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The Numbers Game: Game #5 - May 9, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at Game 5 between the Habs and Lightning on Saturday night.

1 – Number of times the Canadiens have forced a Game 6 after initially trailing a series 0-3, achieving the feat for the first time following Saturday’s win.

8 – Number of best-of-seven series the Habs have gone on to win after initially trailing a series 2-3, up from just two when down 1-3 and zero when in an 0-3 hole.

7 – Number of Canadiens playoff games this spring which have been decided by a single goal, Saturday night included.

6 – Number of career playoff goals scored by Devante Smith-Pelly in just 23 postseason outings. After finishing first among his Ducks teammates last spring with five goals over his maiden postseason, Smith-Pelly sniped one past Ben Bishop on Saturday night to open the scoring for the Habs in Game 5.

5 – Number of postseason points racked up by Torrey Mitchell this spring, who matches a career best in that department first set in 2010-11 with the Sharks. With his goal and four assists since the start of Round 1 against Ottawa, the 2015 trade deadline acquisition now counts 17 playoff points (4G-13A) in 70 career postseason games.

14 – Number of playoff points registered by Torrey Mitchell, Jeff Petry, Brian Flynn, and Devante Smith-Pelly, all of whom were acquired by the Canadiens just before, or at the 2015 NHL trade deadline. Each has now also scored at least one postseason goal following Smith-Pelly’s first period marker, while Petry already has two in his debut postseason campaign.

38 – Number of hits dished out between both teams in the first period alone on Saturday night. Just two players accounted for six of the 15 delivered by the Habs in the opening frame, as Devante Smith-Pelly and Tomas Plekanec picked up a trio of hits apiece.

2 – Number of regular season games the Canadiens lost on home ice on Saturday nights during the 2014-15 campaign, going 13-0-1-1 when spending a Saturday at the Bell Centre. Game 5’s return home on the team’s most successful day of the week was also the Canadiens’ first Saturday nighter of the playoffs.

8:25 – Number of minutes needed for the Lightning to fire their first shot of the middle frame, eventually going on to take just six during the second period.


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