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Canadiens vs. Canucks third period thread

The Habs dominated the second period and are back in this one, down 3-2.

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Canadiens went down three goals on a missed save by Mike Condon that fooled everyone including the refs who needed video assistance to determine that the puck had deflected into an upper compartment in the net. The goal was scored after Alex Galchenyuk took a bad penalty that could have seen him stapled to the bench, if not for a short-handed goal scored five minutes later by Lars Eller to put the Habs back in the game.

The Great Dane's goal sparked the Canadiens. Max Pacioretty capitalized on a Brendan Gallagher rebound just under two minutes later to cut the Canucks' lead to 3-2.

The Canadiens dominated the second period, registering 15 shots on 28 shot-attempts.

It looks like Alex Semin could be out of chances. Before Lars Eller got the Habs back in the game, Semin had seen just over two-and-half minutes of ice-time. His shifts were boosted as the momentum had turned in the Canadiens' favour giving him 5:46 on the statsheet, but before the second period ended, his place on the "second line" was being filled by Torrey Mitchell.

Michel Therrien could of course come back to his regular lines, but up until Lars Eller shorthanded, the "second line" was seeing fourth line deployment, trailing in usage behind all other lines, and being used fourth in the line rotation.

Scoring Summary

01:26 VAN Adam Cracknell (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Derek Dorsett (3), Matt Bartkowski (4) 1 - 0 VAN
17:54 VAN PPG - Jared McCann (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (9), Radim Vrbata (5) 2 - 0 VAN
03:17 VAN PPG - Daniel Sedin (6) Slapshot - ASST: Yannick Weber (3), Alexander Edler (5) 3 - 0 VAN
08:40 MTL SHG - Lars Eller (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Gilbert (1) 3 - 1 VAN
10:53 MTL Max Pacioretty (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Gallagher (9) 3 - 2 VAN

Penalty Summary

05:08 MTL P.K. Subban Holding  - 2 min against  Henrik Sedin
10:05 VAN Yannick Weber Tripping  - 2 min against  Dale Weise
15:53 MTL Brendan Gallagher Hi stick - double minor  - 4 min against  Daniel Sedin
18:19 VAN Matt Bartkowski Slashing  - 2 min against  Max Pacioretty
03:12 MTL Alex Galchenyuk Interference  - 2 min against  Jake Virtanen
07:12 MTL Brian Flynn Roughing  - 2 min against  Alexander Edler
12:08 VAN Radim Vrbata Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min


1st 11 9
2nd 7 15
Total 18 24

Team Stats

Power Plays 2/5 0/3
Hits 16 25
Faceoff Wins 19 26
Giveaways 9 11
Takeaways 5 7
Blocked Shots 13 8
Penalty Minutes 6 10