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1988–89 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Prince of Wales Conference Champions
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
Conference 1st Prince of Wales
1988–89 record 53–18–9
Home record 30–6–4
Road record 23–12–5
Goals for 315
Goals against 218
General Manager Serge Savard
Coach Pat Burns
Captain Bob Gainey
Alternate captains Mats Naslund
Larry Robinson
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Mats Naslund (33)
Assists Chris Chelios (58)
Points Mats Naslund (84)
Penalties in minutes Shayne Corson (193)
Wins Patrick Roy (33)
Goals against average Patrick Roy (2.47)
The 1988–89 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 80th season of play. The Canadiens finished first in the Adams Division, as well as the Prince of Wales Conference, with a 53-18-9 record for 115 points. The team finished second overall in the league behind the Calgary Flames, who had 117 points. Montreal defeated the Hartford Whalers, Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs before meeting the Flames in the Stanley Cup Finals. Calgary took the series 4-2, clinching the Cup in Game 6 on the Canadiens' vaunted home ice, the Montreal Forum. This marked the first time that a visiting team had won the Stanley Cup on Forum ice.

The Canadiens were coached by Pat Burns and captained by Bob Gainey.


OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 53 18 9 315 218 115
Boston Bruins 80 37 29 14 289 256 88
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 35 7 291 299 83
Hartford Whalers 80 37 38 5 299 290 79
Quebec Nordiques 80 27 46 7 269 342 61

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOct 6, 19882–3 @ Buffalo Sabres0–1–0
2WOct 8, 19884–3 Minnesota North Stars1–1–0
3LOct 12, 19885–6 Quebec Nordiques1–2–0
4WOct 14, 19887–3 @ New Jersey Devils2–2–0
5LOct 15, 19881–2 @ New York Islanders2–3–0
6LOct 17, 19882–6 Toronto Maple Leafs2–4–0
7WOct 19, 19885–4 Hartford Whalers3–4–0
8LOct 21, 19883–5 @ Buffalo Sabres3–5–0
9WOct 22, 19884–3 Buffalo Sabres4–5–0
10TOct 25, 19881–1 OT @ Boston Bruins4–5–1
11LOct 26, 19882–4 @ Detroit Red Wings4–6–1
12LOct 29, 19884–5 Pittsburgh Penguins4–7–1
13WNov 1, 19885–3 @ Hartford Whalers5–7–1
14WNov 2, 19885–3 Los Angeles Kings6–7–1
15WNov 5, 19887–2 Winnipeg Jets7–7–1
16TNov 7, 19883–3 OT St. Louis Blues7–7–2
17TNov 9, 19886–6 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks7–7–3
18WNov 11, 19883–1 @ Vancouver Canucks8–7–3
19LNov 13, 19883–7 @ Winnipeg Jets8–8–3
20WNov 16, 19885–4 OT New York Islanders9–8–3
21WNov 17, 19885–2 @ Boston Bruins10–8–3
22WNov 19, 19885–3 Chicago Blackhawks11–8–3
23WNov 21, 19884–2 @ New York Rangers12–8–3
24WNov 23, 19882–0 Boston Bruins13–8–3
25LNov 24, 19883–5 @ Quebec Nordiques13–9–3
26WNov 26, 19887–5 Edmonton Oilers14–9–3
27WNov 30, 19886–3 @ Hartford Whalers15–9–3
28TDec 1, 19882–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers15–9–4
29WDec 3, 19883–2 OT Buffalo Sabres16–9–4
30WDec 5, 19887–2 Detroit Red Wings17–9–4
31TDec 7, 19882–2 OT @ Minnesota North Stars17–9–5
32WDec 8, 19885–1 @ St. Louis Blues18–9–5
33TDec 10, 19880–0 OT Washington Capitals18–9–6
34WDec 12, 19883–1 Boston Bruins19–9–6
35LDec 15, 19884–6 @ Quebec Nordiques19–10–6
36WDec 17, 19886–3 New York Rangers20–10–6
37WDec 19, 19882–1 Hartford Whalers21–10–6
38WDec 21, 19886–4 Quebec Nordiques22–10–6
39WDec 22, 19884–2 @ Boston Bruins23–10–6
40WDec 27, 19883–2 @ Los Angeles Kings24–10–6
41WDec 29, 19884–3 @ Calgary Flames25–10–6
42WDec 31, 19884–2 @ Edmonton Oilers26–10–6
43WJan 1, 19894–0 @ Vancouver Canucks27–10–6
44WJan 7, 19893–1 Boston Bruins28–10–6
45LJan 9, 19892–3 @ Detroit Red Wings28–11–6
46WJan 11, 19891–0 New Jersey Devils29–11–6
47WJan 12, 19895–3 @ Boston Bruins30–11–6
48WJan 14, 19895–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs31–11–6
49WJan 18, 19893–1 Hartford Whalers32–11–6
50LJan 19, 19894–6 @ Hartford Whalers32–12–6
51WJan 21, 19894–3 Toronto Maple Leafs33–12–6
52LJan 23, 19891–3 Calgary Flames33–13–6
53LJan 27, 19892–4 @ Buffalo Sabres33–14–6
54WJan 28, 19892–1 Buffalo Sabres34–14–6
55WJan 31, 19895–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins35–14–6
56WFeb 2, 19896–1 @ Quebec Nordiques36–14–6
57WFeb 4, 19897–5 New York Rangers37–14–6
58WFeb 11, 19895–4 New Jersey Devils38–14–6
59LFeb 13, 19892–3 Quebec Nordiques38–15–6
60WFeb 16, 19897–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers39–15–6
61WFeb 18, 19894–2 @ St. Louis Blues40–15–6
62TFeb 19, 19894–4 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks40–15–7
63WFeb 22, 19896–3 Winnipeg Jets41–15–7
64WFeb 25, 19896–1 Buffalo Sabres42–15–7
65WFeb 26, 19895–2 Vancouver Canucks43–15–7
66LMar 1, 19890–3 @ Edmonton Oilers43–16–7
67WMar 2, 19893–2 @ Calgary Flames44–16–7
68WMar 4, 19896–1 @ Hartford Whalers45–16–7
69WMar 8, 19893–2 Washington Capitals46–16–7
70WMar 9, 19895–2 @ Quebec Nordiques47–16–7
71WMar 11, 19895–3 Hartford Whalers48–16–7
72LMar 13, 19893–5 New York Islanders48–17–7
73WMar 15, 19895–2 Los Angeles Kings49–17–7
74LMar 17, 19891–4 @ Washington Capitals49–18–7
75WMar 18, 19897–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins50–18–7
76WMar 22, 19898–0 Quebec Nordiques51–18–7
77TMar 25, 19891–1 OT Minnesota North Stars51–18–8
78WMar 27, 19895–2 Boston Bruins52–18–8
79WMar 30, 19894–2 @ Buffalo Sabres53–18–8
80TApr 1, 19892–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers53–18–9

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Mats Näslund 77 33 51 84 14
Bobby Smith 80 32 51 83 69
Stephane Richer 68 25 35 60 61
Guy Carbonneau 79 26 30 56 44
Claude Lemieux 69 29 22 51 136
Shayne Corson 80 26 24 50 193
Brian Skrudland 71 12 29 41 84
Mike McPhee 73 19 22 41 74
Russ Courtnall 64 22 17 39 15
Mike Keane 69 16 19 35 69
Ryan Walter 78 14 17 31 48
Brent Gilchrist 49 8 16 24 16
Bob Gainey 49 10 7 17 34
Gilles Thibaudeau 32 6 6 12 6
José Charbonneau 9 1 3 4 6
Benoît Brunet 2 0 1 1 0
Stéphan Lebeau 1 0 1 1 2
Jocelyn Lemieux 1 0 1 1 0
Steve Martinson 25 1 0 1 87
John Kordic 6 0 0 0 13

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Chris Chelios 80 15 58 73 185
Petr Svoboda 71 8 37 45 147
Larry Robinson 74 4 26 30 22
Craig Ludwig 74 3 13 16 73
Rick Green 72 1 14 15 25
Éric Desjardins 36 2 12 14 26
Mike Lalor 12 1 4 5 15
Jyrki Lumme 21 1 3 4 10
Donald Dufresne 13 0 1 1 43

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Patrick Roy 48 33 5 6 4 2.47
Brian Hayward 36 20 13 3 1 2.90
Randy Exelby 1 0 0 0 0 0.00

PlayoffsEdit

Adams Division semi-finalsEdit

Hartford Whalers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Hartford Whalers 2 Montreal Canadiens 6
April 6 Hartford Whalers 2 Montreal Canadiens 3
April 8 Montreal Canadiens 5 Hartford Whalers 4 (OT)
April 9 Montreal Canadiens 4 Hartford Whalers 3

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0.

Adams Division finalsEdit

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 17 Boston Bruins 2 Montreal Canadiens 3
April 19 Boston Bruins 2 Montreal Canadiens 3 (OT)
April 21 Montreal Canadiens 5 Boston Bruins 4
April 23 Montreal Canadiens 2 Boston Bruins 3
April 25 Boston Bruins 2 Montreal Canadiens 3

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1.

Conference finalsEdit

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 1 Philadelphia Flyers 3 Montreal Canadiens 1
May 3 Philadelphia Flyers 0 Montreal Canadiens 3
May 5 Montreal Canadiens 5 Philadelphia Flyers 1
May 7 Montreal Canadiens 3 Philadelphia Flyers 0
May 9 Philadelphia Flyers 2 Montreal Canadiens 1 (OT)
May 11 Montreal Canadiens 4 Philadelphia Flyers 2

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 2.

Stanley Cup finalsEdit

Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames

The Stanley Cup Finals was decided between the top two teams during the 1988–89 NHL regular season. Captain Lanny McDonald scored the second Flames goal in Game 6. This turned out to be the last goal in his NHL Hall of Fame career because he retired during the following off-season. Doug Gilmour scored two goals in the third period, including the eventual game and Cup winner to cement the victory for the Flames.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 14 Montreal 2 Calgary 3
May 17 Montreal 4 Calgary 2
May 19 Calgary 3 Montreal 4 (2nd OT)
May 21 Calgary 4 Montreal 2
May 23 Montreal 2 Calgary 3
May 25 Calgary 4 Montreal 2

Calgary wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 2.

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

See also: 1988 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 20. Eric Charron (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trois Rivieres Draveurs (QMJHL)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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