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The Numbers Game - Jan. 6, 2010

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

4 – Number of times Pittsburgh goaltender Brent Johnson has gotten the start against the Canadiens going into Thursday night’s game, losing all four of those outings. 

28:31 – Time it took the Canadiens to draw their first penalty of the game, a two minute tripping minor to Ben Lovejoy mid-way through the second period.
Highlights Canadiens - Penguins

330 – Number of days since David Desharnais last recorded a point for the Canadiens, notching an assist against the Capitals last February before chipping in with a helper on Benoit Pouliot’s goal against the Penguins.

121 – Number of games played by Pittsburgh forward Arron Asham with the Canadiens over four seasons, notching 11 goals in that span before coming back to haunt his old team by opening the scoring for the Penguins in the first period on Thursday night.

4 – Team-high number of hits thrown by power-forward-in-the-making Max Pacioretty in the contest.

– Combined number of shots blocked by Scott Gomez, James Wisniewski, Hal Gill and Alexandre Picard in the game, filling in for human puck-magnet Josh Gorges who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

2 – Number of delay of game penalties earned by the Penguins after rifling the puck over the glass within a two minute span to give the Canadiens a 5-on-3 opportunity in the third period.

3 – Consecutive number of games in which the Canadiens have gone into overtime, finally needing a shootout to decide the winner against Pittsburgh for the first time this season.

7 – Number of times in as many occasions in which the Habs have won a game after going into the third period with a tie, doing so again against the Penguins after starting the third frame tied 1-1.

7 – Number of goalies in NHL history who have recorded three 20-win seasons before the age of 24, with Carey Price adding his name to the list that also includes Hall-of-Famers Patrick Roy and Grant Fuhr.

Postgame comments: Martin | Pouliot | Price | Desharnais | Darche
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