The Numbers Game: March 31, 2009
405 – Days since former Habs netminder Cristobal Huet last took his place between the pipes in Montreal, having suited up for his last game in a Canadiens uniform on February 21, 2008.
7 – Years since both Montreal and Chicago qualified for the playoffs in the same year, with the Blackhawks making their most recent postseason appearance in the spring of 2001-02.
1 – Shot needed by the Canadiens to open the scoring in the contest, with Alex Kovalev lighting the lamp behind Huet just 25 seconds into the game.
100 – Goals scored by Kovalev in a Canadiens uniform, with the ultra-talented Russian All-Star needing just 307 games to reach the century mark with his first period marker.
6 – Goals scored by Alex Kovalev in four games since being put on a line with Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay exactly one week ago.
19 – Penalty minutes gladly served by Andrei Kostitsyn in defense of younger brother Sergei, with the elder Belarusian adding an instigator, unsportsmanlike conduct and 10-minute misconduct call to his fighting major after dropping the gloves with Chicago defenseman Aaron Johnson in the first period.
7– Shots fired by Christopher Higgins in the contest, showing no remnants of the flu-like symptoms that had plagued the speedy left winger earlier in the day.
.667 – Winning percentage posted by the Habs in three games wearing their snazzy 1915-16 Centennial jerseys this season.
6 – Points amassed by Saku Koivu over his current four-game point streak (2-4-6).
121 – Number of points collected by Saku Koivu over 149 career games in March, the captain’s most productive month.
13 – Games since Mathieu Schneider last bulged the twine on the power play, the 39-year old blue-liner blasting a shot past Huet from the point with the man advantage late in the third period on Tuesday night.
Shauna Denis is a writer for Canadiens.com
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