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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 41 19 15 7 104 209 188
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 24 10 3 103 242 204
Ottawa Senators 82 43 23 10 6 102 262 189
Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 7 4 93 208 192
Buffalo Sabres 82 37 34 7 4 85 220 221
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
71 Mike Ribeiro 81 20 45 65
73 Michael Ryder 81 25 38 63
11 Saku Koivu 68 14 41 55
20 Richard Zednik 81 26 24 50
44 Sheldon Souray 63 15 20 35
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 33-28-5 6 2.27
Season results


During the offseason, Andre Savard yields the general manager’s position to Bob Gainey, the team’s former captain. Gainey spent 12 years in the Dallas Stars’ organization after playing his entire 16-year NHL career with the Canadiens.

Gainey makes just a few changes over the course of the summer, signing Steve Begin and enforcer Darren Langdon.

The team gets off to a slow start. In mid-November, the Habs are sitting in eighth place overall in the Eastern Conference.

On November 22, the team takes part in the first outdoor game in NHL history. Played in frigid minus-20 degree Celsius weather at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Claude Julien’s team claims a 4-3 win over the Oilers in the Heritage Classic. The game is preceded by an exhibition game between legendary players from the two teams, including the likes of Guy Lafleur and Wayne Gretzky.

The outdoor victory is the turning point in the first half of the season. The team claims 25 points in its next 20 games and climbs to fifth place in the East.

In mid-January, Gainey puts Donald Audette on waivers and the right winger is claimed by the Florida Panthers.

Jose Theodore, for the second time in three years, and Sheldon Souray represent the Habs in the All-Star Game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of the Wild. Souray becomes the first Canadiens skater to take part in the All-Star Game since Martin Rucinsky in 2000.

The Habs continue their winning ways in February and secure their grip on eighth place in the conference. Despite that, Gainey doesn’t hesitate to make a lineup change prior to the trading deadline. On March 2, he pulls off one of the team’s biggest trades since Pierre Turgeon was acquired in April 1995 when he nabs Alex Kovalev from the New York Rangers in exchange for prospect Jozef Balej.

Three days later, the team begins a run of five wins in six games to clinch a spot in the postseason.


The Habs begin the playoffs against the Boston Bruins. Few observers favor the Canadiens to win the series. Julien’s team lives up to the prognosticators’ predictions by losing the first two games.

After cutting the Bruins’ series lead to 2-1, the Habs drop the fourth game at the Bell Centre. While the team’s elimination seems a foregone conclusion, the Canadiens roar back, led by the line of Koivu, Kovalev and Richard Zednik, winning the next two games and forcing a seventh and deciding game in Boston.

To the surprise of all, the Habs accomplish the unthinkable. Zednik scores twice in the third period to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win and complete for the first time in franchise history a comeback from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series.

In the second round, things are much different. Facing Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Habs are unable to win a game and are swept in four straight. Tampa Bay will go on to celebrate its first Stanley Cup one month later.
The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 7th, 2004 MTL 0 BOS 3  
April 9th, 2004 MTL 1 BOS 2  
April 11th, 2004 BOS 2 MTL 3  
April 13th, 2004 BOS 4 MTL 3  
April 15th, 2004 MTL 5 BOS 1  
April 17th, 2004 BOS 2 MTL 5  
April 19th, 2004 MTL 2 BOS 0  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3
Conference semi-finals - Tampa Bay Lightning
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 23rd, 2004 MTL 0 TB 4  
April 25th, 2004 MTL 1 TB 3  
April 27th, 2004 TB 4 MTL 3  
April 29th, 2004 TB 3 MTL 1  
Tampa Bay won best-of-seven series 4-0