The Habs came out with a strong push to start the second period, putting up five shot attempts and three shots on net over the span of a minute between the 2:32 and 3:32 mark of the period. The Habs held the Blackhawks to just one shot attempt in the first six minutes of the first period.
A couple of Habs came close to tying in midway through the second period, including Max Pacioretty who mailed in a shot over the crossbar at the end of a three-on-two, and Paul Byron who was robbed by Corey Crawford who was scrambling outside of his crease to regain position.
The Habs had a strong first half of the second period, almost matching their first period shot-attempt output by recorded 12 shot attempts in the first ten minutes of the period. The Habs did not keep up that pace, but still outplayed the Blackhawks by a wide margin in the second period. Corey Crawford was lights out, making the difference for his team to keep their lead intact.
The Habs trail 2-1 heading into the third period. Aside from the Canadiens' strong offensive push in the second period, Alexei Emelin had a huge hip-check worthy of another look:
"I must break you" pic.twitter.com/GPuSTpLLYv— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) January 15, 2016
|08:26||CHI||Jonathan Toews (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Shaw (13), Duncan Keith (20)||1 - 0 CHI|
|10:36||MTL||Paul Byron (8) Tip-in - ASST: David Desharnais (14), P.K. Subban (28)||1 - 1 Tie|
|12:56||CHI||Ryan Garbutt (2) Slapshot - ASST: Michal Rozsival (3), Richard Panik (1)||2 - 1 CHI|
|04:20||MTL||David Desharnais Hooking - 2 min against Patrick Kane|