The Numbers Game - Game 1
4 – Canadiens players who made their Habs postseason debuts on Thursday night, in Matt D'Agostini, Georges Laraque, Alex Tanguay and Glen Metropolit.
26 – Times Montreal and Boston have squared off in a best-of-seven series, tops in North American professional sports. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are the closest pursuers with 18 matchups.
15 – Years since Mathieu Schneider last suited up for playoff game with the Canadiens, with his last outing coming in the 1994 quarterfinal series against the same Bruins.
21 – Points amassed by Saku Koivu in just 16 career postseason games against Boston.
8 – Goals scored by Alex Kovalev in 14 appearances versus the Bruins in the NHL’s second season.
1 – Point recorded by former Bruin Glen Metropolit. It’s a good start for the veteran, who had the same output last season in the seven-game set against Montreal.
16 – Hits dished out by the Canadiens in the first period, doubling the punishment served up by the Bruins.