Here's a look at the Jacques Martin era in Montreal, which lasted two-plus eventful seasons:
June 1, 2009 –
Montreal names Jacques Martin as the 26
th coach in franchise history. One year after earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens fired Guy Carbonneau
before the end of the 2008-09 season and finished as the No. 8 seed before being swept by the Boston Bruins
in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
April 10, 2010 –
The Canadiens clinched a playoff spot in the final game of their season with a 4-3 overtime loss against Toronto. They ended up with the No. 8 seed after Philadelphia defeated the New York Rangers
in a shootout to claim in the No. 7 seed.
April 28, 2010 – Jaroslav Halak
made 37 saves to help the Canadiens complete one of the most improbable upsets in NHL postseason history with a 2-1 win against the top-seeded Washington Capitals
in Game 7 of the opening round at Verizon Center. Not only did the Canadiens defeat the Presidents' Trophy winners, they rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to do so.
May 12, 2010 –
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Montreal continued its remarkable postseason run by stunning the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins
, with a 5-2 victory in Game 7 of the second round. It would be the final hockey game at Mellon Arena.
May 24, 2010 –
Philadelphia ended Montreal's improbable march by defeating the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final in five games.
July 20, 2010 –
Montreal named Randy Cunneyworth
head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Cunneyworth replaced Guy Boucher
, who became the bench boss for the Tampa Bay Lightning
April 9, 2011 –
Montreal defeated Toronto for Martin's 600th career win. He became the ninth coach in League history to reach that milestone.
April 27, 2011 – Nathan Horton
scored in overtime to give the Boston Bruins
a 4-3 victory in Game 7 of the opening round of the playoffs. The sixth-seeded Canadiens won the first two games of the series at TD Garden, but Boston rallied to claim a hard-fought series win against its rivals.
July 22, 2011 –
Cunneyworth and Randy Ladoucer were named assistant coaches to Martin by the Canadiens.
October 26, 2011 –
Montreal fired Martin's longtime assistant coach Perry Pearn after a 1-5-2 start, the worst for the franchise in 70 years.
December 17, 2011 –
Montreal fired Martin after a 4-4-4 stretch that left the Canadiens at 13-12-7 and in last place in the Northeast Division. Cunneyworth was named interim coach for the rest of the season.