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Six Habs records that may never be eclipsed

North America's next total solar eclipse is slated to occur in 2024, but these half-dozen Habs records will likely live on well beyond then

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

On Monday, a total solar eclipse entered the history books as the first to sweep over our neighbors to the south since 1918.

Indeed, Americans were privy to the best views this time around -- while donning protective eyewear, of course -- but Canada will hold the upper hand on April 8, 2024, when New Brunswick and Newfoundland will boast the best sightlines of the continent's next celestial dance.

So while interstellar bragging rights among U.S. and Canadian sky gazers are set to keep exchanging hands for the foreseeable future -- Alaska will be home to prime viewing on March 30, 2033 -- here's a look at six Montreal-based NHL records that will likely remain north of the border for good, never to be eclipsed.

1.
HIGHEST WIN PERCENTAGE, CAREER: Ken Dryden (0.650)

Like a 1970s DJ Khaled, all Ken Dryden did was win -- or at least that's what it seemed like during his incredible run between the pipes. Over an eight-year career spanning from 1971 to 1979, Dryden racked up an outstanding 258-57-74 record, never losing more than 10 games in a single season.

Convert that into a percentage of points earned, and the six-time Stanley Cup winner helped bank 590 of a possible 794 standings points (0.743) en route to a record which has been all but untouchable ever since.

2.
MOST SHUTOUTS, SEASON: George Hainsworth (22)

Sticking to goaltenders, George Hainsworth's 22-shutout season in 1928-29 is likewise the stuff of legend -- even moreso considering it was accomplished over the span of a 42-game campaign. In today's NHL, only eight netminders have posted double-digit shutouts in a single campaign since the year 2000; Martin Brodeur notably leads that charge with 12 clean sheets in 2006-07.

3.
HIGHEST PLUS/MINUS, CAREER: Larry Robinson (plus-730)

There were a lot of pluses to having Larry Robinson as a member of the Montreal Canadiens -- 730 of them, in fact. Over the course of a 20-year NHL career, the Hall of Fame defenseman never once dipped into minus differential territory, racking up 197 goals and 883 points on the way to setting an all-time plus-730 differential.

To date, Bobby Orr has come 'closest' to the five-time Stanley Cup winner's mark, at plus-597, while Jaromir Jagr leads active -- for now -- NHLers at plus-316.

4.
MOST STANLEY CUP WINS, PLAYER: Henri Richard (11)

It turns out there's truth behind the adage that the Stanley Cup is the toughest trophy to raise in all of pro sports. After all, over half of its winners have been lucky to hoist the precious hardware just once over the course of their careers. That number drops to below 25% for two-time champs, and continues to shrink per successive Cup -- all the way to 0.08% for the number of players who have won 11 -- just one.

Having never gone longer than four years without a championship over the course of his 20 season career, Henri Richard holds the distinction of being the only NHLer with more Stanley Cup rings than appendages to wear them on.

5.
MOST CONSECUTIVE STANLEY CUP WINS, FRANCHISE: Canadiens (5)

Richard of course benefited from an ideal timing to the start of his NHL career, as the Habs won five consecutive Stanley Cups during The Pocket Rocket's first five seasons in Montreal, between 1955-56 and 1959-60.

The only two teams to come close to equaling that mark since then are the New York Islanders (4) between 1979-80 and 1982-83, and… the Canadiens themselves (4), between 1975-76 and 1978-79.

6.
MOST STANLEY CUP WINS, FRANCHISE: Canadiens (24)

This is the big one. Over a hundred years of NHL history, the Canadiens have claimed just under a quarter of the League's championships with 24. The second-place Toronto Maple Leafs (13) could win the Stanley Cup every year until the next North American total solar eclipse, and still not eclipse the Habs in this category.

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