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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
Boston Bruins 82 54 19 9 117 261 177
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 27 9 101 240 215
Montreal Canadiens 82 46 28 8 100 215 204
Detroit Red Wings 82 39 28 15 93 222 230
Ottawa Senators 82 37 31 14 88 236 265
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 38 36 8 84 231 256
Florida Panthers 82 29 45 8 66 196 268
Buffalo Sabres 82 21 51 10 52 157 248
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 73 39 21 60
76 P.K. Subban 82 10 43 53
51 David Desharnais 79 16 36 52
14 Tomas Plekanec 81 20 23 43
79 Andrei Markov 81 7 36 43
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 59 34-20-0-5 6 2.32
Season results


General manager Marc Bergevin set the tone for the season by wasting little time dipping into the unrestricted free agent market. One day before it opened, Bergevin signed veteran Daniel Briere - who'd spent the last six seasons in Philadelphia - to a two-year contract. He also inked feisty rearguard Douglas Murray in August.

In an effort to protect his players and add some extra toughness to his lineup, Bergevin also acquired George Parros from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Philippe Lefebvre and a draft pick in 2015.

In addition to acquiring roster players during the offseason, Bergevin also added an important piece to the Canadiens' coaching staff by hiring former Blackhawks goaltending coach Stephane Waite, whom he'd worked with in Chicago. Waite had previously worked with the likes of Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi, both of whom claimed Stanley Cup titles in the Windy City. The goaltending guru would work with Carey Price, Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski during the 2013-14 campaign.

After Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk hit the ground running in 2012-13, it was another prospect's turn to open plenty of eyes at training camp ahead of the latest NHL campaign. Michael Bournival offered up one standout performance after another, and was quickly given the green light to look for permanent accomodations in Montreal as he would remain with the team for the duration of the year.

At the start of the year, the line of Galchenyuk, Gallagher and Lars Eller was on fire. The trio combined to put up 18 points during the first four games of the season, with the Dane lighting the lamp four times during that span.

If that line was putting up points at a torrid pace in early October, the same can't be said for forward David Desharnais, who struggled early on in the regular season. After registering just one assist in his first 18 games, the centerman scored one of the biggest goals of his career when Michel Therrien designated him to participate in a shootout on Nov. 15, 2003 against the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Desharnais lifted the Canadiens to an all-important win in Ohio, and never looked back. Over the course of his next 61 games, Desharnais picked up 51 points, working alongside the likes of Max Pacioretty, who finished the year with 39 goals and 60 points.

The Canadiens' offensive output, coupled with the stellar work of both Carey Price and Peter Budaj, helped the CH rattle off a 9-0-1 record to close out November and head into early December on a high note.

At the beginning of February, the Canadiens completed a transaction in order to make room for defensemen Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi, sending Raphael Diaz to Vancouver in exchange for forward Dale Weise. The right-winger played 17 regular season games and collected three goals and four points.

On Feb. 7, 2014, the Winter Olympics in Sochi got underway. Seven Canadiens players headed overseas. Tomas Plekanec captained the Czech Republic, while Max Pacioretty represented the United States. Russians Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin were also on site, while Peter Budaj represented Slovakia. Goaltender Carey Price and defenseman P.K. Subban suited up for Team Canada, returning home with a gold medal on the strength of Price's outstanding Olympic efforts. The three-time NHL All-Star gave up just three goals in five games, finishing the tournament with two consecutive shutouts.

At the trade deadline, Bergevin made a pair of important transactions, acquiring defenseman Mike Weaver and perennial All-Star forward Thomas Vanek. The shifty forward was a perfect fit in Montreal, picking up 15 points in 18 games. Weaver was a strong addition as well, finishing with a plus-9 differential in just 17 games, which earned him a one-year contract extension over the summer.

With these new acquisitions in tow, the Canadiens finished the year the same way they kicked it off. Over the course of the last 15 regular season games, Michel Therrien's troops amassed an 11-3-1 record as the Habs recorded their first 100-point season since the 2007-08 campaign. That success earned Therrien a four-year contract extension. The Canadiens finished third in the Atlantic Division. They battled the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs.


The Canadiens got off to a great start come playoff time against the Lightning. If the series-opener was an offensive fiesta with the two teams combining for nine goals, the ensuing three games were very different in nature as Carey Price conceded just six goals the rest of the way. Rene Bourque was an offensive standout, scoring three goals during the series. In the end, the Canadiens dispatched the Lightning in four straight games.

The Canadiens would then go up against a much tougher opponent in the archrival Bruins after Boston downed Detroit to advance to the second round. Game 1 set the tone for the series as P.K. Subban scored the game-winning goal in double overtime in a dramatic tilt at TD Garden. Trailing 3-2 in the series after Game 5, the Canadiens forced a seventh and deciding game after blanking Claude Julien's squad 4-0 in Game 6 at the Bell Centre. Two days later, Carey Price stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced to help the Canadiens eliminate the Bruins, and send the CH to their second appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals in the last five years.

In Round 3, Michel Therrien's troops went up against Alain Vigneault and the New York Rangers. Things took a turn for the worse early on in the series when Chris Kreider collided with Carey Price in Game 1, forcing the goaltender to miss the remainder of the playoffs. In Price's absence, the Canadiens' brass elected to put Dustin Tokarski between the pipes. The Watson, SK native had played three regular season games for the Canadiens during the year. Tokarski put on a show in the playoffs, registering a .916 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average. The Canadiens offense struggled to beat Henrik Lundqvist, however, scoring just eight goals during the first four games of the series. The Habs got things going on offense in Game 5, putting up seven goals in a 7-4 victory at the Bell Centre. Two days later, however, the Rangers punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 1-0 victory at Madison Square Garden. Former Hab Dominic Moore scored the lone goal in the decisive tilt on May 29.
The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - Tampa Bay Lightning
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 16th, 2014 MTL 5 TB 4  
April 18th, 2014 MTL 4 TB 1  
April 20th, 2014 TB 2 MTL 3  
April 22nd, 2014 TB 3 MTL 4  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-0
Conference semi-finals - Boston Bruins
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 1st, 2014 MTL 4 BOS 3  
May 3rd, 2014 MTL 3 BOS 5  
May 6th, 2014 BOS 2 MTL 4  
May 8th, 2014 BOS 1 MTL 0  
May 10th, 2014 MTL 2 BOS 4  
May 12th, 2014 BOS 0 MTL 4  
May 14th, 2014 MTL 3 BOS 1  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-3
Conference finals - New York Rangers
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 17th, 2014 NYR 7 MTL 2  
May 19th, 2014 NYR 3 MTL 1  
May 22nd, 2014 MTL 3 NYR 2  
May 25th, 2014 MTL 2 NYR 3  
May 27th, 2014 NYR 4 MTL 7  
May 29th, 2014 MTL 0 NYR 1  
NY Rangers won best-of-seven series 4-2