2007–08 Montreal Canadiens season
|2007–08 Montreal Canadiens|
|Northeast Division Champions|
|General Manager||Bob Gainey|
|Alternate captains||Christopher Higgins
|Average attendance||21,273 (100%)|
|Goals||Alexei Kovalev (35)|
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)|
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.
Key dates prior to the start of the season:
- The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23.
- The free agency period began on July 1.
- 1 Offseason events
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Playoffs
- 4 Roster
- 5 Player statistics
- 6 Awards and records
- 7 Transactions
- 8 Draft picks
- 9 Farm teams
- 10 See also
- 11 References
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 NHL 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 three.
- On October 10, 2007, goaltender Carey Price made his NHL debut, leading the Canadiens to a 3–2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- On January 11, 2008, defenceman Andrei Markov was named to the All-Star Game starting roster.
- 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 Bruins of 10–0 from the 1956–57 NHL season.
- Northeast Division
|1||z – Montreal Canadiens||82||47||25||10||262||222||104|
|5||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||36||35||11||231||260||83|
- Eastern Conference
|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|
|12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||36||35||11||231||260||83|
|13||New York Islanders||AT||82||35||38||9||194||243||79|
|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)
- Green background indicates win (2 points).
- White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
- Red background indicates regulation loss (0 point).
Record: 6–2–3; Home: 2–1–2; Road: 4–1–1.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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 season.
Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (8) Boston Bruins
The Montreal Canadiens earned the top 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 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
Eastern Conference Semi-finals: vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers
|2008 Stanley Cup playoffs – Eastern Conference Semi-finals vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers
* Player scoring winning goal is shown in italics.
|2007–08 Montreal Canadiens roster|
- 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;
|Carey Price (G)||41||0||2||2||0||0|
|Cristobal Huet (G)||39||0||1||1||0||0|
- One winning goal in SO for Andrei Markov on October 27, 2007, vs Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Tom Kostopoulos was suspended for one game on November 19, 2007, vs Ottawa Senators for a fight in the last 5 minutes of the previous game vs Boston Bruins.
- Two winning goals in SO for Andrei Kostitsyn on November 27, 2007, vs Toronto Maple Leafs and on January 17, 2008, vs Atlanta Thrashers. On January 31, 2008, vs Washington Capitals, his brother Sergei and him became the first brothers to score a goal each in the same game with the Montreal Canadiens uniform since Peter and Frank Mahovlich in March 1974.
- Corey Locke was on the official lineup on December 30, 2007, vs New York Rangers but did not play.
- One penalty shot goal for Sergei Kostitsyn on February 3, 2008, vs New York Rangers.
- One winning goal in SO for Saku Koivu on February 19, 2008, vs New York Rangers.
- One winning goal in SO for Saku Koivu on March 22, 2008, vs Boston Bruins.
*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.
|Carey Price (G)||11||0||0||0||0||2|
|Jaroslav Halak (G)||2||0||0||0||0||0|
- One unsuccessfully penalty shot goal for Andrei Kostitsyn on April 24, 2008, vs Philadelphia Flyers.
*The team has also allowed 2 empty net goals. These goals do not count towards a goalie's personal statistics.
Awards and records
On April 5, following the final home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced its award winners for the season.
|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
- February 19 win against the New York Rangers was the largest comeback in franchise history after being down 0–5.
|Roman Hamrlik||1,000th 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|
|4 power play goals in a period
T-3rd franchise's record
October 26, 2007
Tomas Plekanec (2)
|5 power play goals in a game
T-1st franchise's record
|October 26, 2007|
|Andrei Markov||50th NHL career goal||October 27, 2007|
||1st longest shootout in franchise's history (8 rounds)||October 27, 2007|
|Silver stick – 1000th NHL career's
October 30, 2007
|Patrice Brisebois||800th franchise's career game||October 30, 2007|
|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|
The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.
|June 16, 2007
||To Chicago Blackhawks
|To Montreal Canadiens
|June 23, 2007
||To Carolina Hurricanes
|To Montreal Canadiens
192nd overall pick in 2007 (D- Scott Kishel)
|November 15, 2007
||To Florida Panthers
|To Montreal Canadiens
Claimed off waivers
|February 8, 2008
||To Detroit Red Wings
|To Montreal Canadiens
|February 18, 2008
||To Phoenix Coyotes
|To Montreal Canadiens
|February 26, 2008
||To Washington Capitals
|To Montreal Canadiens
2nd round pick in 2009 (LW- Jeremy Morin)
Free agent acquisitions
Players lost to free agency
|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 Oceanic (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||HV71 (Elitserien)|
|7||192||Scott Kishel||Defence||United States||Virginia High School, Minnesota State|
- "2008 Eastern Conference All-Stars". NHL.com. January 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
- "Habs' confidence soaring after historic win". CBC News. February 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- 2007 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com