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The Numbers Game - Game #1 - May 17, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Game 1 between the Habs and the Rangers on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre.

15 – Number of times the Rangers and Canadiens have met in the postseason in NHL history, including the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals that got underway on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre. The two teams have split their playoff matchups, with each club boasting seven postseason series wins each. The Habs, however, have won both series between the two clubs in Round 3.

1, 457 – Number of days that have elapsed since the Canadiens last hosted a Conference Finals tilt at the Bell Centre on May 22, 2010, with the Flyers earning a 3-0 victory to take a 3-1 lead in their series with the Habs before moving on the Stanley Cup Finals with a series –clinching win in Game 5.

4 – Number of penalty minutes assessed to Rene Bourque during the opening period on Saturday afternoon in a span of 2:26 after the Lac La Biche, AB native was penalized twice for hooking, matching his total penalty minute tally through the Canadiens’ first 11 games in the 2014 playoffs.

1 – Number of games over the last six meetings between the Canadiens and the Rangers that didn’t end by way of a shutout for one of the two teams. Saturday afternoon’s game put an end to the shutout streak which began back on Feb. 23, 2013.

5 – Number of goals Rene Bourque has scored thus far in the 2014 playoffs, adding to that tally on Saturday afternoon with a marker in the second period. Bourque now sits tied for the team lead in that category during the postseason alongside Thomas Vanek and Lars Eller. The goal was Bourque’s first since Game 1 against the Bruins on May 1.

11 – Number of points Lars Eller has registered thus far during the postseason after picking up an assist on Rene Bourque’s goal in the second period and scoring in the final frame. Eller joined P.K. Subban as the only other Hab to hit double-digits in points in the Canadiens’ current playoff run.

7 – Number of playoff games goaltender Peter Budaj has participated in since the start of his NHL career after the Canadiens’ backup netminder assumed Carey Price’s place between the pipes to start the third period on Saturday afternoon. It was Budaj’s first appearance in the postseason since a Game 5 tilt against the Senators in 2012-13.


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