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2006–07 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 10th Eastern
2006–07 record 42–34–6
Home record 26-12-3
Road record 16-22-3
Goals for 245
Goals against 256
General Manager Bob Gainey
Coach Guy Carbonneau
Captain Saku Koivu
Alternate captains Alexei Kovalev (Feb-Apr)
Craig Rivet (Oct-Feb)
Sheldon Souray
Arena Bell Centre
Team leaders
Goals Michael Ryder (30)
Assists Saku Koivu (53)
Points Saku Koivu (75)
Wins Cristobal Huet (19)
Goals against average Cristobal Huet (2.81)
The 2006–07 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 97th season, 89th in the National Hockey League. The club finished fourth in the Northeast division and missed his qualification for the playoffs by two points after losing the final game of the regular season 6-5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Pre-seasonEdit

The Canadiens were only minimally active in offseason transactions, with forwards Sergei Samsonov and Mike Johnson and defenceman Janne Niinimaa representing the only additions. Forwards Jan Bulis, Richard Zednik and Mike Ribeiro moved to other teams: Bulis via free agency to Vancouver, Zednik via a trade to Washington, and Ribeiro via a trade to Dallas (for Niinimaa).

Regular seasonEdit

The club intended to build on a 2005–06 season in which it took the eventual Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes to six games in the first round of the playoffs. Behind the leadership of goaltender Cristobal Huet and captain Saku Koivu, the Canadiens poised themselves to join the elite of the Eastern Conference.

However, the team failed to keep its momentum for the whole season. Cristobal Huet's injury on February 15, 2007, forced the Canadiens to use backup goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and David Aebischer. Despite Halak's decent performance, the Canadiens could not clinch a playoff spot. They were eliminated on April 8, after a 6–5 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the season's last game.

On January 9, 2007, the NHL announced that Sheldon Souray had been voted by the fans to start at defence in the 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas.[1]

Season standingsEdit

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
11 Buffalo Sabres 82 53 22 7 308 242 113
24 Ottawa Senators 82 48 25 9 288 222 105
39 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 40 31 11 258 269 91
410 Montreal Canadiens 82 42 34 6 245 256 90
513 Boston Bruins 82 35 41 6 219 289 76

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Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, 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

OctoberEdit

Record for month: 6–2–3 (home: 3–1–2; away: 3–1–1).

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 6 Montreal 4 – 5 Buffalo SO Huet 18,690 0–0–1 1
2 October 7 Montreal 3 – 2 Toronto SO Aebischer 19,353 1–0–1 3
3 October 11 Montreal 3 – 1 Philadelphia Aebischer 19,256 2–0–1 5
4 October 14 Ottawa 3 – 2 Montreal SO Huet 21,273 2–0–2 6
5 October 17 Calgary 4 – 5 Montreal Huet 21,273 3–0–2 8
6 October 18 Montreal 1 – 2 Chicago Aebischer 11,095 3–1–2 8
7 October 21 Colorado 5 – 8 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 4–1–2 10
8 October 23 Buffalo 4 – 1 Montreal Huet 21,273 4–2–2 10
9 October 26 Montreal 3 – 2 Boston Huet 13,920 5–2–2 12
10 October 28 Toronto 5 – 4 Montreal SO Aebischer 21,273 5–2–3 13
11 October 31 Ottawa 2 – 4 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 6–2–3 15

NovemberEdit

Record for month: 8–5–0 (home: 4–2–0; away: 4–3–0).

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
12 November 2 Montreal 4 – 0 Carolina Huet 6,486 7–2–3 17
13 November 4 New Jersey 2 – 1 Montreal Huet 21,271 7–3–3 17
14 November 7 Edmonton 2 – 3 Montreal SO Aebischer 21,273 8–3–3 19
15 November 11 Montreal 1 – 5 Toronto Aebischer 19,501 8–4–3 19
16 November 13 Montreal 6 – 3 Ottawa Huet 20,051 9–4–3 21
17 November 15 Montreal 3 – 1 Tampa Bay Huet 19,920 10–4–3 23
18 November 16 Montreal 4 – 2 Florida Aebischer 13,506 10–5–3 23
19 November 18 Atlanta 1 – 3 Montreal Huet 21,273 11–5–3 25
20 November 22 Minnesota 2 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 12–5–3 27
21 November 24 Montreal 2 – 1 Buffalo OT Huet 18,690 13–5–3 29
22 November 25 Philadelphia 4 – 2 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 13–6–3 29
23 November 28 Florida 0 – 1 Montreal SO Huet 21,273 14–6–3 31
24 November 30 Montreal 2 – 4 Carolina Huet 13,103 14–7–3 31

DecemberEdit

Record for month: 8–4–2 (home: 5–1–1; away: 3–3–1).

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
25 December 2 Toronto 3 – 4 Montreal SO Huet 21,273 15–7–3 33
26 December 4 Boston 6 – 5 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 15–8–3 33
27 December 6 Montreal 1 – 2 New Jersey OT Aebischer 10,986 15–8–4 34
28 December 7 Montreal 4 – 2 NY Islanders Huet 9,551 16–8–4 36
29 December 9 Buffalo 3 – 2 Montreal SO Huet 21,273 16–8–5 37
30 December 12 Boston 4 – 3 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 17–8–5 39
31 December 14 Tampa Bay 2 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 18–8–5 41
32 December 16 Pittsburgh 3 – 6 Montreal Huet 21,273 19–8–5 43
33 December 19 Montreal 5 – 2 Buffalo Huet 18,690 20–8–5 45
34 December 21 Philadelphia 2 – 4 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 21–8–5 47
35 December 23 Montreal 2 – 4 Boston Huet 17,565 21–9–5 47
36 December 27 Montreal 4 – 1 Washington Huet 15,609 22–9–5 49
37 December 29 Montreal 1 – 3 Florida Huet 19,772 22–10–5 49
38 December 30 Montreal 1 – 3 Tampa Bay Huet 21,120 22–11–5 49

JanuaryEdit

Record for month: 6–7–0 (home: 4–3–0; away 2–4–0).

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
39 January 2 Tampa Bay 2 – 5 Montreal Huet 21,273 23–11–5 51
40 January 4 Montreal 1 – 5 Washington Huet 11,287 23–12–5 51
41 January 6 NY Rangers 4 – 3 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 23–13–5 51
42 January 7 New Jersey 3 – 0 Montreal Huet 21,273 23–14–5 51
43 January 9 Atlanta 2 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 24–14–5 53
44 January 10 Montreal 4 – 2 Philadelphia Aebischer 19,411 25–14–5 55
45 January 13 Montreal 3 – 8 Ottawa Huet 20,038 25–15–5 55
46 January 15 Montreal 0 – 2 Detroit Aebischer 20,066 25–16–5 55
47 January 16 Vancouver 4 – 0 Montreal Huet 21,273 25–17–5 55
48 January 18 Montreal 4 – 1 Atlanta Huet 14,025 26–17–5 57
49 January 20 Buffalo 3 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 27–17–5 59
50 January 27 Montreal 1 – 4 Toronto Huet 19,508 27–18–5 59
51 January 29 Ottawa 1 – 3 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 28–18–5 61

FebruaryEdit

Record for month: 5–9–1 (home: 3–5–0; away 2–4–1).

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
52 February 1 Montreal 4 – 5 Pittsburgh SO Aebischer 17,132 28–18–6 62
53 February 3 NY Islanders 4 – 2 Montreal Huet 21,273 28–19–6 62
54 February 4 Pittsburgh 3 – 4 Montreal OT Aebischer 21,273 29–19–6 64
55 February 6 Carolina 2 – 1 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 29–20–6 64
56 February 8 Montreal 1 – 4 Ottawa Huet 19,915 29–21–6 64
57 February 10 Ottawa 5 – 3 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 29–22–6 64
58 February 13 Florida 1 – 0 Montreal Huet 21,273 29–23–6 64
59 February 14 Montreal 2 – 5 New Jersey Huet 7,515 29–24–6 64
60 February 17 Carolina 5 – 3 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 29–25–6 64
61 February 18 Montreal 3 – 2 Columbus Halak 16,116 30–25–6 66
62 February 20 Washington 3 – 5 Montreal Halak 21,273 31–25–6 68
63 February 22 Montreal 6 – 5 Nashville SO Halak 15,808 32–25–6 70
64 February 24 Montreal 2 – 3 NY Islanders Halak 16,234 32–26–6 70
65 February 26 Toronto 5 – 4 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 33–26–6 72
66 February 27 Montreal 0 – 4 NY Rangers Halak 18,200 33–27–6 72

MarchEdit

Record for month: 8–5–0 (home: 6–0–0; away: 2–5–0).

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
67 March 2 Montreal 5 – 8 Buffalo Aebischer 18,690 33–28–6 72
68 March 3 Montreal 1 – 3 Boston Halak 17,565 33–29–6 72
69 March 8 Montreal 2 – 6 Atlanta Halak 14,528 33–30–6 72
70 March 10 Montreal 4 – 3 St. Louis Aebischer 19,421 34–30–6 74
71 March 13 NY Islanders 3 – 5 Montreal Aebischer 21,273 35–30–6 76
72 March 16 Montreal 3 – 6 Pittsburgh Aebischer 17,132 35–31–6 76
73 March 17 Toronto 2 – 3 Montreal SO Halak 21,273 36–31–6 78
74 March 20 Boston Bruins 0 – 1 Montreal Halak 21,273 37–31–6 80
75 March 22 Montreal 6 – 3 Boston Halak 17,026 38–31–6 82
76 March 24 Washington 1 – 4 Montreal Halak 21,273 39–31–6 84
77 March 27 Rangers 4 – 6 Montreal Halak 21,273 40–31–6 86
78 March 30 Montreal 2 – 5 Ottawa Halak 20,185 40–32–6 86
79 March 31 Buffalo 3 – 4 Montreal Halak 21,273 41–32–6 88

AprilEdit

Record for month: 1–2–0 (home: 1–0–0; away 0–2–0).

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 3 Boston Bruins 0 – 2 Montreal Halak 21,273 42–32–6 90
81 April 5 Montreal 1 – 3 New York Rangers Halak 18,200 42–33–6 90
82 April 7 Montreal 5 – 6 Toronto Maple Leafs Huet 19,723 42–34–6 90
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Roster Edit

2006–07 Montreal Canadiens Roster

Goaltenders:

30 Aebischer • 39 Huet • 41 Halak 

Defensemen

6 Niinimaa • 8 Komisarek • 25 Dandenault • 26 Gorges • 32 Streit • 44 Souray • 51 Bouillon • 79 Markov 

Forwards

11 Koivu • 14 Bonk • 15 Samsonov • 20 Johnson • 21 Higgins • 22 Begin • 27 Kovalev • 35 Plekanec • 40 Lapierre • 46 Kostitsyn • 47 Downey • 57 Murray • 62 Milroy • 73 Ryder • 84 Latendresse 

General ManagerBob Gainey •  CoachGuy Carbonneau

Player stats Edit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 81 22 53 75 74-211114
Souray, SheldonSheldon Souray D 81 26 38 64 135-281916
Ryder, MichaelMichael Ryder RW 82 30 28 58 60-251723
Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov D 77 6 43 49 562502
Plekanec, TomasTomas Plekanec LW 81 20 27 47 3610521
Kovalev, AlexAlex Kovalev RW 73 18 29 47 78-19805
Higgins, ChristopherChristopher Higgins C 61 22 16 38 26-11833
Streit, MarkMark Streit D 76 10 26 36 14-5211
Johnson, MikeMike Johnson RW 80 11 20 31 406121
Latendresse, GuillaumeGuillaume Latendresse RW 80 16 13 29 47-20503
Samsonov, SergeiSergei Samsonov LW 63 9 17 26 10-4000
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 74 13 10 23 540121
Komisarek, MikeMike Komisarek D 82 4 15 19 967021
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 54 6 10 16 57-7200
Perezhogin, AlexanderAlexander Perezhogin LW 61 6 9 15 4811101
Bouillon, FrancisFrancis Bouillon D 62 3 11 14 52-10101
Lapierre, MaximMaxim Lapierre C 46 6 6 12 24-7012
Kostitsyn, AndreiAndrei Kostitsyn W 22 1 10 11 63000
Begin, SteveSteve Begin C 52 5 5 10 46-6000
Dandenault, MathieuMathieu Dandenault D 68 2 6 8 40-8000
Murray, GarthGarth Murray C 43 2 1 3 32-10000
Niinimaa, JanneJanne Niinimaa D 41 0 3 3 36-13000
Downey, AaronAaron Downey RW 21 1 0 1 48-6001
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak G 16 0 1 1 20000
Huet, CristobalCristobal Huet G 42 0 1 1 00000
Milroy, DuncanDuncan Milroy RW 5 0 1 1 0-2000
Aebischer, DavidDavid Aebischer G 32 0 0 0 20000
Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges D 7 0 0 0 0-1000
Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski C 3 0 0 0 0-2000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Huet, CristobalCristobal Huet 2286 42 19 16 3 107 2.81 212801173.916
Aebischer, DavidDavid Aebischer 1760 32 13 12 3 93 3.17 0929836.900
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak 912 16 10 6 0 44 2.89 2469425.906
Team: 4958 82 42 34 6 244 2.95 426782434.909

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Note: Pos = Position; 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;

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 12, 2006 To Washington Capitals
Richard Zednik
To Montreal Canadiens
3rd round pick in 2007
July 12, 2006 To Phoenix Coyotes
4th round pick in 2007
To Montreal Canadiens
Mike Johnson
September 30, 2006 To Dallas Stars
Mike Ribeiro
6th round pick in 2008
To Montreal Canadiens
Janne Niinimaa
5th round pick in 2007
December 15, 2006 To San Jose Sharks
Patrick Traverse
To Montreal Canadiens
Mathieu Biron
February 25, 2007 To San Jose Sharks
Craig Rivet
5th round pick in 2008
To Montreal Canadiens
Josh Gorges
1st round pick in 2007

Free agents acquiredEdit

Player Former team
F Sergei Samsonov Edmonton Oilers

Free agents lostEdit

Player Current team
F Jan Bulis Vancouver Canucks

Claimed off waiversEdit

Player Former team Date
G Michael Leighton Philadelphia Flyers February 27

Draft picksEdit

Montreal's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.[4] The Canadiens had the 16th overall draft pick, which they traded to the San Jose Sharks for the 20th and 53rd overall picks.

Round # Player Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team (league)
1 20 David Fischer (D) Flag of the United States United States Montreal Canadiens (from San Jose) Apple Valley High School (MSHSL)
2 49 Ben Maxwell (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Montreal Canadiens Kootenay (WHL)
2 53 Mathieu Carle (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Montreal Canadiens (from San Jose) Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
3 66 Ryan White (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Montreal Canadiens (from Chicago) Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
5 139 Pavel Valentenko (D) Flag of Russia Russia Montreal Canadiens HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (Russian Superleague)
7 199 Cameron Cepek (D) Flag of the United States United States Montreal Canadiens Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)

Awards and recordsEdit

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  1. TSN : NHL - Canada's Sports Leader
  2. Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). in Dave McCarthy et al: THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League, 157. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  3. 2006-07 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-19.
  4. 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results[1] - accessed January 4, 2007.
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