal faces the Boston Bruins, who finished first overall in the league, in the Adams Division Final.

The Canadiens quickly put themselves behind the eight ball with three straight losses to open the series. The Habs ultimately fall in five games to the Bruins, who will go on to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

The playoffs roadmap
Adams Division semi-finals - Buffalo Sabres
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 5th, 1990 MTL 1 BUF 4  
April 7th, 1990 MTL 3 BUF 0  
April 9th, 1990 BUF 1 MTL 2  
April 11th, 1990 BUF 4 MTL 2  
April 13th, 1990 MTL 4 BUF 2  
April 15th, 1990 BUF 2 MTL 5  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Adams Division finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 19th, 1990 MTL 0 BOS 1  
April 21st, 1990 MTL 4 BOS 5  
April 23rd, 1990 BOS 6 MTL 3  
April 25th, 1990 BOS 1 MTL 4  
April 27th, 1990 MTL 1 BOS 3  
Boston won best-of-seven series 4-1