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Canadiens vs. Penguins third period thread

The Canadiens have jumped ahead to a 3-2 lead after a dominant second period.

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The Habs drew a penalty early to start the second period, but had their powerplay cut short when P.K. Subban was sent off for tripping Nick Bonino. According to my Twitter feed (which is mostly Habs fans) and several comments in the second period thread, my suspicions that the penalty was a little weak were confirmed.

Brendan Gallagher tied the game on a breakaway, taking an errant puck off the boards behind the Penguins defense and roofing it past Marc-Andre Fleury to tie the game 2-2. The goal was the Canadiens' tenth shot attempt in a row, as the Canadiens held the Penguins to all but two shot-attempts in the first 12 minutes of the second period.

Dale Weise left the game with an apparent leg injury. Ben Lovejoy fell hard into the back of Weise's leg - right behind the knee - and bent the Habs' leading goal-scorer's leg awkwardly.

Brian Flynn squeezed a routine shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Habs the lead. The Penguins were unraveling. Sidney Crosby took an unsportsmanlike penalty on his way back to the bench as the Habs celebrated the go-ahead goal, knocking down Tomas Fleischmann for no apparent reason as Fleischmann made his way off the ice.

Dale Weise returned with just over three minutes left in the second period.

The Canadiens played a dominant second period, holding the Penguins to one shot on net and just seven shot attempts.

Scoring Summary

00:13 PIT Pascal Dupuis (2) Tip-in - ASST: Sidney Crosby (6), Beau Bennett (2) 1 - 0 PIT
04:12 MTL PPG - Andrei Markov (2) Slapshot - ASST: P.K. Subban (14), Tomas Plekanec (9) 1 - 1 Tie
19:16 PIT Olli Maatta (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Phil Kessel (5), Evgeni Malkin (8) 2 - 1 PIT
07:47 MTL Brendan Gallagher (7) Snap shot - ASST: Max Pacioretty (7) 2 - 2 Tie
14:12 MTL Brian Flynn (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Torrey Mitchell (5), P.K. Subban (15) 3 - 2 MTL

Penalty Summary

03:11 PIT Evgeni Malkin Slashing  - 2 min against  Dale Weise
12:18 MTL Brendan Gallagher Tripping  - 2 min against  Brian Dumoulin
01:16 PIT Chris Kunitz Tripping  - 2 min against  Paul Byron
01:55 MTL P.K. Subban Tripping  - 2 min against  Nick Bonino
09:23 PIT Kris Letang Interference  - 2 min against  Paul Byron
14:12 PIT Sidney Crosby Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min


1st 13 14
2nd 13 1
Total 26 15

Team Stats

Power Plays 1/4 0/2
Hits 14 20
Faceoff Wins 27 18
Giveaways 4 9
Takeaways 1 5
Blocked Shots 7 9
Penalty Minutes 4 8