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The legend of Dryden

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Words don't quite do Ken Dryden's brilliant career justice. Here are a few numbers that could do the trick.

Number of combined NHL games ultimately played by Guy Allen and Paul Reid, the two draft picks sent to the Bruins by the Canadiens in exchange for Dryden on June 28, 1964.

Number of times Dryden registered consecutive shutouts. He blanked the Canucks (5-0) and Flyers (4-0) from March 4-5, 1972, before doing the same by whitewashing the Capitals 6-0 on Dec. 29, 1975 and 7-0 on Jan. 3, 1976.

Number of Stanley Cups won by Dryden over the course of his eight year career, tying him with Jacques Plante for the NHL record for Cups won by a goalie.

Length in games of Dryden's longest unbeaten streak of his career when he went over two months without losing a game (16-0-4). In 1977-78, Dryden's incredible run began with a 2-0 victory on Dec. 18 and stretched all the way to a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Flames on Feb. 23.

Number of regular season wins by Dryden in 1975-76, tying Jacques Plante for the club record which still stands today.

Number of Dryden's career regular season shutouts, placing him third on the all-time Canadiens list behind only Jacques Plante (58) and George Hainsworth (75).

Number of games Dryden played to start his NHL career before finally losing two straight games. His amazing run began with a 5-1 win over the Penguins on March 14, 1971 in his NHL debut and lasted five years through March 24, 1976.

Dryden's career playoff winning percentage, thanks to his incredible 80-32 postseason record across 21 playoff series.
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