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Grand moments

April 4th, 1979
On April 4, 1979, Ken Dryden and the Canadiens faced off against the Detroit Red Wings at the Forum, with the netminder needing only one more victory to put another 30-win campaign into the books.

The line of Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt and Jacques Lemaire made sure Dryden didn’t have to go without offensive support, combining for four goals and five assists as Lemaire recorded the final hat trick of his career.

At the other end of the ice, Dryden alternated between making saves and assuming his trademark resting pose, blocking 20 of the 21 shots he faced en route to the 258th and final regular season win of his career.

With the Canadiens taking the evening 4-1, Dryden had won 30 or more games in each of his first seven NHL seasons. Only Chicago’s Tony Esposito had previously enjoyed the same level of success, between 1969-70 and 1975-76.

Since then, no other goaltender has been as effective for as long to begin their NHL career. Only Patrick Roy (8) and Martin Brodeur (13) have put more 30-game win seasons into the league record books.