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Numbers Game: Canadiens @ Sabres

The first game of the Canadiens' season by the numbers

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL /

Quick hits, stats, and facts from the season opening win in Buffalo.

3 - Number of players who have suited up for the Canadiens at a younger age than Mikhail Sergachev's 18 years and 110 days, making Sergachev the fourth-youngest Hab to play for the team in franchise history after Claude Lemieux (18 years, 89 days), Mario Tremblay (18 years, 72 days), and Olivier Michaud (18 years, 46 days).

6 - Number of players suiting up for their first regular season games as members of the Canadiens organization on Thursday night, including Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw, Al Montoya, Alexander Radulov, Artturi Lehkonen, and Sergachev.

Video: MTL@BUF: Gallagher fires wrister in off post

8:43 - Amount of time needed by Brendan Gallagher to score the Canadiens' first goal of the 2016-17 campaign, beating Robin Lehner from a distance to get the Habs on the board in the opening frame.

7:45 - Amount of time needed by the Sabres to register their first shot on goal of the night, at the 7:45 mark, after the Habs had already thrown five shots Lehner's way.

5 - Number of goals scored by Torrey Mitchell - who played for the Sabres from 2013 to 2015 - at the KeyBank Center (formerly First Niagara Center) after driving hard to the net to put a Paul Byron rebound past Lehner in the first period.

164 - Number of goals Gallagher is now "on pace" for in 2016-17, after potting a pair in the season opener. 

Video: MTL@BUF: Montoya denies Kane's breakaway in 1st

30 - Number of shots stopped by Montoya in his Habs debut, kicking aside 30 of the 31 Sabres shots he faced in the outing.

18 - Number of times the Canadiens have won a season-opening game on the road in franchise history, now owning an 18-15-7 record in 40 road starts.


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