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Canadiens vs. Islanders second period thread

The Habs lead 3-1 heading into the second period.

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Carey Price made three saves in the first two minutes of the game as the New York Islanders came of the gate on a tear. Thanks to Price's intervention,which prevented the Habs from giving up the first goal for the sixth game in a row, the Canadiens' fourth line was able to create some pressure, with Brian Flynn throwing a puck on net and Jeff Petry pouncing on the rebound to put the Habs up 1-0. Alexander Semin (who is on the fourth line tonight) earned a secondary assist on the goal.

The Islanders tied the game, with Brock Nelson knocking free a rebound that Carey Price had trapped with his blocker. Nelson cross-checked the puck out of Price's hold and guided the loose puck into the net, and although the Habs challenged the goal, and after a lengthy review, the call was maintained.

The Habs regained the lead 35 seconds later. This time, the third line found the back of the net with David Desharnais setting up Tomas Fleischmann for his sixth of the season. David Desharnais collected his tenth assist on the goal. In checking this stat, I discovered that both Desharnais and Fleischmann lead the team in GWGs this season with three each.

A line of Alex Galchenyuk, Devante Smith-Pelly and Alexander Semin took to the ice and scored the Habs' third goal of the period, with Galchenyuk setting up Nathan Beaulieu his second goal of the year.

The Habs finished the first period with the lead for the first time since they last played the Islanders five games ago.

Jaroslav Halak was replaced to start the second period by Thomas Greiss.

Scoring Summary

02:52 MTL Jeff Petry (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Flynn (3), Alexander Semin (3) 1 - 0 MTL
11:57 NYI Brock Nelson (7) Wrist shot - ASST: John Tavares (9), Kyle Okposo (13) 1 - 1 Tie
12:32 MTL Tomas Fleischmann (6) Slapshot - ASST: David Desharnais (10) 2 - 1 MTL
18:17 MTL Nathan Beaulieu (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (10), Devante Smith-Pelly (5) 3 - 1 MTL

Penalty Summary

15:18 MTL P.K. Subban Holding  - 2 min against  John Tavares


1st 11 10
Total 11 10

Team Stats

Power Plays 0/0 0/1
Hits 5 18
Faceoff Wins 8 8
Giveaways 5 9
Takeaways 6 6
Blocked Shots 4 7
Penalty Minutes 2 0