Up to the minute
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.
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 canadiens.com
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