Stats & Info: Montreal Canadiens

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1. HUMBER SIMPLY PERFECT: Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber became the 21st pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history. FROM ELIAS: Entering Saturday’s game, Humber had 11 wins in 29 starts. That is the third-fewest starts and second-fewest wins prior to a perfect game in MLB history.

2. YANKEES MAKE IMPROBABLE COMEBACK: The New York Yankees trailed 9-0 against the Boston Red Sox before scoring 15 unanswered runs in a 15-9 win. FROM ELIAS: It is the second time in the modern era that a team trailed by at least nine runs and ended up winning the game by at least six runs. On June 12, 1938 the Detroit Tigers trailed the Washington Senators, 11-1, but rallied to win, 18-12, on the strength of a seven-run ninth inning.

3. BLACKHAWKS FORCE GAME 6: The Chicago Blackhawks stayed alive, winning 3-2 in overtime against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Blackhawks have played in seven consecutive overtime games, the longest streak in NHL playoff history. FROM ELIAS: This is the second playoff series in NHL history in which each of the first 5 games went into overtime. The other was the 1951 Finals when the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs went to OT in all five games.

4. ANDERSON BLANKS RANGERS: Craig Anderson made 41 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 2–0 win at Madison Square Garden in Game 5 of their series against the New York Rangers. FROM ELIAS: Anderson was the first NHL goaltender to make at least 40 saves in a road shutout in the playoffs since Ed Belfour of the Dallas Stars made 48 stops in a 1–0 triple-overtime win at New Jersey in Game 5 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Final. Before Anderson, the last goaltender to do that in a road playoff game that did not go to overtime was Toronto’s Felix Potvin with a 42-save, 3–0 shutout at Chicago in 1995.

5. RONALDO SETS RECORD: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the game-winning goal in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Barcelona. It was Ronaldo’s 42nd goal of the season, setting the record for most goals scored in a season in La Liga history.

6. BATTLE OF WESTERN POWERS: The Los Angeles Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3:30 ET on ABC. That game will feature the top-2 scorers in the NBA. Kobe Bryant (27.9 PPG) leads Kevin Durant (27.8 PPG) by 0.1 PPG. Durant is trying to become the first player to win three consecutive scoring titles since Michael Jordan from 1996-98. The Lakers have two games remaining while the Thunder have three.

60-goal season for Stamkos would be a first

April, 5, 2012

Charles LeClaire/US PresswireThe Lightning's Steven Stamkos has two games left to reach 60 goals this season.

With 58 goals and two games to play, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos has a chance to become the 20th player in NHL history to record 60 goals in a season.

He would be the first player to do it since Alex Ovechkin scored 65 goals in 2007-08. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stamkos would be the first player from one of the nine franchises that have entered the league since 1991 to score 60 goals in a season.

But in recent years, 60 goals has been a difficult benchmark to reach after being a regular occurrence for more than a decade.

There was at least one 60-goal scorer for 14 straight seasons from 1981 to 1994, with the streak ending in the lockout shortened 1994-95 season.

The following year, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mario Lemieux (69 goals) and Jaromir Jagr (62) reached the milestone. Since then, Ovechkin is the only player with a 60-goal season.

Jagr, Ovechkin and Teemu Selanne are the only active players with a 60-goal season.

Now in his fourth year in the NHL, Stamkos is looking to be the 10th player to score 60 goals at least once in his first four seasons. Scoring 60 this season would put Stamkos in good company: Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Lemieux and Brett Hull all had at least one 60-goal season in their first four years in the league.

Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Pavel Bure are the only players with multiple 60-goal seasons in their first four years.

Although scoring 60 goals at such a young age would be impressive, if Stamkos does it, his overall point total could rank among the lowest of the 60-goal seasons.

Stamkos currently has 95 points (58 goals, 37 assists); only two players, Reggie Leach in 1975-76 and Lanny McDonald in 1982-83, had fewer than 100 points in a 60-goal season.

Stamkos was held scoreless against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. He has been held without a goal in back-to-back games seven times this season, and just three times in three straight games.

Stamkos’ remaining games are both on the road, which also doesn’t help his cause -- only 22 of his 58 goals have come on the road.

On Thursday, Stamkos faces the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has seven goals against Toronto in 15 career games. Tampa Bay’s final game is against the Winnipeg Jets. Stamkos has 19 career goals against the Jets franchise (previously the Atlanta Thrashers), his most against any opponent.