winger, who scored a hat trick in Vancouver on Wednesday, and former Hab Michael Ryder share a lot more than jersey number 73

Every time I see Tyler Toffoli on the ice with the Canadiens, I think for a brief second that he is Michael Ryder

The two players have a lot in common Toffoli’s 6-foot and 198 pounds, while Ryder was listed as 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds when he played for the Canadiens from 2003 to 2008. Ryder returned for the 2012–13 season returned to Montreal after helping the Boston Bruins win the 2011 Stanley Cup and then spending two seasons with the Dallas Stars

Toffoli and Ryder both shoot properly and can – many of them – score goals if a nasty shot is triggered quickly

Toffoli’s first goal as a Canadian in the 6-5 loss to the Canucks in Vancouver on Wednesday night was a goalscorer’s goal when he broke alone against goalkeeper Braden Holtby after a beautiful pass from Jesperi Kotkaniemi and shot a quick shot to the Glove side coming in from the post it sounded like one of the many goals my teenage son scores against me kicking my butt and playing the NHL 21 video game he got for Christmas

Toffoli scored two more goals for his fourth NHL hat trick of his career after joining the Canadiens as a free agent in the off-season

The main thing that makes me think Toffoli is Ryder is that he wears the same no 73 Toffoli is only the third player in Canadian history to wear that number – I’ll let you know who a little later the other was

Toffoli wore No. 16 with the Junior Ottawa 67s, who scored a total of 52-48-100 in 65 games in his fourth and final 2011/12 season, after scoring 52-48-100 in the second round (47 Overall Round) of the 2010 NHL Draft was selected by the Los Angeles Kings

When Toffoli joined the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs for the 2012-13 season, he wore the No. 26 and was named League Rookie of the Year after hitting 28-23-51 totals in 58 games when he was himself Joining the Kings for their final 10 games that season, Toffoli was awarded the No. 73

The next season, Toffoli helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup while playing on what was known as the “That ’70s Line” since Toffoli and linemates Tanner Pearson, 70 and Jeff Carter, 77, in the 70s Years had all the numbers.After that, Toffoli decided, No. 73 The only other player in the history of kings, No. 1 carried 73 was striker John Zeiler in the 2007-08 season. When Toffoli was transferred to Vancouver for last season’s NHL close of trading, he became the first player in Canucks history to wear the number 1 73

Claude Julien coached Ryder for the right winger’s first two seasons with the Canadiens and again with the Boston Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011 Ryder wore his No.73 Ryder had two consecutive 30-goal seasons with the Canadiens in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and had a career high of 35 goals with the Stars in 2011/12. Toffoli had a career high of 35 with the Kings in 2015-16 31 goals

During a video conference Thursday afternoon from Vancouver, I asked Julien if Toffoli reminded him of Ryder

“It’s funny you say this because you weren’t the first person to point it out to me,” said the Canadiens head coach. “Somebody else said that and I don’t remember who said that but: “You know, does he remind you a bit of Michael Ryder? “Yeah, there are some similarities. Obviously he’s got a dangerous shot and every time the puck is on his stick there’s a good chance he’ll get a chance to score. So there is a bit of a resemblance”

When the Stars traded Ryder for the Canadiens in the 2012/13 season, Brendan Gallagher became one of his teammates. I also asked Gallagher Thursday if he saw any resemblance to Ryder

“They’re definitely very similar,” Gallagher said. “The way they play the game, even their skating stride, their shots It’s kind of scary I definitely see the similarities”

That brings us back to the third player, the No. 1 carries 73 for the Canadians – and it’s a good quiz question to ask your friends

Gallagher carried No. 11 in junior with the Vancouver Giants and remains the all-time all-time scorer with 136-144-280 in 244 games when he first joined the Canadiens for the 2012-13 season after being in fifth Round (total 147) of the 2010 NHL draft, Gallagher was awarded the number 73 and became the first player in franchise history to wear it

When Ryder returned to the Canadiens, Gallagher gave him # 73 and wore # 11 again, which became available after Scott Gomez left the team

“I’ve carried my whole career and that’s nice of him to do that,” Ryder said at the time, “I’ll probably give him something”

Gallagher said at the time that it wasn’t a big deal and he was glad to go back to no 11

“It’s not that 73 meant that much to me,” said Gallagher after switching numbers. “I’m just sorry for the three people who bought (No) 73 Gallagher jerseys”

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