The Numbers Game: March 2, 2015

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SAN JOSE – Here's a numerical look at Monday's game between the Habs and Sharks on the west coast. 19 – Number of games Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau missed as a result of suffering a concussion before making his return to the Canadiens’ lineup on Monday night in San Jose. Parenteau had not seen game action since January 15 in Ottawa. 27 – Number of shifts amassed by Jeff Petry on Monday night in his debut with the Canadiens. Petry, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers prior to the trade deadline, arrived at the SAP Center just three hours prior to puck drop. 34 – Number of players who’ve played at least one game with the Canadiens during the 2014-15 campaign, with Jeff Petry being the latest player to be added to that list by suiting up on Monday night. 10 – Number of consecutive road victories registered by Carey Price before dropping Monday night’s decision at the SAP Center in San Jose. His last road defeat was back on December 6, 2014 in Dallas. 13 – Number of players in the Canadiens’ lineup who blocked at least one shot attempt on Monday night in defense of Carey Price. They registered a combined 18 blocks during the tilt. 9 – Number of times in which a Canadiens player has amassed at least 240 shots on goal in a given season since 1997-98, with Max Pacioretty boasting three of his own after hitting that plateau with his second shot on Monday night. 0 – Number of power play opportunities enjoyed the Canadiens on Monday night in San Jose. It was the first time that Michel Therrien’s troops hadn’t benefitted from a man advantage in a game this season. 8 – Number of consecutive road losses the Canadiens have suffered in Northern California, including Monday night’s contest in San Jose. Their last win in area code 408 dates back to November 23, 1999. - canadiens.com.

Thumbs up

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SAN JOSE – Marc Bergevin has every reason in the world to be proud of his hockey club. His moves leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline confirmed just how pleased he really is. The Canadiens’ general manager elected to keep his Eastern Conference leading squad intact, going ahead with a plan to add reinforcements to the mix in the form of defenseman Jeff Petry from Edmonton and forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn from Buffalo. Based on how Michel Therrien’s troops have fared all season long, recruiting depth, according to Bergevin, was the one and only course of action. “I’m really satisfied with what we did. First of all, I’m really happy with our group and what we’ve done so far this year. To see the way we compete and the way we play, and to see where we are in the standings, it’s great for our players and our coaching staff. I’m proud of them. Today, we brought help,” offered Bergevin, whose club currently sits second in the League’s general standings with 87 points, two points back of the Nashville Predators. “Our goal is still to make the playoffs. As far as I’m concerned, we still don’t have an X next to our name in the standings. That means we haven’t made it yet. But, we’ve put ourselves in a good spot. We brought in a puck-moving defenseman in Petry and we brought in skill and speed up front with Mitchell and Flynn. You also can’t forget Devante [Smith-Pelly] and Jacob [De La Rose], two young players we’ve added recently. That’s five new players we’ve added as of late without moving anybody out.” That’s not to say that Bergevin didn’t field his fair share of offers, particularly for some of the Canadiens’ top young guns, many of whom have reached incredible heights at this point in their respective careers. “We got a lot of calls on our young players. We have a very good group of young players and it’s very appealing for other teams, but we’re going to stay the course,” offered Bergevin, whose contingent will go in search of a fifth straight victory when they take on the San Jose Sharks on Monday night at the SAP Center. “We feel that we do have a good team, but we’re trying to be good for years to come, not just one year. I felt today that we didn’t sacrifice much of our future.” That was something Bergevin stressed time and again once the trade deadline had come and gone. Monday’s moves, said Bergevin, bolster his club’s competitiveness on a number of fronts, particularly within the group itself by creating a measure of “healthy” competition. “Our coaching staff, especially Michel, always believes that you need to reward players by their performance. Now, here it is. We have some players that can do the job. We brought in skill and speed throughout our lineup. Guys will be rewarded by the way they perform,” explained Bergevin, who sent both Greg Pateryn and Michael Bournival down to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday. “It’s a vote of confidence. The way we’ve played so far this year, the way we’ve been winning games and competing hard, I think it’s a credit to our team.” As for his new charges, Bergevin believes they all bring something good to the table. “[Oilers general manager] Craig MacTavish and I had been talking about Petry for two months. It was going back and forth. We showed interest early on. The Tampa move [for Braydon Coburn] and the New York move [for Keith Yandle] didn’t make us do anything. We knew what we were looking for. We set the price. At the end of the day, we were able to get the deal done,” confided Bergevin. “With Mitchell and Flynn, both of those players could play both center and wing, so it’s a good option for Michel. He can play them wherever he wants in the lineup. It just gives us more options.” And, for a team that appears poised to do something very special this season, that’s clearly a key ingredient you can never have enough of. “At the end of the day, we’re happy with what we got,” concluded Bergevin, reflecting upon one of the more grueling days of the 2014-15 campaign. “Did we miss out? You don’t really miss out because you don’t know what the other team might have been thinking. We’re just really happy with our day.” Matt Cudzinowski is a writer for canadiens.com.

Solid depth

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MONTREAL – Count on Brian Flynn to bring some solid depth to the Canadiens down the stretch. Plus, while the 26-year-old forward’s 159 games of NHL experience may have all come with the Sabres, he already knows a thing or two about the Habs. “I’ll definitely miss the guys here, but I know it’s a good group of guys there because Gorgy [Josh Gorges] and Gio [Brian Gionta] came from there. They had nothing but good things to say [about Montreal] so I’m excited about where I’m at right now," admitted Flynn moments after getting confirmation of the trade. Sitting in last place league-wide with a Buffalo team on the cusp of a rebuild, the move meanwhile only came as so much of a surprise to the six-foot-one, 180-pounder, especially given his status as a pending restricted free agent. "I knew it was a possibility,” explained the Lynnfield, MA native. “Tim Murray’s been pretty clear that anyone who’s a restricted or unrestricted free agent this year would be up for grabs. It was still surprising to get the call because it still doesn’t really sink in, I don’t think, until right after.” The swap in the standings however, might not be the only change the University of Maine product, who has registered 17 points in 54 games this season, is anticipating as he gets set to arrive in a stacked Montreal dressing room. "I obviously don’t expect to go there and play the 20 minutes a night that I’ve been playing here. They’ve got a really deep lineup, a lot of good forwards, and a lot of guys who can score,” insisted Flynn, who has nevertheless played an average of two minutes per game while down a man this season. “If I do play more of a defensive role or kill some penalties and things like that – whatever I can do to help the team win – then that’s what I’m going to do." Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Steven Nechay.

Montreal acquires Torrey Mitchell

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PRESS RELEASE MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the acquisition of forward Torrey Mitchell from the Buffalo Sabres, in return for Jack Nevins and a seventh round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Mitchell, 30, recorded 13 points (6 goals and 7 assists) in 51 regular season games with the Sabres in 2014-15, averaging 15:20 minutes of ice time per game. He produced two game-winners and was assessed 26 penalty minutes. Since making his NHL debut back in 2007-08, Mitchell has recorded 104 points (42 goals and 62 helpers) in 443 NHL regular season games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild and the Sabres. He has scored one powerplay goal and added two more shorthanded while producing four game-winners. The 5’11’’ and 189 lbs centre added 224 penalty minutes. A former University of Vermont Catamount (ECAC and Hockey East), Mitchell registered 105 points (35 tallies and 70 assists) in 115 games in the collegiate ranks. A native of Greenfield Park, Quebec, Mitchell was San Jose’s fourth round selection, 126th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Jack Nevins, 21, served 88 penalty minutes with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Stittsville, Ontario native first joined the Canadiens on December 4, 2013 as a free agent.

Making noise

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MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens bolstered their defense in a big way on Monday morning. General manager Marc Bergevin fired the annual NHL trade deadline day’s opening salvo, and by 9:00 a.m. the deal was done. Jeff Petry was leaving Edmonton to join the Canadiens in San Jose in return for a pair of 2015 draft picks – one in the second round and a conditional fifth rounder. Needless to say, the morning was an earlier one than usual for Petry. “The trade call turned out to be my alarm. At 6:45 a.m., my phone rang and Craig MacTavish told me I was going to Montreal. I was kind of expecting something to happen, but it was still a surprise. I’m really happy to become a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization,” explained Petry via telephone while en route to San Jose. Despite only being a Hab for a couple of hours on Monday, Petry could still suit up against the Sharks in San Jose, and do so alongside a number of familiar faces, having already played with Mike Weaver, Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty and Tom Gilbert in the past, including a pair of seasons in Edmonton with the latter. For the 27-year-old defenseman who now goes from the West’s last-place Oilers to the East’s first-place Habs, the change of scenery is a welcome one. “It’s going to make a big difference. In Edmonton, the games didn’t mean much in terms of the standings. Obviously we all have pride and want to win, but we knew we weren’t going to make the playoffs, so this is a big change. It’s extra motivation,” acknowledged Petry who has yet to make a postseason appearance through 295 career NHL games. “It’s the most exciting part of all of this. I’m really happy to be playoff bound with a team that could be a contender. I’m all in and ready to help however I can.” The Ann Arbor, MI native who has registered 15 points in 59 games this season also insists the timing or Monday’s move – coming at the start of a long six-day road trip – is just right. “It’s great to be traded while the team is on the road. The guys spend more time together than they would at home, where they have their families. It helps you get to know everyone a bit better,” added Petry, who nevertheless expects some family members of his own in attendance in Anaheim on Wednesday. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Steven Nechay.

Game Preview: Canadiens @ Sharks

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CANADIENS (41-16-5) @ SHARKS (30-25-8) The Canadiens kick off their annual west coast trip on Monday night looking for a first win in San Jose since November 1999. In 16 visits to Silicon Valley since the NHL expanded to San Jose in 1991, the Canadiens have won just four games on the road against the Sharks. The timing may be prime to reverse the trend however, as Michel Therrien’s squad arrives in California having won four in a row and sitting first in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the New York Islanders. Saturday night against the visiting Maple Leafs, Carey Price stopped 30 shots to earn his 36th win – and sixth shutout – of the season. The All-Star netminder should be back in goal on Monday. David Desharnais also scored a pair of goals on Saturday to hit the 200 career points milestone. The 28-year-old forward has now racked up 38 points (11G-27A-38PTS) in 2014-15. Therrien has not confirmed whether Habs newcomer Jeff Petry, acquired from Edmonton on Monday morning, will be in uniform against the Sharks. Brian Flynn, meanwhile, will join the team on Tuesday in Anaheim. On the other end of the ice, the Sharks are going through a tough stretch, posting a 2-7-1 record in their last ten outings including a trio of consecutive losses most recently. The Sharks are currently fifth in the Pacific Division, five points back of the Minnesota Wild for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. San Jose could miss the postseason for the first time since 2002-03. Alex Stalock will make his 16th start this season for the home side. The backup netminder has registered a 5-7-1 record with a 2.85 goals against average and 0.899 save percentage.

Subban named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week

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NEW YORK (NHL.com) – Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 1. FIRST STAR – ANDREW HAMMOND, G, OTTAWA SENATORS Hammond went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and two shutouts to backstop the Senators (27-23-10, 64 points) to a trio of victories. He denied all 25 shots he faced to record his first career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks Feb. 25. Hammond followed that performance with a 35-save shutout in a 1-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings Feb. 26, becoming the second goaltender in NHL history to post consecutive road shutouts against the Ducks and Kings (Steve Mason: Dec. 29-31, 2008). He then capped the week with 28 saves in a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks Feb. 28, helping the Senators complete a sweep of their road trip through California and extend their overall winning streak to a season-high five games. The 27-year-old White Rock, B.C., native has started all five games for the club during its current run, becoming the first goaltender in Senators history to win each of his first five career starts. Overall, he is 5-0-0 with a 1.18 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and two shutouts in seven career appearances. SECOND STAR – P.K. SUBBAN, D, MONTREAL CANADIENS Subban paced the NHL with five assists and shared the League lead with six points to power the Canadiens (41-16-5, 87 points) to three consecutive wins. He collected two assists in a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Feb. 24. Subban then registered 1-2-3, his fourth three-point game of the season, and a career-high +5 rating in a 5-2 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets Feb. 26. He closed the week with one assist in a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Feb. 28, giving him 1-11-12 in his past nine contests. The 25-year-old Toronto native shares second among defensemen with 12-36-48 in 62 outings this season. His 12 goals are two shy of his career high (set in 77 GP in 2010-11), while his 48 points are five shy of his best single-season performance (set in 82 GP in 2013-14). THIRD STAR – EVGENI MALKIN, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Malkin tied for the League lead with 2-4-6 in two games to propel the Penguins (36 17 9, 81 points) to a pair of victories and their fourth straight win overall. He collected three assists in a 4-3 triumph over the Washington Capitals Feb. 25, his 25th career contest with at least three helpers. Malkin followed that performance with 2-1-3 in a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets March 1. The 28-year-old Magnitogorsk, Russia, native has posted three points in three consecutive team games (also Feb. 22 vs. FLA: 2-1-3), the second time he has achieved that feat in his career (also Feb. 7-10, 2008: 3-7-10). Malkin also is the first player to accomplish that feat for any team since Patrick Marleau did so for the San Jose Sharks Jan. 22-26, 2013 (6-3-9). Overall, Malkin has points in five straight games (5-6-11) and 26-38-64 in 57 outings this season, one point shy of the League lead. Author: NHL Public Relations

Canadiens acquire forward Brian Flynn from the Buffalo Sabres in return for a fifth round pick in 2016

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the acquisition of forward Brian Flynn from the Buffalo Sabres, in return for a fifth round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Flynn, 26, recorded 17 points (5 goals and 22 assists) in 54 regular season games with the Sabres in 2014-2015 averaging 15:33 of ice time per game. He served eight penalty minutes and had 23 shots on goal. Since making his NHL debut back in 2012-13, Flynn has produced 41 points (17 goals and 24 helpers) in 159 regular season games with the Sabres. Two of his goals were scored shorthanded and one was a game-winner. The 6’1’’ and 180 lbs centre served 22 penalty minutes. A former University of Maine Black Bear (Hockey East) in the NCAA, Flynn recorded 156 points (69 goals and 87 assists) in 153 games at the collegiate level. A native of Lynnfield, Massachussetts, Flynn first joined the Sabres as a free agent on March 29, 2012.

Canadiens acquire Jeff Petry

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PRESS RELEASE MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the acquisition of defenseman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers, in return for a second round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and a conditional fifth round pick in 2015 (previously acquired from Colorado). Petry, 27, recorded 15 points (4 goals and 11 assists) in 59 regular season games with the Oilers in 2014-15, along with a 20:57 time on ice per game. One of his goals came on the powerplay and he recorded one game-winning goal. He served 22 penalty minutes with 103 shots on goal and 101 hits. Since making his NHL debut in 2010-11, Petry has registered 74 points (17 goals and 57 helpers) in 295 regular season games with the Oilers. He has scored three powerplay goals, one shorthanded tally and one game-winning goal. The 6' 3'' and 198 lbs defenseman also spent 139 minutes in the penalty box. A former Michigan State Spartan (CCHA), Petry amassed 67 points (9 goals and 58 assists) in 118 games at the collegiate level. On the international stage, Petry suited up with TEAM USA at the World Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014, earning a bronze medal for his homeland in 2013. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Petry was Edmonton’s second round selection, 45th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Price named second star of the month of February in the NHL

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NEW YORK – Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February. FIRST STAR – DEVAN DUBNYK, G, MINNESOTA WILD Dubnyk (11-2-1, 1.64 GAA, .939 SV%, 3 SO) led the NHL with 11 wins and three shutouts while starting all 14 games for the Wild (33-22-7, 73 points), who climbed from 12th place into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of his 14 appearances, including shutout victories over the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 3 (24 SV), Colorado Avalanche Feb. 7 (18 SV) and Edmonton Oilers Feb. 20 (15 SV). Overall, Dubnyk is 24-8-3 (2.15 GAA, .926 SV%, 6 SO) in 39 appearances this season, establishing career highs in wins and shutouts while ranking in the top five in the NHL in shutouts (t-2nd), goals-against average (3rd) and save percentage (5th). The 28-year-old Regina, Sask., native has started all 20 games since his arrival in Minnesota Jan. 14, posting a 15-3-1 record with a 1.64 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and five shutouts in that span. SECOND STAR – CAREY PRICE, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS Price went 9-1-1 with a 1.34 goals-against average, .949 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 appearances to backstop the Canadiens (41-16-5, 87 points) to a 9-3-2 February and first place in the Eastern Conference. He yielded two or fewer goals in each of his last 10 starts of the month, highlighted by shutout wins over the Detroit Red Wings Feb. 16 (25 SV) and Toronto Maple Leafs Feb. 28 (30 SV). Price also extended his franchise-record road winning streak to 10 games, becoming the first goaltender to achieve that feat for any team since Evgeni Nabokov in 2009-10 (11-0-0 w/ SJS). The 27-year-old Anahim Lake, B.C., native has appeared in 50 games this season, leading the NHL in wins (36), goals-against average (1.88) and save percentage (.936) while sharing second in shutouts (6). Price’s 36 victories are two shy of his career high, established in 72 games in 2010-11. THIRD STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (10), points (t-17), power-play goals (5) and shots on goal (68) to power the Capitals (33-20-10, 76 points) to an 8-6-0 February and the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He registered points in 10 of his 14 appearances during the month, finding the back of the net in eight of those contests. Ovechkin recorded four multi-point performances, highlighted by 2-1—3 against the St. Louis Blues Feb. 1 and 2-2—4 at the Anaheim Ducks Feb. 15. He also notched a pair of game-winning goals – in a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators Feb. 5 and in a 5-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets Feb. 19. The 29-year-old Moscow, Russia, native paces the NHL with 39 goals, 18 power-play goals, eight game-winning goals (tied) and 306 shots on goal in 63 outings this season. He also shares fifth in the League with 62 points, including 23-11—34 in his past 28 games. Author: NHL Public Relations

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