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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
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 49 29 4 102 269 202
Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 92 249 240
Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 89 218 230
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 80 231 264
Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 78 212 226
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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
67 Max Pacioretty 79 33 32 65
72 Erik Cole 82 35 26 61
51 David Desharnais 81 16 44 60
14 Tomas Plekanec 81 17 35 52
76 P.K. Subban 81 7 29 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
31 Carey Price 65 26-28-0-11 4 2.43
Season results


The 2011-12 season kicked off with a bang for the Habs when they enlisted the services of prized free-agent, Erik Cole, on July 1st. In addition to adding the nine-season NHL veteran to their roster the Canadiens also welcomed backup goaltender Peter Budaj and defenseman Chris Campoli into the Montreal fold. Rounding out the newcomers, hard-hitting Russian blue-liner, Alexei Emelin cut his KHL ties and crossed the pond along with 25-year-old Swiss rearguard, Raphael Diaz, to don the bleu-blanc-rouge.

The campaign began with a Canadiens squad largely resembling that of the pervious year that was forced to start the season with a few key players missing from their roster. Andrei Markov, Lars Eller and Ryan White were all sidelined with injuries for the opening match.

Unable to hit their stride, the Canadiens struggled out of the gate, managing only four wins in the month of October. The first adjustment to the team came on Dec. 9, 2011, when Jaroslav Spacek was sent to North Carolina in exchange for fellow Czech defenseman Tomas Kaberle. An even stronger message was sent a few days later, when head coach, Jacques Martin, was relieved of his duties and his assistant-coach, Randy Cunneyworth, was asked to fill the position for the remainder of the season. 

The changes continued when a few weeks later, the Habs, ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference at the time, sent star-sniper Michael Cammalleri back to Calgary in return for Rene Bourque and prospect Patrick Holland. On Feb. 17, 2012, blue-line pillar, Hal Gill was shipped to Nashville and Blake Geoffrion arrived in Montreal.

While the revolving door of players continued to turn, the Canadiens put forth their best efforts to come to terms with the 439 man-games missed by their roster over the course of the season. Despite the turmoil surrounding the Habs, fans were able to find a silver lining in the emergence of an undisputed top-line composed of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole. Together, the three skaters packed a huge offensive punch for the Canadiens, combining to represent 34% of the points accumulated by the team’s players that season.

It would mark the first time since 1995-96 that the Canadiens were able to count two 30-goal scorers among their ranks, with Pacioretty and Cole both hitting the mark. The Habs would end their season in 15th place in the Eastern Conference standings, failing to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07.

The next wave of changes to take place occurred within the Canadiens’ front office where general manager, Pierre Gauthier, was relieved of his duties with only two weeks remaining on the regular season calendar. Habs owner and president, Geoff Molson embarked on the selection process for the team’s next GM, eventually appointing Marc Bergevin to the post on May 2nd, who in turn, enlisted the services of Michel Therrien as his head coach.

In the offseason, Max Pacioretty was honored by being awarded the Bill Masterton trophy, bestowed each year to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and dedication to the game of hockey. He was the fifth player in Canadiens history to receive the award.

Finally, while finishing last in the Eastern Conference is never anything to cheer about, it did, however, earn the Canadiens their highest pick in years at the NHL Entry Draft. The Habs used their third overall pick to select gifted forward, Alex Galchenyuk.