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SAKU KOIVU IS POISED TO JOIN ELMER LACH AS THE 10TH ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER IN FRANCHISE HISTORY.MONTREAL | December 8th, 2008
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The next step for the playmaking center: Elmer Lach and his 623 points.
An integral member of the famous “Punch Line”, Lach played in 664 games for the Habs during his 14 seasons in Montreal. Playing alongside some of the most prolific scorers the game has ever seen, Lach needed 100 fewer games than Koivu to break the 600-point benchmark.
In less than two seasons, Koivu has managed to catapult over seven of the greatest players in team history. From the opening faceoff in the 2007-08 campaign, the Finnish star surpassed Guy Carbonneau (547), Peter Mahovlich (569), Guy Lapointe (572), Mario Tremblay (584), Claude Provost (589), Dickie Moore (594) and most recently, Naslund (612).
In addition to becoming the first European in the Habs’ top 10 scorers list, Koivu can also make history as the first of his generation to hit the milestone. The 13-year NHL veteran would be the only member of the illustrious top 10 to have been drafted post-1990.
Once he powers past Lach, Koivu will set his sights on the imposing record set by the late “Boom Boom” Geoffrion. The man who perfected the slap shot has 759 points to his credit – averaging close to a point-per-game with the Canadiens – including 371 goals in just 766 games.
Follow along as the captain continues to outscore Hall of Famers in his ascent to the top of the Canadiens franchise scoring charts.