Bulldogs Report – March 10, 2010
The Hamilton blue line has been getting more than its share of love this season, but it’s with good reason. After all, offense wins games but defense wins championships, right? The Bulldogs’ back end was at it again against the Chicago Wolves last Friday, setting two more major team records.
P.K. Subban was the first to make his way into the record books, pulling a “you-have-to-see-that-in-slow-motion” deke on a Wolves defenseman before joining forces with J.T. Wyman for a give-and-go goal. Subban’s marker, his 32nd of the season, gave him 45 points in 61 games so far on the campaign, setting a new single-season record for points by a defenseman with 16 games still left to play. The previous mark of 44 points was originally held by Subban’s teammate Yannick Weber (2008-09) and former Bulldog Sven Butenschon (2001-02).
With a plus-37 on the year thus far, Subban is also poised to shatter the current franchise plus-minus record of plus-38, previously set by Habs defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron in 2002-03.
After Subban did his thing, it was Andre Benoit’s turn to make some Bulldogs history of his own. By setting up Mike Glumac’s goal, Benoit brought his Bulldogs career point total to 86, slipping past all-time leader Dan Jancevski who held the previous mark of 85 points.
These two new records join another benchmark set earlier this season, with the Bulldogs’ goalies combining to register three consecutive shutouts for the first time in franchise history, for a record shutout string of 207:21.
With individual records come team records. Thanks to their win over the Marlies on Tuesday, the Bulldogs tied a team best with their ninth straight victory. Still on the record-breaking horizon is the all-time mark of 110 points, with Guy Boucher’s squad having already racked up 92 points with still 16 games to go.
AHL statisticians may want to consider putting away the white-out and just re-printing the current history books altogether when the Bulldogs’ record-setting campaign comes to a close.
Shauna Denis and Manny Almela are writers for canadiens.com.
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