MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Saturday's game between the Canadiens and the Sabres in Montreal.
– Number of seasons fans can now expect to see Brendan Gallagher in Montreal after general manager Marc Bergevin finalized a new deal just hours before puck drop to keep the young forward with the Habs through 2020-21.
303 – Number of games Brian Gionta played with the Habs between 2009 and 2014. The former Canadiens captain returned to the Bell Centre for the first time on Saturday since signing in Buffalo during the offseason, marking the occasion by also taking part in his 800th career NHL game.
5 – Number of home-and-home finales Dustin Tokarski has started so far this season, registering a 3-1-1 record heading into Saturday's game after getting the nod in the second half of each of the team’s two-game sets this year.
14 – Number of consecutive periods during which Buffalo had not allowed an even-strength goal, until Brendan Gallagher broke the Sabres’ streak with the equalizer midway through the second.
186 – Number of days since Dustin Tokarski last got the start in Montreal, making 23 saves for the win in Game 5 of last season’s playoff series against the Rangers on May 27, 2014.
3 – Number of opportunities the Canadiens and Sabres had to get better acquainted during November, as Montreal registered a 1-1-1 record over a trio of meetings with Buffalo during the year’s penultimate month. The Tampa Bay Lightning will be the only other team to meet the Habs three times in a single month this season, later next March.
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The Numbers Game - November 28, 2014