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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 82 47 26 9 103 226 200
Ottawa Senators 82 44 28 10 98 212 214
Boston Bruins 82 44 31 7 95 234 212
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 40 27 15 95 251 242
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 42 30 10 94 234 227
Florida Panthers 82 35 36 11 81 210 237
Detroit Red Wings 82 33 36 13 79 207 244
Buffalo Sabres 82 33 37 12 78 201 237
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 81 35 32 67
47 Alexander Radulov 76 18 36 54
27 Alex Galchenyuk 61 17 27 44
41 Paul Byron 81 22 21 43
6 Shea Weber 78 17 25 42
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 62 37-20-0-5 3 2.23
Season results


The 2016-17 campaign marked the start of a new era for the Canadiens with the arrival of towering defenseman Shea Weber, who was acquired in a summertime trade for fellow blue-liner PK Subban. Weber wasn’t the only new big name to make his way to Montreal to start the season; Andrew Shaw joined the Habs in a trade with the Blackhawks in late June, signing a six-year contract just days after coming aboard, and Alexander Radulov chose to make his NHL comeback with the Canadiens, inking a one-year contract on July 1, 2016. The start of the season also saw the return to action of all-world netminder Carey Price, who had sat out most of the previous campaign due to injury.

After winning three of their final four preseason games, the Canadiens came roaring out of the gate to start the regular season. They split their first two games on the road – defeating Buffalo and losing to the Senators in a shootout – before winning their next eight straight games and 13 of their first 15 to sit atop the League standings. Within that span, the Habs racked up wins in each of the club’s first 10 home games to start the season, becoming just the third team in NHL history to do so.

Price made NHL history by winning his first 10 starts of the season, a League first. As well, with four power play goals and 10 points overall in October, Shea Weber was named the League’s second star of the month.

The hot streak came to an end in a mid-November game against Chicago, when the Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 3-2 in what would be the first of four losses in their next five games.

The Habs rebounded somewhat in December, posting a record of 6-4-4, but the real highlight of the month was the performance of Max Pacioretty. The captain led the way in a 10-1 rout of the Avalanche on December 10 with four goals and an assist, and finished the month with 10 goals and five assists. Paul Byron, meanwhile, exceeded his previous career high for goals (11) by the end of the calendar year.

Despite the encouraging signs, the Canadiens were also hit with their share of adversity. On December 4 in Los Angeles, Alex Galchenyuk collided with Anze Kopitar at center ice and injured his knee. After missing 18 games, he came back for three games before aggravating the injury again and sitting out until early February. David Desharnais, meanwhile, suffered a knee injury against St. Louis and was out until late January.

After missing 17 games with a pair of broken fingers and another 12 with a groin injury in 2015-16, Brendan Gallagher got in the way of a Weber slapshot in an early January game against the Stars, injuring the same hand as the year prior and placing him on the shelf for 18 games.

The Canadiens had three representatives at the NHL All-Star Game, with head coach Michel Therrien joining Weber and Price in Los Angeles. With a record of 22-10-5, a .921 save percentage, and 2.35 goals-against average going into the break, Price was named captain of the Atlantic division squad.

But with three essential components of their offensive corps – Galchenyuk, Gallagher and Desharnais – either sidelined or on the road to recovery, the Canadiens managed just nine wins in their first 21 games of 2017. On February 14, general manager Marc Bergevin made a change behind the bench and – for the second time in team history – replaced Therrien with Claude Julien.

The third game of Julien’s second stint with the Canadiens was the 1,000th of his career, which Montreal dropped in a 3-0 decision against the Islanders. Julien’s troops made it up to the veteran bench boss, though, by taking their next six-straight games and winning seven of their first 10 under the new coach.

In an away game at New Jersey at the end of February, captain Max Pacioretty scored a pair of goals to tip him over the 30-goal mark. This marked the fourth-consecutive 30-plus goal campaign for the captain, and the fifth of his career.

General manager Marc Bergevin was active in the leadup to the trade deadline. On February 27, Bergevin shipped defenseman Greg Pateryn to Dallas in exchange for Jordie Benn and traded Desharnais to the Oilers for blue-liner Brandon Davidson the next day. On trade deadline day, Bergevin swapped Sven Andrighetto for Andreas Martinsen (Colorado), and acquired Dwight King (Los Angeles) and Steve Ott (Detroit) in return for draft picks.

Down the stretch, the Canadiens won nine of their final 15 games of the regular season, solidifying their spot at the top of the Atlantic division with 103 points. On March 28, Andrei Markov made team history when he tied Guy Lapointe for second place in points among defensemen with 572. In a milestone-filled month, teammate Tomas Plekanec was next, tying Serge Savard for 10th-overall in club history in games played with 917 on March 30. He would surpass the legendary defenseman later that week.

Having taken the Atlantic division crown for the second time in three years, the stage was set for an Original Six matchup between Montreal and the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs, the 16th postseason meeting between the two clubs.

The Canadiens split the first two games of the series at home. In a thrilling Game 2 finish, Plekanec scored with less than 18 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and help send his squad into overtime. Radulov sealed the deal with 1:26 remaining in the extra frame. The Habs built on their momentum and were triumphant in Game 3 in New York, but struggled to solve Henrik Lundqvist the rest of the way, eventually getting eliminated by the Rangers in six games.

Despite the early exit from the postseason, 2016-17 was a successful campaign on many fronts. In addition to the milestones reached by Pacioretty, Markov, and Plekanec, the season was a breakout year for rookie Artturi Lehkonen, who scored 18 goals and 28 points, and Byron, whose 22 goals ranked second on the team. With 18 goals and 36 assists in 76 games, Radulov’s return to the NHL was a certified success, while Weber’s 17 goals were second in the League among defensemen.

For his part, Carey Price finished the year at 37-20-5 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .923 save percentage, earning him his second-career Vezina Trophy nomination. Price was also named the team’s Molson Cup recipient for the season. Phillip Danault was selected as winner of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Award after setting career highs in goals (13), assists (27), points (40), differential (+5), and games played (80) in his first full season with the Habs.

In addition to Lehkonen, two other new Canadiens suited up for their first tastes of NHL action: Mikhail Sergachev and Nikita Scherbak, who scored a goal in his very first game.

On June 15, Bergevin pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal, acquiring forward Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Sergachev. Drouin promptly signed a six-year contract extension with Montreal.

With the Vegas Golden Knights set to enter the League in 2017-18, the NHL held its first Expansion Draft since the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets joined the fray in 2000-01. Just prior to the Draft, the Canadiens traded Nathan Beaulieu to Buffalo in return for a third-round pick in 2017. Vegas pried defenseman Alexei Emelin away from Montreal (he would be traded to Nashville not long after). The day after the Golden Knights announced their selections, they traded defenseman David Schlemko to the Canadiens in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

At the Entry Draft, the Habs stepped up to the podium for the 25th pick of the first round and selected center Ryan Poehling from St. Cloud State in the NCAA. Then, they took defenseman Josh Brook (56th), center Joni Ikonen (58th), defenseman Scott Walford (68th), defenseman Cale Fleury (87th), defenseman Jarret Tyszka (149th) and rounded out their picks with goaltender Cayden Primeau (199th).

The Canadiens were busy in the opening days of free agency, most notably coming to terms on an eight-year contract extension with Price, which will keep him in Montreal through the 2025-26 season. Galchenyuk was given a three-year deal. The Habs then inked defenseman Karl Alzner to a five-year agreement and added Czech sniper Ales Hemsky to the mix, signing him to a one-year contract. They also landed defensemen Mark Streit, a former Hab, and Joe Morrow with one-year deals.

Two notable departures took place over the offseason, the first of which was Radulov, who left Montreal to sign with Dallas a few days into free agency. Then, at the end of July, the Canadiens announced that after playing his entire 16-year career in Montreal, Markov was leaving the NHL to return to Russia.

The playoffs roadmap
Conference quarter-finals - New York Rangers
Date AWAY   HOME  
April 12th, 2017 NYR 2 MTL 0  
April 14th, 2017 NYR 3 MTL 4  
April 16th, 2017 MTL 3 NYR 1  
April 18th, 2017 MTL 1 NYR 2  
April 20th, 2017 NYR 3 MTL 2  
April 22nd, 2017 MTL 1 NYR 3  
NY Rangers won best-of-seven series 4-2