The Numbers Game - Feb. 23, 2008
11-Number of members of the Stanley Cup-winning 1986 Canadiens who were on hand to help celebrate Gainey’s jersey retirement, including Sergio Momesso, Serge Boisvert, Brian Skrudland, Ryan Walter, Lucien Deblois, David Maley, Mike Lalor, Chris Nilan, Mats Naslund, head coach Jean Perron and of course Guy Carbonneau.
0-Number of people who could’ve predicted Gainey would have dressed in full equipment to celebrate his big night.
6-Following his on-ice performance on Saturday night, number of desperate teams now interested in Bob’s services as a player with the NHL trade deadline now only a few short days away.
5-Approximate length in minutes of the standing ovation given to Bob upon his dramatic introduction to a capacity Bell Centre crowd.
18-Years since Gainey was in front of his fans on skates.
23-The number worn by every single player on both sides during Gainey’s ceremony in a classy gesture by the Blue Jackets, spearheaded by Ken Hitchcock. The Columbus bench boss did after all win a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars along with Gainey in the spring of 1999.
4-Number of players from both the Blue Jackets and Canadiens who were on the ice on Saturday night and born when Gainey played his first NHL game in the fall of 1973. (Alex Kovalev, Bryan Smolinski, Sergei Fedorov, and Adam Foote).
5-Number of wins registered by the Canadiens on a retired jersey night. Montreal is now 5-5-2 dating back to Maurice “Rocket” Richard Night back on Oct. 6, 1960.
2-Number of all-time victories notched against the Canadiens in Montreal by Columbus since the Blue Jackets joined the NHL as an expansion team in 2000-01.
5-Game-high number of hits thrown by Steve Begin who made his return after missing one game with a pulled groin.
24:04-Season-high ice-time logged by Kovalev against the Blue Jackets.
9-NHL-leading number of shutouts recorded by Pascal Leclaire, who was snubbed from the NHL All-Star Game last month in Atlanta.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com