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The Numbers game - March 2, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BOSTON – Here’s a numerical look at the Canadiens’ first post-Olympic outing, a 4-1 win over the Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

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60 – Number of days since the Bruins last won at home, coming in the Outdoor Winter Classic at Fenway Park on New Years Day against the Flyers.

50 – Percentage of post-Olympic games the Habs have won since the NHL started sending players to the quadrennial event. The Canadiens lost their first contest following the 1998 Olympics to the Penguins and then dropped the post-break match-up against the Sens in 2002, but redeemed themselves with a win over the Islanders in 2006 and then again in Tuesday’s decisive victory over the Bruins.

6:40 – Time between the opening puck drop and the game’s first whistle, with both teams pushing the pace right out of the gate and the Habs firing four of their 32 shots in that span.

6 – Number of hits thrown by Maxim Lapierre in the outing, with the feisty forward also showing how pumped he was to return to action by winning 88% of his draws and notching the game-winner late in the third period.

61 – Number of days since Andrei Kostitsyn last donned the CH, shelved with a knee injury since the last game of 2009. The shifty winger played 15:38, threw three hits and fired two shots on goal.

– Number of pucks turned aside by Carey Price in the outing, allowing only a single Marco Sturm shot to find its way behind him in the match-up.

6 – Number of points piled up by Glen Metropolit against Boston this season, notching his fourth goal in five games against the Bruins so far this year off a beautiful feed from Tom Pyatt and then setting the table for Mathieu Darche’s insurance goal a few minutes later.

3 – Number of players who enjoyed a multi-point night against the Bruins, including Metropolit, Darche and Pyatt.

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