Joel Quenneville moves to 2nd on NHL win list with Blackhawks win over the Canadiens
MONTREAL – After he reached his 782nd victory as a coach in the National Hockey League, all he could talk about was the speed of it all.
A grateful Joel Quenneville remarked that his success in hockey as a coach, especially with the Blackhawks, seemed all happen so fast when he tied Al Arbour for the second most wins in the league’s history on Tuesday night with a win over the Predators.
In that spirit, Quenneville passed the former Islanders coach in a hurry as well.
Just 48 hours after tying Arbour the coach picked up his 783rd victory in Montreal as the Blackhawks beat the Canadiens 2-1 at the Bell Centre. It’s the ninth-consecutive victory for the Blackhawks who still have yet to lose in 2016.
Thursday’s win was the 345th for Quenneville since joining the Blackhawks early in the 2008-2009 season. He won 307 games in his eight seasons with St. Louis and 131 in three years with the Avalanche.
Quick scoring helped the Blackhawks get the milestone for their coach as Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt scored the team’s only goals of the game in the first period. Corey Crawford allowed one goal in the middle of those Chicago tallies but wouldn’t allow another the rest of the night as he collected 39 saves for his 25th victory of the season.
Those efforts helped the Blackhawks tie the Dallas Stars for first place in the Central Division, a great achievement considering they trailed by 13 points in December.
As for Quenneville, he’s got a ways to go to get first place in the NHL’s All-Time coaching list. Right now he trails Scotty Bowman who finished his distinguished career with 1,244 wins.