The Numbers game - April 3, 2010
255 – Man games lost to injury by the Canadiens this season, two more than their season-total in 2008-09.
13 – Years since possible first-round opponents the Canadiens and Sabres last met in the playoffs, dating back to the 1997 postseason when Buffalo eliminated the Habs in the second round.
11 – Power-play shots piled up by the Habs in the first period alone, with the Canadiens ending up with a whopping 18 shots in the opening frame.
71 – Percentage of faceoffs won by the Canadiens in the first period, with the Habs going on to win 67% of draws on the night.
99 – Length in games of the scoring drought snapped by Ryan O’Byrne who beat Ryan Miller to open the scoring. The goal was the second of O’Byrne’s three-year NHL career and first since 2007-08.
34 – Points in the standings amassed by the Canadiens this season when they’ve played on back-to-back nights in 2009-10 on the strength of their identical 8-7-1 mark on both ends of those match-ups.
44 – Shots on goal fired by Tom Pyatt over his 37 games with the Canadiens this season, with Pyatt beating Ryan Miller on his 43rd shot of the campaign to make it 2-0 Habs in the second period.
2 – Goalies to have notched consecutive shutouts on consecutive nights in the NHL this season, with Jaroslav Halak joining the Senators Brian Elliott by stopping all 29 Sabres shots he faced after kicking aside all 35 shots in Philadelphia on Friday night.
41.6 – Percentage of games in which Sergei Kostitsyn has gotten a point this season that he has also gone on to end the night with a multi-point game, with the Belarusian winger doing so in five of the 12 games he’s reached the scoresheet in this year.
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