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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
Ottawa Senators 82 44 23 15 103 239 179
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 30 7 97 268 231
Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 91 214 181
Buffalo Sabres 82 37 28 17 91 207 175
Montreal Canadiens 82 32 39 11 75 184 209
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
8 Mark Recchi 61 12 35 47
11 Saku Koivu 65 14 30 44
25 Vincent Damphousse 65 12 24 36
26 Martin Rucinsky 73 17 17 34
38 Vladimir Malakhov 62 13 21 34
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
31 Jeff Hackett 53 24-20-9 5 2.27
Season results


Brought in the previous season, Andy Moog announces his retirement during the offseason and the team finds itself with two young goalies, Jocelyn Thibault and Jose Theodore.

Despite the return of the core of the team for the start of the season, both October and November are tough and the Habs’ inconsistent play proves costly. In a bid to add a veteran presence in goal general manager, Rejean Houle, trades Thibault, who he obtained in the Patrick Roy trade, to acquire Jeff Hackett from the Chicago Blackhawks.

For the first time in over 30 years, the Canadiens are shut out in consecutive games in November. The team struggles to score throughout the season and is unable to reach the 200 goal benchmark for the first time in a season of at least 70 games since 1953-54.

The Habs’ season reaches its nadir in December when the team goes winless for 11 straight games. At the holiday break, Montreal is sitting in the basement of the Northeast Division, and is next to last place in the Eastern Conference with eight wins, 18 losses and seven ties.

Fortunately for the team’s fans, things improve a bit in January and February and hopes of making the playoffs return. But in March, two significant members of the Canadiens’ offense part ways with the team.

First, on March 10, Houle trades Mark Recchi to the Philadelphia Flyers in return for young forward Dainius Zubrus and a draft choice. Two weeks later, team captain Vincent Damphousse is sent to San Jose in exchange for three draft selections, including a first round pick.

With the loss of two of its top three forwards, the Canadiens yield all hope of reaching the eighth and final playoff spot. The team’s 75 points at season’s end are the Habs’ lowest total in a full season in 40 years.

In May, after 16 years as team president, Ronald Corey leaves the Canadiens. He is replaced by Pierre Boivin.