WE’LL CLOSE WITH yet another Montreal legend. Geoffrion was one of the first to pull off back-to-back rookie playoffs, so maybe we should give him some credit for starting the whole trend.
The first came in 1951, after the man who’d be credited with inventing the slapshot had made his regular season debut by appearing in 18 games. Geoffrion then suited up for all 11 of Montreal’s playoff games, as the team reached the Stanley Cup final before losing to the Maple Leafs. The following season, Geoffrion hit the 30-goal mark while winning the Calder Trophy, then followed that up with his second rookie playoff run. This one went a lot like his first: 11 games played, a trip to the Cup final and a loss (this time to the Red Wings).
Surprisingly, ‘Boom Boom’ didn’t make much noise in either playoff appearance, scoring just four goals in 22 games over the two rookie post-seasons. But those would be among the last times he was quiet during a career in which he became the second player to score 50 goals in a season, won a Hart Trophy and led the playoffs in goal-scoring twice.