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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)
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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.


Offseason[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

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

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 1, 1997 2–2 OT Ottawa Senators 0–0–1
2 W Oct 4, 1997 4–1 @ Boston Bruins 1–0–1
3 W Oct 8, 1997 3–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 2–0–1
4 L Oct 11, 1997 2–6 Philadelphia Flyers 2–1–1
5 T Oct 15, 1997 1–1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins 2–1–2
6 W Oct 17, 1997 5–1 @ Buffalo Sabres 3–1–2
7 L Oct 18, 1997 2–3 Washington Capitals 3–2–2
8 W Oct 22, 1997 3–0 Florida Panthers 4–2–2
9 L Oct 23, 1997 1–2 OT @ New Jersey Devils 4–3–2
10 W Oct 25, 1997 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators 5–3–2
11 W Oct 27, 1997 4–2 Chicago Blackhawks 6–3–2
12 L Oct 29, 1997 2–5 New York Islanders 6–4–2
13 W Nov 1, 1997 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 7–4–2
14 W Nov 3, 1997 6–4 Dallas Stars 8–4–2
15 W Nov 5, 1997 4–2 Phoenix Coyotes 9–4–2
16 W Nov 7, 1997 4–3 @ San Jose Sharks 10–4–2
17 W Nov 8, 1997 4–1 @ Los Angeles Kings 11–4–2
18 W Nov 12, 1997 4–3 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 12–4–2
19 W Nov 13, 1997 5–2 @ Phoenix Coyotes 13–4–2
20 L Nov 15, 1997 2–3 Washington Capitals 13–5–2
21 W Nov 17, 1997 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning 14–5–2
22 L Nov 19, 1997 1–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes 14–6–2
23 L Nov 22, 1997 2–5 Detroit Red Wings 14–7–2
24 T Nov 24, 1997 2–2 OT San Jose Sharks 14–7–3
25 W Nov 26, 1997 6–5 @ Washington Capitals 15–7–3
26 L Nov 28, 1997 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings 15–8–3
27 L Nov 29, 1997 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 15–9–3
28 L Dec 1, 1997 0–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 15–10–3
29 W Dec 3, 1997 2–0 Los Angeles Kings 16–10–3
30 T Dec 6, 1997 3–3 OT New York Rangers 16–10–4
31 W Dec 8, 1997 4–2 Colorado Avalanche 17–10–4
32 W Dec 10, 1997 4–3 OT St. Louis Blues 18–10–4
33 L Dec 12, 1997 2–5 @ New Jersey Devils 18–11–4
34 L Dec 13, 1997 2–4 @ Boston Bruins 18–12–4
35 L Dec 15, 1997 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers 18–13–4
36 L Dec 19, 1997 0–1 @ Buffalo Sabres 18–14–4
37 W Dec 20, 1997 4–1 Ottawa Senators 19–14–4
38 T Dec 22, 1997 3–3 OT Edmonton Oilers 19–14–5
39 L Dec 23, 1997 3–4 OT @ Ottawa Senators 19–15–5
40 W Dec 27, 1997 1–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 20–15–5
41 T Dec 29, 1997 1–1 OT @ Colorado Avalanche 20–15–6
42 W Dec 31, 1997 3–2 @ Calgary Flames 21–15–6
43 W Jan 2, 1998 5–3 @ Edmonton Oilers 22–15–6
44 W Jan 3, 1998 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks 23–15–6
45 L Jan 7, 1998 1–2 OT Boston Bruins 23–16–6
46 W Jan 8, 1998 8–2 @ New York Islanders 24–16–6
47 W Jan 12, 1998 6–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 25–16–6
48 T Jan 14, 1998 3–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers 25–16–7
49 W Jan 21, 1998 4–2 Boston Bruins 26–16–7
50 L Jan 24, 1998 3–4 Carolina Hurricanes 26–17–7
51 L Jan 25, 1998 1–3 New Jersey Devils 26–18–7
52 W Jan 29, 1998 3–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers 27–18–7
53 L Jan 31, 1998 3–4 Ottawa Senators 27–19–7
54 W Feb 1, 1998 6–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes 28–19–7
55 L Feb 4, 1998 2–4 @ New York Islanders 28–20–7
56 L Feb 7, 1998 1–4 Buffalo Sabres 28–21–7
57 L Feb 25, 1998 2–6 Pittsburgh Penguins 28–22–7
58 L Feb 28, 1998 0–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 28–23–7
59 W Mar 4, 1998 3–1 @ Dallas Stars 29–23–7
60 L Mar 5, 1998 0–4 @ St. Louis Blues 29–24–7
61 L Mar 7, 1998 1–2 Buffalo Sabres 29–25–7
62 W Mar 9, 1998 6–1 Florida Panthers 30–25–7
63 T Mar 11, 1998 2–2 OT Vancouver Canucks 30–25–8
64 W Mar 12, 1998 4–1 New York Rangers 31–25–8
65 W Mar 14, 1998 4–2 New Jersey Devils 32–25–8
66 T Mar 16, 1998 3–3 OT Calgary Flames 32–25–9
67 L Mar 18, 1998 1–2 OT @ New York Rangers 32–26–9
68 L Mar 19, 1998 0–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 32–27–9
69 L Mar 21, 1998 4–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 32–28–9
70 W Mar 25, 1998 2–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning 33–28–9
71 L Mar 26, 1998 4–5 @ Florida Panthers 33–29–9
72 W Mar 28, 1998 8–2 Tampa Bay Lightning 34–29–9
73 T Mar 31, 1998 3–3 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes 34–29–10
74 W Apr 1, 1998 4–3 @ Florida Panthers 35–29–10
75 L Apr 4, 1998 0–1 Carolina Hurricanes 35–30–10
76 T Apr 6, 1998 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals 35–30–11
77 W Apr 7, 1998 3–2 @ New York Rangers 36–30–11
78 L Apr 10, 1998 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres 36–31–11
79 T Apr 11, 1998 3–3 OT New York Islanders 36–31–12
80 L Apr 15, 1998 2–6 Boston Bruins 36–32–12
81 W Apr 16, 1998 2–0 @ Ottawa Senators 37–32–12
82 T Apr 18, 1998 3–3 OT Buffalo Sabres 37–32–13

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

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 3-6 Pittsburgh 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 stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 82 32 42 74 51 11 9 1 6
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 76 18 41 59 58 14 2 1 5
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 69 14 43 57 48 8 2 2 3
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 62 21 34 55 108 2 14 1 1
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 78 21 32 53 84 13 5 3 3
Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhov D 74 13 31 44 70 16 8 0 2
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 64 26 17 43 36 11 8 0 7
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 79 10 27 37 67 16 5 0 1
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 81 4 30 34 122 22 2 0 0
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 68 12 20 32 61 11 1 2 2
Bure, ValeriValeri Bure RW 50 7 22 29 33 -5 2 0 1
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 74 13 6 19 12 0 0 0 2
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 71 6 10 16 97 13 0 0 0
Thornton, ScottScott Thornton LW 67 6 9 15 158 0 1 0 1
Bordeleau, SebastienSebastien Bordeleau C 53 6 8 14 36 5 2 1 0
Hoglund, JonasJonas Hoglund LW 28 6 5 11 6 2 4 0 0
Poulin, PatrickPatrick Poulin C 34 4 6 10 8 -1 0 1 1
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 63 4 6 10 110 -8 1 0 0
Richer, StephaneStephane Richer RW 14 5 4 9 5 1 2 0 0
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 69 2 6 8 38 -6 0 0 0
Tucker, DarcyDarcy Tucker RW 39 1 5 6 57 -6 0 0 0
Zalapski, ZarleyZarley Zalapski D 28 1 5 6 22 -1 0 1 0
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 61 0 2 2 93 -3 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 47 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Clark, BrettBrett Clark D 41 1 0 1 20 -3 0 0 0
Houde, EricEric Houde C 9 1 0 1 0 -3 0 0 1
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie D 5 1 0 1 4 -1 0 0 1
Ulanov, IgorIgor Ulanov D 4 0 1 1 12 -2 0 0 0
Cullimore, JassenJassen Cullimore D 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Groleau, FrancoisFrancois Groleau D 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Higgins, MattMatt Higgins C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Ling, DavidDavid Ling RW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Moog, AndyAndy Moog G 42 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Ryan, TerryTerry Ryan LW 4 0 0 0 31 0 0 0 0
Vukota, MickMick Vukota RW 22 0 0 0 76 -4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 2652 47 19 15 8 109 2.47 2 1109 1000 .902
Moog, AndyAndy Moog 2337 42 18 17 5 97 2.49 3 1024 927 .905
Team: 4989 82 37 32 13 206 2.48 5 2133 1927 .903

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 10 4 8 12 6 0 0 2
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 10 3 6 9 26 1 0 1
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 10 3 6 9 22 1 0 0
Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhov D 9 3 4 7 10 2 0 0
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 10 3 4 7 12 0 0 0
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 6 2 3 5 2 1 0 0
Ulanov, IgorIgor Ulanov D 10 1 4 5 12 0 0 0
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 10 3 0 3 4 1 0 0
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 10 1 2 3 6 0 0 0
Hoglund, JonasJonas Hoglund LW 10 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 10 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 9 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 9 0 2 2 6 0 0 0
Thornton, ScottScott Thornton LW 9 0 2 2 10 0 0 0
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 8 1 0 1 4 0 0 1
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 10 0 1 1 14 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Zalapski, ZarleyZarley Zalapski D 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Bordeleau, SebastienSebastien Bordeleau C 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Moog, AndyAndy Moog G 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poulin, PatrickPatrick Poulin C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vukota, MickMick Vukota RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Moog, AndyAndy Moog 474 9 4 5 24 3.04 1 204 180 .882
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 120 3 0 1 1 0.50 0 35 34 .971
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 43 2 0 0 4 5.58 0 16 12 .750
Team: 637 10 4 6 29 2.73 1 255 226 .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 records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

See also: 1997 NHL Entry Draft

Farm teams[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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


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