The Numbers Game – January 30, 2014
10 – Months elapsed since the Canadiens last visited the TD Garden, on March 27 2013, an eternity considering the history between Montreal and Boston.
3 – Appearances for Peter Budaj against the Bruins as a Hab. The Slovak has won both of his previous outings against Boston, compiling a 0.918 saves percentage.
27 – Games played at the TD Garden by Tomas Plekanec as a member of the Canadiens, most among anyone in the Montreal lineup tonight. In 53 total career games against the Bruins, he has 36 points.
1 – Goals for Alexei Emelin in the 2013-14 season. The Russian blueliner opened the scoring by putting a long point shot past a screened Tuukka Rask in the first period. It was his first goal since April 3 2013.
0.51 – Goals per game this season for Max Pacioretty, who now has 23 goals in 45 games in 2013-14 thanks to a first-period marker. The last Canadiens player to average more than a half a goal per game over the course of a full season was Stephane Richer, who scored 51 goals in 75 games in 1989-90.
14 – First period shots for the Canadiens, the highest total since the start of 2014.
81.5% – Winning percentage for the Habs this season when scoring first. The Canadiens had the first two goals of the game before seeing the Bruins get back within one at the tail end of the first period.
123 – Goals scored by Brian Gionta while playing for the Boston College Eagles, an NCAA Division I team. Gionta’s successful four-year collegiate career helped him, a third-round pick in 1998, make a fruitful transition into the NHL.
13 – Career goals against the Bruins for Brian Gionta. The Habs’ captain added a second period powerplay goal when he tipped a Tomas Plekanec feed past Tuukka Rask.
2 – Points for Daniel Briere in his first five shifts of the game. Despite seldom playing in the first half of the game, the forward managed to set up Emelin on his first shift of the game, and converted on Brendan Gallagher’s breakaway pass on his fifth presence.