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Canadiens vs Senators third period thread

The Canadiens powerplay goes 0/4 in the second period, and the Sens are back in this one.

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Mike Condon made the first highlight reel save of his career, stoning Jean-Gabriel Pageau on a diving low glove save. The Senators came out a lot stronger to start the second period, throwing some heavy shots towards Condon who stood tall on each of the three he had to face before the Canadiens would turn it up and gain a powerplay opportunity at the 4:30 mark of the second period.

The powerplay would spend very little organized time in the Senators zone. After the powerplay, the Senators would start to show signs of frustration and got involved in a pretty rough scrum after the whistle that saw Mark Methot jump on top of Torrey Mitchell and pull him down the ice. The Canadiens would end up with the man advantage once the dust settled. After not being able to settle down and actually take advantage, Jean-Gabriel Pageau would lead a 2 on 1 and squeeze one through Mike Condon's glove to cut the Canadiens' lead to 2-1. Brendan Gallagher would use his speed to draw another penalty to give the Habs a 5 on 3 chance for 1:09. The Canadiens would use the advantage to  try to set up a shot from the point. Obviously, setting up the shot from as far away as possible is the best way to take advantage of a 5 on 3 opportunity. The Habs would get another powerplay and spend most of the time floating around and give up the best chance of the two minutes by giving Curtis Lazar a breakaway. The Canadiens powerplay is now 1/12 on the season.

A good powerplay doesn't only matter on the scoreboard, it also a matters in terms of team of toughness. A team that can't make their opponent pay for bad hits or illegal plays is only making itself more vulnerable to bad hits and illegal plays. I hope something is done to seriously change the powerplay situation, as the Canadiens could have put this one away already if they had a powerplay unit that wasn't this inept.

Scoring Summary

09:41 MTL Tomas Plekanec (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Max Pacioretty (2), Brendan Gallagher (2) 1 - 0 MTL
18:34 MTL Tomas Plekanec (3) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 0 MTL
09:09 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 1 MTL

Penalty Summary

10:09 OTT Alex Chiasson Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Tom Gilbert
11:48 MTL Alex Galchenyuk Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Marc Methot
17:55 MTL Dale Weise Roughing  - 2 min against  Kyle Turris
17:55 OTT Kyle Turris Roughing  - 2 min against  Dale Weise
04:33 OTT Mark Stone Cross checking  - 2 min against  Brendan Gallagher
08:39 OTT Mark Stone Roughing  - 2 min against  Jeff Petry
08:39 OTT Marc Methot Roughing  - 2 min against  Torrey Mitchell
08:39 MTL Devante Smith-Pelly Roughing  - 2 min against  Marc Methot
09:30 OTT Zack Smith Hooking  - 2 min against  Tomas Plekanec
10:59 MTL Alexander Semin Hooking  - 2 min against  Mark Stone
13:16 OTT Patrick Wiercioch Slashing  - 2 min against  Alexander Semin


1st 15 6
2nd 9 6
Total 24 12

Team Stats

Power Plays 0/5 0/2
Hits 11 24
Faceoff Wins 22 25
Giveaways 10 9
Takeaways 7 8
Blocked Shots 13 17
Penalty Minutes 8 14