MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at Saturday's game between the Habs and Blue Jackets in Montreal.
– Time, in minutes, it took the Blue Jackets to register their first shot on goal on Saturday night. The Habs in comparison had already fired five, including one which beat Curtis McElhinney 2:29 into the first, before the Jackets tested Carey Price for the first time at the tail end of a Columbus power play.
15 – Number of multipoint games for Max Pacioretty this season, tops among his teammates. The Habs multitasking sniper locked up his most recent multipoint outing with a pair of first period goals on Saturday, also good for his team-leading fourth multigoal game of the year.
3 – Number of games through the 11 in February so far in which Pacioretty has not picked up at least one point. His two goals on Saturday improved his February points haul to 12 (6G-6A-12PTS).
2 – Number of times Jarred Tinordi has dropped the gloves this week in his two games since being called up from Hamilton on Wednesday. After going toe to toe with Florida’s Alex Petrovic on Thursday, the six-foot-six, 225-pound defenseman next challenged Columbus heavyweight Jared Boll to put up his dukes, suggesting the two had less in common than their first names let on.
371 – Number of career assists for Andrei Markov after the veteran rearguard set up Pacioretty’s first period one-timer. Markov is now tied with Doug Harvey for 12th all-time among Canadiens defensemen.
0 – Number of regulation losses the Habs have suffered on home ice through 12 Saturday night games at the Bell Centre this season. Already ranked third-overall in the NHL for home wins in 2014-15, the Habs are an even more impressive 10-0-2 when staying in on Saturdays.
3.07 – Average number of goals allowed per game by the Blue Jackets this season, ranking them 26th league-wide. The Habs took Columbus up on that stat on Saturday night, scoring at least three goals for the first time since a 4-3 overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers on February 12.
23 – Number of days in advance the Habs were in crossing the 80-plus points plateau in comparison to a season ago. The Habs picked up their 80th and 81st points in the standings following Saturday’s win against Columbus, after previously taking until March 16, 2014 to match that total a year ago.
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