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2001–02 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 8th Eastern
2001–02 record 36-31-12-3
Goals for 207
Goals against 209
General Manager Andre Savard
Coach Michel Therrien
Captain Saku Koivu
Arena Bell Centre
Team leaders
Goals Yanic Perreault (27)
Assists Doug Gilmour (31)
Points Yanic Perreault (56)
Penalties in minutes Gino Odjick (104)
Wins Jose Theodore (30)
Goals against average Jose Theodore (2.11)
The 2001–02 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 93rd season. After the missing the playoffs in two previous season for the first time, the Canadiens returned to the Stanley Cup conquest. The Canadiens were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals by the Carolina Hurricanes 4 games to 2.


OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The 93rd season for the Canadiens began with a shcoking announcement when team captain Saku Koivu was suffering from intra-abdominal non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer. This condition kept him out of all but three games in the regular season. On October 5th to respond to Koivu's absence, General Manager Andre Savard signed veteran forward Doug Gilmour to address the absence. The team began the seson hovering around the .500 mark but a five game winning streak to end November, highlighted by spectacular performances by goaltender Jose Theodore, allowed the Canadiens to climb into the playoff mix. Around this time Savard added some offensive power to the team by acquiring Donald Audette and Shaun Van Allen from the Dallas Stars in return for Martin Rucinsky and Benoit Brunet. Coach Michel Therrien and the Canadiens had a rough December with a record of 4-8-2-1 as well newly acquired Audette sees his forearm tendons are sliced by the skate of New York Rangers forward Radek Dvorak. His season is jeopardized. Despite the inconsistency of the team Theodore was spectacular in the net. In January the Cnadiens played more .500 hockey and that prompted Savard to make a change. Savard traded forward Brian Savage to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Sergei Berezin. The regular season was on hold for 2 weeks while the 2002 Winter Olympics were taking place. When play resumed Jose Theodore took matters in to his own hands and he carried the Habs into the playoffs. He finished the regular season with a record of 30-24-10, 7 shutouts and a Goals against average of 2.11. In the 80th game of the regular season, Canadiens Captain Saku Koivu returned from treatment and played his first game of the season against the Ottawa Senators, he played for the team for the rest of the year. The Canadiens made the playoffs with a record of 36-31-12-3 due to the heroics of eventual Hart Trophy winner Jose Thoedore.

Final standingsEdit

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
11 Boston Bruins 82 43 24 6 9 236 201 101
24 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 43 25 10 4 249 207 100
37 Ottawa Senators 82 39 27 9 7 243 208 94
48 Montreal Canadiens 82 36 31 12 3 207 209 87
510 Buffalo Sabres 82 35 35 11 1 213 200 82

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Game logEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 4, 20016–4 @ Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 1–0–0–0
2TOctober 6, 20012–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 1–0–1–0
3WOctober 9, 20013–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2001–02) 2–0–1–0
4WOctober 12, 20013–1 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2001–02) 3–0–1–0
5WOctober 13, 20013–1 New Jersey Devils (2001–02) 4–0–1–0
7LOctober 19, 20011–4 @ Washington Capitals (2001–02) 4–2–1–0
8LOctober 20, 20011–3 Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 4–3–1–0
9WOctober 26, 20015–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 5–3–1–0
10LOctober 27, 20011–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 5–4–1–0
11LOctober 30, 20011–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (2001–02) 5–5–1–0
12LNovember 1, 20010–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (2001–02) 5–6–1–0
13LNovember 3, 20012–6 @ Calgary Flames (2001–02) 5–7–1–0
14TNovember 6, 20011–1 OT Colorado Avalanche (2001–02) 5–7–2–0
15WNovember 8, 20013–1 Nashville Predators (2001–02) 6–7–2–0
16WNovember 10, 20013–2 New York Islanders (2001–02) 7–7–2–0
17LNovember 11, 20012–3 OT @ New York Rangers (2001–02) 7–7–2–1
18LNovember 13, 20013–5 @ Boston Bruins (2001–02) 7–8–2–1
19WNovember 17, 20011–0 OT Florida Panthers (2001–02) 8–8–2–1
20WNovember 20, 20013–2 Boston Bruins (2001–02) 9–8–2–1
21WNovember 22, 20015–2 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 10–8–2–1
22WNovember 24, 20015–3 Washington Capitals (2001–02) 11–8–2–1
23WNovember 27, 20015–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 12–8–2–1
24TNovember 29, 20011–1 OT @ New York Islanders (2001–02) 12–8–3–1
25LDecember 1, 20011–3 New York Rangers (2001–02) 12–9–3–1
26LDecember 3, 20012–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2001–02) 12–10–3–1
27LDecember 5, 20011–2 New Jersey Devils (2001–02) 12–11–3–1
28TDecember 8, 20013–3 OT Phoenix Coyotes (2001–02) 12–11–4–1
29WDecember 10, 20014–0 Minnesota Wild (2001–02) 13–11–4–1
30TDecember 12, 20013–3 OT @ Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 13–11–5–1
31WDecember 13, 20013–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 14–11–5–1
32LDecember 15, 20014–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 14–12–5–1
33LDecember 17, 20013–4 Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 14–13–5–1
34WDecember 19, 20013–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 15–13–5–1
35LDecember 20, 20010–5 @ Boston Bruins (2001–02) 15–14–5–1
36WDecember 22, 20012–1 Los Angeles Kings (2001–02) 16–14–5–1
37LDecember 26, 20011–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 16–15–5–1
38LDecember 28, 20010–3 @ St. Louis Blues (2001–02) 16–16–5–1
39LDecember 29, 20015–6 OT @ New York Islanders (2001–02) 16–16–5–2
40LJanuary 3, 20022–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (2001–02) 16–17–5–2
41WJanuary 5, 20024–2 @ Calgary Flames (2001–02) 17–17–5–2
42LJanuary 6, 20026–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (2001–02) 17–18–5–2
43LJanuary 8, 20022–4 @ Minnesota Wild (2001–02) 17–19–5–2
44WJanuary 10, 20024–0 New York Islanders (2001–02) 18–19–5–2
45TJanuary 12, 20021–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 18–19–6–2
46LJanuary 14, 20023–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 18–20–6–2
47WJanuary 16, 20022–0 Washington Capitals (2001–02) 19–20–6–2
48TJanuary 17, 20021–1 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 19–20–7–2
49WJanuary 19, 20025–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 20–20–7–2
50LJanuary 21, 20025–7 @ Florida Panthers (2001–02) 20–21–7–2
51WJanuary 23, 20025–3 @ Washington Capitals (2001–02) 21–21–7–2
52TJanuary 26, 20021–1 OT Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 21–21–8–2
53WJanuary 27, 20023–1 San Jose Sharks (2001–02) 22–21–8–2
54LJanuary 30, 20023–4 OT Boston Bruins (2001–02) 22–21–8–3
55WFebruary 5, 20021–0 @ New Jersey Devils (2001–02) 23–21–8–3
56WFebruary 7, 20021–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 24–21–8–3
57LFebruary 9, 20021–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 24–22–8–3
58LFebruary 11, 20022–3 Detroit Red Wings (2001–02) 24–23–8–3
59LFebruary 26, 20022–5 Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 24–24–8–3
60WFebruary 27, 20023–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2001–02) 25–24–8–3
61LMarch 2, 20023–4 Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 25–25–8–3
62WMarch 4, 20025–3 Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 26–25–8–3
63WMarch 6, 20025–3 Boston Bruins (2001–02) 27–25–8–3
64LMarch 8, 20020–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 27–26–8–3
65TMarch 9, 20021–1 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 27–26–9–3
66LMarch 11, 20021–2 @ New York Rangers (2001–02) 27–27–9–3
67TMarch 14, 20023–3 OT Dallas Stars (2001–02) 27–27–10–3
68WMarch 16, 20023–2 Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 28–27–10–3
69TMarch 18, 20021–1 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 28–27–11–3
70WMarch 20, 20024–1 @ Florida Panthers (2001–02) 29–27–11–3
71TMarch 22, 20023–3 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 29–27–12–3
72LMarch 23, 20021–5 @ Nashville Predators (2001–02) 29–28–12–3
73LMarch 26, 20021–2 Florida Panthers (2001–02) 29–29–12–3
74WMarch 28, 20022–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 30–29–12–3
75WMarch 30, 20022–1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 31–29–12–3
76WApril 1, 20023–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 32–29–12–3
77WApril 4, 20023–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 33–29–12–3
78WApril 6, 20024–1 Columbus Blue Jackets (2001–02) 34–29–12–3
79WApril 7, 20023–1 @ Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 35–29–12–3
80WApril 9, 20024–3 Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 36–29–12–3
81LApril 12, 20022–5 @ New Jersey Devils (2001–02) 36–30–12–3
82LApril 13, 20020–3 Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 36–31–12–3

Playoffs Edit

In the first round, the team matches up against the Boston Bruins, who finished first overall in the Eastern Conference. Donald Audette lead the way with 2 goals and Saku Koivu had a goal and an assist to win game one 5-2 for Montreal. Game two would prove to be a back and forth affair as both teams traded momentum. Boston won the game 6-4 despite a four point performance from Richard Zednik. The series shifted to Montreal and the Canadiens won game three 5-3 lead by a four point performance by Koivu. This gave Montreal a 2-1 series lead. The Bruins responded in Game 4 as they won easily 5-2. Theodore rose to the occasion in Game 5 as he stopped 43 of 44 shots for a 2-1 win to give the Canadiens a 3-2 series lead going back to the Bell Centre. Theodore was spectacular again in Game 6 and Yanic Perreault scored the Game Winning goal to give the Canadiens a 2-1 victory. The Canadiens won the series in 6 games and upset the best team in the conference.

The Canadiens faced the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the playoffs. The Hurricanes won the first game 2-0 as Hurricanes goaltender Kevin Weekes was awarded the shutout. The Carolina Hurricanes dominated the Canadiens outshooting them 46 to 16 but Theodore only yielded one goal and Koivu had a goal and an assist and the Canadiens won game two 4-1 to tie the series. Game three went to overtime and due to the heorics of Theodore he kept his team in the game until Donald Audtte eventually scored the overtime goal. This win gave the Canadiens the lead in the series. The Canadiens had momentum in Game 4 and they had a 3-0 lead early in the third period of Game 4,however the Habs see the Hurricanes strike for three straight goals to send the game to overtime. Niclas Wallin of the Hurricanes ended the game in overtime to tie the series. The Hurricanes now had momentum and they would win the next two games to win the series outscoring Montreal 13-3 in the process.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Perreault, YanicYanic Perreault C 82 27 29 56 40-3607
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 82 22 22 44 59-3403
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 75 24 17 41 12-4316
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 70 10 31 41 48-7502
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 70 8 28 36 10-3101
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 79 15 18 33 24-3232
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 71 4 29 33 259211
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 47 14 15 29 30-14702
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 82 8 17 25 761000
Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov D 56 5 19 24 24-1201
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 75 8 15 23 27-7012
Bulis, JanJan Bulis C 53 9 10 19 8-2103
Ribeiro, MikeMike Ribeiro C 43 8 10 18 12-11300
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 75 6 10 16 87-7101
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 54 6 9 15 205011
Dykhuis, KarlKarl Dykhuis D 80 5 7 12 3216001
Robidas, StephaneStephane Robidas D 56 1 10 11 14-25100
Berezin, SergeiSergei Berezin LW 29 4 6 10 43301
Asham, ArronArron Asham RW 35 5 4 9 557000
Odjick, GinoGino Odjick RW 36 4 4 8 1043000
Souray, SheldonSheldon Souray D 34 3 5 8 62-5100
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 18 2 6 8 12-1100
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 13 1 5 6 81001
Traverse, PatrickPatrick Traverse D 25 2 3 5 14-7200
Bouillon, FrancisFrancis Bouillon D 28 0 5 5 33-5000
Poulin, PatrickPatrick Poulin C 28 0 5 5 66000
Hossa, MarcelMarcel Hossa LW 10 3 1 4 22000
Lindsay, BillBill Lindsay RW 13 1 3 4 230000
Simpson, ReidReid Simpson LW 25 1 1 2 630001
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 16 0 2 2 4-4000
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 3 0 2 2 00000
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 67 0 2 2 20000
Gratton, BenoitBenoit Gratton C 8 1 0 1 8-1000
Landry, EricEric Landry C 2 0 1 1 02000
Darby, CraigCraig Darby C 2 0 0 0 00000
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 2 0 0 0 00000
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon G 5 0 0 0 00000
Hackett, JeffJeff Hackett G 15 0 0 0 20000
Jarventie, MarttiMartti Jarventie D 1 0 0 0 02000
Michaud, OlivierOlivier Michaud G 1 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 3864 67 30 24 10 136 2.11 719721836.931
Hackett, JeffJeff Hackett 717 15 5 5 2 38 3.18 0395357.904
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon 261 5 1 4 0 19 4.37 0147128.871
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 109 2 0 1 0 7 3.85 06053.883
Michaud, OlivierOlivier Michaud 18 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 014141.000
Team: 4969 82 36 34 12 200 2.41 725882388.923

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 12 6 4 10 10202
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 12 4 6 10 16100
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 12 4 6 10 4101
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 4 4 4 8 6200
Perreault, YanicYanic Perreault C 11 3 5 8 0201
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 12 1 5 6 2001
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 12 1 4 5 6000
Lindsay, BillBill Lindsay RW 11 2 2 4 2000
Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov D 12 1 3 4 8001
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 12 1 3 4 12000
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 12 1 2 3 6000
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 12 0 3 3 4000
Berezin, SergeiSergei Berezin LW 6 1 1 2 0100
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 10 1 1 2 2000
Dykhuis, KarlKarl Dykhuis D 12 1 1 2 8000
Odjick, GinoGino Odjick RW 12 1 0 1 47000
Asham, ArronArron Asham RW 3 0 1 1 0000
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 12 0 1 1 9000
Souray, SheldonSheldon Souray D 12 0 1 1 16000
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 7 0 1 1 2000
Bulis, JanJan Bulis C 6 0 0 0 6000
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 1 0 0 0 0000
Robidas, StephaneStephane Robidas D 2 0 0 0 4000
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 12 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 686 12 6 6 35 3.06 0413378.915
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 38 1 0 0 3 4.74 01916.842
Team: 724 12 6 6 38 3.15 0432394.912

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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/OT = Ties/Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2001-02 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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