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Carey Price was spectacular to keep the Habs ahead 1-0 heading into the 3rd period.

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The Rangers have been very good at anticipating the Habs' breakout, making it very difficult for any line to generate speed through the neutral zone. As a result, the Canadiens looked to have fallen back into the old routine of choosing to dump and chase instead of carry the puck into the offensive zone. On a play when the Habs did make a controlled-zone entry into the Rangers' zone, they ended up drawing a penalty and got a chance to put their powerplaykill to work. After  over a minute of boondoggling with the puck, the Canadiens ended up taking a penalty to cut the man advantage short. It's like the powerplay has become self-aware, and is killing itself before it has a chance to embarrass itself again.

By the midway point of the seond period, the Canadiens were trailing the Rangers 8-2 in period shot attempts, and 32-17 overall. The only Ranger with a negative Corsi number was Ryan McDonagh (-4) and the only Hab with a positive Corsi number was Tomas Plekanec (1). It was starting to become a lopsided game, but it was still 0-0. The Canadiens were able to generate some pressure from their relentless forecheck - which has been a major strengths so far this season. After keeping the Rangers hemmed behind their side of center-ice for a couple of shifts, Tomas Fleischmann would find the puck at the side of the Rangers' net after a well-placed David Desharnais shot from the point didn't get through, and bury one past Henrik Lundqvist to put the Habs up 1-0.

The Habs would take two penalties in a row with under 4 minutes remaining in the second period, giving the Rangers over a 1:30 of 5 on 3 time. Carey Price would make 5 saves on the 7 shot attempts thrown his way. Even after the penalty had ended, Carey Price would be forced to make a spectacular glove save, and in doing so kept his team in the lead, and moments later allowed for the Habs to draw a penalty and get a late powerplay, which will carry over into the third period.

Scoring Summary

1ST PERIOD
NONE
2ND PERIOD
08:46 MTL Tomas Fleischmann (2) Snap shot - ASST: David Desharnais (2) 1 - 0 MTL

Penalty Summary

1ST PERIOD
02:38 NYR Ryan McDonagh Boarding  - 2 min against  Brendan Gallagher
04:09 MTL Brendan Gallagher Tripping  - 2 min against  Rick Nash
08:36 NYR Rick Nash Roughing  - 2 min against  Alexei Emelin
08:36 MTL Alexei Emelin Embellishment  - 2 min against  Rick Nash
09:34 NYR Marc Staal Tripping  - 2 min against  Brendan Gallagher
10:20 MTL P.K. Subban Interference  - 2 min against  Dominic Moore
2ND PERIOD
03:18 NYR Derick Brassard Hooking  - 2 min against  Tomas Plekanec
04:33 MTL Tomas Plekanec Slashing  - 2 min against  Marc Staal
09:19 NYR Rick Nash Hooking  - 2 min against  Devante Smith-Pelly
16:13 MTL Andrei Markov Hooking  - 2 min against  Dan Boyle
16:32 MTL Alexei Emelin Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
19:10 NYR J.T. Miller Tripping  - 2 min against  P.K. Subban

Shots

PERIOD NYR MTL
1st 7 9
2nd 11 10
Total 18 19

Team Stats

CATEGORY NYR MTL
Power Plays 0/5 0/5
Hits 18 13
Faceoff Wins 25 25
Giveaways 7 11
Takeaways 4 4
Blocked Shots 11 13
Penalty Minutes 12 12