Brandon Prust took a shot on a rolling puck that fooled Carey Price, glancing off the bottom of his glove hand and rolling down his back to be left for 2014 1st round pick Jared McCann to bury into the back of the net. This is only the 2nd time all season the Habs have given up the first goal of the game, and the first time they had trailed an opponent since they played Detroit 4 games ago. The Habs had also never trailed by more than 1 goal (and for no longer than 2:57), until Lucas Sbisa blasted a low shot from the point that glanced off Nathan Bealieu's stick and past Carey Price to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead.
Tomas Fleischmann outmuscled a Canuck defender along their blueline and powered into the zone on a 2 on 0 break with David Desharnais who he fed the puck to, but Ryan Miller stoned Desharnais with the right pad. Down 2 goals, the Habs pressed hard, but were stoned by Ryan Miller. The Habs broke down again, giving the Canucks a 3-0 lead with 4:12 remaining in the 1st period as Jared McCann took a quick pass off the faceoff and one-timed a low shot past Carey Price, who until that point had not given up more than 2 goals all season. In fact, this is the first time the Habs have allowed more than 3 goals to an opponent all year, and it's still the 1st period.
The Habs will have to tighten up in the intermission, as even though they are down 3-0, they have still been generating offensive opportunities, with Ryan Miller saving all 12 shots put on net, and the Canadiens leading in the CF department 19-18. The Habs will start with a powerplay in the 2nd period, and have plenty of time to build a comeback if they can get their act together in the intermission.
|02:30||VAN||Jared McCann (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Prust (4), Derek Dorsett (1)||1 - 0 VAN|
|09:12||VAN||Bo Horvat (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Luca Sbisa (2), Sven Baertschi (3)||2 - 0 VAN|
|15:52||VAN||Jared McCann (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Prust (5)||3 - 0 VAN|
|13:21||MTL||Tomas Fleischmann Interference - 2 min against Ben Hutton|
|19:28||VAN||Sven Baertschi Tripping - 2 min against Devante Smith-Pelly|