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The Numbers Game - March 12, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
PITTSBURGH - Here's a numerical look at the Habs-Pens matchup on Saturday afternoon at the Consol Energy Center.

– Number of shifts needed by Tomas Plekanec to open the scoring for the Canadiens, backhanding one past Marc-Andre Fleury 46 seconds into Saturday’s game.

6 – Consecutive number of games in which the Canadiens have gotten on the board first, dating back to March 1 in Atlanta.

200 – Consecutive number of sellouts enjoyed by the Penguins at the Igloo and Consol Energy Center, compared to the 282-straight games the Habs have sold out to date, including playoffs for both teams.

42 – Number of points racked up by Alex Kovalev against the Canadiens over the years, held off the scoresheet by his former team on Saturday afternoon.

24 – Number of seconds needed by Travis Moen to put the Habs up by two on the opening shift of the second period, one-upping Pleaknec’s early efforts in the first.

7 – Number of goals scored by the Habs so far in 2010-11 in the first minute of a period, doing so twice on Saturday afternoon.

– Amount of time needed for referees Stephen Walkom and Brad Watson to call the first penalty of the game, sending David Desharnais to the box for tripping to give the Pens their first power play opportunity.

26:39 – Amount of time needed by the Habs to chase Marc-Andre Fleury from the net, ending the Penguins’ netminder’s afternoon mid-way through the second period.

2 – Number of times in the Canadiens’ last three visits to Pittsburgh in which the Habs have sent Fleury to the showers before the end of the game, including Saturday’s match-up and Game 7 of the Conference semifinals last May.

2 – Number of times Paul Mara has dropped the gloves in as many games, fighting Ryan Reaves in St. Louis before squaring off against Maxime Talbot on Saturday afternoon. 

9 – Number of multi-point games enjoyed by Michael Cammalleri so far this season, chipping in with a goal and an assist in Saturday’s outing.

Postgame comments: Martin | Cammalleri | Gomez | Gill | Price
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