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)
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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 season[edit | edit source]

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 standings[edit | edit source]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Ottawa Senators 82 52 21 8 1 263 182 113
2 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 44 28 7 3 236 208 98
3 7 Boston Bruins 82 36 31 11 4 245 237 87
4 10 Montreal Canadiens 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77
5 12 Buffalo 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
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 11, 2002 4–1 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 1–0–0–0
2 L October 12, 2002 1–6 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 1–1–0–0
3 L October 15, 2002 2–6 Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 1–2–0–0
4 W October 17, 2002 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 2–2–0–0
5 T October 19, 2002 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 2–2–1–0
6 T October 22, 2002 3–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 2–2–2–0
7 L October 24, 2002 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 2–3–2–0
8 W October 26, 2002 5–3 Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 3–3–2–0
9 T October 29, 2002 2–2 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 3–3–3–0
10 T November 1, 2002 2–2 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 3–3–4–0
11 W November 2, 2002 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 4–3–4–0
12 L November 5, 2002 2–5 St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 4–4–4–0
13 W November 7, 2002 3–0 New York Islanders (2002–03) 5–4–4–0
14 W November 9, 2002 3–1 Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 6–4–4–0
15 L November 12, 2002 2–4 Dallas Stars (2002–03) 6–5–4–0
16 L November 15, 2002 1–5 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 6–6–4–0
17 W November 16, 2002 3–1 New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 7–6–4–0
18 W November 18, 2002 5–4 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 8–6–4–0
19 W November 20, 2002 3–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 9–6–4–0
20 L November 21, 2002 2–3 @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 9–7–4–0
21 L November 23, 2002 3–7 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 9–8–4–0
22 W November 26, 2002 3–2 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 10–8–4–0
23 L November 29, 2002 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 10–9–4–0
24 L November 30, 2002 1–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 10–9–4–1
25 L December 4, 2002 1–5 @ Dallas Stars (2002–03) 10–10–4–1
26 L December 6, 2002 6–7 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 10–10–4–2
27 W December 7, 2002 4–2 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 11–10–4–2
28 W December 10, 2002 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 12–10–4–2
29 L December 12, 2002 2–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 12–11–4–2
30 W December 14, 2002 4–2 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 13–11–4–2
31 W December 16, 2002 3–2 @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 14–11–4–2
32 L December 17, 2002 1–3 San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 14–12–4–2
33 W December 19, 2002 3–1 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 15–12–4–2
34 W December 21, 2002 6–2 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 16–12–4–2
35 L December 23, 2002 1–3 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 16–13–4–2
36 L December 27, 2002 2–3 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 16–13–4–3
37 L December 28, 2002 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 16–14–4–3
38 T December 31, 2002 1–1 OT @ Calgary Flames (2002–03) 16–14–5–3
39 L January 2, 2003 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 16–15–5–3
40 L January 4, 2003 4–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 16–15–5–4
41 L January 7, 2003 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 16–16–5–4
42 W January 9, 2003 3–2 New York Rangers (2002–03) 17–16–5–4
43 L January 11, 2003 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 17–17–5–4
44 W January 13, 2003 4–2 Calgary Flames (2002–03) 18–17–5–4
45 L January 15, 2003 0–1 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 18–18–5–4
46 L January 16, 2003 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 18–19–5–4
47 L January 18, 2003 2–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 18–19–5–5
48 W January 20, 2003 3–2 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 19–19–5–5
49 T January 22, 2003 2–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 19–19–6–5
50 T January 25, 2003 1–1 OT Washington Capitals (2002–03) 19–19–7–5
51 W January 26, 2003 4–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2002–03) 20–19–7–5
52 W January 28, 2003 6–3 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 21–19–7–5
53 L January 30, 2003 1–3 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 21–20–7–5
54 L February 4, 2003 3–4 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 21–21–7–5
55 L February 6, 2003 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 21–22–7–5
56 L February 8, 2003 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 21–23–7–5
57 W February 9, 2003 2–0 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 22–23–7–5
58 W February 11, 2003 3–1 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 23–23–7–5
59 L February 13, 2003 1–2 OT Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 23–23–7–6
60 W February 15, 2003 3–2 Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 24–23–7–6
61 L February 18, 2003 0–3 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 24–24–7–6
62 L February 19, 2003 1–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 24–24–7–7
63 L February 22, 2003 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 24–25–7–7
64 L February 24, 2003 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 24–26–7–7
65 L February 27, 2003 3–6 Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 24–27–7–7
66 T March 1, 2003 1–1 OT Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 24–27–8–7
67 L March 5, 2003 1–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 24–28–8–7
68 L March 6, 2003 3–4 OT @ San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 24–28–8–8
69 L March 8, 2003 1–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 24–29–8–8
70 W March 10, 2003 3–1 @ Nashville Predators (2002–03) 25–29–8–8
71 W March 12, 2003 4–0 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 26–29–8–8
72 W March 13, 2003 4–2 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 27–29–8–8
73 L March 15, 2003 1–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 27–30–8–8
74 L March 18, 2003 0–1 New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 27–31–8–8
75 L March 20, 2003 3–6 New York Islanders (2002–03) 27–32–8–8
76 W March 22, 2003 5–3 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 28–32–8–8
77 L March 25, 2003 3–4 OT Washington Capitals (2002–03) 28–32–8–9
78 L March 28, 2003 1–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 28–33–8–9
79 L March 29, 2003 1–3 Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 28–34–8–9
80 W March 31, 2003 4–0 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 29–34–8–9
81 L April 2, 2003 1–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 29–35–8–9
82 W April 5, 2003 5–4 New York Rangers (2002–03) 30–35–8–9

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

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 72 5 5 1 5
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 80 31 19 50 79 4 9 0 2
Perreault, YanicYanic Perreault C 73 24 22 46 30 -11 7 0 4
Bulis, JanJan Bulis C 82 16 24 40 30 9 0 0 2
Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov D 79 13 24 37 34 13 3 0 2
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 61 11 19 30 36 -6 3 0 0
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 73 4 25 29 32 -14 1 0 1
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 73 7 18 25 24 -5 0 0 1
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 54 11 12 23 19 -7 4 0 4
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 53 7 16 23 16 -2 2 0 2
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 82 7 15 22 71 1 3 0 2
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 72 6 16 22 20 -10 0 0 2
McKay, RandyRandy McKay RW 75 6 13 19 72 -14 2 0 0
Ribeiro, MikeMike Ribeiro C 52 5 12 17 6 -3 2 0 0
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 60 9 7 16 21 -4 0 0 1
Czerkawski, MariuszMariusz Czerkawski RW 43 5 9 14 16 -7 1 0 0
Sundstrom, NiklasNiklas Sundstrom RW 33 5 9 14 8 3 0 0 1
Hossa, MarcelMarcel Hossa LW 34 6 7 13 14 3 2 0 1
Traverse, PatrickPatrick Traverse D 65 0 13 13 24 -9 0 0 0
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 67 5 5 10 70 -4 0 0 0
Ward, JasonJason Ward RW 8 3 2 5 0 3 0 0 0
Dykhuis, KarlKarl Dykhuis D 65 1 4 5 34 -5 0 0 0
Bouillon, FrancisFrancis Bouillon D 20 3 1 4 2 -1 0 1 0
Lindsay, BillBill Lindsay RW 19 0 2 2 23 -1 0 0 0
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 57 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Komisarek, MikeMike Komisarek D 21 0 1 1 28 -6 0 0 0
Beauchemin, FrancoisFrancois Beauchemin D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Blouin, SylvainSylvain Blouin LW 17 0 0 0 43 -3 0 0 0
Dwyer, GordieGordie Dwyer LW 11 0 0 0 46 -2 0 0 0
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon G 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hackett, JeffJeff Hackett G 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hainsey, RonRon Hainsey D 21 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
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 2 1797 1632 .908
Hackett, JeffJeff Hackett 1063 18 7 8 2 45 2.54 0 606 561 .926
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon 482 8 3 5 0 16 1.99 2 267 251 .940
Team: 4964 82 30 44 8 226 2.73 4 2670 2444 .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 records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

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

Farm teams[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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


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