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The Numbers Game - November 18, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Tuesday's game between the Canadiens and the Penguins at the Bell Centre.

21 – Rank defenseman Andrei Markov now occupies alongside Emile “Butch” Bouchard for the most games played in Canadiens history after the 14-year NHL veteran suited up for his 785th career game on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh. Markov will move into the Top 20 shortly, as he is now just six games shy of matching Jean-Guy Talbot at 791 games played in a Habs uniform.

5 – Number of seasons defenseman Sergei Gonchar spent as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, representing the Steel City for five seasons between 2005 and 2010. It was there that the Russian rearguard won the only Stanley Cup title of his career in 2009, racking up 54 goals and 259 points during his time in Western Pennsylvania. He also played under head coach Michel Therrien in Pittsburgh from 2005 to 2009.

6 – Number of games defenseman Olli Maatta missed after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid gland before making his return to the Penguins lineup on Tuesday night in Montreal. The Finnish rearguard underwent surgery earlier in the month, electing to go ahead with the procedure after team doctors detected the issue during a pre-season physical.

81 – Faceoff percentage amassed by the Canadiens during the opening frame on Tuesday night, as Michel Therrien’s troops asserted themselves by winning 17 of 21 total draws. Manny Malhotra (6/6), Tomas Plekanec (4/4) and Lars Eller (4/4) were perfect in the faceoff dot through 20 minutes of play, dominating Penguins centermen, who came out on top just 19 percent of the time.

0 – Number of penalties handed out by the referees during the first period on Tuesday night. Interestingly enough, both teams rank among the top-3 most penalized squads in the league.

6 – Number of hits dished out by Max Pacioretty on Tuesday night against the Penguins, surpassing a personal high that the New Canaan, CT previously established on January 8, 2011 when he registered five hits during the tilt.


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