The Canadiens did not allow the Avalanche to register a shot-attempt for the first 4:55 of the second period while putting up seven of their own and five shots-on-net. The relentless attack persevered, and finally, Brendan Gallagher scored on his own rebound to break the berracade and get the Habs back in this game.
The Avalanche drew a penalty, with Alexander Semin getting two for high-sticking. The Habs killed the penalty and went on the powerplay moments later, with Matt Duchene clipping Jeff Petry's head with a high-stick. More miscommunication on the offensive blue-line between Andre Markov and P.K. Subban would lead to the Avalanche's fourth goal of the game, with Blake Comeau blasting one through Condon after retrieving Subban's miscalculated pass and carrying it down the ice.
The Canadiens had 14 shots-on-net on 28 shot-attempts in the second period, but trail 4-1 heading into the third. Should the Habs lose in regulation, it will be their first regulation loss at home of the season.
|03:26||COL||Mikhail Grigorenko (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Duchene (5)||1 - 0 COL|
|18:25||COL||Nathan MacKinnon (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grigorenko (4)||2 - 0 COL|
|18:38||COL||Nathan MacKinnon (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Mikhail Grigorenko (5), Matt Duchene (6)||3 - 0 COL|
|08:48||MTL||Brendan Gallagher (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (10), Max Pacioretty (8)||3 - 1 COL|
|12:55||COL||SHG - Blake Comeau (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE||4 - 1 COL|
|07:58||COL||John Mitchell Cross checking - 2 min against Max Pacioretty|
|01:59||COL||Ben Street Holding - 2 min against Alex Galchenyuk|
|09:33||MTL||Alexander Semin Hi-sticking - 2 min against John Mitchell|
|11:43||COL||Matt Duchene Hi-sticking - 2 min against Jeff Petry|
|16:56||COL||Mikhail Grigorenko Too many men/ice - bench - 2 min|