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2014-2015
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TEAM
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 82 50 22 10 110 214 184
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 108 259 206
Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 100 231 211
Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 99 232 208
Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 96 209 201
Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 91 198 213
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 68 206 257
Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 54 153 269
Season's leaders see the complete stats
# SKATERS
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 80 37 30 67
14 Tomas Plekanec 82 26 34 60
76 P.K. Subban 82 15 45 60
79 Andrei Markov 81 10 40 50
51 David Desharnais 82 14 34 48
# #1 GOALIE
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 66 44-16-0-6 9 1.96
Season results
DATE AWAY HOME

THE REGULAR SEASON

Just one day before the unrestricted free agent market was set to open on July 1, general manager Marc Bergevin began tweaking his roster for the 2014-15 campaign. He kicked things off by trading Daniel Briere to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau. Then, Bergevin inked a trio of free agents, bringing veterans Manny Malhotra and Tom Gilbert on board, and signing young gun Jiri Sekac to a two-year contract.

After patrolling the blue line for seven-plus seasons in Montreal, Josh Gorges was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres, while former captain Brian Gionta joined the Sabres, too, signing a three-year free-agent deal to remain in Western New York for the foreseeable future. Trade deadline acquisition Thomas Vanek moved on to the Minnesota Wild, while Ryan White eventually found a new hockey home with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Once Lars Eller signed a four-year deal with the Canadiens on July 24, all eyes were on P.K. Subban's contract situation as the offseason rolled on. In early August, the Toronto native and the Canadiens finally agreed on the terms of an eight-year contract, ensuring Subban would be a member of the CH through the 2021-22 season.

Gionta's departure south of the border left the Canadiens with an obvious void in the captaincy department. Fans wondered who would assume the veteran forward's role come the start of the regular season. Any and all questions were answered at the club's annual golf tournament at Laval-sur-le-Lac on September 14 as the Canadiens' brass named four alternate captains to serve as the team's leadership group for the duration of the season. Defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban, and forwards Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty were tabbed to sport A's on their jerseys, while goaltender Carey Price would also play an integral part in leading the team in the year ahead.

Less than a week before the regular season was scheduled to get underway in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, the Canadiens confirmed that Dustin Tokarski would serve as Price's backup in goal. Veteran netminder Peter Budaj, who'd spent three years in Montreal, was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for forward Eric Tangradi on October 4, meaning that Tokarski would stay in La Belle Province. Sekac would also earn a roster spot out of training camp, remaining with the club to begin the year.

The Canadiens were firing on all cylinders to start the year, winning eight of 11 games in October. During that span, Michel Therrien's troops successfully swept their first homestand of the season, besting the Boston Bruins, the Colorado Avalanche, the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers in front of the Bell Centre faithful.

On November 5, Markov further cemented his place among the Canadiens' all-time greats, surpassing Doug Harvey to take sole possession of third place in scoring among defensemen with the 448th point of his career. Three days later, the Habs honored Hockey Hall-of-Famer and fellow rearguard, Guy Lapointe, who played an integral part in the Canadiens' six Stanley Cup victories during the 1970's as a member of the Big Three on defense alongside Larry Robinson and Serge Savard. On November 8, Lapointe's No. 5 jersey was raised to the rafters prior to a tilt against the Minnesota Wild, a game the Canadiens won 4-1. Amidst a six-game winning streak between early and mid-November, Bergevin tinkered with his lineup again. Rene Bourque was placed on waivers before being sent down to the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs and eventually traded to the Anaheim Ducks. Meanwhile, Travis Moen was dealt to the Dallas Stars in exchange for veteran defender Sergei Gonchar, who would ultimately serve as a valuable mentor to Nathan Beaulieu as the year went on. To close out the month, Bergevin signed Brendan Gallagher to a six-year contract extension through the 2020-21 campaign.

While the Canadiens were on an extended road swing in early December, the club learned of the passing of Mr. Jean Beliveau at the age of 83. Fans the world over mourned the loss of the hockey legend, whose glorious career of 20 seasons with the CH from 1950 to 1971 included 10 Stanley Cup Championships, including five consecutive ones from 1956 to 1960. Beliveau lay in wake for two days at the Bell Centre before his funeral at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal.

In their first home game following the Hall-of-Famer's passing on December 9, the Canadiens downed the Vancouver Canucks 3-1. It was an emotional affair for all involved, as the organization paid tribute to Mr. Beliveau with a touching video tribute and a moment of silence in his honor. His seat behind the Canadiens bench was draped with his No. 4 jersey and was illuminated throughout every game for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.

On December 18, Saku Koivu returned to the Bell Centre to take a final bow as the Canadiens battled the Anaheim Ducks. After announcing his retirement in September, the 18-year NHL veteran, who served as team captain for 10 of his 14 seasons in Montreal, received a grand ovation during a pre-game ceremony in which he also addressed the crowd.

The Canadiens closed out 2014 on a high note and began 2015 in style, stringing together five straight victories between December 23 and January 3. Price and Sekac then made their way to Columbus later in the month to represent the Canadiens at the NHL All-Star Game. Price, who was making his fourth All-Star appearance, started in goal for Team Foligno at Nationwide Arena. Sekac, meanwhile, took part in the Skills Competition, replacing youngster Tanner Pearson of the Los Angeles Kings who could not attend the All-Star festivities due to injury.

Sekac, however, would not remain a member of the Canadiens for long. On February 24, the Czech forward was dealt to the Ducks in exchange for winger Devante Smith-Pelly. Come Trade Deadline Day on March 2, Bergevin was active again, acquiring defenseman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers and forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn from the Buffalo Sabres.

That night in San Jose, Carey Price saw his franchise-best 10-game road winning streak snapped at the hands of the Sharks. Up until that point, the Anahim Lake, BC native hadn't dropped a road outing since December 6 against the Dallas Stars.  

Three-and-a-half weeks later - with six games remaining in the regular season - the Canadiens clinched a playoff berth on home ice with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers.

In the Canadiens' penultimate regular season tilt on April 9 against the Detroit Red Wings, Price made history once again. Lars Eller's overtime tally gave the Canadiens' No. 31 his 43rd win of the year, moving him ahead of both Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden, who previously held the single-season record with 42 victories.

Then, in the regular season finale, Price notched his 44th victory of 2014-15 in a 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs. In addition to leading the NHL in wins, Price also led the league with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage to become the first goalie to finish first in all three of those categories since Ed Belfour accomplished the feat as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1990-91.

The Canadiens claimed the Atlantic Division title with a record of 55-22-10, which was good for 110 points, just three points back of the Presidents' Trophy winning New York Rangers. It was the first time the CH reached the 50-win mark since 1988-89, and the first time they'd manage to register back-to-back 100-point seasons since 1987-88 and 1988-89.

Price secured Molson Cup Player of the Year honors for a fifth consecutive season, while Dale Weise was voted as the recipient of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy, awarded annually to the member of the Canadiens who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honor.

THE PLAYOFFS

Michel Therrien's troops got off to a roaring start in Round 1 against the Ottawa Senators, coming out on top in the first three games of the series to push Dave Cameron's squad to the brink of elimination early on. None of those victories came easily, though. After posting a 4-3 win in the series-opener at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens won the next two games in overtime. Alex Galchenyuk proved to be the hero in Game 2, while Dale Weise scored the game-tying goal and the decisive marker in Game 3 to lift the CH to a 2-1 victory at the Canadian Tire Centre. That didn't stop the Senators from mounting a valiant comeback. Backstopped by the stellar play of Craig Anderson who took over from Andrew Hammond to start Game 3, Ottawa outscored Montreal by a 6-1 margin over the next two games to narrow the Canadiens' lead in the series to 3-2. In Game 6, Carey Price simply stole the show, turning aside 43 shots in a 2-0 victory in the nation's capital as the CH claimed their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series 4-2.

Up next for the Canadiens was a date with the Tampa Bay Lightning, whom they had swept one year earlier in the opening round of the playoffs. This time around, however, Jon Cooper's squad wasn't about to be caught flatfooted. The Lightning raced out to a 3-0 series lead in Round 2, before the Canadiens staved off elimination on two occasions with a huge 6-2 win at Amalie Arena in Tampa in Game 4 and a dramatic 2-1 victory at the Bell Centre in Game 5. In the end, however, the Lightning's high-octane offense and the work of Ben Bishop in goal proved to be too much as the Canadiens were sent packing for the summer in Game 6, dropping a 4-1 decision in the Sunshine State.

The Lightning went on to down the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals, before eventually losing out to the Chicago Blackhawks for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup.
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At the 2015 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 24, Price was handsomely rewarded for his remarkable work between the pipes. He claimed the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender, and the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player as voted by the players. He also was presented with the William M. Jennings Trophy, which he shared with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks as the starters on the teams that allowed the fewest goals throughout the regular season.

It was a historic night for Price, who became the first goalie in NHL history to sweep all four of those awards. He also became just the second player in team history to win four awards, joining Guy Lafleur who won the Hart Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly the Lester B. Pearson Award), the Art Ross Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy back in 1977.

Meanwhile, P.K. Subban garnered his second career nomination for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman, but lost out to Ottawa Senators rearguard Erik Karlsson. Subban finished third in voting points for the award, collecting 801 points. Los Angeles Kings standout Drew Doughty was the runner-up with 889 points, while Karlsson collected 964 points to claim the honour for a second time.
The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - Ottawa Senators
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 15th, 2015 OTT 3 MTL 4  
April 17th, 2015 OTT 2 MTL 3  
April 19th, 2015 MTL 2 OTT 1  
April 22nd, 2015 MTL 0 OTT 1  
April 24th, 2015 OTT 5 MTL 1  
April 26th, 2015 MTL 2 OTT 0  
Canadiens won best-of-seven series 4-2
Conference semi-finals - Tampa Bay Lightning
Date AWAY   HOME  
May 1st, 2015 TB 2 MTL 1  
May 3rd, 2015 TB 6 MTL 2  
May 6th, 2015 MTL 1 TB 2  
May 7th, 2015 MTL 6 TB 2  
May 9th, 2015 TB 1 MTL 2  
May 12th, 2015 MTL 1 TB 4  
Tampa Bay won best-of-seven series 4-2