Team record 1982-83

2nd division Adams – 5th overall

80 42 24 14 350 286 98

In the playoffs …
Head Coach: Bob Berry
Goalkeepers: Rick Wamsley (0-3) and Richard Sévigny (0-0)

First time since the 1973-74 season that the Canadians do not win the championship of their division. The Boston Bruins finished 1st in the Adams Division in 1983.

Although the Canadians represented the league’s second-best offense with 350 goals in 1982-83, the Buffalo Sabers whitewash the team twice at the Montreal Forum and close the series quickly into 3 parts.

The New York Islanders win their fourth straight Stanley Cup in 1982-83. Their opponents in the final were the Edmonton Oilers.

Team record 1983-84

4th division Adams – 11th overall

80 35 40 5 286 295 75

In the playoffs …
Head Coach: Jacques Lemaire
Goalkeepers: Steve Penney (9-6) and Rick Wamsley (0-0)

A record below the .500 average for the first time since the 1950- 51. A rather difficult season for Canadians who will change head coach at the end of the season. Jacques Lemaire will replace Bob Berry. The 1983-84 season will mark Guy Lafleur’s final full season with the Canadiens.

Despite a difficult season, the Canadians will have exceptional playoffs. The team smashes in the first round the Boston Bruins who had 29 points higher in the standings.

The second round is like the revenge of 1982 with a win in 6 games over the Nordiques de Québec.

After 2 wins against the Islanders in the 3rd round all hopes are allowed. Unfortunately, the Canadians will lose in the next 4 games, allowing the New York team to reach the final for a fifth consecutive year. However, it will be the Oilers and their young captain Wayne Gretzky who will win the Stanley Cup in 1984.

Team record 1984-85

1st of division Adams – 6th overall

80 41 27 12 309 262 94

In the playoffs …
Head Coach: Jacques Lemaire
Goalkeepers: Steve Penney (6-6) and Doug Soetaert (0-0)

After just 19 regular-season games, Guy Lafleur bows out and leaves the Canadiens to the young 33 years old. The frictions he had with the leaders of the team are probably no stranger to his early withdrawal from hockey. The event, however, will not prevent Canadians from returning to the divisional championship that year.

The first series against the Boston Bruins will push Canadians to the limit of 5 games. Montreal will win by the margin of one goal or 1-0 at the Forum.


The Adams division final will be one of the most memorable series in the history of the Montreal and Quebec franchises. The two teams will trade victories and defeats until the final 7th match will be won in prologation by the Nordiques with a goal from Dale Hunter.

Edmonton repeated its 1984 feat and won the Stanley Cup against the formidable Philadelphia Flyers, first overall at the close of the 1984-85 season.