Brendan Gallagher continues to be hot, scoring his 7th goal in the last 15 games for his 24th goal of the yearto restore the Canadiens' lead after the Panthers tied it on the powerplay 46 seconds earlier. It makes sense to project Gallagher as a potential 30-goal scorer down the road. P.A. Parenteau scored his first goal in 10 games, and 2nd in 36, on an individual effort that saw him take the puck up the ice and out-react 3 flat-footed Florida Panthers to snap in his own rebound. Devante Smith Pelly scored his first goal as a Hab in his 18th game with the team, after P.A. Parenteau stole the puck and fed Smith-Pelly in front of the net.
The Habs have played a very strong game, outshooting the Panthers 21-16, although they are trailing in CF, as the Panthers hold a slight edge in possession with 52 CF%, and an even more slight edge 29.727 -28.497 5 v 5 Score-adjusted Corsi.
The Habs have won 86% of their games when leading after 2 (11th in the NHL). Should the Habs get the job done in the 3rd period, Carey Price will tie Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante for the most regular season wins by a Habs' goalie with his 42nd win, and coach Michel Therrien will get his 200th career win as Head Coach of the Canadiens.
|06:36||MTL||PPG - Tomas Plekanec (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrei Markov (38), Alex Galchenyuk (26)||1 - 0 MTL|
|06:20||FLA||PPG - Aaron Ekblad (12) Slapshot - ASST: Jonathan Huberdeau (39), Aleksander Barkov(19)||1 - 1 Tie|
|07:06||MTL||Brendan Gallagher (24) Slapshot - ASST: P.K. Subban (43)||2 - 1 MTL|
|11:27||MTL||Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Petry (13)||3 - 1 MTL|
|17:42||MTL||Devante Smith-Pelly (6) Snap shot - ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (14)||4 - 1 MTL|
|05:48||FLA||Dmitry Kulikov Interference - 2 min against Max Pacioretty|
|05:51||FLA||Erik Gudbranson Hi-sticking - 2 min against Brendan Gallagher|
|14:05||FLA||Brandon Pirri Hooking - 2 min against Torrey Mitchell|
|18:31||MTL||Jeff Petry Hooking - 2 min against Jaromir Jagr|
|00:51||FLA||Jussi Jokinen Tripping - 2 min against Alex Galchenyuk|
|06:15||MTL||Dale Weise Delay of game - 2 min|