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The Numbers Game: February 9, 2016

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Here's a numerical look at Tuesday night's game against the Lightning in Montreal.

2:51 – Time elapsed in the opening frame before defenseman Nathan Beaulieu made his presence felt in his return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the last two games. Beaulieu dropped the gloves with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette to get the contest started on a high note and bring out some raw emotion, too.

50 – Percentage of the Canadiens’ total fights during the 2015-16 campaign that Beaulieu has been involved in, getting into a tussle on three occasions out of the six times one of Michel Therrien’s troops has elected to go toe-to-toe with an opponent. Beaulieu leads the Canadiens in fighting majors on the year, two bouts clear of both P.K. Subban and Torrey Mitchell. Former Habs rearguard Jarred Tinordi has the other.

8 – Number of times veteran Tomas Plekanec has hit the 40-point plateau over the course of his NHL career, accomplishing the feat once again on Tuesday night by picking up an assist on Brendan Gallagher’s 14th goal of the season just under six minutes into the opening frame.

30 – Number of assists Plekanec has amassed in 2015-16, reaching that particular mark in a single season for the sixth time in his career since debuting with the CH back in 2003-04.

8 – Number of points Plekanec has amassed over the last four games (3G - 5A), adding to that tally with the helper in the first period and a goal in the second and third frame.

8 – Number of multi-point games the Czech centerman has amassed so far this season, moving him into a tie with P.K. Subban for second spot on the team. Max Pacioretty leads the way in that department, having registered multi-point efforts nine times on the year.

18 – Number of hits the Canadiens dished out during the first period alone on Tuesday night as they tried to give Jon Cooper’s squad all they could handle during the opening 20 minutes of play. Seven players amassed at least two hits each, with Pacioretty leading the way with three.

7 – Number of consecutive games in which P.K. Subban has registered at least one point, adding to that tally by picking up an assist on Devante Smith-Pelly’s tally late in the second period on Tuesday night. That’s a new career-high for the Norris Trophy rearguard, who has amassed 10 points during that span.

4 – Number of victories Ben Scrivens has registered over the Tampa Bay Lightning during his NHL career – including Tuesday night’s win in Montreal – the most he’s managed to string together against any club league-wide.

1,028 – Number of days that have elapsed since the Canadiens last managed to best the Tampa Bay Lightning in regular season play in Montreal, before earning the all-important win on Tuesday night. Prior to their latest triumph on home ice, the Canadiens hadn't defeated the Florida-based franchise at the Bell Centre since April 18, 2013.

- canadiens.com

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