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Numbers Game: Coyotes @ Canadiens

A numerical look at Thursday night's game between the Canadiens and the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Thursday night's game between the Canadiens and the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre.

221 - In making his Canadiens debut on Thursday night, Nicolas Deslauriers took part in his first NHL game in 221 days, with his previous appearance coming all the way back on April 9 when he was still a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

5 - After Carey Price, Al Montoya, Charlie Lindgren and Zach Fucale, Antti Niemi become the fifth goaltender to suit up for the Canadiens during the 2017-18 campaign. He served as Lindgren's backup against the Coyotes.

1 - Former Habs defensemen Joel Hanley went up against the Canadiens for the first time on Thursday night. It was also his first game with the Coyotes this season after beginning the year in the AHL.

8 - Brendan Gallagher scored his eighth goal of the season on Thursday night, giving the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 10:48 of the first period. That put Gallagher ahead of captain Max Pacioretty for the team lead in that department.

Video: ARI@MTL: Gallagher dekes to tally slick backhander

10 - Jonathan Drouin became the first Canadiens player to reach the double-digit mark in assists on the year on Thursday night when he picked up the secondary helper on Paul Byron's marker that put Claude Julien's troops up 2-0 at the 13:56 mark of the opening frame.

Video: ARI@MTL: Byron scores off Galchenyuk's great feed

19 - Number of times Deslauriers has dropped the gloves over the course of his NHL career, adding to that tally on Thursday night by going toe-to-toe with Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo early in the second period.

50 - Percent of Joe Morrow's career NHL goals that have come against the Coyotes after the 24-year-old defenseman beat netminder Antti Raanta late in the second period to put the Canadiens up 3-2. Two of Morrow's four career markers have come against Arizona.

Video: ARI@MTL: Morrow finds twine with slick one-timer

941 - Tomas Plekanec elected to drop the gloves for the very first time during the 941st game of his NHL career, taking on forward Brad Richardson as time expired in the second period on Thursday night.

14 - Spot Plekanec now occupies on the Canadiens' all-time points list alongside Claude Provost with 589 points after picking up two assists on Thursday night against Arizona.

Video: ARI@MTL: Weber scores off late face-off

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