The Numbers Game - Mar. 16, 2012
OTTAWA - Here’s a numerical look at the game between the Senators and the Canadiens at the Scotiabank Place on Friday night.
9:09 – Amount of ice time enjoyed by Mike Blunden in Friday night’s game, making his return to the Canadiens’ lineup for the first time since sustaining a lower body injury on February 2nd.
809 – Number of days that elapsed since the Canadiens last loss in regulation time at the Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa. Over the course of those seven games – not counting Friday night’s – the Habs posted a record of 5-0-2 in the Canadian capital.
3 – Number of times this season that P.K. Subban has dropped the gloves, going toe to toe with the Sens’ Colin Greening early in Friday night’s first period. The bout marked the seventh fight of Subban’s NHL career.
7:54 – Time that elapsed in the first period before the Senators managed to get their first shot on Carey Price, finally putting one on net courtesy of Chris Neil on the power play.
3 – Number of Canadiens who have two or more shorthanded goals this season, with Mathieu Darche, Lars Eller, and now Tomas Plekanec adding his name to the list after beating Ben Bishop with a beautiful shorthanded marker to open up the Habs scoring.
34 – Number of penalty minutes dished out by referees Chris Lee and Don VanMassenhoven over the course of the Friday night’s first frame alone, blowing the whistle seven times to send the Habs to the box, and another four for the Sens.
1 – Number of periods in Friday night’s tilt (the first) that the Canadiens didn’t start shorthanded. The Sens would begin the second with a 5-on-3 after last minute penalties from Yannick Weber and Ryan White, and the third with over 60 seconds of power play time from an Erik Cole holding call.
2 – Number of times this season that Alexei Emelin hasn’t thrown a single check, with the Canadiens leading hitter likely being a little tender after leaving the ice for an extended period of time in the second period having blocked an Erik Karlsson slap shot from close range.
8 – Number of blocked shots logged by Josh Gorges in Friday night’s game against the Sens, once again making the difference on the penalty kill, easing the work load on Carey Price. Gorges would finish the night with more blocked shots than the entire Senators team combined.-canadiens.com.