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The Numbers Game - Dec. 2, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
NEWARK -- Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Devils match-up at the Prudential Center on Thursday night.

2 – Number of Giontas in the lineup at the Prudential Center on Thursday night, with Habs captain Brian Gionta facing off against younger brother – and Devils winger – Stephen, for the first time on NHL ice.

Highlights from the Canadiens-Devils game
11 – Number of seconds needed by Brian Gionta to open the scoring against his baby brother’s team, narrowly missing out on the team record for fastest goal by a mere two seconds.

10 – Number of times Martin Brodeur hasn’t been between the pipes for the Devils against the Canadiens since making his NHL debut in 1991-92, starting all 64 other games against the Habs in his career. 

98 – Number of seconds backup Devils netminder Johan Hedberg got to enjoy during a rare start against the Habs before getting the hook for allowing two goals on his first three shots. 

50 – Percentage of penalty shots Tomas Plekanec has cashed in on in his career, scoring on his first opportunity against Cam Ward on February 17, 2007 before being turned aside on his first-period attempt on Mike McKenna.
20 – Number of years since the Habs last won two-straight games in New Jersey, doing so most recently during the 1989-90 campaign. Jacques Martin’s troops won the first meeting in the Garden State in October before picking up another win at the Prudential Center on Thursday night.

6 – Game-high number of shots fired by Yannick Weber in the game, filling in for P.K. Subban on the point against the Devils.

28 – Number of games played by the Habs in New Jersey since they last scored five goals in a game, coming in a 6-5 loss on February 23, 1996.

150 – Number of NHL games played by Mathieu Darche throughout his career, finishing his big night with a plus-1 differential. 

4 – Number of points racked up by veteran blue-liner Roman Hamrlik in his last two games, notching his 602nd and 603rd career points and adding four blocked shots against the Devils.


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