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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)
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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.


Offseason[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

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 standings[edit | edit source]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Boston Bruins 82 43 24 6 9 236 201 101
2 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 43 25 10 4 249 207 100
3 7 Ottawa Senators 82 39 27 9 7 243 208 94
4 8 Montreal Canadiens 82 36 31 12 3 207 209 87
5 10 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
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game log[edit | edit source]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 4, 2001 6–4 @ Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 1–0–0–0
2 T October 6, 2001 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 1–0–1–0
3 W October 9, 2001 3–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2001–02) 2–0–1–0
4 W October 12, 2001 3–1 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2001–02) 3–0–1–0
5 W October 13, 2001 3–1 New Jersey Devils (2001–02) 4–0–1–0
7 L October 19, 2001 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (2001–02) 4–2–1–0
8 L October 20, 2001 1–3 Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 4–3–1–0
9 W October 26, 2001 5–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 5–3–1–0
10 L October 27, 2001 1–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 5–4–1–0
11 L October 30, 2001 1–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (2001–02) 5–5–1–0
12 L November 1, 2001 0–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (2001–02) 5–6–1–0
13 L November 3, 2001 2–6 @ Calgary Flames (2001–02) 5–7–1–0
14 T November 6, 2001 1–1 OT Colorado Avalanche (2001–02) 5–7–2–0
15 W November 8, 2001 3–1 Nashville Predators (2001–02) 6–7–2–0
16 W November 10, 2001 3–2 New York Islanders (2001–02) 7–7–2–0
17 L November 11, 2001 2–3 OT @ New York Rangers (2001–02) 7–7–2–1
18 L November 13, 2001 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (2001–02) 7–8–2–1
19 W November 17, 2001 1–0 OT Florida Panthers (2001–02) 8–8–2–1
20 W November 20, 2001 3–2 Boston Bruins (2001–02) 9–8–2–1
21 W November 22, 2001 5–2 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 10–8–2–1
22 W November 24, 2001 5–3 Washington Capitals (2001–02) 11–8–2–1
23 W November 27, 2001 5–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 12–8–2–1
24 T November 29, 2001 1–1 OT @ New York Islanders (2001–02) 12–8–3–1
25 L December 1, 2001 1–3 New York Rangers (2001–02) 12–9–3–1
26 L December 3, 2001 2–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2001–02) 12–10–3–1
27 L December 5, 2001 1–2 New Jersey Devils (2001–02) 12–11–3–1
28 T December 8, 2001 3–3 OT Phoenix Coyotes (2001–02) 12–11–4–1
29 W December 10, 2001 4–0 Minnesota Wild (2001–02) 13–11–4–1
30 T December 12, 2001 3–3 OT @ Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 13–11–5–1
31 W December 13, 2001 3–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 14–11–5–1
32 L December 15, 2001 4–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 14–12–5–1
33 L December 17, 2001 3–4 Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 14–13–5–1
34 W December 19, 2001 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 15–13–5–1
35 L December 20, 2001 0–5 @ Boston Bruins (2001–02) 15–14–5–1
36 W December 22, 2001 2–1 Los Angeles Kings (2001–02) 16–14–5–1
37 L December 26, 2001 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 16–15–5–1
38 L December 28, 2001 0–3 @ St. Louis Blues (2001–02) 16–16–5–1
39 L December 29, 2001 5–6 OT @ New York Islanders (2001–02) 16–16–5–2
40 L January 3, 2002 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (2001–02) 16–17–5–2
41 W January 5, 2002 4–2 @ Calgary Flames (2001–02) 17–17–5–2
42 L January 6, 2002 6–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (2001–02) 17–18–5–2
43 L January 8, 2002 2–4 @ Minnesota Wild (2001–02) 17–19–5–2
44 W January 10, 2002 4–0 New York Islanders (2001–02) 18–19–5–2
45 T January 12, 2002 1–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 18–19–6–2
46 L January 14, 2002 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 18–20–6–2
47 W January 16, 2002 2–0 Washington Capitals (2001–02) 19–20–6–2
48 T January 17, 2002 1–1 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 19–20–7–2
49 W January 19, 2002 5–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 20–20–7–2
50 L January 21, 2002 5–7 @ Florida Panthers (2001–02) 20–21–7–2
51 W January 23, 2002 5–3 @ Washington Capitals (2001–02) 21–21–7–2
52 T January 26, 2002 1–1 OT Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 21–21–8–2
53 W January 27, 2002 3–1 San Jose Sharks (2001–02) 22–21–8–2
54 L January 30, 2002 3–4 OT Boston Bruins (2001–02) 22–21–8–3
55 W February 5, 2002 1–0 @ New Jersey Devils (2001–02) 23–21–8–3
56 W February 7, 2002 1–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 24–21–8–3
57 L February 9, 2002 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 24–22–8–3
58 L February 11, 2002 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (2001–02) 24–23–8–3
59 L February 26, 2002 2–5 Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 24–24–8–3
60 W February 27, 2002 3–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2001–02) 25–24–8–3
61 L March 2, 2002 3–4 Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 25–25–8–3
62 W March 4, 2002 5–3 Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 26–25–8–3
63 W March 6, 2002 5–3 Boston Bruins (2001–02) 27–25–8–3
64 L March 8, 2002 0–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 27–26–8–3
65 T March 9, 2002 1–1 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 27–26–9–3
66 L March 11, 2002 1–2 @ New York Rangers (2001–02) 27–27–9–3
67 T March 14, 2002 3–3 OT Dallas Stars (2001–02) 27–27–10–3
68 W March 16, 2002 3–2 Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 28–27–10–3
69 T March 18, 2002 1–1 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 28–27–11–3
70 W March 20, 2002 4–1 @ Florida Panthers (2001–02) 29–27–11–3
71 T March 22, 2002 3–3 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 29–27–12–3
72 L March 23, 2002 1–5 @ Nashville Predators (2001–02) 29–28–12–3
73 L March 26, 2002 1–2 Florida Panthers (2001–02) 29–29–12–3
74 W March 28, 2002 2–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 30–29–12–3
75 W March 30, 2002 2–1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 31–29–12–3
76 W April 1, 2002 3–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 32–29–12–3
77 W April 4, 2002 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 33–29–12–3
78 W April 6, 2002 4–1 Columbus Blue Jackets (2001–02) 34–29–12–3
79 W April 7, 2002 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 35–29–12–3
80 W April 9, 2002 4–3 Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 36–29–12–3
81 L April 12, 2002 2–5 @ New Jersey Devils (2001–02) 36–30–12–3
82 L April 13, 2002 0–3 Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 36–31–12–3

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

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 goaltenderKevin 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 stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Perreault, YanicYanic Perreault C 82 27 29 56 40 -3 6 0 7
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 82 22 22 44 59 -3 4 0 3
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 75 24 17 41 12 -4 3 1 6
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 70 10 31 41 48 -7 5 0 2
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 70 8 28 36 10 -3 1 0 1
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 79 15 18 33 24 -3 2 3 2
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 71 4 29 33 25 9 2 1 1
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 47 14 15 29 30 -14 7 0 2
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 82 8 17 25 76 1 0 0 0
Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov D 56 5 19 24 24 -1 2 0 1
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 75 8 15 23 27 -7 0 1 2
Bulis, JanJan Bulis C 53 9 10 19 8 -2 1 0 3
Ribeiro, MikeMike Ribeiro C 43 8 10 18 12 -11 3 0 0
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 75 6 10 16 87 -7 1 0 1
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 54 6 9 15 20 5 0 1 1
Dykhuis, KarlKarl Dykhuis D 80 5 7 12 32 16 0 0 1
Robidas, StephaneStephane Robidas D 56 1 10 11 14 -25 1 0 0
Berezin, SergeiSergei Berezin LW 29 4 6 10 4 3 3 0 1
Asham, ArronArron Asham RW 35 5 4 9 55 7 0 0 0
Odjick, GinoGino Odjick RW 36 4 4 8 104 3 0 0 0
Souray, SheldonSheldon Souray D 34 3 5 8 62 -5 1 0 0
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 18 2 6 8 12 -1 1 0 0
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 13 1 5 6 8 1 0 0 1
Traverse, PatrickPatrick Traverse D 25 2 3 5 14 -7 2 0 0
Bouillon, FrancisFrancis Bouillon D 28 0 5 5 33 -5 0 0 0
Poulin, PatrickPatrick Poulin C 28 0 5 5 6 6 0 0 0
Hossa, MarcelMarcel Hossa LW 10 3 1 4 2 2 0 0 0
Lindsay, BillBill Lindsay RW 13 1 3 4 23 0 0 0 0
Simpson, ReidReid Simpson LW 25 1 1 2 63 0 0 0 1
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 16 0 2 2 4 -4 0 0 0
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 67 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Gratton, BenoitBenoit Gratton C 8 1 0 1 8 -1 0 0 0
Landry, EricEric Landry C 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
Darby, CraigCraig Darby C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hackett, JeffJeff Hackett G 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Jarventie, MarttiMartti Jarventie D 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Michaud, OlivierOlivier Michaud G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 7 1972 1836 .931
Hackett, JeffJeff Hackett 717 15 5 5 2 38 3.18 0 395 357 .904
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon 261 5 1 4 0 19 4.37 0 147 128 .871
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 109 2 0 1 0 7 3.85 0 60 53 .883
Michaud, OlivierOlivier Michaud 18 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 14 14 1.000
Team: 4969 82 36 34 12 200 2.41 7 2588 2388 .923

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 12 6 4 10 10 2 0 2
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 12 4 6 10 16 1 0 0
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 12 4 6 10 4 1 0 1
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 4 4 4 8 6 2 0 0
Perreault, YanicYanic Perreault C 11 3 5 8 0 2 0 1
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 12 1 5 6 2 0 0 1
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 12 1 4 5 6 0 0 0
Lindsay, BillBill Lindsay RW 11 2 2 4 2 0 0 0
Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov D 12 1 3 4 8 0 0 1
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 12 1 3 4 12 0 0 0
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 12 1 2 3 6 0 0 0
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 12 0 3 3 4 0 0 0
Berezin, SergeiSergei Berezin LW 6 1 1 2 0 1 0 0
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 10 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Dykhuis, KarlKarl Dykhuis D 12 1 1 2 8 0 0 0
Odjick, GinoGino Odjick RW 12 1 0 1 47 0 0 0
Asham, ArronArron Asham RW 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 12 0 1 1 9 0 0 0
Souray, SheldonSheldon Souray D 12 0 1 1 16 0 0 0
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Bulis, JanJan Bulis C 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robidas, StephaneStephane Robidas D 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 686 12 6 6 35 3.06 0 413 378 .915
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 38 1 0 0 3 4.74 0 19 16 .842
Team: 724 12 6 6 38 3.15 0 432 394 .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 records[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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


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