MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens' third meeting with the Rangers on Thursday at the Bell Centre.
1 - Noah Juulsen made his NHL debut on Thursday night. He skated for 17:14 on a pairing with Karl Alzner, finished with a plus-2 rating and registered 2 shots, a blocked shot, and four hits. The Canadiens' first-round pick (26th overall) in 2015, Juulsen has suited up for 31 games for the AHL's Laval Rocket this season, recoding a goal, five assists and a minus-9 differential.
600 - Alzner skated in his 600th consecutive contest. The 29-year-old rearguard last missed a game back on March 3, 2010, when he was still a member of the Washington Capitals. Alzner's streak is fourth-longest among active NHLers, behind Keith Yandle, Patrick Marleau, and Phil Kessel. The run is also 12th-longest in NHL history.
12.5 - There is a 12.5-year age difference between the two goalies who were on duty on Thursday night. On one hand, there was Antti Niemi, born on August 29, 1983, and on the other, Rangers rookie Alexandar Georgiev, whose birthday is February 10, 1996. The Moscow native is just 22 years old, and was making his first career NHL appearance.
4 - With his assist on Tomas Plekanec's first-period goal, Brendan Gallagher extended his points streak to four games. The 25-year-old has points in 12 of his last 15 contests, having racked up 13 (5G, 8A) in that span.
11 - Eleven different Canadiens players managed at least one shot on net in the first period. In all, the Habs tested Georgiev 13 times in the opening 20.
10 - Jeff Petry padded the Habs' lead in the second, completing a cross-ice feed from Charles Hudon to make it 2-0. The goal was his tenth of the season, making it the first time in his career that Petry has reached the plateau. The 30-year-old rearguard now has 43 career markers to his name.
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