The Numbers Game - Game 1

Thursday, 24.04.2008 / 10:18 PM / News
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The Numbers Game - Game 1
Saku Koivu owned the faceoff circle in Game 1 against the Flyers..
Here’s a numerical look at Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the Canadiens and Flyers on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

6,923 - Days since the Canadiens’ last playoff victory over the Flyers back on May 11, 1989, when the Habs notched a 4-2 win at the Spectrum in Philadelphia to eliminate the Flyers in six games and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

35 - Years since the Habs last downed the Flyers in overtime during the postseason, dating back to Larry Robinson’s goal in a 4-3 OT victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals on April 17, 1973 at the Montreal Forum.

3 - All-time postseason penalty shots awarded to the Canadiens, following Andrei Kostitsyn’s unsuccessful attempt against Martin Biron in the second period. The Canadiens are still in search of their first-ever postseason penalty shot goal, with tries by Mats Naslund (1984) and Frank Mahovlich (1971) having also been thwarted.

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192 - Seconds needed for Andrei Kostitsyn to get his revenge on Biron by scoring his fourth goal of the playoffs.

 6 - Minutes needed by the video replay booth to confirm Alex Kovalev’s shorthanded goal that tied the game 2-2 late in the second period.

51 - Playoff games since the Canadiens last notched a shorthanded goal, when Benoit Brunet beat the Devils’ Martin Brodeur in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series on April 17, 1997 in New Jersey.

60 - Percentage of faceoffs won by the Canadiens in Game 1, thanks in large part to Saku Koivu, who came out on top in 71% of his draws on the night.

11 - Wins remaining for the Canadiens to claim their 25th Stanley Cup.


Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com