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The Numbers Game: October 24, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at the game between the Canadiens and the Panthers at the Bell Centre on Monday night.

3 – Number of players in Monday night’s game making their regular season debuts in a Habs jersey, with Mike Bluden (No. 45), Petteri Nokelainen (No. 15) and Peter Budaj (No. 30) all lacing up for the bleu-blanc-rouge for the first time.

15 – Number of power play opportunities in which the Habs were stopped by the opposition before Erik Cole got the team back on track with a goal on the team’s first man-advantage of the night thanks to assists from Max Pacioretty and Raphael Diaz.

16 – Number of players skating in Monday’s match-up that weren’t dressed for the Panthers the last time they visited the Habs on March 3, 2011 at the Bell Centre.

8 – Number of shots taken by the Canadiens on their second power play of the night, bombarding the Panthers’ Jacob Markstrom with rubber while Scottie Upshall sat in the box for interference.

1 – Number of seconds needed by P.K. Subban to get from the penalty box to the Panthers’ Kris Versteeg, levelling the Florida winger with a crushing check to celebrate his release from the sin bin.

1 – Number of players on the Canadiens’ and Panthers’ rosters that started their careers with the opposite team. Jaroslav Spacek played the first three seasons of his NHL career for Florida, while Jose Theodore broke into the league as a member of the Habs.

4 – Number of shots on goal taken by Josh Gorges over the course of Monday night’s game, good enough for the second best performance of his career in that category after setting a personal high on Nov. 5, 2009 putting six shots on the Bruins’ Tim Thomas.

6 – Number of backup goaltenders that started between the pipes in the three NHL games held Monday night, with Peter Budaj and Jacob Markstrom in Montréal, Jonas Gustavsson (Leafs) and Sergei Bobrovsky (Flyers) in Philly, and Martin Biron (Rangers) et Chris Mason (Jets) in Winnipeg.


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