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1996–97 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 8th Eastern
1996–97 record 31–36–15
Home record 17–17–7
Road record 14–19–8
Goals for 249
Goals against 276
General Manager Rejean Houle
Coach Mario Tremblay
Captain Pierre Turgeon (Oct)
Vincent Damphousse (Oct-Apr)
Arena Bell Centre
Team Leaders
Goals Mark Recchi (34)
Assists Vincent Damphousse (54)
Points Vincent Damphousse (81)
Penalties in minutes Scott Thornton (128)
Wins Jocelyn Thibault (22)
Goals against average Jocelyn Thibault (2.90)
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The 1996–97 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 88th season. The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs despite a sub-.500 season. The Canadiens were eliminated in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals (the first round) by the New Jersey Devils 4 games to 1.


Offseason[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 82 40 30 12 237 208 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 38 36 8 285 280 84
Ottawa Senators 82 31 36 15 226 234 77
Montreal Canadiens 82 31 36 15 249 276 77
Hartford Whalers 82 32 39 11 226 256 75
Boston Bruins 82 26 47 9 234 300 61

Note: 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 log[edit | edit source]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T Oct 5, 1996 3–3 OT Ottawa Senators 0–0–1
2 T Oct 7, 1996 6–6 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0–0–2
3 W Oct 9, 1996 6–3 Los Angeles Kings 1–0–2
4 W Oct 12, 1996 5–2 New York Rangers 2–0–2
5 L Oct 15, 1996 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils 2–1–2
6 W Oct 16, 1996 4–2 Calgary Flames 3–1–2
7 L Oct 19, 1996 3–6 @ Ottawa Senators 3–2–2
8 L Oct 24, 1996 3–6 @ Buffalo Sabres 3–3–2
9 W Oct 26, 1996 6–5 Philadelphia Flyers 4–3–2
10 L Oct 28, 1996 4–5 OT Phoenix Coyotes 4–4–2
11 L Oct 30, 1996 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings 4–5–2
12 L Nov 2, 1996 3–4 OT @ San Jose Sharks 4–6–2
13 T Nov 3, 1996 4–4 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes 4–6–3
14 W Nov 6, 1996 6–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 5–6–3
15 L Nov 7, 1996 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings 5–7–3
16 L Nov 9, 1996 2–5 @ Colorado Avalanche 5–8–3
17 W Nov 11, 1996 3–2 OT Edmonton Oilers 6–8–3
18 L Nov 13, 1996 3–5 Florida Panthers 6–9–3
19 L Nov 15, 1996 1–3 @ Washington Capitals 6–10–3
20 W Nov 16, 1996 6–1 Vancouver Canucks 7–10–3
21 L Nov 20, 1996 1–3 @ Hartford Whalers 7–11–3
22 W Nov 21, 1996 6–2 @ Boston Bruins 8–11–3
23 W Nov 23, 1996 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 9–11–3
24 W Nov 25, 1996 4–2 Tampa Bay Lightning 10–11–3
25 T Nov 27, 1996 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins 10–11–4
26 L Nov 30, 1996 0–2 Washington Capitals 10–12–4
27 L Dec 1, 1996 2–6 @ New York Rangers 10–13–4
28 L Dec 4, 1996 3–4 Boston Bruins 10–14–4
29 W Dec 6, 1996 3–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 11–14–4
30 W Dec 7, 1996 3–2 Chicago Blackhawks 12–14–4
31 L Dec 11, 1996 2–3 OT Buffalo Sabres 12–15–4
32 T Dec 14, 1996 3–3 OT @ New Jersey Devils 12–15–5
33 L Dec 16, 1996 2–4 Tampa Bay Lightning 12–16–5
34 L Dec 21, 1996 2–3 OT New York Rangers 12–17–5
35 L Dec 23, 1996 0–6 Ottawa Senators 12–18–5
36 T Dec 26, 1996 3–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins 12–18–6
37 T Dec 28, 1996 4–4 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning 12–18–7
38 W Dec 29, 1996 2–1 @ Florida Panthers 13–18–7
39 W Jan 1, 1997 6–4 @ Dallas Stars 14–18–7
40 T Jan 2, 1997 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues 14–18–8
41 W Jan 4, 1997 3–1 New York Islanders 15–18–8
42 W Jan 6, 1997 5–4 Hartford Whalers 16–18–8
43 L Jan 9, 1997 4–5 @ Boston Bruins 16–19–8
44 W Jan 11, 1997 6–3 Boston Bruins 17–19–8
45 L Jan 13, 1997 1–2 Dallas Stars 17–20–8
46 L Jan 14, 1997 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers 17–21–8
47 W Jan 20, 1997 4–1 Detroit Red Wings 18–21–8
48 L Jan 22, 1997 1–6 @ Buffalo Sabres 18–22–8
49 L Jan 25, 1997 1–8 St. Louis Blues 18–23–8
50 L Jan 26, 1997 2–5 Pittsburgh Penguins 18–24–8
51 L Jan 28, 1997 1–5 @ Florida Panthers 18–25–8
52 W Jan 30, 1997 4–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 19–25–8
53 T Feb 1, 1997 4–4 OT New Jersey Devils 19–25–9
54 T Feb 3, 1997 2–2 OT Florida Panthers 19–25–10
55 L Feb 5, 1997 3–6 Pittsburgh Penguins 19–26–10
56 L Feb 6, 1997 5–9 @ Philadelphia Flyers 19–27–10
57 W Feb 8, 1997 3–2 OT Hartford Whalers 20–27–10
58 W Feb 10, 1997 4–2 San Jose Sharks 21–27–10
59 T Feb 12, 1997 2–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres 21–27–11
60 L Feb 15, 1997 1–4 New Jersey Devils 21–28–11
61 W Feb 17, 1997 4–1 @ New York Islanders 22–28–11
62 L Feb 22, 1997 1–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 22–29–11
63 W Feb 25, 1997 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks 23–29–11
64 L Feb 28, 1997 2–3 @ Calgary Flames 23–30–11
65 W Mar 1, 1997 5–4 @ Edmonton Oilers 24–30–11
66 L Mar 5, 1997 3–7 Colorado Avalanche 24–31–11
67 L Mar 7, 1997 0–2 @ Hartford Whalers 24–32–11
68 T Mar 8, 1997 3–3 OT Buffalo Sabres 24–32–12
69 T Mar 10, 1997 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins 24–32–13
70 W Mar 13, 1997 3–0 @ Boston Bruins 25–32–13
71 T Mar 15, 1997 2–2 OT Ottawa Senators 25–32–14
72 W Mar 19, 1997 5–4 @ New York Rangers 26–32–14
73 L Mar 22, 1997 1–3 Washington Capitals 26–33–14
74 W Mar 24, 1997 3–1 Boston Bruins 27–33–14
75 W Mar 26, 1997 8–5 Pittsburgh Penguins 28–33–14
76 L Mar 29, 1997 2–5 @ Ottawa Senators 28–34–14
77 W Apr 2, 1997 4–1 @ Hartford Whalers 29–34–14
78 L Apr 5, 1997 1–4 Hartford Whalers 29–35–14
79 W Apr 7, 1997 2–1 New York Islanders 30–35–14
80 W Apr 9, 1997 3–1 @ New York Islanders 31–35–14
81 L Apr 10, 1997 2–3 @ Washington Capitals 31–36–14
82 T Apr 12, 1997 3–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers 31–36–15

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

In the first game of the series against New Jersey, on April 17, 1997, with the Devils up by two goals late in the game, Martin Brodeur fired the puck the length of the ice and into the Canadiens' empty net to ensure a 2-0 victory. It was only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender had scored in the playoffs, and the fifth time overall.[1]

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals vs. New Jersey Devils[edit | edit source]

Montreal vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home Scores OT
April 17 Montreal New Jersey 5 – 2
April 19 Montreal New Jersey 4 – 1
April 22 New Jersey Montreal 6 – 4
April 24 New Jersey Montreal 4 – 3 3OT
April 26 Montreal New Jersey 4 – 0
New Jersey wins series 4–1

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 82 27 54 81 82 -6 7 2 3
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 82 34 46 80 58 -1 7 2 3
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 81 23 37 60 39 -14 5 0 2
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 50 17 39 56 38 7 5 0 3
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 70 28 27 55 62 1 6 3 3
Richer, StephaneStephane Richer RW 63 22 24 46 32 0 2 0 2
Bure, ValeriValeri Bure RW 64 14 21 35 6 4 4 0 2
Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhov D 65 10 20 30 43 3 5 0 1
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 39 10 13 23 14 6 2 0 2
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 71 7 15 22 100 1 1 0 0
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 65 8 13 21 97 -14 1 0 0
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 47 6 15 21 80 -5 2 0 2
Thornton, ScottScott Thornton LW 73 10 10 20 128 -19 1 1 1
Tucker, DarcyDarcy Tucker RW 73 7 13 20 110 -5 1 0 3
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 43 6 9 15 16 4 1 1 2
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie D 61 6 9 15 63 -9 3 0 0
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 49 2 13 15 24 -7 0 0 1
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 78 1 13 14 32 9 0 0 0
Bordeleau, SebastienSebastien Bordeleau C 28 2 9 11 2 -3 0 0 0
Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon C 9 1 10 11 2 4 0 0 0
Cullimore, JassenJassen Cullimore D 49 2 6 8 42 4 0 1 1
Murray, ChrisChris Murray RW 56 4 2 6 114 -8 0 0 0
Baron, MurrayMurray Baron D 60 1 5 6 107 -16 0 0 0
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 35 0 4 4 54 7 0 0 0
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 9 1 1 2 23 -1 0 0 0
Houde, EricEric Houde C 13 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 6 0 1 1 6 -2 0 0 0
Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear LW 10 0 0 0 38 -2 0 0 0
Brown, BradBrad Brown D 8 0 0 0 22 -1 0 0 0
Groleau, FrancoisFrancois Groleau D 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ling, DavidDavid Ling RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan, TerryTerry Ryan LW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sevigny, PierrePierre Sevigny LW 13 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vokoun, TomasTomas Vokoun G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 3397 61 22 24 11 164 2.90 1 1815 1651 .910
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 821 16 5 6 2 53 3.87 0 508 455 .896
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 754 17 4 6 2 50 3.98 0 438 388 .886
Vokoun, TomasTomas Vokoun 20 1 0 0 0 4 12.00 0 14 10 .714
Team: 4992 82 31 36 15 271 3.26 1 2775 2504 .902

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 5 4 2 6 2 0 0 0
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 4 1 3 4 4 0 1 0
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 5 1 3 4 10 0 0 0
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 3 1 1 2 24 0 0 1
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 5 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 5 1 0 1 4 0 1 0
Thornton, ScottScott Thornton LW 5 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Bure, ValeriValeri Bure RW 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 5 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 5 0 1 1 14 0 0 0
Cullimore, JassenJassen Cullimore D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhov D 5 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 5 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Richer, StephaneStephane Richer RW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tucker, DarcyDarcy Tucker RW 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 168 2 1 1 7 2.50 0 108 101 .935
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 179 3 0 3 13 4.36 0 101 88 .871
Team: 347 5 1 4 20 3.46 0 209 189 .904

[2]

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 records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

See also: 1996 NHL Entry Draft

Farm teams[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Martin Brodeur - Facts. MartinBrodeur.net. Retrieved on 2006-12-31.
  2. 1996-97 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.


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