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The Canadiens lead 5-2 heading into the 3rd period.

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The Canadiens jumped to a 2-goal lead after some incredible Alex Galechenyuk moves allowed Lars Eller to be left wide open to pound home the rebound. The 2-goal lead would not last very long, as Leo Komarov would beat Carey Price 43 seconds later to cut the lead to 2-1. David Desharnais would score next, after carrying the puck up the ice on an odd-man break, Desharnais' pass would be deflected and slide under Bernier's pad to give the Habs reestablish the Canadiens' 2-goal lead. Again, the Leafs would cut into the lead quickly, with James Van Riemsdyk burying one after taking a shot off the back-glass the bounced to him alone in front of the net. That made for 4 goals scored in 6:36 on a combined 24 shots attempts.

The Leafs seemed to be having an easy time at preventing the Canadiens from breaking out of their zone. This led to the Habs utilzing fewer controlled zone-exits which in turn allowed the Leafs to maintain a series of offensive pressure where they created 10 shot attempts in the span of 3 minutes midway through the 2nd period. The Canadiens ended up taking a penalty, with Lars Eller being sent off for high-sticking. It looked as though the Leafs would force a tie, but the Habs would jump on loose puck off a face-off in their own zone, with Max Pacioretty streaking up the wing on a 2 on 1 and firing off his league-leading 7th goal of the season. The Habs would take another penalty to give the Leafs 1 minute of 5 on 3 powerplay, but the Canadiens would kill both penalties.

Dion Phaneuf took exception to getting hit too hard by Dale Weise near the end of the 2nd period - because you shouldn't hit your opponent as hard as you can. In fact, for a guy like Phaneuf it's best to roll out a red carpet first and make sure to offer him a juice box afterward and a hug. Phaneuf would be penalized for retaliating, giving the Habs a chance to go up 5-2, which they would when P.K. Subban would set up Brendan Gallagher who tipped in his team's second powerplay goal of the night.

Scoring Summary

1ST PERIOD
10:53 MTL PPG - P.K. Subban (1) Slapshot - ASST: Max Pacioretty (4), Tomas Plekanec (5) 1 - 0 MTL
2ND PERIOD
01:54 MTL Lars Eller (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (6) 2 - 0 MTL
02:37 TOR Leo Komarov (4) Wrist shot - ASST: James van Riemsdyk (1), Scott Harrington (1) 2 - 1 MTL
04:24 MTL David Desharnais (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (3), Alexei Emelin(1) 3 - 1 MTL
06:36 TOR James van Riemsdyk (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Dion Phaneuf (5), Leo Komarov (1) 3 - 2 MTL
15:30 MTL SHG - Max Pacioretty (7) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 4 - 2 MTL
19:46 MTL PPG - Brendan Gallagher (4) Tip-in - ASST: P.K. Subban (9), Andrei Markov (9) 5 - 2 MTL

Penalty Summary

1ST PERIOD
03:16 TOR Scott Harrington Interference  - 2 min against  Devante Smith-Pelly
05:59 MTL P.K. Subban Holding  - 2 min against  Leo Komarov
09:21 TOR Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau Hooking  - 2 min against  Lars Eller
2ND PERIOD
06:36 TOR Nick Spaling Delay Gm - Face-off Violation  - 2 min
14:36 MTL Lars Eller Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Mark Arcobello
15:41 MTL Devante Smith-Pelly Slashing  - 2 min against  Byron Froese
18:48 TOR Dion Phaneuf Cross checking  - 2 min against  Dale Weise
18:48 MTL Alexei Emelin Cross checking  - 2 min against  Nazem Kadri
18:48 TOR Nazem Kadri Roughing  - 2 min against  Alexei Emelin

Shots

PERIOD TOR MTL
1st 14 11
2nd 23 11
Total 37 22

Team Stats

CATEGORY TOR MTL
Power Plays 0/3 2/4
Hits 15 16
Faceoff Wins 28 20
Giveaways 4 10
Takeaways 0 4
Blocked Shots 6 9
Penalty Minutes 10 8