On a night when we celebrate a Hall of Fame defenseman, it seems only fitting (given the Habs luck this year) that miscues by the defense were the triggers for the first two goals of the game.
First Matthew Dumba pinches and misplays an offensive opportunity which Plekanec jumps on and feeds Gallagher for a great slapshot that was destined to find the back of the net. Gallagher was due and Dumba is overmatched playing regularly in the NHL.
Next Andrei Markov turns it over leading to a 2-1 against Subban that has Vanek setting up Jason Pominville. We knew that Vanek was going to happen, it was just a matter of time.
Thankfully the Sekac-Eller-Prust line steps up to give the Habs their first lead since 1982. Why was Sekac benched again? Great line!
I like that we did away with special teams entirely in the second.
|09:26||MTL||Brendan Gallagher (4) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (5)||1 - 0 MTL|
|14:59||MIN||Jason Pominville (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (8)||1 - 1 Tie|
|19:10||MTL||Lars Eller (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Prust (2), Jiri Sekac (1)||2 - 1 MTL|
|07:31||MIN||Mikko Koivu Holding - 2 min against Brandon Prust|
|08:22||MTL||Andrei Markov Interference - 2 min against Erik Haula|
|15:25||MTL||Brendan Gallagher Hooking - 2 min against Charlie Coyle|