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The Numbers Game - March 15, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Here’s a numerical look at the Canadiens’ 3-0 shutout win over the Islanders on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

2 - Former Islanders now with the Canadiens. Roman Hamrlik spent four seasons on Long Island, while Bryan Smolinski’s NHL tour of duty includes three seasons with the Isles.

3 - Games the Canadiens’ power play went without scoring a goal until Hamrlik beat Rick DiPietro in the second period for what proved to be the game-winner.

.90 - Career-best points-per-game average put up by Christopher Higgins against his hometown NY Islanders. With an assist on Saturday, the Smithtown, NY native now has nine points in 10 games all-time against the Isles.

14 - Victories notched by the Habs over Atlantic division opponents this season, marking Montreal’s highest total since the NHL revamped its divisions in 1998-99.

7 - All-time season sweeps of the Islanders by the Canadiens after having just completed their first over the Isles since 1996-97.

44 - Seasons since the Canadiens were last involved in three consecutive shutouts back in 1953-54.

16 - Combined shots on goal fired by Tom Kostopoulos over his last four games, including four against the Islanders.

16 - Goals scored by Guillaume Latendresse in 2007-08, matching his rookie season total of a year ago.

10 - Seasons since the Canadiens last boasted three players with 40-plus assists as Mark Streit now joins Alex Kovalev and Andrei Markov in that group this season.

3 - Canadiens goalies to have picked up a shutout this season, including Jaroslav Halak, Cristobal Huet and Carey Price. The last time that happened was in 1998-99 when Jeff Hackett, Jocelyn Thibault and Jose Theodore turned the trick.

1 - Overall selection used by the Islanders at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft to select Rick DiPietro, the first goalie ever chosen with the top pick.

271 - Overall pick used by the Canadiens at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft to select Halak.

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