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The Numbers Game - Oct. 15, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at the home opening Habs-Avalanche tilt at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

2 – Number of players in Saturday night’s game that began last season on the opposite team, with Peter Budaj and Ryan O’Byrne having swapped jerseys since that time.

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5:39 – Amount of time needed by Max Pacioretty to answer back with a goal of his own after the Avalanche opened up the scoring. No. 67 notched his second marker of 2011-12, picking up his own rebound and snapping it past Semyon Varlamov.

2 – Number of years to the day since the Avalanche played their first game at the Bell Centre on October 15, 2009 edging the home team to win 3-2.

59:24 – Amount of NHL ice-time it took Raphael Diaz to get this first point in the league, picking up an assist on Max Pacioretty’s first period goal.

2002 – Last year that the Bell Centre used live organ music to pump up a crowd – the instrument finally making its return for the first time since on Saturday night.

7 – Number of shots put on goal by Habs forward Max Pacioretty by only the mid-point of the second period, accounting for 32% of the Canadiens’ 22 shots by the game’s halfway mark.

40 – Percentage of shots Travis Moen has scored on out off the five he’s taken so far in 2011-12, the gritty forward netting two goals in his last three games.

20 – Number of seconds between Brian Gionta’s game-tying goal and David Desharnais’ go-ahead in the third period, both players scoring their first of the year.

100 - Number of career assists for Andrei Kostitsyn, reaching the milestone on David Desharnais' first goal of the season.

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