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The Numbers Game - Feb. 4, 2012

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here’s a numerical look at the game between the Canadiens and the Capitals at the Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon.

2 – Number of times over the past two year in which Carey Price didn’t win the Molson Cup, with Max Pacioretty taking the honors for January of this season, and Tomas Plekanec doing the same for January of 2010-11.

8 – Including Saturday afternoon’s game against the Capitals, number of times Peter Budaj has started in nets for the Habs this season, posting a .910 save percentage leading up to today’s match-up.

3 – Number of games Alex Ovechkin spent out of the Capitals’ lineup before making his return to action Saturday afternoon against the Canadiens. The Great 8’s last Bell Centre appearance came on Jan. 18 when he logged a goal in the Caps’ win.

8 – Number of penalty shots faced by Peter Budaj over the course of his career, making his third penalty shot save Saturday afternoon against Troy Brouwer in the second period, before allowing a goal on Alexander Semin's attempt in the third frame.

66 – Number of days that have elapsed since Aaron Palushaj last hit the ice for the Canadiens, with the right winger making his last appearance on Dec. 1 versus the San Jose Sharks, before playing 8:20 against the Capitals Saturday afternoon.

4 – Number of consecutive victories notched by the Canadiens on Saturdays before the Super Bowl, before having their streak broken by the Caps.

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