Brought in for his wealth of NHL experience, Bryan Smolinski quickly emerged as everyone’s big brother in a Habs dressing room loaded with young talent. Here’s a numerical look back at the season that was for the wily veteran.
-U.S.-born players to have reached the 1,000 game mark in NHL history, with Smolinski having joined their ranks on Oct. 22 against the Bruins. 14
-Consecutive seasons with 25 or more points posted by Smolinski, who collected eight goals and 17 assists for the Canadiens in 2007-08.3
-Goals scored by Smolinski against Martin Brodeur and the Devils alone this past season, including the game-winner on March 11 at the Bell Centre. 8
-Consecutive seasons Smolinski has now reached the postseason dating back to 1999-2000 when he did so in Los Angeles, with the veteran center’s streak continuing on into three other NHL stops (Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal). 6
-League-record number of teams with which Smolinski has now scored a playoff goal after beating the Bruins’ Tim Thomas on April 10 at the Bell Centre. His other postseason tallies came as a member of the Bruins, Kings, Penguins, Senators and Canucks. 2
-Players with whom Smolinski shares that playoff record, including Doug Gilmour (St. Louis, Calgary, Toronto, New Jersey, Buffalo and Montreal) and Mike Sillinger (Detroit, Philadelphia, Florida, St. Louis, Nashville and New York Islanders). Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com