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The Numbers Game - March 17, 2011

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

5,010 – Combined number of NHL games played by the nine veteran Habs sidelined with injuries for Thursday night’s game, with Hal Gill, Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges, Brent Sopel, Jaroslav Spacek, Tomas Plekanec, Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Darche and Max Pacioretty all taking in the tilt from the press box.

34 – Number of different players who have skated for the Canadiens so far this year, with Nigel Dawes and Aaron Palushaj adding their names to the list on Thursday night.

Cammalleri's shootout-winner
3 – Number of European-born players who have played at least 1,300 regular season NHL games, including Roman Hamrlik who joined Teppo Numminen and Kilas Lidstrom in the exclusive club 18 years after being making his debut with the Lightning in 1992.

9 – Number of players listed on the Canadiens’ current roster including David Desharnais, P.K. Subban, Tom Pyatt, Ryan White, Yannick Weber, Mathieu Darche, Max Pacioretty, Aaron Palushaj and Benoit Pouliot that skated for Lightning coach Guy Boucher last season during his stint as head-coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

– Number of penalty minutes racked up by Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier in 47 games against the Habs in his career, adding 15 minutes to his total after receiving a 5-minute slashing penalty and game misconduct in the first period.

4 – Number of times Andrei Kostitsyn has scored in back-to-back games this season, opening the scoring for the Habs against the Lightning after notching the Canadiens’ second goal against the Capitals on Tuesday night.

7 – Number of short-handed goals scored by Brian Gionta in his nine-year NHL career, potting the Canadiens' second goal of the night while on the penalty kill in the third period.

14 – Number of times the Canadiens have needed overtime or a shootout to decide a winner so far this season, coming out with a 3-2 shootout win against the Lightning on Thursday night.

5 – Team-high number of shots fired by Scott Gomez against the Lightning.

17 – Number of years since a Canadiens netminder last registered 34 wins in a single season, with Carey Price becoming the first to do so since Patrick Roy’s 35-win campaign in 1993-94.

Postgame comments: Dawes, Palushaj, Cammalleri, Martin
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