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1997–98 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 7th Eastern
1997–98 record 37–32–13
Home record 15–17–9
Road record 22–15–4
Goals for 235
Goals against 208
General Manager Rejean Houle
Coach Alain Vigneault
Captain Vincent Damphousse
Arena Molson Centre
Team leaders
Goals Mark Recchi (32)
Assists Saku Koivu (43)
Points Mark Recchi (74)
Penalties in minutes Scott Thornton (158)
Wins Jocelyn Thibault (19)
Goals against average Jocelyn Thibault (2.47)
The 1997–98 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 89th season of play. The Canadiens made the playoffs and advanced to the Conference semi-final after winning 4 games to 2 in Conference quarter-final against Pittsburgh Penguins before being swept 4 games to 0 by the Buffalo Sabres.


OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
Buffalo Sabres 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
Montreal Canadiens 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
Ottawa Senators 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 41 8 200 219 74

Game logEdit

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOct 1, 19972–2 OT Ottawa Senators0–0–1
2WOct 4, 19974–1 @ Boston Bruins1–0–1
3WOct 8, 19973–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins2–0–1
4LOct 11, 19972–6 Philadelphia Flyers2–1–1
5TOct 15, 19971–1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins2–1–2
6WOct 17, 19975–1 @ Buffalo Sabres3–1–2
7LOct 18, 19972–3 Washington Capitals3–2–2
8WOct 22, 19973–0 Florida Panthers4–2–2
9LOct 23, 19971–2 OT @ New Jersey Devils4–3–2
10WOct 25, 19974–2 @ Ottawa Senators5–3–2
11WOct 27, 19974–2 Chicago Blackhawks6–3–2
12LOct 29, 19972–5 New York Islanders6–4–2
13WNov 1, 19975–1 Toronto Maple Leafs7–4–2
14WNov 3, 19976–4 Dallas Stars8–4–2
15WNov 5, 19974–2 Phoenix Coyotes9–4–2
16WNov 7, 19974–3 @ San Jose Sharks10–4–2
17WNov 8, 19974–1 @ Los Angeles Kings11–4–2
18WNov 12, 19974–3 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim12–4–2
19WNov 13, 19975–2 @ Phoenix Coyotes13–4–2
20LNov 15, 19972–3 Washington Capitals13–5–2
21WNov 17, 19974–1 Tampa Bay Lightning14–5–2
22LNov 19, 19971–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes14–6–2
23LNov 22, 19972–5 Detroit Red Wings14–7–2
24TNov 24, 19972–2 OT San Jose Sharks14–7–3
25WNov 26, 19976–5 @ Washington Capitals15–7–3
26LNov 28, 19970–2 @ Detroit Red Wings15–8–3
27LNov 29, 19973–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins15–9–3
28LDec 1, 19970–1 Pittsburgh Penguins15–10–3
29WDec 3, 19972–0 Los Angeles Kings16–10–3
30TDec 6, 19973–3 OT New York Rangers16–10–4
31WDec 8, 19974–2 Colorado Avalanche17–10–4
32WDec 10, 19974–3 OT St. Louis Blues18–10–4
33LDec 12, 19972–5 @ New Jersey Devils18–11–4
34LDec 13, 19972–4 @ Boston Bruins18–12–4
35LDec 15, 19971–3 Philadelphia Flyers18–13–4
36LDec 19, 19970–1 @ Buffalo Sabres18–14–4
37WDec 20, 19974–1 Ottawa Senators19–14–4
38TDec 22, 19973–3 OT Edmonton Oilers19–14–5
39LDec 23, 19973–4 OT @ Ottawa Senators19–15–5
40WDec 27, 19971–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins20–15–5
41TDec 29, 19971–1 OT @ Colorado Avalanche20–15–6
42WDec 31, 19973–2 @ Calgary Flames21–15–6
43WJan 2, 19985–3 @ Edmonton Oilers22–15–6
44WJan 3, 19984–2 @ Vancouver Canucks23–15–6
45LJan 7, 19981–2 OT Boston Bruins23–16–6
46WJan 8, 19988–2 @ New York Islanders24–16–6
47WJan 12, 19986–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning25–16–6
48TJan 14, 19983–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers25–16–7
49WJan 21, 19984–2 Boston Bruins26–16–7
50LJan 24, 19983–4 Carolina Hurricanes26–17–7
51LJan 25, 19981–3 New Jersey Devils26–18–7
52WJan 29, 19983–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers27–18–7
53LJan 31, 19983–4 Ottawa Senators27–19–7
54WFeb 1, 19986–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes28–19–7
55LFeb 4, 19982–4 @ New York Islanders28–20–7
56LFeb 7, 19981–4 Buffalo Sabres28–21–7
57LFeb 25, 19982–6 Pittsburgh Penguins28–22–7
58LFeb 28, 19980–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs28–23–7
59WMar 4, 19983–1 @ Dallas Stars29–23–7
60LMar 5, 19980–4 @ St. Louis Blues29–24–7
61LMar 7, 19981–2 Buffalo Sabres29–25–7
62WMar 9, 19986–1 Florida Panthers30–25–7
63TMar 11, 19982–2 OT Vancouver Canucks30–25–8
64WMar 12, 19984–1 New York Rangers31–25–8
65WMar 14, 19984–2 New Jersey Devils32–25–8
66TMar 16, 19983–3 OT Calgary Flames32–25–9
67LMar 18, 19981–2 OT @ New York Rangers32–26–9
68LMar 19, 19980–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks32–27–9
69LMar 21, 19984–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim32–28–9
70WMar 25, 19982–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning33–28–9
71LMar 26, 19984–5 @ Florida Panthers33–29–9
72WMar 28, 19988–2 Tampa Bay Lightning34–29–9
73TMar 31, 19983–3 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes34–29–10
74WApr 1, 19984–3 @ Florida Panthers35–29–10
75LApr 4, 19980–1 Carolina Hurricanes35–30–10
76TApr 6, 19982–2 OT @ Washington Capitals35–30–11
77WApr 7, 19983–2 @ New York Rangers36–30–11
78LApr 10, 19981–2 @ Buffalo Sabres36–31–11
79TApr 11, 19983–3 OT New York Islanders36–31–12
80LApr 15, 19982–6 Boston Bruins36–32–12
81WApr 16, 19982–0 @ Ottawa Senators37–32–12
82TApr 18, 19983–3 OT Buffalo Sabres37–32–13

PlayoffsEdit

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals

Montreal vs. Pittsburgh
Date Home Score Visitor Record
April 23 Pittsburgh 3-2 Montreal 1 - 0
April 25 Pittsburgh 1-4 Montreal 1 - 1
April 27 Montreal 3-1 Pittsburgh 2 - 1
April 29 Montreal 3-6Pittsburgh 2 - 2
May 1 Pittsburgh 5 - 2 Montreal 3 - 2
May 3 Montreal 3 - 0 Pittsburgh 4 - 2

'Eastern Conference Semi-finals

Montreal vs. Buffalo
Date Home Score Visitor Record
May 8 Buffalo 2 - 3 Montreal 0 - 1
May 10 Buffalo 3 - 6 Montreal 0 - 2
May 12 Montreal 4 - 5 Buffalo 0 - 3
May 14 Montreal 1 - 3 Buffalo 0 - 4

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 82 32 42 74 5111916
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 76 18 41 59 5814215
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 69 14 43 57 488223
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 62 21 34 55 10821411
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 78 21 32 53 8413533
Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhov D 74 13 31 44 7016802
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 64 26 17 43 3611807
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 79 10 27 37 6716501
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 81 4 30 34 12222200
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 68 12 20 32 6111122
Bure, ValeriValeri Bure RW 50 7 22 29 33-5201
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 74 13 6 19 120002
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 71 6 10 16 9713000
Thornton, ScottScott Thornton LW 67 6 9 15 1580101
Bordeleau, SebastienSebastien Bordeleau C 53 6 8 14 365210
Hoglund, JonasJonas Hoglund LW 28 6 5 11 62400
Poulin, PatrickPatrick Poulin C 34 4 6 10 8-1011
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 63 4 6 10 110-8100
Richer, StephaneStephane Richer RW 14 5 4 9 51200
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 69 2 6 8 38-6000
Tucker, DarcyDarcy Tucker RW 39 1 5 6 57-6000
Zalapski, ZarleyZarley Zalapski D 28 1 5 6 22-1010
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 61 0 2 2 93-3000
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 47 0 2 2 00000
Clark, BrettBrett Clark D 41 1 0 1 20-3000
Houde, EricEric Houde C 9 1 0 1 0-3001
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie D 5 1 0 1 4-1001
Ulanov, IgorIgor Ulanov D 4 0 1 1 12-2000
Cullimore, JassenJassen Cullimore D 3 0 0 0 40000
Groleau, FrancoisFrancois Groleau D 1 0 0 0 01000
Higgins, MattMatt Higgins C 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Ling, DavidDavid Ling RW 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Moog, AndyAndy Moog G 42 0 0 0 40000
Ryan, TerryTerry Ryan LW 4 0 0 0 310000
Vukota, MickMick Vukota RW 22 0 0 0 76-4000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 2652 47 19 15 8 109 2.47 211091000.902
Moog, AndyAndy Moog 2337 42 18 17 5 97 2.49 31024927.905
Team: 4989 82 37 32 13 206 2.48 521331927.903

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 10 4 8 12 6002
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 10 3 6 9 26101
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 10 3 6 9 22100
Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhov D 9 3 4 7 10200
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 10 3 4 7 12000
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 6 2 3 5 2100
Ulanov, IgorIgor Ulanov D 10 1 4 5 12000
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 10 3 0 3 4100
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 10 1 2 3 6000
Hoglund, JonasJonas Hoglund LW 10 2 0 2 0000
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 10 1 1 2 2000
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 9 0 2 2 4000
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 9 0 2 2 6000
Thornton, ScottScott Thornton LW 9 0 2 2 10000
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 10 1 0 1 0000
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 8 1 0 1 4001
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 10 0 1 1 14000
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 2 0 1 1 0000
Zalapski, ZarleyZarley Zalapski D 6 0 1 1 4000
Bordeleau, SebastienSebastien Bordeleau C 5 0 0 0 2000
Moog, AndyAndy Moog G 9 0 0 0 0000
Poulin, PatrickPatrick Poulin C 3 0 0 0 0000
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 5 0 0 0 2000
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 3 0 0 0 0000
Vukota, MickMick Vukota RW 1 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Moog, AndyAndy Moog 474 9 4 5 24 3.04 1204180.882
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 120 3 0 1 1 0.50 03534.971
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 43 2 0 0 4 5.58 01612.750
Team: 637 10 4 6 29 2.73 1255226.886

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

See also: 1997 NHL Entry Draft

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1997-98 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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