Monday, March 28, 2011

Henrik Sedin, Assist Consistency & Other Milestones

Last week, Henrik Sedin recorded his 70th assist of the season for the third time in his career. He is only the 16th player to notch 70 helpers at least three times, Gretzky leads with 16 such seasons. Some unexpected guys that never did this are Bobby Clarke, Ron Francis, Steve Yzerman and Joe Thornton. As well it is the fifth consecutive year in which Henrik has tallied at least 60 assists, joining an even more exclusive group. Only 13 players have done this, and only six of them have done it more times than Hank's five straight. Most Consecutive Seasons with at least 60 Assists

  • Wayne Gretzky, 13

  • Bobby Orr, 6

  • Guy Lafleur, 6

  • Peter Stastny, 6

  • Bernie Federko, 6

  • Adam Oates, 6

  • Joe Thornton, 5

  • Phil Esposito, 5

  • Doug Gilmour, 5

  • Bryan Trottier, 5

  • Ray Bourque, 5

  • Paul Coffey, 5

  • Henrik Sedin, 5

On Monday night, two other milestones were achieved. Teemu Selanne, with his third point of the game and 73rd of the season, assured himself of finishing with at least one point-per-game this year. He is only the third player 40 years or older to accomplish this joining Gordie Howe (103 pts in 68/69) and Johnny Bucyk (83 points in 75/76).

Also, Niklas Lidstrom scored his 15th goal for the ninth time in his career. Only seven other defensemen have scored 15 in that many seasons. Ray Bourque leads the pack with 18 seasons of 15 goals followed by Phil Housley with 13 and Denis Potvin with 12. Others are Al MacInnis, Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch and one name that may surprise. Reed Larson scored at least 15 goals in nine different seasons. Larson did it nine straight times (his first nine full years on top of that), only Bourque, Housley and Coffey can match that.

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