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Numbers Game: Maple Leafs @ Canadiens

A numerical look at Saturday night's game against the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Saturday night's game against the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

13 - Number of consecutive starts Carey Price made between the pipes before Charlie Lindgren was given the nod on Saturday night to close out the 2018-19 campaign for the Canadiens. It marked Lindgren's first taste of game action since March 9 when he was still plying his trade with the AHL's Laval Rocket. Lindgren was recalled from Joel Bouchard's contingent on March 11 and remained with the big club going forward.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Votre partant ce soir.Tonight���s starter. #GoHabsGo

107 - Number of games young gun Ryan Poehling played during his three seasons at St. Cloud State University before electing to sign a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens last Sunday. The 20-year-old Lakeville, MN native made his NHL debut against the Maple Leafs, centering a line with Nicolas Deslauriers and Jordan Weal.

11:39 - Mark of the opening frame when Poehling scored his first career NHL goal, converting a feed from Jordan Weal in tight on Maple Leafs starter Frederik Andersen. Deslauriers picked up the secondary assist on the special tally that cut Toronto's lead to 2-1 through 20 minutes of play. Poehling is the first Hab to score in his first NHL game since Nikita Scherbak accomplished the feat on January 7, 2017 against the Maple Leafs.

Video: TOR@MTL: Poehling jams home first goal of NHL career

3 - According to TSN's StatsCentre, Poehling is just the third American-born Hab over the last 30 seasons to score during his NHL debut. The others include John LeClair (Mar 9, 1991 vs. VAN) and Max Pacioretty (Jan 2, 2009 vs. NJD).

Tweet from @StatsCentre: Ryan Poehling is the 3rd US-born @CanadiensMTL player in the last 30 seasons to record a goal in their NHL debut. Others: John LeClair (Mar 9, 1991 vs VAN), Max Pacioretty (Jan 2, 2009 vs NJD)

5 - With his goal at the 2:56 mark of the second period, Poehling became just the fifth Canadiens player to register a multi-goal game in his NHL debut, joining Joe Malone (1917), Aurel Joliat (1922), Alex Smart (1943) and John Ferguson (1963). 

Video: TOR@MTL: Poehling buries rebound for second goal

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Ryan Poehling is the fifth @CanadiensMTL player to tally a multi-goal game in his NHL debut. The others:Joe Malone (5-0���5 on Dec. 19, 1917)Alex Smart (3-1���4 on Jan. 14, 1943)John Ferguson (2-1���3 on Oct. 8, 1963)Aurel Joliat (2-0���2 on Dec. 16, 1922)#NHLStats #HockeyNight

21 - With a goal and an assist on Saturday night, Weal matched his career-high of 21 points in a single season which he set last year as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. The 26-year-old forward has 10 points with the Canadiens (4 goals, 6 assists), nine points with the Flyers (3 goals, 6 assists) and two points with the Arizona Coyotes (1 goal, 1 assist) on the year.

Video: TOR@MTL: Weal punches home Armia's pass for PPG

53 - With an assist on Weal's power play marker in the middle frame, Jonathan Drouin matched his career-high of 53 points which he set during the 2016-17 campaign as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Drouin has 18 goals and 35 assists in his second season with the Canadiens.

30 - Artturi Lehkonen's assist on Andrew Shaw's 19th goal of the season enabled the 23-year-old Finn to reach the 30-point plateau for the first time in his NHL career. 

Video: TOR@MTL: Domi sets up Shaw for one-time tally

2:31 - Time remaining in regulation when Poehling completed his first career hat trick to tie things up 5-5, beating Andersen with a wicked wrister upstairs to the delight of the Bell Centre faithful. It's the fifth hat trick a Habs player registered this season. Poehling joins Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher, Shaw and Joel Armia in that regard.

Tweet from @StatsCentre: Ryan Poehling joins Alex Smart (Jan 14, 1943 vs CHI) as the only @CanadiensMTL rookies (by modern standards, ie under age 26) to record a hat trick in their debut NHL game

96 - With Poehling's shootout winner, the Canadiens completed their season with 96 points, a 25-point improvement over last year.

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