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2007–08 Montreal Canadiens
Northeast Division Champions
Division 1st Northeast
Conference 1st Eastern
2007–08 record 47–25–10
Home record 22–13–6
Road record 25–12–4
Goals for 262
Goals against 222
Team information
General Manager Bob Gainey
Coach Guy Carbonneau
Captain Saku Koivu
Alternate captains Christopher Higgins
Alexei Kovalev
Arena Bell Centre
Average attendance 21,273 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Alexei Kovalev (35)
Assists Alexei Kovalev
Mark Streit (49)
Points Alexei Kovalev (84)
Penalties in minutes Tom Kostopoulos (113)
Plus/minus Alexei Kovalev (+18)
Wins Carey Price (24)
Goals against average Jaroslav Halak (2.11)
<2006–07 2008–09>

The 2007–08 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 99th season of play and 91st in the National Hockey League. The Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins by four games to three in the Eastern Conference quarter-final before being eliminated four games to one by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference semi-final.

Offseason events[edit]

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Regular season[edit]

Although some media picked the Canadiens to not make the playoffs, the team surprised the league with a large improvement in its play. The club won the Northeast Division title and placed first in the Eastern Conference. It was the team's first divisional title since the 1991–92 season. The team had not placed first in the Conference since the 1988–89 season.

The Canadiens retired two jersey numbers during the season with pre-game ceremonies at the Bell Centre. On November 19, 2007, the number 19 of defenceman Larry Robinson, a former member of the Big Three, was retired. On February 23, 2008, the number 23 of forward Bob Gainey was retired.

The Canadiens finished the regular season leading the League in power-play goals scored (90) and power-play percentage (24.06%). They also tied the Florida Panthers for the fewest shorthanded goals allowed, with just 3.[1]

Highlights[edit]

  • On October 10, 2007, goaltender Carey Price made his NHL debut, leading the Canadiens to a 3–2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2]
  • On January 11, 2008, defenceman Andrei Markov was named to the All-Star Game starting roster.[3]
  • On February 19, 2008, the Montreal Canadiens came back from a 0–5 deficit against the New York Rangers to win the game in a shootout 6–5. This marks the first time in the franchise's 99 year history that they have ever come back to win a game after going down 0–5. This game was compared to some of the greatest games in team history.
  • On March 1, 2008, the Montreal Canadiens took first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1993 with a 2–1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
  • On March 22, 2008, the Montreal Canadiens won their 11th consecutive game against the Boston Bruins dating back to March 2007, besting their previous win streak over the Boston Bruins of 10–0 from the 1956–57 NHL season.

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
Northeast Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Montreal Canadiens 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
3 Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
4 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
Eastern Conference
Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Montreal Canadiens NE 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 y – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
4 New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
5 New York Rangers AT 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
6 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
8 Boston Bruins NE 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
11 Florida Panthers SE 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
13 New York Islanders AT 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
14 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
15 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 31 42 9 223 267 71

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)


Game log[edit]

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 point).

October[edit]

Record: 6–2–3; Home: 2–1–2; Road: 4–1–1.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 3 Montreal 3 – 2 Carolina OT Huet 18,680 1–0–0 2
2 October 6 Montreal 3 – 4 Toronto OT Huet 19,476 1–0–1 3
3 October 10 Montreal 3 – 2 Pittsburgh Price 17,006 2–0–1 5
4 October 13 Carolina 3 – 1 Montreal Huet 21,273 2–1–1 5
5 October 16 Florida 2 – 1 Montreal SO Huet 21,273 2–1–2 6
6 October 18 Montreal 3 – 4 Ottawa Price 20,019 2–2–2 6
7 October 20 Buffalo 2 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 3–2–2 8
8 October 22 Boston 1 – 6 Montreal Huet 21,273 4–2–2 10
9 October 26 Montreal 7 – 4 Carolina Huet 16,796 5–2–2 12
10 October 27 Montreal 4 – 3 Pittsburgh SO Price 17,085 6–2–2 14
11 October 30 Atlanta 3 – 2 Montreal SO Price 21,273 6–2–3 15

November[edit]

Monthly record: 7–7–0; Home: 3–3–0; Road: 4–4–0.
Season record: 13–9–3; Home: 5–4–2; Road: 8–5–1.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
12 November 1 Philadelphia 2 – 5 Montreal Huet 21,273 7–2–3 17
13 November 3 Toronto 3 – 2 Montreal Huet 21,273 7–3–3 17
14 November 5 Buffalo 0 – 2 Montreal Huet 21,273 8–3–3 19
15 November 8 Montreal 2 – 1 Boston Price 15,183 9–3–3 21
16 November 10 Montreal 1 – 3 Ottawa Huet 20,065 9–4–3 21
17 November 13 Montreal 4 – 3 Toronto OT Price 19,595 10–4–3 23
18 November 16 Montreal 1 – 4 Buffalo Huet 18,690 10–5–3 23
19 November 17 Boston 4 – 7 Montreal Price 21,273 11–5–3 25
20 November 19 Ottawa 4 – 2 Montreal Huet 21,273 11–6–3 25
21 November 21 Montreal 4 – 1 NY Islanders Huet 13,153 12–6–3 27
22 November 23 Montreal 2 – 4 Buffalo Price 18,690 12–7–3 27
23 November 24 Buffalo 3 – 0 Montreal Huet 21,273 12–8–3 27
24 November 27 Montreal 4 – 3 Toronto SO Price 19,608 13–8–3 29
25 November 30 Montreal 0 – 4 New Jersey Price 15,081 13–9–3 29

* Unsuccessful penalty shot for Roman Hamrlik vs Philadelphia Flyers on November 1, 2007.

December[edit]

Monthly record: 6–4–4; Home: 1–3–2; Road: 5–1–2.
Season record: 19–13–7; Home: 6–7–4; Road: 13–6–3.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
26 December 1 Nashville 5 – 4 Montreal SO Huet 21,273 13–9–4 30
27 December 4 Detroit 4 – 1 Montreal Price 21,273 13–10–4 30
28 December 6 Montreal 4 – 2 Boston Price 14,977 14–10–4 32
29 December 8 Carolina 5 – 1 Montreal Price 21,273 14–11–4 32
30 December 11 Tampa Bay 3 – 2 Montreal SO Price 21,273 14–11–5 33
31 December 13 Montreal 4 – 1 Philadelphia Price 19,322 15–11–5 35
32 December 15 Toronto 1 – 4 Montreal Price 21,273 16–11–5 37
33 December 18 Florida 3 – 2 Montreal Price 21,273 16–12–5 37
34 December 20 Montreal 5 – 2 Washington Huet 12,670 17–12–5 39
35 December 22 Montreal 2 – 3 Atlanta SO Huet 17,153 17–12–6 40
36 December 23 Montreal 1 – 4 Dallas Price 18,185 17–13–6 40
37 December 27 Montreal 5 – 2 Tampa Bay Huet 20,294 18–13–6 42
38 December 28 Montreal 5 – 1 Florida Huet 19,838 19–13–6 44
39 December 30 Montreal 3 – 4 NY Rangers OT Huet 18,200 19–13–7 45

January[edit]

Monthly record: 8–2–2; Home: 4–1–1; Road: 4–1–1.
Season record: 27–15–9; Home: 10–8–5; Road: 17–7–4.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
40 January 3 Tampa Bay Lightning 3 – 6 Montreal Huet 21,273 20–13–7 47
41 January 5 Washington Capitals 5 – 4 Montreal OT Price 21,273 20–13–8 48
42 January 8 Chicago Blackhawks 3 – 4 Montreal OT Huet 21,273 21–13–8 50
43 January 10 Montreal 5 – 2 Boston Bruins Huet 17,565 22–13–8 52
44 January 12 Montreal 1 – 4 New York Rangers Huet 18,200 22–14–8 52
45 January 15 Montreal 3 – 1 New York Islanders Huet 11,439 23–14–8 54
46 January 17 Montreal 3 – 2 Atlanta Thrashers SO Huet 16,181 24–14–8 56
47 January 19 Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – 0 Montreal Huet 21,273 24–15–8 56
48 January 22 Boston Bruins 2 – 8 Montreal Huet 21,273 25–15–8 58
49 January 24 Montreal 4 – 3 New Jersey Devils Huet 14,257 26–15–8 60
50 January 29 Washington Capitals 0 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 27–15–8 62
51 January 31 Montreal 4 – 5 Washington Capitals OT Huet 14,930 27–15–9 63

February[edit]

Monthly record: 8–6–0; Home: 5–4–0; Road: 3–2–0.
Season record: 35–21–9; Home: 15–12–5; Road: 20–9–4.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
52 February 2 New York Islanders 1 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 28–15–9 65
53 February 3 New York Rangers 5 – 3 Montreal Huet 21,273 28–16–9 65
54 February 5 Ottawa Senators 3 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 29–16–9 67
55 February 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 – 2 Montreal Price 21,273 29–17–9 67
56 February 9 Montreal 1 – 6 Ottawa Senators Huet 20,292 29–18–9 67
57 February 12 Montreal 2 – 3 Tampa Bay Lightning Huet 17,420 29–19–9 67
58 February 13 Montreal 2 – 1 Florida Panthers OT Price 17,100 30–19–9 69
59 February 16 Philadelphia Flyers DB13 Montreal Price 21,273 31–19–9 71
60 February 17 Montreal 5 – 3 Philadelphia Flyers Price 19,611 32–19–9 73
61 February 19 New York Rangers 5 – 6 Montreal SO Huet 21,273 33–19–9 75
62 February 21 Pittsburgh Penguins 5 – 4 Montreal Huet 21,273 33–20–9 75
63 February 23 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 – 0 Montreal Price 21,273 33–21–9 75
64 February 26 Atlanta Thrashers 1 – 5 Montreal Price 21,273 34–21–9 77
65 February 29 Montreal 6 – 2 Buffalo Sabres Price 18,690 35–21–9 79

March[edit]

Monthly record: 9–4–1; Home: 5–1–1; Road: 4–3–0.
Season record: 44–25–10; Home: 20–13–6; Road: 24–12–4.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
66 March 1 New Jersey Devils 1 – 2 Montreal Price 21,273 36–21–9 81
67 March 3 Montreal 4 – 6 San Jose Sharks Price 17,496 36–22–9 81
68 March 6 Montreal 4 – 2 Phoenix Coyotes Price 14,841 37–22–9 83
69 March 8 Montreal 5 – 2 Los Angeles Kings Halak 18,118 38–22–9 85
70 March 9 Montreal 1 – 3 Anaheim Ducks Price 17,174 38–23–9 85
71 March 11 New Jersey Devils 0 – 4 Montreal Price 21,273 39–23–9 87
72 March 13 Ottawa Senators 3 – 0 Montreal Price 21,273 39–24–9 87
73 March 15 New York Islanders 0 – 3 Montreal Halak 21,273 40–24–9 89
74 March 18 St. Louis Blues 4 – 3 Montreal SO Halak 21,273 40–24–10 90
75 March 20 Montreal 4 – 2 Boston Bruins Price 17,565 41–24–10 92
76 March 22 Boston Bruins 2 – 3 Montreal SO Price 21,273 42–24–10 94
77 March 24 Ottawa Senators 5 – 7 Montreal Price 21,273 43–24–10 96
78 March 28 Montreal 4 – 3 Buffalo Sabres OT Price 18,690 44–24–10 98
79 March 29 Montreal 2 – 4 Toronto Maple Leafs Halak 19,584 44–25–10 98

* Unsuccessful penalty shot for Christopher Higgins vs Toronto Maple Leafs on March 29, 2008.

April[edit]

Monthly record: 3–0–0; Home: 2–0–0; Road: 1–0–0.
Season record: 47–25–10; Home: 22–13–6; Road: 25–12–4.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 1 Montreal 3 – 0 Ottawa Senators Price 20,236 45–25–10 100
81 April 3 Buffalo Sabres 1 – 3 Montreal Price 21,273 46–25–10 102
82 April 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 – 3 Montreal Price 21,273 47–25–10 104

Playoffs[edit]

The Montreal Canadiens clinched a playoff spot following a 7–5 victory against the Ottawa Senators on March 24, 2008, their 77th game of the season. They were the first team in the East to clinch a spot in the playoffs, won the Northeast Division, and finished first in the Eastern Conference with 104 points, their highest total since the 1988–89 NHL season.

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (8) Boston Bruins[edit]

The Montreal Canadiens earned the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference by virtue of finishing with the highest point total in the conference. Some rioting occurred in downtown Montreal after the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins in the seventh game of the quarter-finals and advanced to play in the semi-finals.

2008 Stanley Cup playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarter-finals vs. (8) Boston Bruins
# Date Venue Visitor Score Home OT Boston goals Montreal goals Decision Attendance Series
1 April 10 Bell Centre Boston Bruins 1 – 4 Montreal Hnidy S. Kostitsyn, A. Kostitsyn, Smolinski, Kostopoulos Price 21,273 Montreal leads 1-0
2 April 12 Bell Centre Boston Bruins 2 – 3 Montreal 1OT Schaefer, Krejci Hamrlik, S. Kostitsyn, Kovalev Price 21,273 Montreal leads 2-0
3 April 13 TD Banknorth Garden Montreal 1 – 2 Boston Bruins 1OT Lucic, Savard Kostopoulos Price 17,565 Montreal leads 2-1
4 April 15 TD Banknorth Garden Montreal 1 – 0 Boston Bruins Brisebois Price 17,565 Montreal leads 3-1
5 April 17 Bell Centre Boston Bruins 5 – 1 Montreal Kessel, Metropolit, Chara, Sturm, Sobotka Kovalev Price 21,273 Montreal leads 3-2
6 April 19 TD Banknorth Garden Montreal 4 – 5 Boston Bruins Kessel, Sobotka, Lucic, Kessel, Sturm Higgins, Plekanec, Bouillon, Higgins Price 17,565 Series tied 3-3
7 April 21 Bell Centre Boston Bruins 0 – 5 Montreal Komisarek, Streit, A. Kostitsyn (2), S. Kostitsyn Price 21,273 Montreal wins 4-3

Eastern Conference Semi-finals: vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

2008 Stanley Cup playoffs – Eastern Conference Semi-finals vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers
# Date Venue Visitor Score Home OT Philadelphia goals Montreal goals Decision Attendance Series
1 April 24 Bell Centre Philadelphia Flyers 3 – 4 Montreal 1OT Umberger, Dowd, Lupul A. Kostitsyn, Kovalev (2), Kostopoulos Price 21,273 Montreal leads 1-0
2 April 26 Bell Centre Philadelphia Flyers 4 – 2 Montreal Umberger (2), Carter, Briere Koivu, Markov Price 21,273 Series tied 1-1
3 April 28 Wachovia Center Montreal 2 – 3 Philadelphia Flyers Upshall, Richards, Umberger Plekanec, Koivu Price 19,849 Philadelphia leads 2-1
4 April 30 Wachovia Center Montreal 2 – 4 Philadelphia Flyers Umberger, Hartnell, Briere, Umberger Plekanec, Koivu Halak 19,872 Philadelphia leads 3-1
5 May 3 Bell Centre Philadelphia Flyers 6 – 4 Montreal Umberger, Richards, Umberger, Hartnell, Upshall, Knuble Plekanec, Kovalev, Higgins, A. Kostitsyn Price 21,273 Philadelphia wins 4-1

* Player scoring winning goal is shown in italics.

Roster[edit]

2007–08 Montreal Canadiens roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Player statistics[edit]

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;

Regular season[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Alexei Kovalev 82 35 49 84 18 70
Tomas Plekanec 81 29 40 69 15 42
Mark Streit 81 13 49 62 -6 28
Andrei Markov 82 16 42 58 1 63
Saku Koivu 77 16 40 56 -4 93
Andrei Kostitsyn 78 26 27 53 15 28
Christopher Higgins 81 27 25 52 0 20
Michael Ryder 70 14 17 31 -4 30
Guillaume Latendresse 73 16 11 27 -2 41
Sergei Kostitsyn 52 9 18 27 9 51
Roman Hamrlik 77 5 21 26 7 38
Bryan Smolinski 64 8 17 25 -8 20
Maxim Lapierre 53 7 10 17 3 60
Michael Komisarek 75 4 13 17 9 101
Mathieu Dandenault 61 9 5 14 -11 34
Tom Kostopoulos 66 7 6 13 -3 113
Kyle Chipchura 36 4 7 11 -1 10
Patrice Brisebois 43 3 8 11 -2 26
Mikhail Grabovski 24 3 6 9 -4 8
Josh Gorges 63 0 9 9 0 32
Steve Begin 44 3 5 8 0 48
Francis Bouillon 74 2 6 8 9 61
Ryan O'Byrne 33 1 6 7 7 45
Carey Price (G) 41 0 2 2 0 0
Cristobal Huet (G) 39 0 1 1 0 0
Gregory Stewart 1 0 0 0 0 5
Matt D'Agostini 1 0 0 0 0 2
Corey Locke 1 0 0 0 -1 0
Garth Murray 1 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders[edit]

Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% SA GAA
Carey Price 41 2414 24 12 3 103 3 .920 1282 2.56
Jaroslav Halak 6 285 2 1 1 10 1 .934 151 2.11
Cristobal Huet 39 2277 21 12 6 97 2 .916 1150 2.55
Combined 82 4976 47 25 10 210* 6 .919 2583 2.53

*The team has also allowed 6 game losing shootout goals and 6 empty net goals. These goals do not count towards a goalie's personal statistics.

Playoffs[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Alexei Kovalev 12 5 6 11 -4 8
Tomas Plekanec 12 4 5 9 -1 2
Saku Koivu 7 3 6 9 1 4
Andrei Kostitsyn 12 5 3 8 -4 2
Sergei Kostitsyn 12 3 5 8 5 14
Patrice Brisebois 10 1 5 6 -3 6
Christopher Higgins 12 3 2 5 1 2
Tom Kostopoulos 12 3 1 4 -1 6
Mark Streit 11 1 3 4 -1 8
Andrei Markov 12 1 3 4 0 8
Michael Komisarek 12 1 2 3 3 18
Bryan Smolinski 12 1 2 3 1 2
Francis Bouillon 7 1 2 3 0 4
Roman Hamrlik 12 1 2 3 -3 8
Steve Begin 12 0 3 3 1 8
Josh Gorges 12 0 3 3 -2 0
Maxim Lapierre 12 0 3 3 -5 6
Guillaume Latendresse 8 0 1 1 -5 19
Michael Ryder 4 0 0 0 1 2
Ryan O'Byrne 4 0 0 0 -2 0
Mathieu Dandenault 9 0 0 0 -3 2
Carey Price (G) 11 0 0 0 0 2
Jaroslav Halak (G) 2 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders[edit]

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% SA GAA
Carey Price 11 648 5 6 30 2 .901 305 2.78
Jaroslav Halak 2 76 0 0 3 0 .889 28 2.34
COMBINED 12 724 5 7 33 2 .900 333 2.70

*The team has also allowed 2 empty net goals. These goals do not count towards a goalie's personal statistics.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Team awards[edit]

On April 5, following the final home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced its award winners for the season.

Player Award Notes
Alexei Kovalev Molson Cup Awarded to the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and with the most "three stars" recognitions.
Mike Komisarek Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee Nominated by the Writers Association for league-wide recognition.
Mark Streit (2) Jacques Beauchamp Trophy Awarded by the Sports Writers Association of Montreal to a player for recognition of his outstanding achievement in the game of hockey.

National Hockey League awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • February 19 win against the New York Rangers was the largest comeback in franchise history after being down 0–5.[4]

Milestones[edit]

  Player is still active or individual record
Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Roman Hamrlik 1000th NHL career game October 3, 2007
Carey Price 1st NHL career game
1st NHL career win
October 10, 2007
Kyle Chipchura 1st NHL career game October 10, 2007
Patrice Brisebois 795th NHL career game
5th NHL career game's franchise record
October 16, 2007
Maurice Richard 50th year anniversary of his 500th NHL career goal October 18, 2007
Kyle Chipchura 1st NHL career goal
1st NHL career point
October 20, 2007
Mikhail Grabovski 1st NHL career point October 20, 2007
Bryan Smolinski 1000th NHL career game October 22, 2007
Mikhail Grabovski 1st NHL career goal October 22, 2007
Alexei Kovalev 1000th NHL career game
800th NHL career point
October 26, 2007
Saku Koivu
Alexei Kovalev
Tomas Plekanec
Mark Streit
4 power play goals in a period
T-3rd franchise's record

October 26, 2007

Saku Koivu
Alexei Kovalev
Tomas Plekanec (2)
Mark Streit
5 power play goals in a game
T-1st franchise's record
October 26, 2007
Andrei Markov 50th NHL career goal October 27, 2007
Team
1st longest shootout in franchise's history (8 rounds) October 27, 2007
Roman Hamrlik
Alexei Kovalev
Bryan Smolinski
Silver stick – 1000th NHL career's
game recognition

October 30, 2007

Patrice Brisebois 800th franchise's career game October 30, 2007
Tommy Gorman
Sam Pollock
Frank Selke
Inauguration of the Montreal Canadien's Hall of builders November 1, 2007
Christopher Higgins 8 shots in a game
T-4th franchise's record
November 3, 2007
Cristobal Huet 14th NHL career shutout November 5, 2007
Alexei Kovalev 100th NHL power play career goal November 17, 2007
Ryan O'Byrne 1st NHL career game
1st NHL career point
December 6, 2007
Sergei Kostitsyn 1st NHL career game December 13, 2007
Sergei Kostitsyn 1st NHL career point December 15, 2007
Mathieu Dandenault 800th NHL career game December 20, 2007
Sergei Kostitsyn 1st NHL career goal December 20, 2007
Saku Koivu 400th NHL career assist January 3, 2008
Alexei Kovalev 350th NHL career goal January 3, 2008
Corey Locke 1st career NHL game January 3, 2008
Francis Bouillon 400th NHL career game January 22, 2008
Saku Koivu 700th NHL career game January 31, 2008
Carey Price 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
February 9, 2008
Carey Price 1st NHL career shutout February 16, 2008
Andrei Markov 250th NHL career point February 17, 2008
Alexei Kovalev 850th NHL career point February 17, 2008
Ryan O'Byrne 1st NHL goal March 3, 2008
Alexei Kovalev 500th NHL career assist March 6, 2008
Patrice Brisebois 400th NHL career point March 8, 2008
Matt D'Agostini 1st NHL career game April 3, 2008
Gregory Stewart 1st NHL career game April 5, 2008
Maxime Lapierre 100th NHL career game April 5, 2008

Transactions[edit]

The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Trades[edit]

June 16, 2007
To Chicago Blackhawks
Sergei Samsonov
To Montreal Canadiens
Jassen Cullimore
Tony Salmelainen
June 23, 2007
To Carolina Hurricanes
Michael Leighton
To Montreal Canadiens
192nd overall pick in 2007 (D- Scott Kishel)
November 15, 2007
To Florida Panthers
Garth Murray
To Montreal Canadiens
Claimed off waivers
February 8, 2008
To Detroit Red Wings
Francis Lemieux
To Montreal Canadiens
Brett Engelhardt
February 18, 2008
To Phoenix Coyotes
Cory Urquhart
To Montreal Canadiens
Olivier Latendresse
February 26, 2008
To Washington Capitals
Cristobal Huet
To Montreal Canadiens
2nd round pick in 2009

Free agents[edit]

Free agent acquisitions[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Roman Hamrlik Calgary Flames 4 years, $22 million
Bryan Smolinski Vancouver Canucks 1 year, $2 million
Tom Kostopoulos Los Angeles Kings 2 years, $1.8 million
Jamie Rivers St. Louis Blues 1 year, $525,000
Patrice Brisebois Colorado Avalanche 1 year, $700,000
Brock Trotter Denver Pioneers 3 years, minor league contract

Players lost to free agency[edit]

Player New team
Radek Bonk Nashville Predators
Dan Jancevski Tampa Bay Lightning
Sheldon Souray Edmonton Oilers
David Aebischer Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Johnson St. Louis Blues
Janne Niinimaa HC Davos

Draft picks[edit]

Montreal's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[5]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 12 Ryan McDonagh Defence  United States Cretin-Derham Hall (USHS-MN)
1 22 Max Pacioretty Left Wing  United States Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
2 43 P. K. Subban Defence  Canada Belleville Bulls (OHL)
3 65 Olivier Fortier Centre  Canada Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
3 73 Yannick Weber Defence   Switzerland Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
5 133 Joe Stejskal Defence  United States Grand Rapids High School, (USHS-MN)
5 142 Andrew Conboy Left Wing  United States Omaha Lancers (USHL)
6 163 Nichlas Torp Defence  Sweden HV 71 (Elitserien)
7 192 Scott Kishel Defence  United States Virginia High School, Minnesota State

Farm teams[edit]

Hamilton Bulldogs[edit]

The Hamilton Bulldogs remain Montreal's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2007–08.

Cincinnati Cyclones[edit]

Montreal has a joint affiliation with the Nashville Predators for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL in 2007–08.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2008.html
  2. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=339730
  3. ^ a b "2008 Eastern Conference All-Stars". NHL.com. January 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Habs' confidence soaring after historic win". CBC News. February 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  5. ^ 2007 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com