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The Numbers Game - Jan. 16, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
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MONTREAL -- Here's a numerical look at the Habs-Sens matchup at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

8 – Goals scored by Benoit Pouliot in only 25 games this season, already a career high for the 22-year-old forward.

5 – Points amassed by Scott Gomez over his ongoing four-game point streak, with the All-Star center having set the table and pushed in Pouliot’s chair on his way to assisting on his linemate’s goal to get the Habs on the board.
83 – Seconds it took for Pouliot to redeem himself after his cough up caused the Senators to score a shorthanded goal, with the big winger beating the Sens’ Mike Brodeur to tie the game 1-1 in the first period.

3 – Times over his last nine games that Pouilot has not scored a goal, with the Alfred, ON native having scored six goals over that span.

0 – Senators fans who don’t wish goalie Mike Brodeur’s first name was actually Martin.

21,273 – Canadiens fans in attendance relieved to not be facing Martin on Saturday night.

7 – Shots fired on Brodeur by Michael Cammalleri in the contest, with the sniper taking care of both ends of the ice and chipping in two blocked shots in the D zone.

23:03 –Time it took for the Habs to flex some shorthanded muscle in Saturday’s game, with Matt D’Agostini finally picking up the team’s first penalty of the game early in the third period.

0 –Goals scored by the Sens with the man advantage in two attempts, owning the league’s worst power play at just 13.9%, compared to the Habs’ NHL-high 25.7% efficiency.

– Games since the Canadiens last went 0-6 on the power play, dating back to the second game of the season in Buffalo when the Habs won 2-1 in overtime on October 3.

– Number of shots blocked by blue-liner Paul Mara, proving that it’s quality – not quantity – that counts by throwing himself in front of a Chris Neil wrister that was labeled for an open net in the third period.

3 – Points amassed in as many games against his former team this season by Alex Kovalev, who set up the game-winning goal by Chris Philips on Saturday night.

14 – Years since the Canadiens and Senators both missed the playoffs in 1995-96, with Northeast Division rivals currently engaged in a battle for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

See also:
Game summary
The Voice of the Fans
A ray of light 
Official inauguration of the Canadiens Hall of Fame 
Goal: assist Haiti 
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