How much alliteration is Jim Hughson capable of stringing together? Tonight he introduced the start of the game as if possessed by the soul of Edgar Allen Poe.
Two minutes for instigating. David Clarkson would not let Brandon Prust get off the ice without dropping the gloves. The Habs power play could not convert, though watching Prust laugh as Clarkson tried to land punches was certainly entertaining. The play actually led to a Toronto 5 on 3 after Tomas Plekanec took a penalty halfway through the Habs' power play, and Andrei Markov dumped the puck into the crowd in the defensive zone. The Leafs did not convert on their powerplays, and by the midway point of the period the game was still tied 0-0.
The Leafs soon broke the deadlock, threading passes through the Habs' defense, ending in a a shot from Daniel Winnik that fooled Carey Price. The Habs got a power 17 seconds later, and put on a passing display of their own, as the puck was cycled from one side of the ice to the other until finally reaching the front of the net were Brendan Gallagher was able to tap it in past a sprawling Jonathan Bernier.
Nathan Beaulieu stood up for his defense partner Sergei Gonchar after David Clarkson took him out with a rough check by dropping the gloves. The fight created some 4 on 4 hockey to end the period, and will gave the Habs three minutes of powerplay time to start the second period. Beaulieu was given a ten minute misconducts (Clarkson's misconduct was a game misconduct although it shows up as a 10-minute on the scoresheet - thanks Turluter!), so the Habs will be down two defensemen to start the second, as Gonchar was injured on the play.
|11:19||TOR||Daniel Winnik (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Richard Panik (3), Roman Polak (4)||1 - 0 TOR|
|12:00||MTL||PPG - Brendan Gallagher (13) Backhand shot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (22), P.K. Subban (28)||1 - 1 Tie|
|03:35||TOR||David Clarkson Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Brandon Prust|
|03:35||MTL||Brandon Prust Fighting (maj) - 5 min against David Clarkson|
|03:35||TOR||David Clarkson served by Phil Kessel Unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min against Brandon Prust|
|04:46||MTL||Tomas Plekanec Hooking - 2 min against Tyler Bozak|
|06:59||MTL||Andrei Markov Delaying Game-Puck over glass - 2 min|
|11:37||TOR||Tyler Bozak Hooking - 2 min against Alex Galchenyuk|
|18:01||MTL||Nathan Beaulieu Fighting (maj) - 5 min against David Clarkson|
|18:01||TOR||David Clarkson Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Nathan Beaulieu|
|18:01||TOR||David Clarkson Interference (maj) - 5 min against Sergei Gonchar|
|18:01||TOR||David Clarkson Game misconduct - 10 min against Nathan Beaulieu|
|18:01||MTL||Nathan Beaulieu served by Christian Thomas Instigator - 2 min against David Clarkson|
|18:01||MTL||Nathan Beaulieu Game misconduct - 10 min|