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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
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
Ottawa Senators 82 52 21 8 1 113 263 182
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 44 28 7 3 98 236 208
Boston Bruins 82 36 31 11 4 87 245 237
Montreal Canadiens 82 30 35 8 9 77 206 234
Buffalo Sabres 82 27 37 10 8 72 190 219
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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
11 Saku Koivu 82 21 50 71
20 Richard Zednik 80 31 19 50
94 Yanic Perreault 73 24 22 46
38 Jan Bulis 82 16 24 40
79 Andrei Markov 79 13 24 37
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 57 20-31-6 2 2.90
Season results


Optimism reigns at the beginning of the season. The team’s playoff success the previous spring, Jose Theodore’s play, and team captain Saku Koivu’s return to full health have many experts predicting a solid season for the Canadiens.

The Canadiens enjoy their share of highs and lows in October, recording nine points in as many games. There is little improvement in November and December.

Players like Mariusz Czerkawski, added to the lineup during the summer, and Donald Audette are slow to produce offense. The two forwards are both sent down for brief stints in the minors. For his part, Jose Theodore’s performance is not up to par with his dream season of a year earlier.

The offense essentially rests on the shoulders of Koivu, Richard Zednik and Yanic Perreault, while Andrei Markov, in his first full season in Montreal, makes huge strides and quickly shows signs of becoming a quarterback on the blue line.

In mid-January, as the team slides to 11th overall in the Eastern Conference, general manager Andre Savard fires Michel Therrien, who was in his third season as the team’s head coach. Savard replaces him with Claude Julien, who filled the same role behind the bench of Habs’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton.

A few days later, Savard makes another move and trades Jeff Hackett, who had been relegated to backup status with the emergence of Theodore, to the San Jose Sharks, who then send Hackett to Boston. In the deal, the Habs acquire Niklas Sundstrom.

Despite Julien’s arrival as head coach, the team is unable to improve its situation. The Habs see their playoff hopes evaporate with a nine-game winless streak that ends in early March.

The Canadiens end the season 10th overall in the East and miss the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.