The year that was...

Sunday, 08.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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The year that was...
Big performances highlight 2006-07 season for Habs


Sheldon Souray and Saku Koivu and Christopher Higgins each made their mark on the 2006-07 season.

MONTREAL - In what proved to be a rollercoaster season for the Canadiens, there were certainly more highs than lows. Here are a few numbers that show why.

75 Career-high number of points put up by Saku Koivu this season, shattering his previous best of 71 set in 2002-03. Koivu's total was the highest by a Hab since former captain Vincent Damphousse exploded for 81 points in 1996-97.

30 Goals scored by Michel Ryder in 2006-07 to lead the Canadiens in scoring for the second straight season. Ryder also became the first Hab to notch 30 or more goals in consecutive campaigns for Montreal since Mark Recchi turned the trick in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

19 Number of power-play goals scored by Sheldon Souray to shatter the previous NHL record for defensemen co-held by Denis Potvin and Adrian Aucoin. Souray also fell just one goal shy of Yvan Cournoyer's team record of 20 set by the Roadrunner in 1967-68.

43 Career-high number of assists amassed by Andrei Markov this season, marking the highest total by a Canadiens defenseman since Chris Chelios piled up 58 helpers in 1988-89.

6 Number of Canadiens who set new career highs in 2006-07: Koivu, Markov, Souray, Mike Komisarek, Tomas Plekanec and Mark Streit.

248 Number of hits thrown by Mike Komisarek this season, placing the 6-foot-4, 241-pounder second on the NHL's hit list among defenseman behind only league-leader Sean Hill of the New York Islanders.

35 Number of points piled up by Tomas Plekanec since Jan. 1. After amassing a modest 12 points in his first 39 games of 2006-07, Plekanec exploded in the New Year with 17 and 18 assists the rest of the way.

16 Number of goals scored by 19-year-old Guillaume Latendresse in his first NHL season, the highest total of any Canadiens teenager since 19-year-old Stephane Richer notched 21 goals in 1985-86 and 18-year-old Mario Tremblay scored 21 of his own in 1974-75.

3 Number of shorthanded goals scored by Christopher Higgins in 2006-07, marking the second straight season Higgins has led the team in that category. The last Habs' player to lead the team in SHG in consecutive seasons was Martin Rucinsky who did so in both 1996-97 and 1997-98.

10 Victories registered by Jaroslav Halak to become the first Habs rookie to reach double digits in wins since freshman Patrick Roy went 23-18-3 in 1985-86.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com