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The Numbers Game - April 14, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BOSTON -- Here's a numerical look at Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup between the Habs and the Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday night.

33 – Number of times the Canadiens and Bruins have faced off in the playoffs, more times than any other two teams in North American professional sports.

Brian Gionta's first of two goals on Thursday night
24 – Number of Bruins-Habs playoff series won by the Canadiens out of a possible 32 to date.

30 – Number of playoff goals scored by Habs captain Brian Gionta in his nine-year NHL career, opening up the series scoring early in the first period on Thursday night.

3 – Number of Canadiens who got their first taste of NHL playoff hockey on Thursday night, namely rookie forwards David Desharnais, Lars Eller and Ryan White.

7 – Number of hits dished out by White in his first playoff game, including five in the first period alone.

19– Number of shots blocked by the Canadiens in the outing, including 4 by 2010 Stanley Cup champ Brent Sopel.

33 – Number of games won by the Canadiens after getting on the board first in 2010-11, posting their first playoff win of 2011 after opening the scoring in Game 1.

4 – Number of times in 13 opportunities that the Canadiens have opened a series with a win in Boston.

1,088 – Number of days since Carey Price’s last shutout in the postseason, doing so on Thursday night for the first time since posting a 25-save performance against the Bruins on April 21, 2008.

18 – Number of times the Habs have blanked the Bruins in a playoff game, with Price now accounting for three of those whitewashes.

27 – Number of times in the 32 lifetime playoff series between the Habs and Bruins that the team that won Game 1 also ended up winning the series.

Postgame comments: Sopel | Darche | Price | Gionta
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