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Canadiens vs. Coyotes third period thread

Can the Habs overcome a three-goal deficit two games in a row?

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The Habs failed to convert on an early powerplay at the beginning of the second period, and it cost them. Lars Eller was sent off for closing his hand on the puck right after the Canadiens' powerplay expired, and 30 seconds later Oliver Ekman-Larsson would but the Coyotes up 3-0.

The Habs had trouble maintaining long stretches of offensive-zone time, which crippled them offensively. With only counter-attack rushes to depend on to create chances, the Habs often looked more like a team trying not to give up the next goal than a team in the process of getting back in the game.

With shades of Monday's comeback against the Canucks fading, Max Pacioretty got the Habs back in the game with a backhand slap on a puck that Brendan Gallagher threw to front of the net. The pass actually leapt over the net and landed in front of Pacioretty, whose shot went off a Coyotes' defender before finding the back of the net.

The lucky bounce lead to a flurry of chances from the Habs, who finished the period on the powerplay and will have 1:26 of powerplay time to start the third period.

Mike Smith looked hurt near the end of the second period, appearing to tweak his leg. He did finish the period, but don't be surprised if Anders Linback comes in to replace him to start the third.

Scoring Summary

1ST PERIOD
05:04 ARI Martin Hanzal (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Anthony Duclair (5) 1 - 0 ARI
09:17 ARI Shane Doan (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Tobias Rieder (6), Mike Smith (1) 2 - 0 ARI
2ND PERIOD
03:51 ARI PPG - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 3 - 0 ARI
15:59 MTL Max Pacioretty (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Brendan Gallagher (10), Tomas Plekanec(11) 3 - 1 ARI

Penalty Summary

1ST PERIOD
00:43 MTL Tomas Fleischmann Elbowing  - 2 min against  Max Domi
06:57 ARI Zbynek Michalek Hooking  - 2 min against  Brendan Gallagher
18:41 ARI Antoine Vermette Tripping  - 2 min against  Greg Pateryn
2ND PERIOD
01:22 ARI Martin Hanzal Kneeing  - 2 min against  Brendan Gallagher
03:31 MTL Lars Eller Closing hand on puck  - 2 min
19:25 ARI Zbynek Michalek Hooking  - 2 min against  David Desharnais

Shots

PERIOD ARI MTL
1st 5 13
2nd 8 6
Total 13 19

Team Stats

CATEGORY ARI MTL
Power Plays 1/2 0/4
Hits 20 22
Faceoff Wins 27 16
Giveaways 7 8
Takeaways 3 3
Blocked Shots 15 7
Penalty Minutes 8 4