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The Numbers Game: March 16, 2016

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BUFFALO - Here's a numerical look at Wednesday night's game against the Sabres in Buffalo.

400 – Number of NHL games tough guy Mike Brown has played over the course of his NHL career, including Wednesday night’s contest against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Brown, who made his NHL debut back in 2007-08 with the Vancouver Canucks, has also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks, before the Canadiens claimed him off waivers at the trade deadline two weeks ago. 

9 – Spot defenseman Andrei Markov now occupies on the Canadiens’ all-time games played list – alongside Serge Savard – after suiting up for his 917th career game in a Habs uniform on Wednesday night. Guy Lafleur is next on that list, having played 961 games with Montreal over the course of his Hall-of-Fame career.

10 – Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu returned to active duty on Wednesday night after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury suffered on February 22 against the Nashville Predators.

47 – Greg Pateryn lit the lamp for the first time in his NHL career on Wednesday night, beating Sabres netminder Robin Lehner with a slap shot during the middle frame to tie things up 1-1. It was the 47th game of Pateryn’s young career, which began back in 2012-13. Ironically enough, the tally came at the 47-second mark of the period.

22 – Number of seconds that elapsed between Pateryn scoring his first NHL goal and the Canadiens’ No. 6 being sent to the penalty box for tripping rookie sensation Jack Eichel, an infraction that cut his goal celebration rather short, unfortunately.

11 – Number of points Alex Galchenyuk has picked up in his last eight games since the beginning of March, tops among all players on the roster. Galchenyuk added to that tally on Wednesday night by picking up an assist on Pateryn’s goal.

52 – Number of penalty minutes that were distributed during the second period alone on Wednesday night, as both the Canadiens and Sabres displayed a serious dislike for one another, particularly in the latter stages of the frame. Nathan Beaulieu, Michael McCarron and Matt Moulson all received 10-minute misconducts along the way.

6 – Number of consecutive games in which Max Pacioretty's has registered his name on the scoresheet, keeping that streak alive on Wednesday night by picking up an assist on Andrei Markov's tally with just three seconds remaining in the second period that gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead. Pacioretty has eight points during that span.

7 – Number of times over the course of his NHL career that Andrei Markov has reached the 40-point mark in a single season, accomplishing that feat once again on Wednesday night by scoring his fifth goal of the year.


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