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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
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
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 82 43 24 6 9 101 236 201
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 43 25 10 4 100 249 207
Ottawa Senators 82 39 27 9 7 94 243 208
Montreal Canadiens 82 36 31 12 3 87 207 209
Buffalo Sabres 82 35 35 11 1 82 213 200
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
94 Yanic Perreault 82 27 29 56
20 Richard Zednik 82 22 22 44
6 Oleg Petrov 75 24 17 41
93 Doug Gilmour 70 10 31 41
90 Joé Juneau 70 8 28 36
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
60 José Théodore 67 30-24-10 7 2.11
Season results


ns among the team’s fans, who can now count on having two quality centers in the lineup. That hopeful outlook suddenly transforms into one of concern.

In September, the team makes the shocking announcement that its captain, Saku Koivu, is suffering from intra-abdominal non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer.

On October 5, Savard attempts to address his captain’s absence by signing veteran Doug Gilmour.

The team has an up and down first month without its captain and emotional leader.

On October 30, in a game against the Edmonton Oilers, 18-year-old Olivier Michaud becomes the second-youngest goalie to take part in an NHL game when he relieves Mathieu Garon. He stops each of the 14 shots he faces.

Savard adds some scoring power and experience to the offense by acquiring Donald Audette and Shaun Van Allen from the Dallas Stars in return for Martin Rucinsky and Benoit Brunet.

In November, the Habs climb to sixth place in the Eastern Conference with seven wins in 13 games. Jose Theodore is the primary reason for the team’s success. Theodore is simply spectacular in maintaining a goals-against-average below two while regularly facing 30 or more shots per game.

Adversity, however, strikes Michel Therrien’s team once again. The newly-acquired Audette sees his forearm tendons are sliced by the skate of New York Rangers forward Radek Dvorak. His season is jeopardized.

After a rough December despite more remarkable performances by Theodore, Savard makes another move at the end of January. He trades with the Phoenix Coyotes to obtain forward Sergei Berezin in exchange for Brian Savage.

Following the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Theodore takes matters into his own hands. Despite the Habs’ numerous injuries, the young goalie comes up with still more outstanding performances that allow the team to win seven games in a row. The call goes out: Theodore has to be a candidate for not just the Vézina Trophy, but the Hart Trophy as well – both pieces of hardware he will collect later in June. The feat makes Theodore the only the third goalie in NHL history to claim both honors, joining Dominik Hasek and Habs legend Jacques Plante.

On April 9, Koivu makes his emotional return from cancer, with the Habs’ captain receiving a lengthy standing ovation from a capacity Bell Centre crowd. The Canadiens celebrate the occasion with a 4-3 victory over the Senators, securing the Habs first playoff berth in four years.


In the first round, the team matches up against the Boston Bruins, who finished first overall in the Eastern Conference. The two teams trade wins through the first four games before, yet again, Theodore rises to the occasion.

In Game 5, Theodore stops 43 of 44 Bruins shots, allowing the team to return to the Molson Centre with a 3-2 series lead. Two days later, Theodore makes 34 saves and, to everyone’s surprise, the Habs knock off the Bruins in six games.

In their conference semifinal, Therrien’s squad faces off against the Carolina Hurricanes. After being shut out 2-0 in the first game, the Habs win the next two games to take a 2-1 series lead. Theodore continues his exceptional play and turns aside a total of 77 shots during the Games 2 and 3.

The series momentum shifts in Game 4. Leading 3-0 early in the third period, the Habs see the Hurricanes strike for three straight goals to send the game to overtime. Like a bad dream, defenseman Niclas Wallin scores just three minutes into overtime to give Carolina the win.

The Canadiens will not recover and go on to suffer two stinging defeats as their season comes to an abrupt end.

The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 18th, 2002 MTL 5 BOS 2  
April 21st, 2002 MTL 4 BOS 6  
April 23rd, 2002 BOS 3 MTL 5  
April 25th, 2002 BOS 5 MTL 2  
April 27th, 2002 MTL 2 BOS 1  
April 29th, 2002 BOS 1 MTL 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Conference semi-finals - Carolina Hurricanes
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 3rd, 2002 MTL 0 CAR 2  
May 5th, 2002 MTL 4 CAR 1  
May 7th, 2002 CAR 1 MTL 2  
May 9th, 2002 CAR 4 MTL 3  
May 12th, 2002 MTL 1 CAR 5  
May 13th, 2002 CAR 8 MTL 2  
Carolina won best-of-seven series 4-2