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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
Buffalo Sabres 82 45 27 10 100 235 207
Ottawa Senators 82 44 32 6 94 225 238
Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 91 206 200
Montreal Canadiens 82 39 33 10 88 217 223
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 38 14 74 214 214
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
14 Tomas Plekanec 82 25 45 70
11 Scott Gomez 78 12 47 59
13 Mike Cammalleri 65 26 24 50
21 Brian Gionta 61 28 18 46
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron 60 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
41 Jaroslav Halak 45 26-13-0-5 5 2.40
Season results


There was no shortage of changes in 2009-10, with everything from the players, the coaching staff, the front office and the ownership undergoing major overhauls over the course of the season as the team prepared to celebrate its 100th birthday.
First off, as the Canadiens went into the offseason that summer, George N. Gillett, the team’s owner since 2001, decided to put the storied franchise up for sale. Just before the puck dropped to open the 2009-10 season, Gillett reached an agreement with a group led by Geoff Molson, sending the team back into the hands of the Molson family once again. On December 1, 2009, just three days before the historic Centennial anniversary of the Canadiens that the deal was finalized and Molson and his group took control of the club.
Winds of change also blew through the team’s front office a few months later. On February 8, 2010, after seven years at the helm, general manager Bob Gainey announced that he would be stepping down from his post. Pierre Gauthier, Gainey’s assistant GM at the time, was named the 16th general manager in franchise history that same day.
As the free agent market opened in July 2009, the team began a phase of rebuilding. The extreme makeover began with a blockbuster trade on June 30, highlighted by Christopher Higgins heading to the New York Rangers in return for All-Star center, Scott Gomez. That move set the stage for stars like Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Hal Gill and Jaroslav Spacek to sign with the team on Day 1 of free agency. A few days later, Travis Moen and Paul Mara were also under contract. As new players made their way into the Canadiens dressing room, the team parted ways with all of its unrestricted free agents, including captain Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev, Alex Tanguay, Patrice Brisebois, Mathieu Dandenault, Tom Kostopoulos, Robert Lang, Francis Bouillon and Mathieu Schneider.
With new players also came a new coaching staff, as head coach Jacques Martin and Perry Pearn joined existing assistant coach Kirk Muller behind the Habs’ bench. In the opening game of the season in Toronto, defensive pillar and All-Star blue-liner Andrei Markov sliced a tendon in his foot, shelving him for the next four months of the year. Markov wasn’t the only player plagued by injury in 2009-10, with Brian Gionta, Michael Cammalleri, Ryan O’Byrne and Andrei Kostitsyn all missing significant time with injuries that season. With so many key players out of the lineup, call-ups from Hamilton were able to make their Canadiens debuts, including P.K. Subban, Tom Pyatt and Mathieu Darche.
Despite mounting injuries and emergency call-ups from the farm in Hamilton, the Canadiens managed to not only survive but thrive. Thanks in large part to their late-season surge in March which saw the Habs win eight games including six-straight victories, Jacques Martin’s troops qualified for the playoffs. While the Canadiens may have nabbed the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference by only a single point, they were determined to make the most it.


No one gave the Habs much of a chance in their opening-round series with the President’s Trophy winning Capitals who finished a full 33 points clear of Montreal in the standings. After seeing the Canadiens steal Game 1 in overtime in Washington only to then stumble and lose the next three consecutive games to fall behind 3-1 in the series, the chips were more stacked than against the Habs than ever. Undaunted, the Canadiens stormed back to force a seventh and deciding game thanks to the heroics of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who refused to let his team go down without a fight. Dominc Moore potted the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 series-clinching win for the Canadiens that marked only the second time in franchise history that the team had ever come all the way from a 3-1 series deficit.
The road didn’t get any easier for Montreal with Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins awaiting the Habs in the second round. After exchanging victories in the first six games of the series, the teams needed a seventh and final game to decide a winner. With Halak making all the big stops and Michael Cammalleri scoring the series-clincher while tying a club-record with his seventh goal of the series, the Habs punched their ticket to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1993.
Next up for the Habs was a battle with the rugged Philadelphia Flyers. Behind a stingy defense led by goalie Michael Leighton who shutout the Habs three times, the Flyers eliminated the Canadiens in five games, ending Montreal’s magical playoff run. Nonetheless, Cammalleri still went on to lead all playoff scorers with 13 goals, becoming the first Habs player to do so since Jacques Lemaire in 1979.
The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - Washington Capitals
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 15th, 2010 MTL 3 WAS 2  
April 17th, 2010 MTL 5 WAS 6  
April 19th, 2010 WAS 5 MTL 1  
April 21st, 2010 WAS 6 MTL 3  
April 23rd, 2010 MTL 2 WAS 1  
April 26th, 2010 WAS 1 MTL 4  
April 28th, 2010 MTL 2 WAS 1  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3
Conference semi-finals - Pittsburgh Penguins
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 30th, 2010 MTL 3 PIT 6  
May 2nd, 2010 MTL 3 PIT 1  
May 4th, 2010 PIT 2 MTL 0  
May 6th, 2010 PIT 2 MTL 3  
May 8th, 2010 MTL 1 PIT 2  
May 10th, 2010 PIT 3 MTL 4  
May 12th, 2010 MTL 5 PIT 2  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3
Conference finals - Philadelphia Flyers
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 16th, 2010 MTL 0 PHI 6  
May 18th, 2010 MTL 0 PHI 3  
May 20th, 2010 PHI 1 MTL 5  
May 22nd, 2010 PHI 3 MTL 0  
May 24th, 2010 MTL 2 PHI 4  
Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-1