The Numbers Game - September 21, 2009
4 – Number of chances given to Brian Gionta by the Penguins’ defense on a single play, before the speedy winger finally scored on his third rebound attempt in the first period.
1646 – Number of days passed since Habs tough guy Eric Neilson and Sidney Crosby played together in their last regular season game with the Rimouski Oceanic.
0 – Combined number of penalties dished out in the first period, with the two well-behaved squads managing to avoid the box completely during the first 20 minutes for the first time in the Habs’ five preseason games played so far.
4 – Number of shots blocked by Mathieu Carle and Josh Gorges against the Pens on Monday night, tying for the team-lead in that category.
25:02– Game-high time on ice enjoyed by All-Star defenseman Andrei Markov.
Plus-4 – Differential amassed by Andrei Markov on the night, with the shifty blue-liner picking up two assists in the Canadiens’ 4-3 win. Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez and Jaroslav Spacek finished just behind Markov, each posting stellar plus-3 differentials against the defending Cup champs.
2:25 – Elapsed time between Guillaume Latendresse’s third period marker and Brian Gionta’s eventual game winner only minutes later, midway through the final stanza.
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.