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Up to the minute

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Whether it's a cliché or not, a hockey game lasts 60 minutes and every second counts. The Canadiens have proven that more than once this season.

The 60th minute of play has been a productive one for the Habs in 2008-09. With a little help from goalies being pulled for an extra attacker by the opposition, the Canadiens have scored 10 goals in the final minute of regulation this season, including six empty net goals.

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As for when a goalie is actually in his usual spot between the pipes, the Habs have been at their best late in first period at the 19-minute mark and at the 56-minute mark, with eight goals. Another example of the Canadiens late-period heroics came on Tuesday night against the Rangers when Andrei Markov forced overtime with his goal in the 56th minute of regulation. The 17th, 27th, 36th and 43rd minutes and the next-most productive minutes for Montreal with six goals coming at those times.

At the other end of the spectrum, three minutes of play remain goal-free for the Habs with now 12 games left on the schedule this season. The dry spell times for the Canadiens so far have been the opening minute of play as well as the 15th minute mark of the first period and the eight minute mark of the second period.

In slices of five minutes, the last five minutes of the first period have been the most kind to the Canadiens this season, with the Habs notching 29 goals in those situations before heading to the dressing room for the intermission. The next most goal-heavy five-minute segment for the Habs has been the closing five minutes which have seen the Canadiens score 27 goals.

Clearly when coaches preach about playing a full 60 minutes, they’re not kidding.

Manny Almela is writer for

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