2010–11 Montreal Canadiens season

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2010–11 Montreal Canadiens
Division 2nd Northeast
Conference 6th Eastern
2010–11 record 44–30–8
Home record 24–11–6
Road record 20–19–2
Goals for 216
Goals against 209
Team information
General Manager Pierre Gauthier
Coach Jacques Martin
Captain Brian Gionta
Alternate captains Hal Gill
Andrei Markov
Arena Bell Centre
Average attendance 21,273 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Brian Gionta (29)
Assists Tomas Plekanec (35)
Points Tomas Plekanec (57)
Penalties in minutes P. K. Subban (124)
Plus/minus Jaroslav Spacek (+9)
Wins Carey Price (38)
Goals against average Carey Price (2.35)
<2009–10 2011–12>

The 2010–11 Montreal Canadiens season was the franchise's 102nd season overall, 94th season since joining the National Hockey League, which was established on November 22, 1917.[1] The Canadiens finished sixth overall in the Eastern Conference before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins, in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Off-season[edit]

On September 29, 2010, the Canadiens named forward Brian Gionta team captain.

Regular season[edit]

The Canadiens opened their season with a road game against long-time rival Toronto Maple Leafs on October 7. The home opener was on October 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Canadiens were the most penalized team in the League, with 327 power-play opportunities against.[2]

Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens attempted to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1993. Their 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs run was their most successful since their 1993 Stanley Cup, going to the Eastern Conference Final, but losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in five games. On April 5, 2011, the Canadiens qualified for the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2–1 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. On April 9, 2011, it was determined that the Canadiens would play the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2010-11 Game Log

Legend:       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss

Playoffs[edit]

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northeast Division[99]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Boston Bruins 82 46 25 11 44 246 195 103
2 Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 216 209 96
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 43 29 10 38 245 229 96
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 37 34 11 32 218 251 85
5 Ottawa Senators 82 32 40 10 30 192 250 74

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – Washington Capitals SE 82 48 23 11 43 224 197 107
2 y – Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 23 12 44 259 223 106
3 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 46 25 11 44 246 195 103
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 49 25 8 39 238 199 106
5 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 46 25 11 40 247 240 103
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 44 30 8 41 216 209 96
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 43 29 10 38 245 229 96
8 New York Rangers AT 82 44 33 5 35 233 198 93
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 40 31 11 35 236 239 91
10 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 37 34 11 32 218 251 85
11 New Jersey Devils AT 82 38 39 5 35 174 209 81
12 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 36 12 29 223 269 80
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 32 40 10 30 192 250 74
14 New York Islanders AT 82 30 39 13 26 229 264 73
15 Florida Panthers SE 82 30 40 12 26 195 229 72

bold - qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Placed first in conference (and division)
AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division


Player statistics[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
Price, CareyCarey Price 72 4206 38 28 6 165 2.35 2147 .923 8 0 2 13
Auld, AlexAlex Auld 16 749 6 2 2 33 2.64 383 .914 0 0 1 2
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Price, CareyCarey Price 7 455 3 4 16 2.11 242 .934 1 0 0 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
Tomas Plekanec 400th Career NHL Game October 23, 2010
Lars Eller 1st Career NHL Assist October 25, 2010
Alexandre Picard 200th Career NHL Game October 25, 2010
Scott Gomez 800th Career NHL Game November 11, 2010
P.K. Subban 1st Career NHL Regular Season Goal November 11, 2010
Jaroslav Spacek 800th Career NHL Game December 1, 2010
Roman Hamrlik 600th Career NHL Point December 1, 2010
James Wisniewski 100th Career NHL Assist January 2, 2011
David Desharnais 1st Career NHL Goal January 12, 2011
Max Pacioretty 100th Career NHL Game January 12, 2011
Andreas Engqvist 1st Career NHL Game January 21, 2011
James Wisniewski 300th Career NHL Game February 1, 2011
Brian Gionta 200th Career NHL Goal February 9, 2011
Yannick Weber 1st Career NHL Goal February 9, 2011
Andrei Kostitsyn 300th Career NHL Game February 10, 2011
Travis Moen 500th Career NHL Game February 15, 2011
Brendon Nash 1st Career NHL Game February 15, 2011
Tomas Plekanec 300th Career NHL Point February 15, 2011
Scott Gomez 500th Career NHL Assist February 22, 2011
Brian Gionta 600th Career NHL Game March 5, 2011
Michael Cammalleri 200th Career NHL Assist March 8, 2011
Roman Hamrlik 1,300th Career NHL Game March 17, 2011
Aaron Palushaj 1st Career NHL Game March 17, 2011
P. K. Subban 1st Career NHL Hat-trick March 20, 2011
Ryan White 1st Career NHL Goal March 20, 2011
Carey Price 200th Career NHL Game March 24, 2011
Jeff Halpern 200th Career NHL Assist March 29, 2011
Brian Gionta 400th Career NHL Point April 2, 2011
Tom Pyatt 100th Career NHL Game April 7, 2011
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
David Desharnais 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2011
Lars Eller 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2011
Ryan White 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2011
Mathieu Darche 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal April 16, 2011
Lars Eller 1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 16, 2011
Hal Gill 100th Career NHL Playoff Game April 16, 2011
David Desharnais 1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 21, 2011

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Date
Carey Price[100] NHL First Star of the Week November 15, 2010
Carey Price[101] NHL Second Star of the Month November 2010
Carey Price[102] NHL Third Star of the Week March 7, 2011
P. K. Subban[103] NHL Third Star of the Week March 21, 2011

Transactions[edit]

The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2010–11 season.

Trades[edit]

Date Details
June 17, 2010[104] To St. Louis Blues
Jaroslav Halak
To Montreal Canadiens
Lars Eller
Ian Schultz
June 25, 2010[105] To Phoenix Coyotes
1st-round pick (#27 overall) in 2010
2nd-round pick (#57 overall) in 2010
To Montreal Canadiens
1st-round pick (#22 overall) in 2010
4th-round pick (#113 overall) in 2010
June 29, 2010[106] To Nashville Predators
Sergei Kostitsyn
Future Considerations
To Montreal Canadiens
Dan Ellis
Dustin Boyd
Future Considerations
August 16, 2010[107] To Tampa Bay Lightning
Cedrick Desjardins
To Montreal Canadiens
Karri Ramo
November 11, 2010[108] To Colorado Avalanche
Ryan O'Byrne
To Montreal Canadiens
Michael Bournival
December 28, 2010[109] To New York Islanders
2nd-round pick in 2011
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2012
To Montreal Canadiens
James Wisniewski
December 31, 2010[110] To Anaheim Ducks
Maxim Lapierre
To Montreal Canadiens
Brett Festerling
5th-round pick in 2012
February 17, 2011[111] To Anaheim Ducks
5th-round pick in 2012
To Montreal Canadiens
Paul Mara
February 24, 2011[112] To Atlanta Thrashers
Ben Maxwell
4th-round pick in 2011
To Montreal Canadiens
Nigel Dawes
Brent Sopel
February 28, 2011[113] To Atlanta Thrashers
Brett Festerling
To Montreal Canadiens
Drew MacIntyre