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The Numbers Game - March 18, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Alex Kovalev had a busy night against the Blues, logging a season-high in ice time.
Here’s a numerical look at the Canadiens’ matchup with the Blues Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

26 - Games played on March 18 since Guy Carbonneau was born on this day back in 1960. The Canadiens are now 13-9-4 on those nights.

63 - Years since Maurice Richard became the first player to score 50 goals in 50 games on March 18, 1945.

6 - Combined points amassed by the line of Christopher Higgins, Mikhail Grabovski and Sergei Kostitsyn against the Blues on Tuesday.

10 - Habs players to have now reached the 25-point mark following Sergei Kostitsyn’s pair of assists.
13 - Ranking co-held by Saku Koivu on the Canadiens’ all-time points list, tying the Habs captain with Claude Provost with 589.

1527 - Days since the Blues last visited the Bell Centre back in 2003-04.

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18 - Habs games this season that have required overtime or a shootout.

4 - Wins recorded by the Blues against the Northeast Division in as many tries this season.

- Losses on home-ice suffered by Jaroslav Halak, who had won his eight previous career starts at the Bell Centre.

- Ice-time logged by Alex Kovalev against the Blues, a season-high for the Canadiens’ leading scorer this season.

- Games needed for the Canadiens to reach the 90-point mark this season, the fewest number of games since 1992-93, when Montreal reached the plateau after only 71 games.

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