2014–15 Montreal Canadiens season

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2014–15 Montreal Canadiens
Atlantic Division Champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 2nd Eastern
2014–15 record 50–22–10
Home record 26–9–6
Road record 24–13–3
Goals for 221
Goals against 189
Team information
General Manager Marc Bergevin
Coach Michel Therrien
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Andrei Markov
Max Pacioretty
Tomas Plekanec
P. K. Subban
Arena Bell Centre
Average attendance 21,286[1]
(37 games)
Minor league affiliations Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Max Pacioretty (37)
Assists P. K. Subban (45)
Points Max Pacioretty (67)
Penalties in minutes Brandon Prust (130)
Plus/minus (+): Max Pacioretty (38)
(−): Manny Malhotra (−6)
Wins Carey Price (44)
Goals against average Carey Price (1.96)
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The 2014–15 Montreal Canadiens season was the 106th season of play for the franchise that was founded on December 4, 1909, and was also their 98th season in the National Hockey League.[2]

Off-season[edit]

Defenceman Douglas Murray, forward George Parros and forward Thomas Vanek became free agents.[3] On July 1, 2014, captain Brian Gionta signed with the Buffalo Sabres, being joined by defenseman Josh Gorges, who was traded to the team the same day.[4] Notable free agent signing included defenseman Tom Gilbert, centre Manny Malhotra and prospect Jiri Sekac, formally of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[5] On August 2, 2014, after months of ongoing negotiations, defenceman P. K. Subban signed an eight-year contract extension worth $72 million, avoiding salary arbitration. Subban becomes the highest paid defenseman through the 2014–15 season.[6]

Hockey operations changes included Daniel Lacroix and Rob Ramage being appointed assistant coach and player development coach, respectively. Ramage had previously played for the Canadiens and was part of the 1993 Stanley Cup Championship team, while Lacroix worked as assistant coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens’ main affiliate team in the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2009–10 season.[7][8] The Canadiens also announced a reorganization within the hockey department. Rick Dudley was named senior vice president, hockey operations. Scott Mellanby was promoted to assistant general manager, to work along with Larry Carriere. Trevor Timmins was appointed vice president of player personnel, as well as retaining his responsibilities as the club’s director of amateur scouting.[8]

On June 18, 2014, it was announced that hall of famer Guy Lapointe would be honored by having his number 5 jersey retired during the 2014–15 season. Lapointe will become the 18th player to be honoured by the organization with jersey retirement and the second with the number 5, joining the late Bernie Geoffrion.[9]

For only the second time in franchise history, the Canadiens did not name a captain, instead opting for four alternate captains for the season. On September 15, team management named Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and P. K. Subban alternative captains.[10]

The 2014–15 season also marked changes to television broadcast rights to the Canadiens; Réseau des sports renewed its French-language television rights to the team, agreeing to a 12-year extension. Due to Quebecor Media's exclusive national French-language broadcast rights to the NHL, RDS will now only be able to broadcast games in the team's blackout region of Quebec and eastern Canada.[11] Regional television rights in English were acquired by Sportsnet East in a three-year deal announced by Rogers on September 2, 2014. Three regional games will also be broadcast by City Montreal.[12]

Playoffs[edit]

The Montreal Canadiens entered the playoffs as the Atlantic Division regular season champions. The Canadiens won the first three games of the series en route to defeating the Senators in six games. In Game 1, Brian Flynn scored the game-winning goal at 17:17 of the second period, and recorded two assists as the Canadiens won 4–3. Montreal's P. K. Subban was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for slashing Ottawa's Mark Stone during the second period, resulting in a microfracture of Stone's right wrist, but did not face any further League discipline. Alex Galchenyuk's goal at 3:40 into overtime gave the Canadiens a 3–2 win in Game 2. Cameron replaced Andrew Hammond with Craig Anderson as his starting goalie for Game 3, but Dale Weise tied the game with 5:47 left in the third period, then scored at 3:40 into overtime to give Montreal a 2–1 win. Anderson rebounded in Game 4, stopping all 28 Montreal shots while Mike Hoffman scored the Senators' only goal to win 1–0. Ottawa then took Game 5 by a score of 5–1 as Anderson stopped 45 of 46 shots, and Bobby Ryan scored two goals. The Canadiens then eliminated the Senators in Game 6 via a 2–0 scoreline as goaltender Carey Price stopped all 43 of Ottawa's shots.

In the second round, Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Canadiens in six games. In Game 1, Nikita Kucherov scored 2:06 into double overtime to give Tampa Bay a 2–1 win. This winning goal was controversial because the Lightning appeared to have been offside on the play, but nothing was called by the linesmen. Earlier at 2:56 of the first overtime period, Kucherov's apparent winning goal was waved off after officials ruled that he pushing Carey Price's pad into the net after the Montreal goalie made the initial save. The Lightning also won Game 2, 6–2, scoring four power play goals. Montreal's Brandon Prust was then fined $5,000 for his postgame derogatory public comments directed toward Referee Brad Watson, which he later apologized for the day afterward. In Game 3, Tyler Johnson scored with 1.1 seconds left to give Tampa Bay a 2–1 victory. The Canadiens stayed alive in Game 4, as Max Pacioretty recorded a shorthanded goal and two assists, as Montreal built a 5–0 second-period lead en route to a 6–2 win. Then in Game 5, P.A. Parenteau scored with 4:07 left in regulation to give the Canadiens a 2–1 victory. In Game 6, Ben Bishop stopped 18 of 19 Montreal shots, and Kucherov scored two goals, as Tampa Bay won 4–1 to take the series.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
4 x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
5 Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
6 Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
7 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
8 Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – New York Rangers 82 53 22 7 49 252 192 +60 113
2 x – Washington Capitals 82 45 26 11 40 242 203 +39 101
3 x – New York Islanders 82 47 28 7 40 252 230 +22 101
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 AT x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
2 ME x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 43 27 12 39 221 210 +11 98
3 AT Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
5 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 82 42 35 5 33 236 250 −14 89
6 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 33 31 18 30 215 234 −19 84
7 ME New Jersey Devils 82 32 36 14 27 181 216 −35 78
8 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 30 41 11 25 188 226 −38 71
9 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Suspensions/fines[edit]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Alexei Emelin Illegal check to head of Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta during NHL Game No. 337 in Buffalo on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 18:06 of the third period. $11,021.51 November 29, 2014[13]
P. K. Subban Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 712 in New York on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 13:05 of the first period. $2,000.00 February 4, 2015[14]
P. K. Subban Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 1005 in Montreal on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 0:53 of the second period. $3,000.00 March 20, 2015[15]
Brandon Prust Derogatory public comments directed toward Referee Brad Watson on Sunday, May 3, 2015. $5,000.00 May 5, 2015[16]

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

Montreal defeated Ottawa in six games in the first round. After taking a 3–0 series lead, the Senators attempted a comeback, as Ottawa won the next two games. However, Price's shutout in Game 6 sealed the series victory for Montreal.

The Canadiens would face a tougher challenge in the second round against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay had swept the five-game regular season series from Montreal, and then proceeded to win the first three games of the series. However, on May 7, Montreal won their first game of 2014–15 against Tampa Bay, as they posted a 6–2 victory against the Lightning to save their season. Montreal would win the next game 2-1, before subsequently losing the series in Game 6 by a final score of 4-1.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss * denotes if needed

Player statistics[edit]

Final[17]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Price, CareyCarey Price 66 66 3977 44 16 6 130 1.96 1953 .933 9 0 1 4
Tokarski, DustinDustin Tokarski 17 16 1005 6 6 4 46 2.75 509 .910 0 0 1 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Price, CareyCarey Price 12 12 752 6 6 28 2.23 352 .920 1 0 0 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Canadiens. Stats reflect time with the Canadiens only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Canadiens only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season:

Trades[edit]

Date Details
June 28, 2014[27] To Arizona Coyotes
3rd-round pick in 2014
4th round pick in 2014
To Montreal Canadiens
3rd-round pick in 2014
June 30, 2014[28] To Colorado Avalanche
Daniel Briere
To Montreal Canadiens
P. A. Parenteau
5th-round pick in 2015
July 1, 2014[29] To Buffalo Sabres
Josh Gorges
To Montreal Canadiens
MIN's 2nd-round pick in 2016
October 5, 2014[30] To Winnipeg Jets
Peter Budaj
Patrick Holland
To Montreal Canadiens
Eric Tangradi
November 11, 2014[31] To Dallas Stars
Travis Moen
To Montreal Canadiens
Sergei Gonchar
November 20, 2014[32] To Anaheim Ducks
Rene Bourque
To Montreal Canadiens
Bryan Allen
February 24, 2015[33] To Anaheim Ducks
Jiri Sekac
To Montreal Canadiens
Devante Smith-Pelly
March 2, 2015[34] To Edmonton Oilers
2nd-round pick in 2015
conditional 5th-round pick in 2015
To Montreal Canadiens
Jeff Petry
March 2, 2015[35] To Buffalo Sabres
5th-round pick in 2016
To Montreal Canadiens
Brian Flynn
March 2, 2015[36] To Buffalo Sabres
Jack Nevins
7th-round pick in 2016
To Montreal Canadiens
Torrey Mitchell