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The Numbers Game - Dec. 4, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Here’s a numerical look at the battle between the Canadiens and the Rangers on the Habs’ 99th birthday, Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

40 - Combined Stanley Cup rings won by the 11 legends involved in the pre-game ceremony celebrating the rivalry between the Habs and Rangers.

9 - Consecutive goals scored by the Canadiens against the Rangers from their historic comeback from a 5-0 deficit on February 19, 2008, until Markus Naslund beat Carey Price in the second period.

7 - Games Alex Tanguay was held pointless until he beat Henrik Lundqvist in the first period.

13 - Games in a Canadiens uniform needed by Georges Laraque to register his first points as a Hab. Laraque toasted the occasion by having his first two-point night since March 27, 2008, when he turned the trick as a Penguin against the Islanders.

6 - Points amassed by the line of Laraque, Steve Begin and Maxim Lapierre.

1 - Gordie Howe hat tricks now notched by Lapierre, who scored a goal to go along with an assist and a fight against the Rangers.

.721 - The Canadiens’ point percentage against the Rangers on home ice over the course of their 82-year rivalry with New York.
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