Gainey in numbers
8 -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.
0 - 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.
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4 - 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