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The Numbers Game: January 1, 2016

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

FOXBOROUGH - Here's a numerical look at the 2016 NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

3 – Number of outdoor games the Canadiens have competed in over the years. In addition to taking part in the 2016 Winter Classic, they also participated in the Heritage Classic in both Edmonton (2003) and Calgary (2011).

5 – Number of Canadiens players in uniform on Friday afternoon at Gillette Stadium who took part in the team's last outdoor game on February 20, 2011 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, including David Desharnais, Lars Eller, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban.

17 – Number of games Brendan Gallagher missed over the last five weeks as he recovered from surgery to repair two broken fingers in his left hand. He suffered the injury back on November 22 against the New York Islanders. Gallagher made his return to the Canadiens’ lineup on Friday for the Winter Classic.

74 – The Canadiens opened the scoring just 74 seconds into the first period on Friday afternoon, as David Desharnais beat Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask to set the tone early.

4 – At puck drop at 1:28 p.m. EST at Gillette Stadium, the temperature was just over 4°C.

11 – Difference in the number of shots between the two teams through 20 minutes of play on Friday afternoon, as the Canadiens outshot the Bruins by a 14-3 margin in Foxborough.

1 – By picking up an assist on Paul Byron’s goal at the two-minute mark of the second period, defenseman Mark Barberio registered his first career point in a Canadiens uniform. Friday afternoon’s game was his third with the CH.

3 – By lighting the lamp late in the second period, Brendan Gallagher became the third Canadiens player this season to hit the double-digit goal plateau, joining Max Pacioretty and Dale Weise.

67,246 – Number of people that made it out to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Friday to ring in 2016 with the Winter Classic.

6 – By besting the Bruins in the 2016 Winter Classic, the Canadiens became the sixth visiting team to earn a W at the historic event which has been staged on eight occasions.


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