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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|