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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
Montreal Canadiens 48 29 14 5 63 149 126
Boston Bruins 48 28 14 6 62 131 109
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 26 17 5 57 145 133
Ottawa Senators 48 25 17 6 56 116 104
Buffalo Sabres 48 21 21 6 48 125 143
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
67 Max Pacioretty 44 15 24 39
76 P.K. Subban 42 11 27 38
14 Tomas Plekanec 47 14 19 33
79 Andrei Markov 48 10 20 30
81 Lars Eller 46 8 22 30
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 39 21-13-0-4 3 2.59
Season results


In just his first season as general manager of the Canadiens, Marc Bergevin quickly demonstrated that he was ready to get to work, adding a few new (and a few old) faces to the lineup via the free-agent market.

After agreeing to terms with the always colorful Colby Armstrong, he managed to add some additional size and muscle in Rangers heavyweight Brandon Prust. On the defensive side of things, a familiar face was added to the squad in Francis Bouillon, who began a third stint in Montreal.

In addition to the new hires, Bergevin also agreed to terms on long-term deals with a few pieces that were already in place, including Carey Price, who signed a six-year contract on July 2. Then came those contracts awarded to forwards Max Pacioretty, who inked a six-year deal, and David Desharnais, who signed a three-year contract.

The 2012-13 NHL season began several months behind schedule due to a work stoppage that halted league business when a lockout was declared on September 15. An agreement between the NHL and NHLPA was finally reached on Jan. 12, 2013, allowing for a 48-game regular season schedule.

Before the start of the lockout-shortened campaign, Bergevin elected to take advantage of the contract buyout option that had been instituted in the new collective bargaining agreement and proceeded to buy out Scott Gomez’s contract.

Following the completion of an abbreviated training camp, the Canadiens, who had a new head coach at the helm in Michel Therrien, started strong. The Habs posted a 6-3-1 record through 10 games. Over the course of a 19-game stretch between Feb. 12 and Mar. 23, 2013, Therrien’s squad dropped only one game in regulation time.   

The Canadiens’ success was due in large part to the remarkable performances of two young stars, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk, both of whom had extraordinary starts to the season and quickly established their place among the top rookies in the NHL. Gallagher’s standout campaign even earned him a Calder Trophy nomination.

Bergevin didn’t wait until the trade deadline to make a move. On February 26, he decided to bring a former Canadien back to where his NHL career began, acquiring Michael Ryder from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Erik Cole. Ryder hit the ground running in his new uniform and produced notable results, amassing 10 points in his first 10 games.

During the season, injuries to Raphael Diaz and Yannick Weber afforded young defensemen the opportunity to make their NHL debuts. One by one, Greg Pateryn, Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi played their first games in the league.

The Canadiens continued to enjoy success as the season rolled on, battling the Bruins for first place in the northeast division before eventually securing the top spot with 63 points. With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Habs clinched a playoff spot. It was the earliest the Canadiens had secured a postseason berth in nearly a decade.

With the playoffs on the horizon, the Canadiens suffered a big loss on defense when Alexei Emelin was sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. Emelin’s injury afforded Beaulieu and Tinordi the opportunity to suit up for a second stint in Montreal, with Tinordi going on to participate in the playoffs.

At the conclusion of the postseason, defenseman P.K. Subban captured the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman. In 42 games, he registered 38 points, in addition to racking up a plus-12 differential. The 24-year-old rearguard became the sixth player in Canadiens franchise history to win the prestigious award.


By finishing second in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens assured themselves of home-ice advantage in their series against the seventh-place Senators.

Unfortunately, the Habs lost a key player when Lars Eller was hit at center ice by defenseman Eric Gryba. Eller left the ice on a stretcher and did not return to action for the remainder of the series. Captain Brian Gionta also had to watch from the sidelines after suffering a torn left biceps tendon after playing in the first and third games of the series.

Going up against a goaltender at the top of his game, the Canadiens, who were one of the top offensive teams during the regular season, had difficulty finding the back of the net. Craig Anderson turned aside 48 of 50 shots during the series-opener alone, giving Paul MacLean’s squad the all-important first victory.

After winning the second game of the series, Therrien’s squad headed to Ottawa. After the first road game went the way of the Senators in a 6-1 win, the second was a heated tilt that required overtime to determine the outcome. With just 23 seconds remaining in regulation time and trailing 2-1, the Senators tied the game before coming out on top in the extra frame.

Two days later, on May 9, the Canadiens saw their season come to an end with a 6-1 defeat in front of their fans at the Bell Centre.
The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - Ottawa Senators
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 2nd, 2013 OTT 4 MTL 2  
May 3rd, 2013 OTT 1 MTL 3  
May 5th, 2013 MTL 1 OTT 6  
May 7th, 2013 MTL 2 OTT 3  
May 9th, 2013 MTL 1 OTT 6  
Ottawa won best-of-seven series 4-1