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Canadiens vs. Red Wings second period thread

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It's 0-0 heading into the second period.

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The first five minutes of the game were spent mostly skating, as both sides tried to maintain puck possession and didn't want to give it up on a wasted shot. There were only four collective shot attempts (two a side) within the first five minutes played.

Henrik Zetterberg drew a hooking penalty out of Tomas Fleischmann, but the Red Wings powerplay did not have any impact, as has happened too often for them this year, ranked 21st in the league on the powerplay. Four minutes later, Justin Abdelkader let his feet on a hit on P.K. Subban and was sent to the box for charging.

The Habs powerplay has been atrocious lately, even though they are still ranked within the NHL's top-ten, currently in sixth place. Last week this time, the Habs were ranked second. The only chance the Canadiens had on the ensuing powerplay was on a quick Andrei Markov breakaway that he rang off the post, which was promptly followed by a shorthanded chance by the Red Wings requiring intervention from Dustin Tokarski, who looked solid to begin the game.

The Red Wings got a second chance on the powerplay, but did not score despite generating four shot attempts. The Habs were held without a shot attempt for the final five and a half minutes of the first period. The Wings lead by a large margin in possession with 24-8 CF.

Scoring Summary

1ST PERIOD
NONE

Penalty Summary

1ST PERIOD
06:01 MTL Tomas Fleischmann Hooking  - 2 min against  Henrik Zetterberg
10:01 DET Justin Abdelkader Charging  - 2 min against  P.K. Subban
15:38 MTL Jeff Petry Cross checking  - 2 min against  Tomas Jurco

Shots

PERIOD MTL DET
1st 7 10
Total 7 10

Team Stats

CATEGORY MTL DET
Power Plays 0/1 0/2
Hits 6 8
Faceoff Wins 6 11
Giveaways 2 1
Takeaways 2 1
Blocked Shots 7 1
Penalty Minutes 4 2