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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
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 9 113 314 211
Buffalo Sabres 82 52 24 6 110 281 239
Montreal Canadiens 82 42 31 9 93 243 247
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 41 33 8 90 257 270
Boston Bruins 82 29 37 16 74 230 266
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
27 Alex Kovalev 69 23 42 65
11 Saku Koivu 72 17 45 62
73 Michael Ryder 81 30 25 55
71 Mike Ribeiro 79 16 35 51
79 Andrei Markov 67 10 36 46
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
39 Cristobal Huet 36 18-11-0 7 2.20
Season results


After having been deprived of their team for more than a year as a result of the NHL lockout, Habs fans have to adjust to a bunch of new faces as training camp gets underway.

In addition to the arrival of defenseman Mathieu Dandenault, forward Radek Bonk and goalie Cristobal Huet, acquired in the trade that sent Mathieu Garon to Los Angeles a year earlier, also join the Canadiens.

A number of young players also get their first crack at the lineup, notably forwards Christopher Higgins and Tomas Plekanec, and defenseman Mark Streit.

At the beginning of October, the team is back on Bell Centre ice for the first time in more than a year. The Canadiens drop their first home game but finish October with a record of eight wins in 12 games.

November goes smoothly enough but things go rough for the team in December. The Habs begin to slide perilously toward eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

In January, in order to add some toughness to the lineup, Bob Gainey claims Aaron Downey off waivers, a move that draws little attention. On January 14, Gainey fires head coach Claude Julien and steps behind the bench himself. He names former captain Guy Carbonneau as the team’s associate coach, with the understanding that Carbonneau would become the team’s head coach the following season.

As a result of the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, the Habs play only seven times in February. The team is eighth in the East, one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On March 8, Gainey proceeds with one of the Canadiens’ most significant trades since he rejoined the organization as the team’s general manager. He deals Jose Theodore, the winner of the Hart and Vezina trophies in 2002, to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for another goalie, Swiss native David Aebischer. Huet, whose play has been a revelation, becomes the team’s No. 1 goalie. The Frenchman will post the league’s best save percentage at the end of the regular season.

At the end of March, the team claims a playoff spot with an eight-game winning streak. Following Gainey’s arrival behind the bench, the team holds a 23-15-3 record.


The Habs once again face Carolina in the playoffs, this time in the first round. Unable to beat the Hurricanes during the regular season, the Canadiens erupt against goalie Martin Gerber for 12 goals during the first two games in Carolina to take a 2-0 series lead.

Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette decides to take his chances with young Cam Ward in goal and the move takes the Hurricanes deep into the postseason.

In the third game of the series, Koivu is struck in the eye by Justin William’s stick, putting an end to the captain’s season as Carolina takes the game, 2-1. To add insult to injury, Williams scores the winning goal in Game 4 and the Hurricanes even the series at 2.

Cam Ward is unbeatable the rest of the way, holding the Habs to just two goals in as many games. Huet matches his play, but Carolina comes out on top and claims the series in six games, winning Game 6 at the Bell Centre in overtime.

The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - Carolina Hurricanes
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 22nd, 2006 MTL 6 CAR 1  
April 24th, 2006 MTL 6 CAR 5  
April 26th, 2006 CAR 2 MTL 1  
April 28th, 2006 CAR 3 MTL 2  
April 30th, 2006 MTL 1 CAR 2  
May 2nd, 2006 CAR 2 MTL 1  
Carolina won best-of-seven series 4-2