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The Numbers Game - Game #1 - May 1, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BOSTON - Here's a numerical look at Game 1 between the Habs and the Bruins on Thursday night at the TD Garden.

72.7 – All-time winning percentage (on a per series basis) owned by the Canadiens in postseason play against the Bruins, having come out on top in 24 of the 33 previous series contested between the two clubs. The 34 playoff series featuring Boston and Montreal is the most by any two opponents in all of North American pro sports.

100 – Number of playoff games contested by Brian Gionta over the course of his NHL career, including Thursday night’s tilt in Boston. The Canadiens captain, who won the Stanley Cup in 2002-03 as a member of the Devils, boasted 32 goals and 64 points entering Game 1 at TD Garden before adding an assist on Francis Bouillon's goal in the third period. He is in the midst of his 11th postseason appearance and fourth as a Hab.

11:23 – Time that elapsed in the first period on Thursday night before defenseman P.K. Subban registered the first goal of Round 2 of the NHL playoffs. Subban’s first tally of the postseason – a power play marker – was his sixth career playoff goal.

4 – Number of consecutive games in which P.K. Subban has registered at least a point for the Canadiens, extending that streak by striking with the game’s opening goal on Thursday night at TD Garden. Subban now sits tied for the lead team lead with six points (1G, 5A) during the 2014 playoffs.

3 – Number of consecutive playoff tilts against the Bruins in which Tomas Plekanec has registered at least a point. The Czech centerman picked up points when the two clubs last met on Apr. 26 and Apr. 27, 2011 before collecting an assist on Subban’s first period goal.

100 – Percentage of games during the 2014 playoffs in which Lars Eller has amassed at least a point, keeping that streak going on Thursday night by picking up an assist on Rene Bourque’s goal in the second period. Eller now boasts six points in five playoff games, in addition to collecting nine points in his last seven games, regular season and playoffs combined.

43 – Number of hits dished out by Michel Therrien’s troops on the road during the 2014 playoffs entering Thursday night’s tilt before racking up another 43 hits in Game 1 of their series with the hard-hitting Bruins at TD Garden.

16 – Number of skaters who contributed to the Canadiens’ cause in the hit department on Thursday night, with Alexei Emelin leading the way with six hits, setting the tone for a what will undoubtedly be a physical and hard-fought series.

100 – Percentage of Bruins power play opportunities the Canadiens managed to deny during Thursday night’s series-opener in Boston, stopping Claude Julien’s troops on both occasions in which they were up a man with the top-ranked power play unit in the NHL playoffs.

10 – Number of career playoff points amassed by defenseman Francis Bouillon after the veteran rearguard registered his third postseason tally - and first of the 2014 playoffs - with a goal in the the third period on Thursday night.

22 – Number of overtime victories the Canadiens have registered over the Bruins in 37 opportunities during the postseason over the course of their storied playoff rivalry entering Game 1 of the series.

15 – Number of games in the 2014 playoffs – including Thursday night’s tilt in Boston – that have been decided in overtime, with the Canadiens and Bruins adding to that tally when Claude Julien’s squad tied things up late in the final frame of regulation time.

48 – Number of Bruins shots Carey Price turned aside during Thursday night's tilt in Boston, a season-high for the 26-year-old netminder during the 2013-14 campaign. You have to go back to Apr. 23, 2011 - in a playoff game against Boston - to see a similar performance from Price, who made 49 stops in Game 5.


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