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2002–03 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 9th Eastern
2002–03 record 30–35–8–9
Home record 16-16-5-4
Road record 14-19-3-5
Goals for 206
Goals against 234
General Manager Andre Savard
Coach Michel Therrien  (September - January)
Claude Julien (January-April)
Captain Saku Koivu
Arena Bell Centre
Team leaders
Goals Richard Zednik (31)
Assists Saku Koivu (50)
Points Saku Koivu (71)
Penalties in minutes Richard Zednik (79)
Wins Jose Theodore (20)
Goals against average Mathieu Garon (1.99)
The 2002–03 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 94th season of play. The club struggled through the season, made a coaching change and did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Regular seasonEdit

Before the start of the season many predicted a strong showing from the Canadiens due to the team possessing a healthy Saku Koivu as well as last seasons Hart Trophy winner in Jose Theodore. The team was .500 for the first two months of the season and show very little improvement in December. Players like Mariusz Czerkawski, added to the lineup during the summer, and Donald Audette are slow to produce offense. The two forwards are both sent down for brief stints in the minors. For his part, Jose Theodore’s performance is not up to par with his dream season of a year earlier. Despite the strong seasons from Koivu, Richard Zednik and Yanic Perreault, the Canadiens slid to 11th place in the Eastern Conference in mid-January. This losing streak prompted General Manager Andre Savard to fire head coach Michel Therrien and replace him with Claude Julien, who filled the same role behind the bench of Habs’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton. Despite Julien’s arrival as head coach, the team is unable to improve its situation. The Habs see their playoff hopes evaporate with a nine-game winless streak that ends in early March. Even with Saku Koivu's 71 points and Richard Zednik's 31 goals the Canadiens missed the playoffs for the fourth time in 5 seasons. The Canadiens ended with a record of 30-35-9-8 and former MVP Theodore had a disappointing season with a record of 20-31-6.

Final standingsEdit

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
11Ottawa Senators 82 52 21 8 1 263 182 113
25Toronto Maple Leafs 82 44 28 7 3 236 208 98
37Boston Bruins 82 36 31 11 4 245 237 87
410Montreal Canadiens 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77
512Buffalo Sabres 82 27 37 10 8 190 219 72

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 11, 20024–1 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 1–0–0–0
2LOctober 12, 20021–6 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 1–1–0–0
3LOctober 15, 20022–6 Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 1–2–0–0
4WOctober 17, 20023–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 2–2–0–0
5TOctober 19, 20022–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 2–2–1–0
6TOctober 22, 20023–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 2–2–2–0
7LOctober 24, 20022–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 2–3–2–0
8WOctober 26, 20025–3 Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 3–3–2–0
9TOctober 29, 20022–2 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 3–3–3–0
10TNovember 1, 20022–2 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 3–3–4–0
11WNovember 2, 20025–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 4–3–4–0
12LNovember 5, 20022–5 St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 4–4–4–0
13WNovember 7, 20023–0 New York Islanders (2002–03) 5–4–4–0
14WNovember 9, 20023–1 Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 6–4–4–0
15LNovember 12, 20022–4 Dallas Stars (2002–03) 6–5–4–0
16LNovember 15, 20021–5 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 6–6–4–0
17WNovember 16, 20023–1 New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 7–6–4–0
18WNovember 18, 20025–4 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 8–6–4–0
19WNovember 20, 20023–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 9–6–4–0
20LNovember 21, 20022–3 @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 9–7–4–0
21LNovember 23, 20023–7 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 9–8–4–0
22WNovember 26, 20023–2 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 10–8–4–0
23LNovember 29, 20022–4 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 10–9–4–0
24LNovember 30, 20021–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 10–9–4–1
25LDecember 4, 20021–5 @ Dallas Stars (2002–03) 10–10–4–1
26LDecember 6, 20026–7 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 10–10–4–2
27WDecember 7, 20024–2 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 11–10–4–2
28WDecember 10, 20024–2 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 12–10–4–2
29LDecember 12, 20022–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 12–11–4–2
30WDecember 14, 20024–2 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 13–11–4–2
31WDecember 16, 20023–2 @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 14–11–4–2
32LDecember 17, 20021–3 San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 14–12–4–2
33WDecember 19, 20023–1 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 15–12–4–2
34WDecember 21, 20026–2 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 16–12–4–2
35LDecember 23, 20021–3 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 16–13–4–2
36LDecember 27, 20022–3 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 16–13–4–3
37LDecember 28, 20022–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 16–14–4–3
38TDecember 31, 20021–1 OT @ Calgary Flames (2002–03) 16–14–5–3
39LJanuary 2, 20032–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 16–15–5–3
40LJanuary 4, 20034–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 16–15–5–4
41LJanuary 7, 20032–3 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 16–16–5–4
42WJanuary 9, 20033–2 New York Rangers (2002–03) 17–16–5–4
43LJanuary 11, 20032–3 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 17–17–5–4
44WJanuary 13, 20034–2 Calgary Flames (2002–03) 18–17–5–4
45LJanuary 15, 20030–1 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 18–18–5–4
46LJanuary 16, 20031–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 18–19–5–4
47LJanuary 18, 20032–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 18–19–5–5
48WJanuary 20, 20033–2 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 19–19–5–5
49TJanuary 22, 20032–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 19–19–6–5
50TJanuary 25, 20031–1 OT Washington Capitals (2002–03) 19–19–7–5
51WJanuary 26, 20034–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2002–03) 20–19–7–5
52WJanuary 28, 20036–3 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 21–19–7–5
53LJanuary 30, 20031–3 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 21–20–7–5
54LFebruary 4, 20033–4 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 21–21–7–5
55LFebruary 6, 20033–6 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 21–22–7–5
56LFebruary 8, 20031–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 21–23–7–5
57WFebruary 9, 20032–0 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 22–23–7–5
58WFebruary 11, 20033–1 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 23–23–7–5
59LFebruary 13, 20031–2 OT Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 23–23–7–6
60WFebruary 15, 20033–2 Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 24–23–7–6
61LFebruary 18, 20030–3 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 24–24–7–6
62LFebruary 19, 20031–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 24–24–7–7
63LFebruary 22, 20033–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 24–25–7–7
64LFebruary 24, 20031–4 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 24–26–7–7
65LFebruary 27, 20033–6 Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 24–27–7–7
66TMarch 1, 20031–1 OT Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 24–27–8–7
67LMarch 5, 20031–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 24–28–8–7
68LMarch 6, 20033–4 OT @ San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 24–28–8–8
69LMarch 8, 20031–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 24–29–8–8
70WMarch 10, 20033–1 @ Nashville Predators (2002–03) 25–29–8–8
71WMarch 12, 20034–0 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 26–29–8–8
72WMarch 13, 20034–2 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 27–29–8–8
73LMarch 15, 20031–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 27–30–8–8
74LMarch 18, 20030–1 New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 27–31–8–8
75LMarch 20, 20033–6 New York Islanders (2002–03) 27–32–8–8
76WMarch 22, 20035–3 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 28–32–8–8
77LMarch 25, 20033–4 OT Washington Capitals (2002–03) 28–32–8–9
78LMarch 28, 20031–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 28–33–8–9
79LMarch 29, 20031–3 Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 28–34–8–9
80WMarch 31, 20034–0 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 29–34–8–9
81LApril 2, 20031–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 29–35–8–9
82WApril 5, 20035–4 New York Rangers (2002–03) 30–35–8–9

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Before the start of the season many predicted a strong showing from the Canadiens due to the team possessing a healthy Saku Koivu as well as last seasons Hart Trophy winner in Jose Theodore. The team was .500 for the first two months of the season and show very little improvement in December.Players like Mariusz Czerkawski, added to the lineup during the summer, and Donald Audette are slow to produce offense. The two forwards are both sent down for brief stints in the minors. For his part, Jose Theodore’s performance is not up to par with his dream season of a year earlier. Despite the strong seasons from Koivu, Richard Zednik and Yanic Perreault the Canadiens slid to 11th place in the Eastern Conference in Mid- January. This losing streak prompted General Manager Serge Savard to fire head coach Michel Therrien and replace him with Claude Julien,who filled the same role behind the bench of Habs’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton.Despite Julien’s arrival as head coach, the team is unable to improve its situation. The Habs see their playoff hopes evaporate with a nine-game winless streak that ends in early March. Even with Saku Koivu's 71 points and Richard Zednik's 31 goals the Canadiens missed the playoffs for the fourth time in 5 seasons.


Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 82 21 50 71 725515
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 80 31 19 50 794902
Perreault, YanicYanic Perreault C 73 24 22 46 30-11704
Bulis, JanJan Bulis C 82 16 24 40 309002
Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov D 79 13 24 37 3413302
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 61 11 19 30 36-6300
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 73 4 25 29 32-14101
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 73 7 18 25 24-5001
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 54 11 12 23 19-7404
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 53 7 16 23 16-2202
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 82 7 15 22 711302
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 72 6 16 22 20-10002
McKay, RandyRandy McKay RW 75 6 13 19 72-14200
Ribeiro, MikeMike Ribeiro C 52 5 12 17 6-3200
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 60 9 7 16 21-4001
Czerkawski, MariuszMariusz Czerkawski RW 43 5 9 14 16-7100
Sundstrom, NiklasNiklas Sundstrom RW 33 5 9 14 83001
Hossa, MarcelMarcel Hossa LW 34 6 7 13 143201
Traverse, PatrickPatrick Traverse D 65 0 13 13 24-9000
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 67 5 5 10 70-4000
Ward, JasonJason Ward RW 8 3 2 5 03000
Dykhuis, KarlKarl Dykhuis D 65 1 4 5 34-5000
Bouillon, FrancisFrancis Bouillon D 20 3 1 4 2-1010
Lindsay, BillBill Lindsay RW 19 0 2 2 23-1000
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 57 0 2 2 60000
Komisarek, MikeMike Komisarek D 21 0 1 1 28-6000
Beauchemin, FrancoisFrancois Beauchemin D 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Blouin, SylvainSylvain Blouin LW 17 0 0 0 43-3000
Dwyer, GordieGordie Dwyer LW 11 0 0 0 46-2000
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon G 8 0 0 0 00000
Hackett, JeffJeff Hackett G 18 0 0 0 00000
Hainsey, RonRon Hainsey D 21 0 0 0 2-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 3419 57 20 31 6 165 2.90 217971632.908
Hackett, JeffJeff Hackett 1063 18 7 8 2 45 2.54 0606561.926
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon 482 8 3 5 0 16 1.99 2267251.940
Team: 4964 82 30 44 8 226 2.73 426702444.915

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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

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

For more details on this topic, see 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2002-03 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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