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Numbers Game: Lightning @ Canadiens

A numerical look at Tuesday night's game against the Lightning at the Bell Centre

by Dan Braverman and Pierre-Antoine Mercier @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Tuesday night's game against the Lightning at the Bell Centre.

3 - In beating the Lightning, the Habs helped prevent Tampa Bay from making history. The Lightning were just three wins shy of setting a new League record for most wins in a season by one team. The current high mark is 62 wins, set in 1995-96 by the Detroit Red Wings. Tampa Bay only has two games remaining on the schedule and after losing on Tuesday, their win total remains stuck at 60. The Lightning still became one of just three teams to hit that 60-win plateau when they beat the Senators on Monday night, joining those 1995-96 Red Wings along with the 1976-77 Canadiens, who finished with a 60-8-12 record and 132 points en route to their 20th Stanley Cup championship.

12:11 - The Lightning may have scored first, but the Canadiens took over the play after ceding the first tally to their guests. Montreal did not allow Tampa Bay any more shots until the 14:39 mark, 12:11 after Steven Stamkos opened the scoring 2:28 into play. The Habs outshot the Bolts 19-7 in the first period.

1 - Nate Thompson has come in and done a lot of things since joining the Canadiens on February 11, but one thing he had not yet done is score a goal in bleu-blanc-rouge - until tonight. Thompson waited patiently in the slot for a feed from Paul Byron and wired it past Lightning starter Edward Pasquale to tie things up later in the first. It was Thompson's fifth of the season and the 58th of his career.

Video: TBL@MTL: Thompson buries shot from slot

21 - With an assist on Thompson's tally, defenseman Jordie Benn set a new personal high with his 21st point of the season, beating the previous high he had set in 2013-14 with the Dallas Stars. He added a second assist on Max Domi's third-period goal. In 79 games this season, Benn has five goals and 17 assists. His next assist would set a new career high in that category, too.

13 - We know, we know, there have been a lot of career highs this season. But even if we didn't want to talk about Joel Armia setting a new personal best with his 13th of the season - and we do - we'd have something to say about this goal he scored to tie the game at 2-2 after Cedric Paquette gave the Lightning another lead in the second period. Armia scored in consecutive games after tallying against his former team on Saturday in Winnipeg. He also has eight assists for 21 points this season in Montreal.

Video: TBL@MTL: Armia banks in shot off Pasquale

4 - Phillip Danault earned an assist on Armia's goal, bringing his total number of helpers this season to 40. It was the fourth straight game in which the Victoriaville native has earned a point. Danault also has 12 goals for 52 points this season.

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