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The Numbers Game: February 26, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

COLUMBUS – Here's a numerical look at Thursday's game between the Habs and the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

130 – Number of games Devante Smith-Pelly has taken part in over the course of his NHL career, including Thursday night’s tilt in Columbus. The 22-year-old made his Canadiens debut after being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks earlier in the week in exchange for Jiri Sekac.

1:45 – Time that elapsed in the opening frame before Devante Smith-Pelly registered his first career shot on goal with the Canadiens, a snapper that was ultimately stopped by Blue Jackets netminder Curtis McElhinney. Sporting No. 21, Smith-Pelly began the game on a line with Brandon Prust and Jacob De La Rose.

4:25 – Time it took for the Canadiens and the Blue Jackets to score a combined three goals during the first period on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. After P.K. Subban and Brandon Dubinsky lit the lamp for their respective clubs, Andrei Markov gave the Canadiens the lead once again at the 4:25 mark of the opening frame.

3 – Number of 30-goal seasons Max Pacioretty has recorded over the course of his NHL career, adding to that tally on Thursday night by finding the back of the net at the 14:36 mark of the first period for his 30th marker of the 2014-15 campaign.

5 – Number of goals Max Pacioretty has registered in three games against the Blue Jackets this season, including Thursday night’s tilt in Columbus. After scoring two goals in each of the two previous meetings against Columbus on January 14 and February 21, respectively, Pacioretty was back at it again in the Buckeye State.

8 – Number of players in Canadiens history who’ve hit the 30-goal mark on three occasions over the course of their respective careers in Montreal, with Max Pacioretty joining that group on Thursday night. Dickie Moore, Frank Mahovlich, Pierre Mondou, Mark Napier, Mats Naslund, Stephane Richer and Vincent Damphousse also accomplished the feat three times.

10 – Number of multi-point games P.K. Subban has registered during the 2014-15 campaign, reaching double-digits in that category by registering a goal and an assist during the first period alone on Thursday night. Subban now ranks second in that department, trailing only Max Pacioretty who has 15 multi-point games on the year.

1 – Appearing in his 12th game with the Canadiens, Jacob De La Rose scored the first goal of his NHL career, re-directing a Brandon Prust shot past Curtis McElhinney to give Michel Therrien's troops a 4-1 lead in the third period.


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