|Saku Koivu owned the faceoff circle in Game 1 against the Flyers.. |
Here’s a numerical look at Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the Canadiens and Flyers on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
- Days since the Canadiens’ last playoff victory over the Flyers back on May 11, 1989, when the Habs notched a 4-2 win at the Spectrum in Philadelphia to eliminate the Flyers in six games and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
35 - Years since the Habs last downed the Flyers in overtime during the postseason, dating back to Larry Robinson’s goal in a 4-3 OT victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals on April 17, 1973 at the Montreal Forum.3
- All-time postseason penalty shots awarded to the Canadiens, following Andrei Kostitsyn’s unsuccessful attempt against Martin Biron in the second period. The Canadiens are still in search of their first-ever postseason penalty shot goal, with tries by Mats Naslund (1984) and Frank Mahovlich (1971) having also been thwarted.192
- Seconds needed for Andrei Kostitsyn to get his revenge on Biron by scoring his fourth goal of the playoffs. 6
- Minutes needed by the video replay booth to confirm Alex Kovalev’s shorthanded goal that tied the game 2-2 late in the second period.51
- Playoff games since the Canadiens last notched a shorthanded goal, when Benoit Brunet beat the Devils’ Martin Brodeur in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series on April 17, 1997 in New Jersey.60
- Percentage of faceoffs won by the Canadiens in Game 1, thanks in large part to Saku Koivu, who came out on top in 71% of his draws on the night.11
- Wins remaining for the Canadiens to claim their 25th Stanley Cup. Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com