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The Numbers Game - November 5, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BUFFALO - Here's a numerical look at Wednesday's game between the Canadiens and the Sabres.

2 – Number of career games involving the Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges has played while not sporting red, white, and blue. Gorges faced his former team for the first time on Wednesday, having previously suited up against the Habs with the Sharks once on January 14, 2006.

14 – Number of games Brian Gionta has played with the “C” on his jersey in Buffalo. The Sabres’ newest captain – the 19th in franchise history – previously captained the Canadiens from 2010 to 2014, over a span of 242 games before signing in western New York over the summer.

179:10 – Number of minutes during which the Canadiens held the Sabres goalless before Drew Stafford found the back of the net for Buffalo on Wednesday. Prior to Stafford’s equalizer, the Sabres’ last goal against the Habs was scored by Zemgus Girgensons in third period action on December 7, 2013, followed by a pair of shutouts in between.

300 – Number of career NHL games played by Lars Eller following Wednesday’s tilt in Buffalo, exactly five years after making his debut in the big league with the St-Louis Blues in a November 5, 2009 contest opposite the Flames.

14 – Number of face-offs – out of a possible 19 – won by the Canadiens during the second period in Buffalo.

6 – Number of shifts played by Michael Bournival on Wednesday, before leaving the game early with an upper body injury.

48 – Number of consecutive saves by Dustin Tokarski at First Niagra Center before Stafford broke the Habs netminder’s streak early in the third.

15 – Number of third-period goals scored by the Canadiens so far this season, two more than the team’s first- and second-period totals combined.


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