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The Numbers Game - March 28, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Here’s a numerical look at the Canadiens’ huge come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win over the Sabres on Friday night at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

0-Changes made by head coach Guy Carbonneau to his lineup following the Habs' 7-5 win over the Senators on Monday night at the Bell Centre.

81-Points amassed by Alex Kovalev this season following his two-point effort against the Sabres, making him the first Canadiens to reach the mark since Vincent Damphousse and Mark Recchi did so in 1996-97.

1-Previous times Kovalev had cracked the 80-point mark in his career. He last did it in 2000-01 while with the Penguins by erupting for a career-best 95 points.

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16-Points piled up by Kovalev over his last nine road games, including six goals and ten assists.

2-Points picked up by Francis Bouillon over his last two games.

13-Games needed by Bouillon to register his previous two points.

12- Hits thrown by rookie defenseman Ryan O'Byrne in three games in heavy-hitting Mike Komisarek’s absence.

7-Game-high number of shots fired by Christopher Higgins, who continues to lead the Habs in that department with 229 on the season.

42- Games played on a Friday night in scenic Buffalo by the Canadiens since the tradition began in 1984-85. The Habs are now 14-23-4-1 in those games.

44-Percentage of Mikhail Grabovski’s career points to have come against Buffalo with four of his nine points being notched versus the Sabres.

7-Goals scored by Tomas Plekanec against the Sabres in 2007-08.

6-Times Plekanec has scored two goals in a game this season.

6-Points amassed by Andrei Kostitsyn and Mark Streit, respectively, over the course of their current four-game point streaks.

36-Points piled up by Streit in 39 games since Jan. 1, thanks to his three assists on Friday night against the Sabres.

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