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The Numbers Game - February 8, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BOSTON - Here's a numerical look at Sunday's game between the Canadiens and Bruins at the TD Garden.

729 – Number of regular season games the Canadiens have played against the Boston Bruins in team history, the most games played between any two NHL rivals in league history. The Habs have come out on top 355 times during that span.

21 – Number of regular season victories goaltender Carey Price has registered against the Bruins over the course of his NHL career entering Sunday night’s tilt in Boston. Price has bested the Bruins more often than any other team. He’s also bested the Ottawa Senators 17 times and the Toronto Maple Leafs on 14 occasions.

41 – Number of points Tomas Plekanec has put up in 59 career regular season games against the Bruins entering Sunday night’s contest in Beantown, tops amongst all Habs players. Plekanec has beaten Bruins netminders 12 times, while adding 29 helpers along the way.

9 – Number of Canadiens players who registered at least one shot on goal during the opening period on Sunday night in Boston. Max Pacioretty was the lone player to fire more than a single shot in Tuukka Rask’s direction, adding another three shots to his resume as the Canadiens outshot the Bruins 11-7 through 20 minutes of play.

4 – Number of consecutive games in which David Desharnais has earned a spot on the scoresheet, picking up an assist on Dale Weise’s second-period tally that opened the scoring on Sunday night. The Habs centerman now has six assists and seven points in his last four outings.

4 – Number of assists Max Pacioretty has racked up over his last three games, collecting the other helper on Weise’s ninth goal of the 2014-15 campaign. Pacioretty now has 21 assists on the year, which ranks him third on the team in that category.

13 – Number of multi-point games Pacioretty has registered thus far this season, upping that tally with another two-point outing on Sunday night in Boston. In addition to the assist on Weise's goal, Pacioretty also scored his 24th goal of the season on a breakaway early in the third period.

78 – Number of shots the Canadiens registered over the weekend. After firing 44 shots on Keith Kinkaid on Saturday night against the Devils, the Canadiens fired 34 shots on Tuukka Rask.

6 – Number of consecutive victories (including playoffs) that the Canadiens have registered over the Boston Bruins, a streak which dates back to May 12, 2014 when Michel Therrien’s troops blanked Claude Julien’s contingent 4-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to level the series at three games apiece. Since then, the Canadiens are perfect against their Original Six rivals.

5 – Number of times the Canadiens have swept a set of back-to-back game thus far this season, adding to that tally by besting the Bruins and the New Jersey Devils over the weekend. The Habs have now wrapped up 12 of the 16 back-to-back sets on the year.

208 – Number of career wins Carey Price now boasts on his resume after besting the Bruins on Sunday night. That ties Price with Bill Durnan for fourth spot on the Canadiens' all-time wins list.


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