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The Numbers Game - Game #3 - April 20, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Game 3 between the Habs and the Lightning on Sunday night at the Bell Centre.

6 – Number of Canadiens players making their first postseason appearances on Bell Centre ice in a Canadiens uniform on Sunday night, including Daniel Briere, Michael Bournival, Thomas Vanek, Dale Weise, Alexei Emelin and Mike Weaver.

7 – Number of seconds Bob Gainey needed to score the fastest goal in Canadiens playoff history to start a game back in 1977, a mark Rene Bourque came within four seconds of matching when he lit the lamp 11 seconds into the first period with a snapper that beat Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback to put the Canadiens up 1-0.

3 – Prior to this playoff run, the number of goals Rene Bourque had scored in 10 playoff games, a mark the Lac La Biche, AB native reached in just three playoff games in 2013-14 when he scored his third goal of the postseason early in Game 3.

4 – Number of assists P.K. Subban has amassed in just three playoff games thus far in 2013-14, surpassing his two previous postseason appearances in which he registered two helpers in both 2010-11 (7 games) and 2012-13 (5 games). The reigning Norris Trophy winner fed Bourque from inside the Canadiens zone to pick up an assist on the forward’s first period tally on Sunday night before adding another assist on Gallagher’s goal in the second frame.

20 – Shooting percentage amassed by Rene Bourque since the start of the playoffs against the Lightning, with the right-winger finding the back of the net three times on the 15 shots he’s fired at Tampa goaltenders.

8 – Number of times over the course of his NHL career that Brendan Gallagher has scored in consecutive games, including twice in the postseason, adding to that tally with another marker on Sunday night. Gallagher did it the first time against Ottawa in 2012-13 before beating Lindback in Game 3 after chasing the Lightning netminder in Game 2 last Friday night.

Number of consecutive games in which Lars Eller has registered at least one point dating back to the final two games of the regular season. The Dane was back at it again on Sunday night, picking up an assist on Tomas Plekanec's third period goal. He now has seven points (2g, 5a) during that span.

66 – Since the 2010-11 playoffs, the percentage of postseason games in which P.K. Subban has been the Canadiens’ most utilized player with the defenseman logging 28:03 of ice time on Sunday night.


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