1991–92 Montreal Canadiens season

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1991–92 Montreal Canadiens
Adams Division champions
Division 1st Adams
Conference 2nd Wales
1991–92 record 41–28–11
Home record 27–8–5
Road record 14–20–6
Goals for 267
Goals against 207
Team information
General Manager Serge Savard
Coach Pat Burns
Captain Guy Carbonneau
Alternate captains Mike McPhee
Brian Skrudland
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Kirk Muller (36)
Assists Denis Savard (42)
Points Kirk Muller (77)
Penalties in minutes Lyle Odelein (212)
Plus/minus Brent Gilchrist (+29)
Wins Patrick Roy (36)
Goals against average Patrick Roy (2.36)

The 1991–92 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 83rd season. The season saw the Canadiens place first in the Adams Division and make it to the second round of the playoffs, losing to the Boston Bruins in the Adams Division final. After the sweep, Head coach Pat Burns resigned.

Pre-season[edit]

The Canadiens changed their personnel in the off-season. Andrew Cassels, Tom Chorske, Stephane Richer and Ryan Walter were traded. The Canadiens picked up Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson.

Regular season[edit]

The team started well, losing just three times in October. At New Year's, the team led the league overall standings with 54 points. In February, the Canadiens reacquired Chris Nilan three years after he left Montreal. In the last 17 games of his NHL career, the veteran enforcer adds 74 penalty minutes to raise his overall total with the Canadiens to 2,248 minutes, the most in team history. In March, the team traded Petr Svoboda to Buffalo in return for Kevin Haller.

March was dismal for the team, winning only four of 11 games. On April 1, the league's players went on a ten-day strike. The regular season resumed and the Canadiens continued to struggle, slipping to fifth-place overall, but finished first in the Adams Division. The team played well defensively, winning the Jennings Trophy, Patrick Roy winning the Vezina Trophy and Guy Carbonneau winning the Selke Trophy and finished +60 in goals.

The Canadiens finished first in the NHL in goaltending, allowing only 207 goals. Furthermore, they tied the Winnipeg Jets for most shutouts, with 7, and they tied the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals for fewest power-play goals allowed, with just 60. The Canadiens were the most disciplined team during the regular season, being short-handed only 320 times. Although the Canadiens scored the fewest short-handed goals during the regular season (4), they tied the Toronto Maple Leafs for the fewst short-handed goals allowed (5).[1][2]

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division[3]
GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 80 41 28 11 267 207 93
2 Boston Bruins 80 36 32 12 270 275 84
3 Buffalo Sabres 80 31 37 12 289 299 74
4 Hartford Whalers 80 26 41 13 247 283 65
5 Quebec Nordiques 80 20 48 12 255 318 52
Wales Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 pNew York Rangers PAT 80 50 25 5 321 246 105
2 Washington Capitals PAT 80 45 27 8 330 257 98
3 Montreal Canadiens ADM 80 41 28 11 267 207 93
4 Pittsburgh Penguins PAT 80 39 32 9 343 308 87
5 New Jersey Devils PAT 80 38 31 11 289 259 87
6 Boston Bruins ADM 80 36 32 12 270 275 84
7 New York Islanders PAT 80 34 35 11 291 299 79
8 Philadelphia Flyers PAT 80 32 37 11 252 273 75
9 Buffalo Sabres ADM 80 31 37 12 289 299 74
10 Hartford Whalers ADM 80 26 41 13 247 283 65
11 Quebec Nordiques ADM 80 20 48 12 255 318 52

Divisions: ADM – Adams, PAT – Patrick

p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy
bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W Oct 3, 1991 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–0–0
2 L Oct 5, 1991 1–2 OT New York Rangers 1–1–0
3 T Oct 8, 1991 2–2 OT @ Hartford Whalers 1–1–1
4 W Oct 10, 1991 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings 2–1–1
5 W Oct 12, 1991 6–0 @ Boston Bruins 3–1–1
6 L Oct 14, 1991 3–4 Hartford Whalers 3–2–1
7 W Oct 16, 1991 5–1 Buffalo Sabres 4–2–1
8 L Oct 18, 1991 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres 4–3–1
9 W Oct 19, 1991 1–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 5–3–1
10 W Oct 23, 1991 3–2 OT Quebec Nordiques 6–3–1
11 W Oct 24, 1991 5–0 @ Quebec Nordiques 7–3–1
12 W Oct 26, 1991 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 8–3–1
13 W Oct 30, 1991 6–1 Winnipeg Jets 9–3–1
14 W Nov 1, 1991 5–1 @ Buffalo Sabres 10–3–1
15 W Nov 2, 1991 5–0 Buffalo Sabres 11–3–1
16 W Nov 4, 1991 3–2 OT New Jersey Devils 12–3–1
17 W Nov 6, 1991 4–1 @ New York Rangers 13–3–1
18 L Nov 8, 1991 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils 13–4–1
19 W Nov 9, 1991 4–2 Chicago Blackhawks 14–4–1
20 L Nov 11, 1991 2–4 Washington Capitals 14–5–1
21 T Nov 14, 1991 2–2 OT @ Hartford Whalers 14–5–2
22 L Nov 16, 1991 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers 14–6–2
23 W Nov 18, 1991 1–0 Edmonton Oilers 15–6–2
24 L Nov 21, 1991 2–5 @ Quebec Nordiques 15–7–2
25 W Nov 23, 1991 5–3 Quebec Nordiques 16–7–2
26 W Nov 25, 1991 4–3 Boston Bruins 17–7–2
27 L Nov 27, 1991 1–3 @ Washington Capitals 17–8–2
28 L Nov 29, 1991 4–5 OT @ Boston Bruins 17–9–2
29 L Nov 30, 1991 2–3 @ Hartford Whalers 17–10–2
30 L Dec 4, 1991 0–3 Vancouver Canucks 17–11–2
31 W Dec 5, 1991 5–4 OT @ New York Islanders 18–11–2
32 W Dec 7, 1991 5–1 Calgary Flames 19–11–2
33 W Dec 9, 1991 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 20–11–2
34 L Dec 12, 1991 2–5 @ Boston Bruins 20–12–2
35 W Dec 14, 1991 4–2 Buffalo Sabres 21–12–2
36 W Dec 16, 1991 4–2 St. Louis Blues 22–12–2
37 L Dec 19, 1991 4–6 @ Chicago Blackhawks 22–13–2
38 W Dec 21, 1991 3–2 OT Hartford Whalers 23–13–2
39 W Dec 22, 1991 3–2 Boston Bruins 24–13–2
40 W Dec 26, 1991 4–1 @ Quebec Nordiques 25–13–2
41 W Dec 29, 1991 3–1 @ Edmonton Oilers 26–13–2
42 L Dec 31, 1991 2–3 OT @ Calgary Flames 26–14–2
43 W Jan 4, 1992 1–0 OT @ San Jose Sharks 27–14–2
44 W Jan 8, 1992 3–2 Boston Bruins 28–14–2
45 W Jan 11, 1992 3–2 Hartford Whalers 29–14–2
46 T Jan 13, 1992 2–2 OT Calgary Flames 29–14–3
47 L Jan 15, 1992 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars 29–15–3
48 T Jan 16, 1992 6–6 OT @ St. Louis Blues 29–15–4
49 W Jan 23, 1992 3–1 @ Boston Bruins 30–15–4
50 L Jan 25, 1992 3–4 Buffalo Sabres 30–16–4
51 W Jan 26, 1992 3–1 Hartford Whalers 31–16–4
52 L Jan 29, 1992 3–4 New Jersey Devils 31–17–4
53 L Jan 31, 1992 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres 31–18–4
54 W Feb 1, 1992 4–3 OT Detroit Red Wings 32–18–4
55 L Feb 4, 1992 3–5 @ Vancouver Canucks 32–19–4
56 L Feb 5, 1992 1–2 @ Edmonton Oilers 32–20–4
57 L Feb 8, 1992 4–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 32–21–4
58 W Feb 10, 1992 8–3 Vancouver Canucks 33–21–4
59 W Feb 12, 1992 6–1 San Jose Sharks 34–21–4
60 T Feb 15, 1992 4–4 OT Quebec Nordiques 34–21–5
61 W Feb 17, 1992 8–0 Minnesota North Stars 35–21–5
62 T Feb 19, 1992 2–2 OT @ Hartford Whalers 35–21–6
63 W Feb 22, 1992 2–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 36–21–6
64 T Feb 23, 1992 3–3 OT Quebec Nordiques 36–21–7
65 W Feb 26, 1992 4–1 @ Minnesota North Stars 37–21–7
66 T Feb 28, 1992 3–3 OT @ San Jose Sharks 37–21–8
67 L Feb 29, 1992 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings 37–22–8
68 W Mar 3, 1992 4–3 @ New York Islanders 38–22–8
69 W Mar 7, 1992 8–2 New York Islanders 39–22–8
70 W Mar 8, 1992 4–1 Detroit Red Wings 40–22–8
71 L Mar 11, 1992 4–5 @ Quebec Nordiques 40–23–8
72 W Mar 14, 1992 5–2 Los Angeles Kings 41–23–8
73 L Mar 16, 1992 1–4 @ New York Rangers 41–24–8
74 L Mar 18, 1992 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers 41–25–8
75 T Mar 21, 1992 3–3 OT St. Louis Blues 41–25–9
76 T Mar 25, 1992 2–2 OT @ Winnipeg Jets 41–25–10
77 L Mar 27, 1992 3–4 @ Washington Capitals 41–26–10
78 L Mar 28, 1992 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 41–27–10
79 L Apr 12, 1992 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres 41–28–10
80 T Apr 15, 1992 4–4 OT Boston Bruins 41–28–11

Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens placed first in the division, and played the fourth-place Whalers in the first round. The Canadiens won the series 4–3 to advance to the second round. In the second round, the Bruins defeated the Canadiens 4–0 to eliminate the Canadiens. Coach Pat Burns, who was increasingly criticized in the media, resigned after the season.[5]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Muller, KirkKirk Muller LW 78 36 41 77 86 15 15 1 7
Savard, DenisDenis Savard C 77 28 42 70 73 6 12 1 5
Lebeau, StephanStephan Lebeau C 77 27 31 58 14 18 13 0 5
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 64 17 36 53 118 15 3 0 2
Gilchrist, BrentBrent Gilchrist LW 79 23 27 50 57 29 2 0 3
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 67 11 30 41 64 16 2 0 2
Carbonneau, GuyGuy Carbonneau C 72 18 21 39 39 2 1 1 4
Desjardins, EricEric Desjardins D 77 6 32 38 50 17 4 0 2
Dionne, GilbertGilbert Dionne LW 39 21 13 34 10 7 7 0 2
Schneider, MathieuMathieu Schneider D 78 8 24 32 72 10 2 0 1
McPhee, MikeMike McPhee LW 78 16 15 31 63 6 0 0 1
Courtnall, RussRuss Courtnall RW 27 7 14 21 6 6 0 1 1
Svoboda, PetrPetr Svoboda D 58 5 16 21 94 9 1 0 3
Turgeon, SylvainSylvain Turgeon LW 56 9 11 20 39 -4 6 0 1
LeClair, JohnJohn LeClair LW 59 8 11 19 14 5 3 0 0
Daigneault, J.J.J.J. Daigneault D 79 4 14 18 36 16 2 0 0
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 69 3 14 17 91 9 0 0 0
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 18 4 6 10 14 4 0 0 0
DiPietro, PaulPaul DiPietro C 33 4 6 10 25 5 0 0 0
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 26 2 8 10 20 9 0 0 1
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 71 1 7 8 212 15 0 0 0
Skrudland, BrianBrian Skrudland C 42 3 3 6 36 -4 0 0 1
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 67 0 5 5 4 0 0 0 0
Haller, KevinKevin Haller D 8 2 2 4 17 4 1 0 0
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 17 1 3 4 74 -1 0 0 0
Roberge, MarioMario Roberge LW 20 2 1 3 62 3 0 0 0
Ewen, ToddTodd Ewen RW 46 1 2 3 130 3 0 0 0
Cote, AlainAlain Cote D 13 0 3 3 22 7 0 0 0
Belanger, JesseJesse Belanger C 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Dufresne, DonaldDonald Dufresne D 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson G 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Racicot, AndreAndre Racicot G 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ronan, EdEd Ronan RW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vujtek, VladimirVladimir Vujtek LW 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 3935 67 36 22 8 155 2.36 5 1806 1651 .914
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson 492 9 5 3 0 22 2.68 2 195 173 .887
Racicot, AndreAndre Racicot 436 9 0 3 3 23 3.17 0 219 196 .895
Team: 4863 80 41 28 11 200 2.47 7 2220 2020 .910

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Savard, DenisDenis Savard C 11 3 9 12 8 1 0 0
Muller, KirkKirk Muller LW 11 4 3 7 31 2 1 1
Dionne, GilbertGilbert Dionne LW 11 3 4 7 10 1 0 1
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 10 2 5 7 15 0 0 0
Desjardins, EricEric Desjardins D 11 3 3 6 4 1 0 0
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 11 2 4 6 6 1 0 1
Gilchrist, BrentBrent Gilchrist LW 11 2 4 6 6 1 0 0
Schneider, MathieuMathieu Schneider D 10 1 4 5 6 1 0 0
Lebeau, StephanStephan Lebeau C 8 1 3 4 4 1 0 0
Daigneault, J.J.J.J. Daigneault D 11 0 3 3 4 0 0 0
Carbonneau, GuyGuy Carbonneau C 11 1 1 2 6 0 0 0
Courtnall, RussRuss Courtnall RW 10 1 1 2 4 0 0 1
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 8 1 1 2 16 0 0 0
LeClair, JohnJohn LeClair LW 8 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
McPhee, MikeMike McPhee LW 8 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Skrudland, BrianBrian Skrudland C 11 1 1 2 20 0 0 0
Hill, SeanSean Hill D 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Turgeon, SylvainSylvain Turgeon LW 5 1 0 1 4 0 0 0
Nilan, ChrisChris Nilan RW 7 0 1 1 15 0 0 0
Ewen, ToddTodd Ewen RW 3 0 0 0 18 0 0 0
Haller, KevinKevin Haller D 9 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 7 0 0 0 11 0 0 0
Racicot, AndreAndre Racicot G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 686 11 4 7 30 2.62 1 312 282 .904
Racicot, AndreAndre Racicot 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 1 1 1.000
Team: 687 11 4 7 30 2.62 1 313 283 .904

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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]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 17 Brent Bilodeau D American Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
2 28 Jim Campbell RW American N.Y. Northwood Prep (High school)
2 43 Craig Darby C American The Albany Academy (High school)
3 61 Yves Sarault LW Canadian St. Jean Lynx (QMJHL)
4 73 Vladimir Vujtek LW Czech Tri-City Americans (WHL)
4 81 Sylvain Lapointe D Canadian Clarkson University (NCAA)
5 100 Brad Layzell D Canadian R.P.I. (NCAA)
5 105 Tony Prpic F American Culver Military Academy (Independent)
6 127 Oleg Petrov RW Russian HC CSKA Moscow (Rus)
7 149 Brady Kramer C American Haverford H.S. (High school)
8 171 Brian Savage LW Canadian Miami University (Ohio) (NCAA)
9 193 Scott Fraser RW Canadian Dartmouth College (NCAA)
10 215 Greg MacEachern D Canadian Laval Titan (QMJHL)
11 237 Paul Lepler D American Rochester Mustangs (USHL)
12 259 Dale Hooper D American Springfield Olympics (NEJHL)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1992.html
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1992_goalies.html
  3. ^ "1991-1992 Division Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1991-1992 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Eighty-third Season". The Hockey News. Toronto, Ontario (A Century of Montreal Canadiens): 122. 2009. 
  6. ^ "1991-92 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.