The Numbers Game: Dec 18, 2008
28 – Shifts completed by defenseman Mike Komisarek after a 16 game absence from the lineup, dishing out three body checks in his return.
87 – Percentage of Flyers-Habs match-ups in the regular season since 2005-06 in which the Canadiens have picked up at least one point from Philly, going 12-2-1 in that span.
8 – Losses accrued by Flyers goalie Antero Niitymaki in nine career starts against the Canadiens.
16 – Outings in which Sergei Kostitsyn was held goalless, before beating Niitymaki with a nifty power play marker in the first period.
90 – Players in league history to record over 900 career points; Alex Kovalev was the latest member to join the exclusive club during his 1,104th NHL game on Thursday night.
8 – Points already amassed by Steve Begin in just 22 games this season, equaling his total from last year when he recorded three goals and five assists in 44 games overall.
8 – Consecutive games in which Philly forward Mike Richards had registered at least one point, until Jaroslav Halak and his trusty defensive corps put a sudden end to the streak.
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com