1981–82 Montreal Canadiens season

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1981–82 Montreal Canadiens
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
Conference 2nd Wales
1981–82 record 46-17-17
Goals for 360
Goals against 223
Team information
General Manager Irving Grundman
Coach Bob Berry
Captain Bob Gainey
Alternate captains None
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Mark Napier (40)
Assists Guy Lafleur (57)
Points Keith Acton (88)
Penalties in minutes Chris Nilan (204)
Plus/minus Brian Engblom (+76)
Wins Rick Wamsley (23)
Goals against average Denis Herron (2.64)
<1980–81 1982–83>

The 1981–82 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 73rd season. The club finished with over 100 points in the regular season, and were third overall in the NHL standings.[1] The season involved being eliminated in the Adams Division semi-final versus the Quebec Nordiques 3 games to 2.

Offseason[edit]

Montreal along with Hartford were moved to the Adams Division which was a more geographical grouping of teams, including Boston, Buffalo and Quebec. Before the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, general manager Irving Grundman announced that Bob Berry would be the new head coach of the Canadiens.

Bob Gainey is named captain, following Serge Savard's signing with the Winnipeg Jets.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PIM PTS
Montreal Canadiens 80 46 17 17 360 223 1463 109
Boston Bruins 80 43 27 10 323 285 1266 96
Buffalo Sabres 80 39 26 15 307 273 1425 93
Quebec Nordiques 80 33 31 16 356 345 1757 82
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 264 351 1493 60

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 8, 1981 5–5 Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 0–0–1
2 W October 10, 1981 9–0 Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 1–0–1
3 W October 15, 1981 7–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 2–0–1
4 W October 17, 1981 10–4 Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 3–0–1
5 T October 18, 1981 3–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 3–0–2
6 T October 21, 1981 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 3–0–3
7 W October 24, 1981 7–0 Boston Bruins (1981–82) 4–0–3
8 W October 25, 1981 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1981–82) 5–0–3
9 W October 27, 1981 11–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 6–0–3
10 T October 29, 1981 5–5 @ Boston Bruins (1981–82) 6–0–4
11 L October 31, 1981 1–2 New York Islanders (1981–82) 6–1–4
12 L November 2, 1981 4–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 6–2–4
13 W November 5, 1981 4–3 St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 7–2–4
14 W November 7, 1981 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 8–2–4
15 L November 10, 1981 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 8–3–4
16 W November 11, 1981 9–0 @ Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 9–3–4
17 W November 14, 1981 4–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 10–3–4
18 T November 19, 1981 1–1 Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 10–3–5
19 W November 21, 1981 9–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 11–3–5
20 T November 24, 1981 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 11–3–6
21 L November 25, 1981 1–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 11–4–6
22 L November 27, 1981 2–5 @ Washington Capitals (1981–82) 11–5–6
23 W November 29, 1981 6–3 Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 12–5–6
24 T December 1, 1981 3–3 Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 12–5–7
25 L December 3, 1981 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 12–6–7
26 L December 5, 1981 4–7 Calgary Flames (1981–82) 12–7–7
27 T December 9, 1981 6–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 12–7–8
28 T December 11, 1981 5–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1981–82) 12–7–9
29 W December 12, 1981 6–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 13–7–9
30 W December 14, 1981 6–3 Washington Capitals (1981–82) 14–7–9
31 W December 16, 1981 6–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 15–7–9
32 W December 17, 1981 5–1 @ Boston Bruins (1981–82) 16–7–9
33 W December 19, 1981 5–2 Boston Bruins (1981–82) 17–7–9
34 L December 22, 1981 2–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 17–8–9
35 W December 27, 1981 6–3 Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 18–8–9
36 W December 29, 1981 5–4 @ New York Islanders (1981–82) 19–8–9
37 W December 30, 1981 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 20–8–9
38 L January 2, 1982 5–6 New York Rangers (1981–82) 20–9–9
39 L January 3, 1982 2–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 20–10–9
40 W January 5, 1982 3–1 Boston Bruins (1981–82) 21–10–9
41 T January 9, 1982 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 21–10–10
42 T January 10, 1982 4–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1981–82) 21–10–11
43 W January 12, 1982 2–1 Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 22–10–11
44 L January 16, 1982 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 22–11–11
45 T January 19, 1982 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 22–11–12
46 W January 21, 1982 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 23–11–12
47 W January 23, 1982 6–2 Calgary Flames (1981–82) 24–11–12
48 W January 26, 1982 8–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 25–11–12
49 W January 28, 1982 6–3 @ Boston Bruins (1981–82) 26–11–12
50 W January 30, 1982 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 27–11–12
51 W February 2, 1982 5–3 @ Calgary Flames (1981–82) 28–11–12
52 W February 3, 1982 6–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 29–11–12
53 W February 6, 1982 5–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 30–11–12
54 W February 7, 1982 7–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 31–11–12
55 W February 11, 1982 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 32–11–12
56 W February 13, 1982 7–3 Winnipeg Jets (1981–82) 33–11–12
57 T February 16, 1982 3–3 Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 33–11–13
58 W February 18, 1982 5–3 St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 34–11–13
59 T February 20, 1982 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 34–11–14
60 W February 21, 1982 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1981–82) 35–11–14
61 L February 23, 1982 3–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 35–12–14
62 T February 25, 1982 4–4 Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 35–12–15
63 T February 27, 1982 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 35–12–16
64 W February 28, 1982 5–0 @ Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 36–12–16
65 T March 2, 1982 3–3 Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 36–12–17
66 W March 6, 1982 6–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 37–12–17
67 W March 7, 1982 5–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 38–12–17
68 W March 9, 1982 4–2 Boston Bruins (1981–82) 39–12–17
69 W March 11, 1982 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 40–12–17
70 W March 13, 1982 5–0 Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 41–12–17
71 W March 14, 1982 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1981–82) 42–12–17
72 L March 18, 1982 2–4 Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 42–13–17
73 W March 20, 1982 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 43–13–17
74 L March 21, 1982 4–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 43–14–17
75 L March 25, 1982 1–3 @ New York Islanders (1981–82) 43–15–17
76 W March 27, 1982 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 44–15–17
77 W March 30, 1982 6–4 Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 45–15–17
78 W March 31, 1982 5–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 46–15–17
79 L April 3, 1982 4–5 Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 46–16–17
80 L April 4, 1982 1–3 @ Washington Capitals (1981–82) 46–17–17

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Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens were seeded 3rd overall in the playoffs, while their opponents, the Quebec Nordiques were seeded 10th overall. The clubs were 27 points apart in the league standings.[4] The fourth game of the series had a brawl in which every player from both teams was involved. The brawl lasted for twenty minutes. There were 149 penalty minutes, and two game misconducts.[5] The fifth and final game of the series went into overtime. Twenty-two seconds into overtime, Nordiques' Dale Hunter scored against Canadiens goalie Rick Wamsley to clinch the series.[6]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Acton, KeithKeith Acton C 78 36 52 88 88 48 10 0 5
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 66 27 57 84 24 33 9 0 3
Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 80 40 41 81 14 49 9 0 5
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 80 33 40 73 66 24 7 0 4
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 73 35 33 68 57 18 8 2 4
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 71 12 47 59 41 57 5 1 0
Shutt, SteveSteve Shutt LW 57 31 24 55 40 24 5 0 3
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 20 28 48 20 34 1 0 4
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 79 21 24 45 24 37 1 3 1
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 51 11 32 43 34 18 2 1 1
Langway, RodRod Langway D 66 5 34 39 116 66 1 0 1
Wickenheiser, DougDoug Wickenheiser C 56 12 23 35 43 18 1 0 3
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 59 15 18 33 116 23 2 2 2
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 76 4 29 33 76 78 1 0 0
Hunter, MarkMark Hunter RW 71 18 11 29 143 10 0 0 5
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 62 2 26 28 106 17 2 0 0
Gingras, GastonGaston Gingras D 34 6 18 24 28 10 3 0 3
Laughlin, CraigCraig Laughlin RW 36 12 11 23 33 10 2 0 1
Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C 22 9 12 21 0 -3 3 0 0
Lapointe, GuyGuy Lapointe D 47 1 19 20 72 -3 0 0 0
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 49 7 4 11 204 6 0 0 1
Delorme, GilbertGilbert Delorme D 60 3 8 11 55 19 0 0 0
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley G 38 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0
Brubaker, JeffJeff Brubaker LW 3 0 1 1 32 1 0 0 0
Herron, DenisDenis Herron G 27 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Holden, MarkMark Holden G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kitchen, BillBill Kitchen D 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0
Orleski, DaveDave Orleski LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 19 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley 2206 38 23 7 7 101 2.75 2
Herron, DenisDenis Herron 1547 27 12 6 8 68 2.64 3
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 1027 19 11 4 2 53 3.10 0
Holden, MarkMark Holden 20 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Team: 4800 80 46 17 17 222 2.78 5

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Mondou, PierrePierre Mondou C 5 2 5 7 8 1 1 0
Tremblay, MarioMario Tremblay RW 5 4 1 5 24 0 0 1
Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 5 3 2 5 0 1 1 1
Acton, KeithKeith Acton C 5 0 4 4 16 0 0 0
Houle, RejeanRejean Houle W 5 0 4 4 6 0 0 0
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 5 2 1 3 4 2 0 0
Risebrough, DougDoug Risebrough C 5 2 1 3 11 0 0 0
Langway, RodRod Langway D 5 0 3 3 18 0 0 0
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 5 1 1 2 22 0 0 0
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 5 1 1 2 7 0 0 0
Engblom, BrianBrian Engblom D 5 0 2 2 14 0 0 0
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 5 1 0 1 4 0 1 0
Gainey, BobBob Gainey LW 5 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Gingras, GastonGaston Gingras D 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Kitchen, BillBill Kitchen D 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Laughlin, CraigCraig Laughlin RW 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Robinson, LarryLarry Robinson D 5 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Brubaker, JeffJeff Brubaker LW 2 0 0 0 27 0 0 0
Hunter, MarkMark Hunter RW 5 0 0 0 20 0 0 0
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley G 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley 300 5 2 3 11 2.20 0
Team: 300 5 2 3 11 2.20 0

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1981 NHL Entry Draft
Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1981–82 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  4. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  5. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.244, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  6. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.244, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  7. ^ "1981-82 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.