The Numbers Game - Jan. 27, 2010
17-Players in uniform for the Canadiens against the Lightning with Jaroslav Spacek being a last minute scratch with the flu after having taken part in the pre-game warm-up.
73-Games played for Tampa Bay by Habs newcomer Mathieu Darche in 2007-08, with the gritty winger making his first return to the St. Pete Times Forum since then.
4-Referees on the ice tonight who made the trip from Sunrise to Tampa Bay along with Jacques Martin’s squad, the same quartet of officials who worked Tuesday night’s game against the Panthers.
38-Penalty minutes doled out at the 9:51 mark of the second period when Scott Gomez mixed up with Victor Hedman earning 14 minutes apiece and Ryan O’Byrne and Matt Smaby also earning five minutes each for dropping the gloves.
7-Habs players who registered at least three shots against Tampa Bay a list that included Gomez, Darche, Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Glen Metropolit, Marc-André Bergeron and Sergei Kostitsyn.
1:38- Time remaining in the second period when the glass was shattered by a shot behind Antero Niitymaki, forcing both teams to back to their dressing rooms as St. Pete Times Forum workers changed the glass.
5-Number of back-to-back games still remaining on the Canadiens schedule this season, with the Habs having already played 11 such sets of games in 2009-10.
5-Times the Canadiens have failed to score a goal in a game this season, with the Habs having been shutout despite firing 33 shots at Antero Niitymaki on Wednesday night.
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