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Numbers Game: Canadiens @ Sabres

Habs sweep four-game season series against Buffalo for the first time since 2013-14

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

BUFFALO -- Here's a numerical look at Friday's 3-0 shutout win against the Sabres.

211 -- Number of games Nicolas Deslauriers played with the Sabres between 2013-14 and 2016-17, his only previous NHL team. The 27-year-old was back in Buffalo for the first time since being traded to Montreal last October.

0.500 -- Win percentage for the Habs in back-to-back series so far this season (6W-6L). The Canadiens opened their penultimate back-to-back set in western New York on Friday, before heading home to face the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

Video: MTL@BUF: Lehkonen pots rebound past Ullmark

10 -- Number of goals for Artturi Lehkonen this season. Following a slow start to the year, the Finnish forward finally hit double-digit markers on Friday, in what's been a productive month of March. Lehkonen has potted half of his season tally with five goals since March 10.

5 -- Number of unanswered shots Antti Niemi faced over a busy 1:43 span near the end of the second period. The Finnish netminder made a number of acrobatic saves to keep the Sabres scoreless through 40.

Video: MTL@BUF: Niemi snags Pouliot's slap shot

66 -- Number of seconds of 5-on-3 the Canadiens killed off in the final period, to hold on to a slim 1-0 lead with 11 minutes to go in regulation.

2 -- Number of empty net goals scored by the Canadiens in the game's final moments.

1 -- Number of shutouts this season for Niemi. The 34-year-old made 35 saves to earn his first shutout of 2017-18, and the 36th of his career.

4 -- Number of games the Canadiens have won against the Sabres this season. With the 3-0 decision on Friday, the Habs completed a first four-game sweep of Buffalo since last doing the same during the 2013-14 season.

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