MONTREAL - Words don't quite do Bob Gainey's brilliant career justice. Here are a few numbers that could do the trick.
-Overall pick used by Sam Pollock and the Canadiens at the 1973 NHL Entry Draft to select Gainey. 3
- Number of eventual Hockey Hall-of-Famers drafted in 1973, including Gainey, Denis Potvin and Lanny MacDonald. 8
- Number of seasons Gainey spent as Canadiens captain. 3
- Number of times Gainey led the Habs in shorthanded goals.30
- Number worn by goalie Cesar Maniago of the North Stars, the man who allowed Gainey’s first NHL goal back on October 27, 1973 in a 4-2 Habs win over Minnesota at the Montreal Forum.
- Number of times Gainey missed the playoffs over the course of his 16-year career all spent with the Canadiens.196
- Total combined plus-minus rating posted by Gainey over his 16-year NHL career. 2
- Number of times Gainey ended a season with a negative plus-minus rating. 1,160
- Number of games played by Gainey over his brilliant career, placing him third on the all-time list behind Larry Robinson and leader Henri Richard. 501
- Total number of points racked up by Gainey over his career to rank fifth all-time among Canadiens left wingers.
- League-record number of times Gainey won the Frank Selke Trophy, with Bob earning the honor the first four times it was awarded from 1978 through 1981. 5
- Number of Stanley Cups raised by Gainey as a player, including four straight from 1976 through 1979. 23
- Career-high number of goals scored by Gainey in 1980-81. 19
- Career-high number of goals scored by Gainey against the L.A. Kings and the Bruins. 9
- Number of times Gainey faced the team he considers to be his toughest opponent, the Bruins, in the playoffs. That being said, Gainey still boasted an 8-1 postseason record against Boston. 42
- Number of points posted at the expense of the Boston Bruins by Gainey, his highest total against any NHL team.7
- Number of seconds needed by Gainey on May 5, 1977 to score the fasted goal in team history to start a playoff game. 16
- Number of playoff points posted by Gainey during the 1979 Stanley Cup playoffs on his way to earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s playoff MVP. 3
- Team-high number of game-winning goals scored by Gainey during the Habs’ Stanley Cup run in the spring of 1986. 4
- Career-high number of assists amassed by Gainey in a 7-2 win over the Penguins at the Montreal Forum back on Jan. 26, 1975. 20
- Number of career shorthanded goals scored by Gainey, placing him behind only former teammate and good buddy Guy Carbonneau on the Habs’ all-time list.4
- Number of times Gainey was invited to play in the NHL All-Star Game, including three straight appearances from 1977 though 1979. 4
- Number of times Gainey represented Canada on hockey’s international stage. Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com