The Numbers Game – April 9, 2013
MONTREAL -- Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Capitals matchup on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
73 – Number of days since the Canadiens last took on the Capitals, with the teams squaring off in the Habs’ third game of the season – a 4-1 win for Montreal – then having to wait nearly three months before going up against each other twice in 10 days.
15:44– Amount of time needed by the Habs in Tuesday night’s tilt to snap the Washington Capitals’ previous Bell Centre shutout-streak of 216:32 minutes that started in the second period of a match in Montreal on March 15, 2011. Lars Eller had the honors of getting the Canadiens back on track against the Caps at home thanks to a first period marker with help from Brandon Prust and Alex Galchenyuk.
1 – Number of games this season in which the Canadiens have taken to the ice without the services of Russian blue-liner Alexei Emelin, with the defensive pillar suffering a season-ending torn ligament in his knee during the Habs’ Apr. 6 tilt against the Bruins.
21 – Number of games this season in which the Canadiens have taken to the ice without the services of forward Rene Bourque, with the Habs winger finally making his return to the lineup on Tuesday night against Washington after being sidelined with a concussion since Feb. 21st.
4 – Number of consecutive game in which Alex Galchenyuk has registered at least one point, keeping his streak alive Tuesday night against the Caps with an assist on Lars Eller’s opening-frame and thrird period goals. With the helpers, Chucky upped his tally to two goals and three assists in his last four tilts.
00:00 – Amount of time remaining in the first period when the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin was assessed a slashing penalty, helping the Habs start the second frame with an automatic two-minutes of time with the man-advantage.
6– Number of hits thrown by Rene Bourque against the Capitals in his first game back in the lineup – a good sign he’s ready to pick up right where he left off.
15 – Number of face offs won by David Desharnais in 22 trips to the dot against the Capitals – a team-high among all Canadiens on Tuesday night.