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The Numbers Game: March 4, 2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BUFFALO -- Here is a numerical look at the Canadiens-Sabres matchup on trade deadline day at HSBC Arena.

18-Number of shots fired on Patrick Lalime by the Canadiens in the first 14 minutes of the game.

9-Consecutive trips to Buffalo made by the Habs on Wednesday night that saw the Canadiens fail to pick up a victory, with their last such win dating back to a 4-3 decision on October 17, 1990.

1-Games since the arrival of Mathieu Schneider in which the Habs have failed to notch a power-play goal, with the Habs having produced 11 goals with the extra man over their previous six games.

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7-Consecutive games in which Tomas Plekanec has picked up at least one point since this two-game suspension thanks to his 18th goal of the season that spoiled Lalime’s shutout bid.

7-Shifts played by Georges Laraque over the first two periods before leaving the game with a lower body injury.

7-Game-high number of shots fired by Christopher Higgins.

75-Percentage of faceoffs won by Saku Koivu who came out on top in nine of his 12 draws on the night.

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