2009–10 Montreal Canadiens season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 8th Eastern
2009–10 record 39-33-10
Home record 20-16-5
Road record 19-17-5
Goals for 217
Goals against 223
Team information
General Manager Bob Gainey (Oct-Feb)
Pierre Gauthier (Feb-May)
Coach Jacques Martin
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Hal Gill
Brian Gionta
Andrei Markov
Arena Bell Centre
Average attendance 21,273 (100%)
Total: 872,193
Team leaders
Goals Brian Gionta (28)
Assists Scott Gomez (47)
Points Tomas Plekanec (70)
Penalties in minutes Ryan O'Byrne (74)
Plus/minus Andrei Markov (11)
Wins Jaroslav Halak (26)
Goals against average Jaroslav Halak (2.40)
<2008–09 2010–11>

The 2009–10 Montreal Canadiens season was their 101st season of play and 93rd in the National Hockey League (NHL). The 2009 NHL Entry Draft took place in Montreal, Quebec, on June 26–27.

Qualifying for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the eight and final seed, the Canadiens were able to upset the first seeded Washington Capitals during the first round, and then eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins before falling to the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers in five games.

Season events[edit]

Off-season[edit]

The Canadiens announced Jacques Martin as their new head coach to replace Guy Carbonneau.[1][2] Martin, the former coach and general manager of the Florida Panthers, and former coach of the Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues,[1] is known for his defence-first style.[2][3]

On June 20, the Canadiens announced that owner George Gillett had reached an agreement to sell his 80% share of the team, the Bell Centre and the Gillett concert promotion company to Geoffrey, Justin and Andrew Molson.[4][5] This represents the third time that the hockey club will be owned by the Molson family, which owned it from 1957 to 1971 and from 1978 to 2001. The purchase price was not disclosed but was estimated at between $506 and 537 million.[4] The deal was approved by the NHL board of governors on December 1.[5]

At the Entry Draft, this year held in Montreal at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens made Louis Leblanc their first-round pick.[6] The pick was notable as it was the Canadiens' first first-round pick of a francophone since the team picked Eric Chouinard in the 1998 Entry Draft.[7] Leblanc was born in the Montreal suburb of Kirkland, Quebec.[7]

General Manager Bob Gainey pursued a policy of change for the lineup. Prior to free agency, he traded for top centre Scott Gomez in a seven-player deal from the New York Rangers.[8] In free agency, the Canadiens signed Gomez's former New Jersey linemate Brian Gionta,[9] high-scoring Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri,[10] checking line winger Travis Moen,[11] and three defencemen: Hal Gill from Pittsburgh Penguins,[12] Jaroslav Spacek from Buffalo Sabres,[13] and Paul Mara from New York Rangers.[14] Captain Saku Koivu was not offered a contract and instead signed with Anaheim Ducks.[15] Alexei Kovalev turned down a contract and signed with Ottawa Senators.[16] Mike Komisarek signed with Toronto Maple Leafs[17] and Tom Kostopoulos signed with Carolina Hurricanes.[18]

Regular season[edit]

For the first time in franchise history, the Canadiens enter the regular season without a captain.[19] On October 6, 2009, the Canadiens signed defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron[20] due to early injuries to Andrei Markov.[21]

On December 28, 2009, forward Michael Cammalleri scored the 20,000th goal in franchise history in a game against the Ottawa Senators.[22][23]

On February 8, general manager (GM) Bob Gainey announced his retirement as GM from the club, staying on as advisor to the club. Assistant GM Pierre Gauthier becomes the interim GM. Gauthier and coach Jacques Martin held the same positions with the Ottawa Senators in the late 1990s.[24]

The Canadiens finished the regular season with the fewest power-play opportunities of all 30 teams, with 261.[25]

Playoffs[edit]

In the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Canadiens faced the winners of the 2009–2010 President's Trophy, the Washington Capitals, who had led the league with the most goals scored during the regular season (318) and the most points (121). Despite trailing 3 games to 1 after the first 4 games, the Canadiens won the final 3, holding the Capitals to 3 goals. Montreal went 3-1 on the road in the series.

In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Canadiens faced the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Once again, the Canadiens found themselves trailing, this time 3 games to 2. After edging the Penguins 4-3 at home in game 6, the Canadiens jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game 7 on the road and would go on to win by a final score of 5-2, thereby clinching the series 4 games to 3.

In the Eastern Conference Final against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Canadiens were shut out by scores of 6-0 and 3-0 in the first two games. They came back and won game 3 at home by a score of 5-1. Game 4 was scoreless until 5:41 of the second period when Flyers forward Claude Giroux scored his 7th of the playoffs on an assist from Kimmo Timonen. Ville Leino would score at 14:53 of the same period and Giroux would seal the win with an empty-net goal with 1:13 remaining in the game. The 3-0 Flyers' win game them a 3 games to 1 lead in the series. The Canadiens would open the scoring in game 5 just 59 seconds into the game on Brian Gionta's 9th of the playoffs, but the Flyers took a 3-1 lead on a short-handed goal by Flyers' captain Mike Richards at 4:25 of the first period and even-strength goals 84 seconds apart by Arron Asham and Jeff Carter in the second period. The Canadiens cut the Flyer's lead to one on Scott Gomez's 2nd of the playoffs (assisted by P. K. Subban and Brian Gionta) at 6:53 of the third period, but Jeff Carter would seal the 4-2 Flyers' win with an empty-net goal at 19:37 and give Philadelphia a 4-games-to-1 series win. The Canadiens' playoff performance was the franchise's best in 17 years. However, with this loss the Canadiens failed to become champions during the 2000s. Having won at least one Stanley Cup in each decade since the 1910s, the 2000s was their first decade without a Cup, thus ending a nine-decade streak of at least one championship per decade.[26]

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2009–10 game log

Legend:       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss

2009–10 schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Eastern Conference Finals: vs. (7) Philadelphia Flyers
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series Recap
1 May 16 Montreal Canadiens 0–6 Philadelphia Flyers Halak 19,927 Flyers lead 1–0 [130]
2 May 18 Montreal Canadiens 0–3 Philadelphia Flyers Halak 19,907 Flyers lead 2–0 [131]
3 May 20 Philadelphia Flyers 1–5 Montreal Canadiens Halak 21,273 Flyers lead 2–1 [132]
4 May 22 Philadelphia Flyers 3–0 Montreal Canadiens Halak 21,273 Flyers lead 3–1 [133]
5 May 24 Montreal Canadiens 2-4 Philadelphia Flyers Halak 19,986 Flyers win 4-1 [134]

Legend:       Win       Loss

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northeast Division[135]
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Buffalo Sabres 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
2 Ottawa Senators 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
3 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 38 14 214 263 74

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[136]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals SE 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
3 y – Buffalo Sabres NE 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
5 Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
7 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
12 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
13 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
15 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 30 38 14 214 267 74

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

Player stats[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak 45 2630 26 13 5 105 2.40 1386 .924 5 0 0 0
Price, CareyCarey Price 41 2358 13 20 5 109 2.77 1244 .912 0 0 1 8
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak 18 1013 9 9 43 2.55 562 .923 0
Price, CareyCarey Price 4 135 0 1 8 3.56 73 .890 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Canadiens. Stats reflect time with Canadiens only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Canadiens only.

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Team Milestone Reached
Montreal Canadiens 20,000th NHL goal December 28, 2009

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Date
Mike Cammalleri[137] NHL Second Star of the Week October 26, 2009
Carey Price[138] NHL Second Star of the Week November 23, 2009
Jaroslav Halak[139] NHL First Star of the Week December 28, 2009
Jaroslav Halak[140] NHL First Star of the Week April 5, 2010

Transactions[edit]

The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.

Trades[edit]

Date Details
June 27, 2009 To Pittsburgh Penguins
6th-round pick in 2010
To Montreal Canadiens
7th-round pick (#211 overall) in 2009
June 30, 2009[8] To New York Rangers
Christopher Higgins
Ryan McDonagh
Pavel Valentenko
Doug Janik
To Montreal Canadiens
Scott Gomez
Tom Pyatt
Michael Busto
November 23, 2009[141] To Minnesota Wild
Guillaume Latendresse
To Montreal Canadiens
Benoit Pouliot
December 2, 2009[142] To Anaheim Ducks
Kyle Chipchura
To Montreal Canadiens
4th-round pick in 2011
February 11, 2010[143] To Florida Panthers
2nd-round pick in 2011
To Montreal Canadiens
Dominic Moore
March 2, 2010[144] To St. Louis Blues
Matt D'Agostini
To Montreal Canadiens
Aaron Palushaj

Lost via retirement[edit]

Player signings[edit]

Player Contract terms
P. K. Subban[164] 3 years
Andre Benoit[145] 1 year, 2-way contract
Alex Henry[147] 1 year, 2-way contract
Mike Glumac[147] 1 year, 2-way contract
Kyle Chipchura[165] 1 year, $500,000
Guillaume Latendresse[166] 1 year, $803,000
Shawn Belle[167] 1 year 2-way contract
Tomas Plekanec[168] 1 year, $2.75 million
Gregory Stewart[169] 1 year, $500,000
Matt D'Agostini[170] 1 year
Gabriel Dumont[171] 3 year entry-level contract

Roster[edit]

Final player roster[edit]

Updated May 10, 2010.[172]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
47 Canada Bergeron, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Bergeron D L 34 2009 Saint-Louis-de-France, Quebec
13 Canada Cammalleri, MichaelMichael Cammalleri LW L 32 2009 Richmond Hill, Ontario
52 Canada Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche LW L 38 2009 Montreal, Quebec
75 United States Gill, HalHal Gill (A) D L 39 2009 Concord, Massachusetts
21 United States Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta (A) RW R 35 2009 Rochester, New York
91 United States Gomez, ScottScott Gomez C L 34 2009 Anchorage, Alaska
26 Canada Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges D L 30 2007 Kelowna, British Columbia
41 Slovakia Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak G L 29 2003 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
44 Czech Republic Hamrlik, RomanRoman Hamrlik D L 40 2007 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
74 Belarus Kostitsyn, SergeiSergei Kostitsyn LW L 27 2005 Navapolatsk, Soviet Union
40 Canada Lapierre, MaximMaxim Lapierre C R 29 2003 Montreal, Quebec
17 Canada Laraque, GeorgesGeorges Laraque RW R 38 2008 Montreal, Quebec
22 United States Mara, PaulPaul Mara Injured Reserve D L 35 2009 Ridgewood, New Jersey
79 Russia Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov (AInjured Reserve D L 35 1998 Voskresensk, Soviet Union
61 Canada Maxwell, BenBen Maxwell C L 26 2006 North Vancouver, British Columbia
15 Canada Metropolit, GlenGlen Metropolit C R 40 2009 Toronto, Ontario
32 Canada Moen, TravisTravis Moen LW L 32 2009 Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan
42 Canada Moore, DominicDominic Moore C L 34 2010 Thornhill, Ontario
20 Canada O'Byrne, RyanRyan O'Byrne D R 30 2003 Victoria, British Columbia
14 Czech Republic Plekanec, TomasTomas Plekanec C L 32 2001 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
57 Canada Pouliot, BenoitBenoit Pouliot LW L 28 2009 Alfred, Ontario
31 Canada Price, CareyCarey Price G L 27 2005 Anahim Lake, British Columbia
94 Canada Pyatt, TomTom Pyatt C L 27 2009 Thunder Bay, Ontario
6 Czech Republic Spacek, JaroslavJaroslav Spacek D L 40 2009 Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
76 Canada Subban, P.K.P.K. Subban D R 25 2007 Toronto, Ontario

Staff[edit]

Montreal Canadiens staff
Executive operations  

Hockey operations

Draft picks[edit]

Montreal's picks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 18 Louis Leblanc C  Canada Omaha Lancers (United States Hockey League)
3 65 (from Atlanta) Joonas Nattinen C  Finland Blues Jr. (SM-Liiga)
3 79 Mac Bennett D  United States Hotchkiss School (United States High School)
4 109 Alexander Avtsin F  Russia HC Dynamo Moscow (Russian Hockey First League)
5 139 Gabriel Dumont C  Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
6 169 Dustin Walsh C  Canada Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)
7 199 Michael Cichy C  United States Indiana Ice (USHL)
7 211 (from Pittsburgh) Petteri Simila G  Finland Kärpät (Jr. A SM-Liiga)

Farm teams[edit]

Hamilton Bulldogs[edit]

The Hamilton Bulldogs remain Montreal's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2009–10.

Cincinnati Cyclones[edit]

Montreal continues their affiliation alongside the Nashville Predators for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL in 2009–10.

Broadcasting[edit]

Country Broadcaster
 Canada English: CBC, TSN, NHL Network; French: RDS, RIS.
 United States Versus, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, HDNet, NHL Network.
 Europe NASN, NHL Network.
 Russia NTV (Russia).
 Japan
 South Korea
 Thailand
ASN.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Press release (1 June 2009). "Jacques Martin to coach Habs". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Canadiens name Martin as head coach". CBC Sports. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jacques Martin: Getting defensive?". CBC Sports. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Kaplan, Daniel (22 June 2009). "Canadiens could fetch $500M plus". Sports Business Journal. Street & Smith's Sports Group. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Press release (1 December 2009). "Molson brothers are the new owners of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "No Lecavalier deal but Canadiens still make fans happy at NHL draft". The Canadian Press. Montreal: National Hockey League. 27 June 2009. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Bell Centre erupts as Canadiens draft local forward Louis Leblanc". The Canadian Press. Montreal: National Hockey League. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Press release (30 June 2009). "Habs acquire Scott Gomez". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Press release (1 July 2009). "Habs sign Brian Gionta to a 5-year deal". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Press release (1 July 2009). "Habs sign Michael Cammalleri". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Press release (10 July 2009). "Habs ink Travis Moen". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Press release (1 July 2009). "Hal Gill heading to Montreal". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Press release (1 July 2009). "Habs ink Jaroslav Spacek". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Press release (10 July 2009). "One-year contract for Paul Mara". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Ducks Sign Koivu to One-Year Deal". Anaheim Ducks. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  16. ^ a b TSN.ca staff (6 July 2009). "Kovalev signs two-year deal with Senators". The Sports Network. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  17. ^ a b Press release (1 July 2009). "Leafs Sign Defencemen Mike Komisarek". Toronto Maple Leafs. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  18. ^ a b Williams, Terrell (14 July 2009). "Canes Agree to Terms with Kostopoulos". Raleigh, North Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  19. ^ TSN.ca staff (30 September 2009). "Canadiens to start the season without a captain". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  20. ^ Press release (6 October 2009). "Habs ink Marc-André Bergeron to a one-year contract". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  21. ^ "Andrei Markov shelved for four months". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. 2 October 2009. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  22. ^ "The Numbers game – Dec. 28 2009". Ottawa, ON: Montreal Canadiens. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  23. ^ Compton, Brian (29 December 2009). "Milestone goal not enough to extend Habs' win streak". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  24. ^ "Habs' Gainey to step down". Sportsnet.ca. February 8, 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  25. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2010.html
  26. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Our-begrudging-tribute-to-100-years-of-Canadiens
  27. ^ "Canadiens 3, Panthers 2". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 17 September 2009. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  28. ^ "Canadiens 2, Senators 1". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 18 September 2009. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  29. ^ "Senators 6, Canadiens 1". Ottawa, ON: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  30. ^ "Bruins 2, Canadiens 1". Quebec City, Quebec: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  31. ^ "Canadiens 4, Penguins 3". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 21 September 2009. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  32. ^ "Bruins 2, Canadiens 1, SO". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 24 September 2009. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  33. ^ "Canadiens 3, Sabres 2". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 26 September 2009. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  34. ^ Kreiser, John (1 October 2009). "Canadiens start season with 4–3 OT win in Toronto". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  35. ^ McGourty, John (4 October 2009). "Gionta goal propels Canadiens to OT win". Buffalo, New York: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  36. ^ Kimberley, Todd (7 October 2009). "Nystrom shines in Flames' win against Habs". Calgary, AB: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  37. ^ Kreiser, John (8 October 2009). "Canucks get first win by routing Canadiens 7–1". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  38. ^ "Oilers 3, Canadiens 2". Edmonton, AB: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 11 October 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  39. ^ Kreiser, John (15 October 2009). "Avs spoil Canadiens' 100th home opener with 3–2 win". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  40. ^ Kreiser, John (17 October 2009). "Senators top Canadiens 3–1 in Kovalev's return to Montreal". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  41. ^ Compton, Brian (21 October 2009). "Habs end skid with 2–1 shootout win over Thrashers". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  42. ^ "Canadiens 5, Islanders 1". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 22 October 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  43. ^ Kreiser, John (24 October 2009). "Canadiens rally to beat Rangers 5–4 in OT". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  44. ^ Compton, Brian (26 October 2009). "Hamrlik's goal gives Habs OT win over Isles". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  45. ^ "Crosby's trick leads Pens past Habs". National Hockey League. 29 October 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  46. ^ "Blackhawks 3, Canadiens 2". Chicago, Illinois: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 31 October 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  47. ^ Kreiser, John (31 October 2009). "Canadiens beat Leafs 5–4 in shootout". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  48. ^ Compton, Brian (4 November 2009). "Thrashers end drought in Montreal with 5–4 win". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  49. ^ Lafrenière, Magalie (5 November 2009). "Cammalleri's shootout goal lifts Canadiens to 2–1 win". Boston, Massachusetts: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  50. ^ "Lightning 3, Canadiens 1". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 7 November 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  51. ^ Compton, Brian (10 November 2009). "Iginla's goal gives Flames 1–0 win over Canadiens". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  52. ^ "Canadiens 4, Coyotes 2". Glendale, Arizona: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 13 November 2009. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  53. ^ "Sullivan's two goals overcome Price's stellar performance". National Hockey League. 15 November 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  54. ^ Compton, Brian (18 November 2009). "Price saves shootout win for Canadiens". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  55. ^ Kreiser, John (27 November 2009). "Price helps Canadiens hold off Caps for 3–2 win". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  56. ^ Hunter, Brian (22 November 2009). "Red Wings top Canadiens 3–2 in shootout". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  57. ^ Kreiser, John (25 November 2009). "Canadiens rally for 5–3 win over Columbus". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  58. ^ "Penguins 3, Canadiens 1". Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 25 November 2009. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  59. ^ "Capitals 4, Canadiens 3, SO". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 28 November 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  60. ^ Compton, Brian (2 December 2009). "Gustavsson heads to hospital in Leafs' win". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  61. ^ "Sabres 6, Canadiens 2". Buffalo, New York: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 3 December 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  62. ^ Kreiser, John (5 December 2009). "Canadiens celebrate 100th anniversary by routing Bruins". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  63. ^ "Canadiens 3, Flyers 1". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 8 December 2009. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  64. ^ Compton, Brian (9 December 2009). "Halak shines as Canadiens beat Senators 4–1". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  65. ^ Hunter, Brian (11 December 2009). "Penguins rally for 3–2 win over Canadiens". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  66. ^ "Thrashers 4, Canadiens 3, OT". Atlanta, Georgia: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 12 December 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  67. ^ Compton, Brian (15 December 2009). "Sabres capitalize on Habs' mistakes". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  68. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (16 December 2009). "Brodeur reaches another milestone in Devils' win". Newark, New Jersey: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  69. ^ "Wild 3, Canadiens 1". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  70. ^ Kreiser, John (20 December 2009). "Markov, Halak lead Canadiens to 3–0 win over Isles". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  71. ^ "Canadiens 4, Thrashers 3, OT". Atlanta, Georgia: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 21 December 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  72. ^ "Canadiens 5, Hurricanes 1". Raleigh, North Carolina: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 23 December 2009. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  73. ^ Kreiser, John (26 December 2009). "Canadiens edge Leafs 3–2 in overtime". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  74. ^ Compton, Brian (29 December 2009). "Milestone goal not enough to extend Habs' win streak". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  75. ^ "Canadiens 2, Lightning 1, OT". Tampa, Florida: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 30 December 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  76. ^ "Canadiens 5, Panthers 4". Sunrise, Florida: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 31 December 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  77. ^ Hunter, Brian (4 January 2010). "Sabres top Canadiens behind Miller shutout". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  78. ^ Kreiser, John (5 January 2010). "Caps top Canadiens 4–2 in Ovi's debut as captain". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  79. ^ "Canadiens 2, Panthers 0". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 7 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  80. ^ Kreiser, John (9 January 2010). "Good 'break' helps Devils beat Canadiens 2–1 in OT". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  81. ^ "Canadiens 5, Stars 3". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  82. ^ "Senators 4, Canadiens 2". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 16 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  83. ^ Lozo, Dave (17 January 2010). "Rangers score six unanswered to beat Canadiens". New York City, New York: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  84. ^ Kreiser, John (20 January 2010). "Blues blow lead, then beat Canadiens 4–3 in OT". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  85. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (23 January 2010). "Halak leads Habs to rare road win over Devils". Newark, New Jersey: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  86. ^ "Canadiens 6, Rangers 0". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 23 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  87. ^ "Panthers 2, Canadiens 1". Sunrise, Florida: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 27 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  88. ^ "Lightning 3, Canadiens 0". Tampa, Florida: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 27 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  89. ^ Hunter, Brian (30 January 2010). "Sens win ninth straight on Fisher OT goal". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  90. ^ Kreiser, John (3 February 2010). "Halak's 45 saves lead Canadiens past Canucks 3–2". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  91. ^ "Canadiens 3, Bruins 2, SO". Boston, Massachusetts: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 4 February 2010. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  92. ^ Hunter, Brian (6 February 2010). "Habs break through to beat Penguins". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  93. ^ Compton, Brian (7 February 2010). "Rask's shutout ends Bruins' skid". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  94. ^ Kreiser, John (11 February 2010). "Canadiens end Caps' streak at 14 with 6–5 OT win". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  95. ^ McGourty, John (12 February 2010). "Flyers hold off Canadiens 3–2 for third straight win". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  96. ^ "Flyers 6, Canadiens 2". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 13 February 2010. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  97. ^ Compton, Brian (2 March 2010). "Canadiens get four in third to beat Bruins 4–1". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  98. ^ Kreiser, John (5 March 2010). "Sharks rally to beat Canadiens 3–2". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 9 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  99. ^ Compton, Brian (7 March 2010). "Canadiens top Kings 4–2 to take over 8th in East". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 9 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  100. ^ Compton, Brian (8 March 2010). "Habs rally, beat Ducks in SO". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 9 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  101. ^ "Canadiens 5, Lightning 3". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 9 March 2010. Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  102. ^ Kreiser, John (11 March 2010). "Canadiens outlast Oilers 5–4 in shootout". National Hockey League. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  103. ^ Kreiser, John (13 March 2010). "Good bounce helps Canadiens beat Bruins 3–2". National Hockey League. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  104. ^ Lozo, Dave (17 March 2010). "Habs make it six in a row". New York City, New York: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  105. ^ Sandler, Jeremy (21 March 2010). "Leafs edge Habs in SO". Toronto, ON: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  106. ^ Hunter, Brian (22 March 2010). "Senators snap skid, claim fifth in East". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  107. ^ Kreiser, John (25 March 2010). "Sabres stun Canadiens with 3–2 shootout win". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  108. ^ "Canadiens 4, Panthers 1". Montreal: National Hockey League. Associated Press. 25 March 2010. Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  109. ^ Compton, Brian (27 March 2010). "Devils beat Canadiens to lock up playoff berth". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  110. ^ Kreiser, John (31 March 2010). "Hurricanes stay alive with 2–1 win over Canadiens". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  111. ^ Kimelman, Adam (2 April 2010). "Habs blank Flyers, move into sixth". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  112. ^ Kreiser, John (4 April 2010). "Canadiens boost playoff hopes with 3–0 win over Sabres". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  113. ^ Compton, Brian (6 April 2010). "Isles prevent Canadiens from clinching playoff berth". Uniondale, New York: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  114. ^ Kreiser, John (8 April 2010). "'Canes beat Habs 5-2 to prevent playoff clinching". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 13 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  115. ^ Kreiser, John (10 April 2010). "Canadiens clinch playoff berth despite OT loss to Toronto". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  116. ^ Rosen, Dan (16 April 2010). "Montreal stuns Washington 3–2 on Plekanec's OT goal". Washington, D.C.: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  117. ^ Rosen, Dan (18 April 2010). "Backstrom's OT goal gives Caps 6–5 win". Washington, D.C.: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  118. ^ Rosen, Dan (20 April 2010). "Capitals look mighty again in Game 3 win". Montreal: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  119. ^ Rosen, Dan (22 April 2010). "Ovechkin leads Caps to 6–3 win over Canadiens". Montreal: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  120. ^ Rosen, Dan (24 April 2010). "Habs prolong season behind Halak's 37 saves". Washington, D.C.: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  121. ^ Rosen, Dan (27 April 2010). "Halak's 53 saves lead Habs to series-tying 4–1 win". Montreal: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  122. ^ Rosen, Dan (29 April 2010). "Halak's heroics lead Canadiens to Game 7 win". Washington, D.C.: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  123. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (1 May 2010). "Pens use PP goals to beat Montreal in series opener". Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  124. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (2 May 2010). "Halak responds with 38 saves as Habs even series". Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  125. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (5 May 2010). "Malkin, Fleury lead Pens to 2–0 win against Montreal". Montreal: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  126. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (6 May 2010). "Habs square series with win over Pens in Game 4". Montreal: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 8 May 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  127. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (8 May 2010). "Pens grab series lead with 2–1 victory in Game 5". Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  128. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (10 May 2010). "Canadiens do it again, force Game 7 vs. Penguins". Montreal: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  129. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (12 May 2010). "Canadiens stun Penguins 5–2 in Game 7". Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  130. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (16 May 2010). "No rally necessary: Flyers rout Habs in opener". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  131. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (18 May 2010). "Flyers beat Habs 3–0, take two-game lead in East final". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  132. ^ Compton, Brian (20 May 2010). "Canadiens whip Flyers 5–1 in Game 3". Montreal: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  133. ^ Compton, Brian (22 May 2010). "Flyers stifle Canadiens 3–0, lead East Finals 3–1". Montreal: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  134. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (25 May 2010). "Surging Flyers return to Stanley Cup Final". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  135. ^ "2009–2010 Standings by Division". National Hockey League. 
  136. ^ "2009–2010 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. 
  137. ^ "Kopitar, Cammalleri and Marleau named three stars of the week by NHL". The Canadian Press. National Hockey League. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  138. ^ "Joe Thornton, Carey Price and Mike Fisher named NHL three stars of the week". The Canadian Press. National Hockey League. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  139. ^ Kreiser, John (28 December 2009). "Halak, Kane, Luongo top NHL Three Stars". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  140. ^ Kreiser, John (5 April 2010). "Halak, Saku Koivu, Rask named 'Three Stars'". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  141. ^ Press release (23 November 2009). "Habs acquire Pouliot, trade Latendresse". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  142. ^ Press release (2 December 2009). "Canadiens trade Kyle Chipchura to Anaheim in return for a 4th round pick in 2011". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  143. ^ Press release (11 February 2010). "Habs acquire Dominic Moore". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  144. ^ Press release (3 March 2010). "Canadiens acquire Aaron Palushaj from St.Louis in return for Matt D'Agostini". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  145. ^ a b Press release (13 May 2009). "Habs sign Andre Benoit". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  146. ^ Press release (27 May 2009). "Habs ink Mikael Johansson". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  147. ^ a b c Press release (2 July 2009). "Canadiens sign Glumac, Darche and Henry". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  148. ^ Press release (13 July 2009). "Canadiens sign forward Andreas Engqvist to a three-year contract". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  149. ^ TSN.ca staff (13 July 2009). "Canadiens ink Engqvist to three-year deal". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  150. ^ Press release (20 July 2009). "Canadiens sign netminder Curtis Sanford to a one-year contract". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  151. ^ Press release (15 September 2009). "Philippe Lefebvre inks 3-year deal". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  152. ^ Press release (6 October 2009). "Habs ink Marc-André Bergeron to a one-year contract". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  153. ^ Press release (18 March 2010). "Canadiens ink Hunter Bishop". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  154. ^ Press release (30 March 2010). "Habs ink Brendon Nash". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  155. ^ Brodie, Rob (6 July 2009). "Kovalev 'special' addition for Senators". Ottawa Senators. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  156. ^ TSN.ca staff (8 July 2009). "Au revoir, Montreal: Koivu finds new home with Ducks". The Sports Network. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  157. ^ "Canucks sign defenceman Mathieu Schneider". Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Canucks. 28 August 2009. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  158. ^ "Lightning Sign Free Agent LW Alex Tanguay". Tampa Bay Lightning. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  159. ^ "Coyotes Sign Lang To One-Year Contract". Glendale, Arizona: Phoenix Coyotes. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  160. ^ Press release (30 September 2009). "Preds Sign Bouillon to 1-Year Deal". Nashville, Tennessee: Nashville Predators. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  161. ^ Press release (6 November 2009). "Jay Leach claimed off waivers". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  162. ^ San Jose Sharks staff (1 December 2009). "Sharks Claim Jay Leach on Waivers". San Jose, California: San Jose Sharks. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  163. ^ "Brisebois tearfully announces end of 18-year NHL career". The Canadian Press. Montreal: The Sports Network. 24 September 2009. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  164. ^ Press release (13 May 2009). "Habs ink P.K. Subban to three-year deal". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  165. ^ Press release (11 July 2009). "One-year contract for Chipchura". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  166. ^ Press release (15 July 2009). "Habs ink Guillaume Latendresse to a one-year deal". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  167. ^ Press release (15 July 2009). "Shawn Belle under contract for 2009–10". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  168. ^ Press release (21 July 2009). "Tomas Plekanec agrees to one-year deal". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  169. ^ Press release (10 August 2009). "Habs ink Gregory Stewart to a one-year deal". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  170. ^ Press release (14 August 2009). "Habs ink Matt D'Agostini to a one-year contract". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  171. ^ Press release (30 April 2010). "Three-year contract for Gabriel Dumont". Montreal: Montreal Canadiens. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  172. ^ "Canadiens Roster". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 2010-05-10.