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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 84 51 26 7 109 332 268
Quebec Nordiques 84 47 27 10 104 351 300
Montreal Canadiens 84 48 30 6 102 326 280
Buffalo Sabres 84 38 36 10 86 335 297
Hartford Whalers 84 26 52 6 58 284 369
Ottawa Senators 84 10 70 4 24 202 395
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
25 Vincent Damphousse 84 39 58 97
11 Kirk Muller 80 37 57 94
23 Brian Bellows 82 40 48 88
47 Stéphan Lebeau 71 31 49 80
12 Mike Keane 77 15 45 60
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 62 31-25-5 2 3.20
Season results


Four years after becoming the team’s head coach, Pat Burns leaves for Toronto. Jacques Demers, the former coach of the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, is hired to replace Burns behind the Canadiens’ bench.  

The offseason features plenty of roster moves. Sylvain Turgeon goes to Ottawa, Mike McPhee heads to Minnesota, and Sylvain Lefebvre is off to Toronto.

Russ Courtnall is traded to the North Stars in exchange for Brian Bellows. The biggest deal, though, occurs on August 27 when Shayne Corson, Brent Gilchrist and Vladimir Vujtek are sent to Edmonton in exchange for center Vincent Damphousse.

The Habs soar through the early part of the season and find themselves in first place overall in late November, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

In January, general manager Serge Savard makes a deal with the Calgary Flames, bringing in Gary Leeman in exchange for Brian Skrudland.

The rest of the season resembles a roller coaster ride. The team enjoys a strong January and February but slows down in March. Meanwhile, Boston and Quebec maintain a steady pace and claim the top two spots in the Adams Division. The Habs finish the regular season third in the division with 102 points.

Newcomers Damphousse and Bellows both deliver the goods during their first season in Montreal with 39 and 40 goals, respectively. Damphousse leads his team in scoring for the third straight year with three different clubs, once in a Maple Leafs jersey and later with the Oilers.


In the first round, the team once again faces its provincial rivals, the Nordiques, who claim home-ice advantage, having recorded two more points during the regular season.

Quebec takes full advantage of home ice and wins the first two games of the opening round. Unhappy with his performance at the outset of the series, Patrick Roy bounces back the next game and allows his team to cut the series lead with a 2-1 win in overtime. It is the first of 10 straight overtime games the team will win in the playoffs.

The Habs never look back, posting three wins in a row to claim what will prove to be the final playoff meeting between the two teams.

There is a huge media build up for the division final between Montreal and Buffalo. For the first time, Roy and Grant Fuhr will face each other in the playoffs. The duel doesn’t disappoint as the series’ four games all end 4-3 in favor of the Habs, the last three all decided in overtime.

In the conference final, the team meets the New York Islanders, who upset Pittsburgh, defeating the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in seven games.

Montreal wins the first three games. The team’s 2-1 win in Game 3 allows the Canadiens to tie the playoff record of 11 consecutive victories, held by the Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks. After losing the fourth game on the road, the Habs earn their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 5-2 win in Game 5 at the Forum.

In the Finals, Montreal takes on the Los Angeles Kings, who are making their first appearance in the Final, 26 years after joining the NHL. In Game 1, Luc Robitaille scores two power-play goals and helps lead the Kings to a 4-1 victory.

The second game will be forever remembered for a momentum-changing incident. With the Habs trailing 2-1 late in the third period, Demers – acting on a tip from captain Guy Carbonneau – requests that Marty McSorley’s stick be measured for an illegal curve. Referee Kerry Fraser confirms the Canadiens’ suspicions and, with McSorley sent to the penalty box, Demers pulls Roy for an extra attacker. With a two-man advantage, Eric Desjardins scores the tying goal and sends the game to overtime. Just 51 seconds into the extra frame, Desjardins completes the first hat trick by a defenseman in Stanley Cup Finals history as he beats Kelly Hrudey.

In the following game, the team explodes out of the gate to take a 3-0 lead before the Kings mount a comeback to tie the game. In overtime, Montreal once again strikes quickly as John LeClair wins it with a goal just 34 seconds into the extra frame.

The fourth game is virtually a carbon copy of Game 3. The Habs see the Kings overcome a deficit once again and the game is tied at the end of regulation. Roy makes a series of spectacular saves, including a standout stop on Tomas Sandstrom. Roy winks at Sandstrom following the save and the image is caught by a TV cameraman, a highlight that will be replayed ad inifinitum.

LeClair once again seals the Kings’ fate and becomes the first player since Maurice Richard in 1951 to score in overtime in consecutive playoff games.

The Habs avoid making the same mistake in Game 5 and hold their 4-1 lead right to the final buzzer. The Canadiens win their 24th Stanley Cup, the last at the Forum.
The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - Quebec Nordiques
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 18th, 1993 MTL 2 QUE 3  
April 20th, 1993 MTL 1 QUE 4  
April 22nd, 1993 QUE 1 MTL 2  
April 24th, 1993 QUE 2 MTL 3  
April 26th, 1993 MTL 5 QUE 4  
April 28th, 1993 QUE 2 MTL 6  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Conference semi-finals - Buffalo Sabres
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 2nd, 1993 BUF 3 MTL 4  
May 4th, 1993 BUF 3 MTL 4  
May 6th, 1993 MTL 4 BUF 3  
May 8th, 1993 MTL 4 BUF 3  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Conference finals - New York Islanders
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 16th, 1993 NYI 1 MTL 4  
May 18th, 1993 NYI 3 MTL 4  
May 20th, 1993 MTL 2 NYI 1  
May 22nd, 1993 MTL 1 NYI 4  
May 24th, 1993 NYI 2 MTL 5  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1
Stanley Cup Finals - Los Angeles Kings
Date AWAY   HOME  
June 1st, 1993 LA 4 MTL 1  
June 3rd, 1993 LA 2 MTL 3  
June 5th, 1993 MTL 4 LA 3  
June 7th, 1993 MTL 3 LA 2  
June 9th, 1993 LA 1 MTL 4  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-1