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Numbers Game: Canadiens @ Golden Knights

A numerical look at Saturday afternoon's game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

LAS VEGAS - Here's a numerical look at Saturday afternoon's game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

2 - Number of lineup changes head coach Claude Julien elected to make for Saturday afternoon's tilt in Sin City. Up front, Nicolas Deslauriers returned after missing the last five games as a healthy scratch. He took Charles Hudon's spot. On the back end, Brett Kulak was back on duty after watching the last two games from the press box. He replaced David Schlemko, who isn't fully healthy, according to the Habs' bench boss.

11 - Phillip Danault snapped an 11-game goal drought early in the opening frame on Saturday afternoon, beating Golden Knights starter Marc-Andre Fleury with a blast from the slot to give the Canadiens a 1-0 advantage. It was Danault's third goal of the season and his first since November 27 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar collected the assists on the play.

Video: MTL@VGK: Danault puts Montreal on the board first

6 - Tatar had gone six straight games without a point before picking up a helper on Danault's tally. It was his 13th assist of the season. The 28-year-old Slovak made his return to T-Mobile Arena for the first time since being acquired by the Habs over the summer. He played 20 reglaur season games and eight playoff games with Vegas last year after coming over from Detroit in February.

17 - Number of shots the Canadiens peppered Fleury with during the first period alone on Saturday afternoon as they did everything in their power to get off to a good start in their lone regular season visit to Las Vegas. The Knights managed to generate just nine shots on Carey Price, but the two teams still skated to their respective dressing rooms tied 1-1 through 20 minutes of play.

3 - Number of multi-goal games Danault has registered over the course of his career, adding another one to his resume on Saturday afternoon when he tipped a Jordie Benn point shot past Fleury to tie things up 2-2 at the 8:10 mark of the middle frame. It was the 25-year-old centerman's first multi-goal effort since October 28, 2017 against the New York Rangers. Gallagher picked up his second assist of the game on the play.

Video: MTL@VGK: Danault deflects home his second goal

5 - Number of times so far this season that defenseman Jeff Petry has registered at least five shots on goal in a single contest, doing so once again on Saturday afternoon against the Golden Knights. Petry finished the contest with six shots on Fleury.

5 - Number of full days that will elapse until the Canadiens play again as they officially begin their Christmas break. Julien's contingent will be back in action on Friday, Deceber 28 in Sunrise to battle the Florida Panthers, before making their way to Tampa (December 29) and Dallas (December 31) to close out their stretch of six straight road games.

1 - Danault went on to regsiter his first career hat trick, scoring the game-tying goal with 1:25 remaining in regulation time to send the game to OT. Max Domi and Tatar collected the assists on the tally.

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