MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Thursday's game between the Canadiens and the Bruins at the Bell Centre.
– Number of times in franchise history that the Canadiens have celebrated their home opener with a game against the Bruins, boasting an 8-1-1 record in those matchups ahead of Thursday’s opener. 4
– Number of players suiting up for their first regular season games at the Bell Centre in bleu-blanc-rouge on Thursday night, with Jiri Sekac, Tom Gilbert, Manny Malhotra and P-A Parenteau all making their home ice debuts against the Bruins. 22
– Combined number of games played by Malhotra (11), Gilbert (7) and Parenteau (4) at the Bell Centre as visitors over the years. 2,500
– Number of pro games worked by Canadiens head equipment manager Pierre Gervais as of Thursday’s tilt against the Bruins, having previously worked the bench for the AHL’s Sherbrooke Canadiens before joining the Habs. The veteran gear guru has racked up two Stanley Cups and a handful of Olympic gold medals in that span. 4
– Number of players who have now sported the “A” for the Habs in the 2014-15 regular season, with temporary “home alternate” P.K. Subban enjoying his first game with the letter after four games on the road. 1
– Number of goals scored by Sekac so far in his young NHL career, netting his first with a great second effort to tie the game at three apiece in the second period. 58:11
– Amount of ice time required for Sekac to accomplish his big feat, finding the back of the net on his 77th
career NHL shift. 7
– Number of times in his career that Brendan Gallagher has enjoyed a three-game point streak, doing so again on Thursday with two goals and assist against the Bruins after picking up points in his past two games against Philadelphia and Tampa. 8
– Number of points racked up by the Pacioretty-David Desharnais-Gallagher line in the evening, with Gallagher picking up two goals and an assist, Pacioretty getting a goal and assist of his own and Desharnais chipping in with two helpers.
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