The Habs did not convert on the powerplay to open up the second period, creating only two shot attempts that were both not shots on net. The Canadiens continued to attack at a steady pace, leading 6-2 in shot attempts for the period by the time they earned their next powerplay, a tripping penalty on Tuomo Ruutu.
The powerplay was short-lived, as P.K. Subban was sent off for hooking Travis Zajac who had broken free behind the Canadiens defense and nearly scored on a breakaway. Mike Condon was tested for the first time in the period, and made a couple of good saves, and most importantly, was not giving up rebounds.
Good job by Condon tracking this shot through the screen. pic.twitter.com/uAk0po2bY6— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) January 7, 2016
Jordin Tootoo played a broken stick, by shooting it towards David Desharnais to knock the puck off his stick. Desharnais was awarded a penalty shot, but backhanded the puck high and over the net.
The Habs took a penalty with 2:35 left in the period, threatening their 1-0 lead. Torrey Mitchell extended the Canadiens lead to 2-0, scoring the Canadiens' eighth shorthanded goal of the season. he goal was assisted by Paul Byron, who himself has three shorthanded goals.
The Habs have a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
|19:00||MTL||PPG - Max Pacioretty (17) Tip-in - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (23), P.K. Subban (27)||1 - 0 MTL|
|18:27||MTL||SHG - Torrey Mitchell (6) Tip-in - ASST: Paul Byron (3)||2 - 0 MTL|
|14:46||MTL||Alexei Emelin Interference - 2 min against Bobby Farnham|
|17:57||NJD||Stefan Matteau Too many men/ice - bench - 2 min|
|19:44||NJD||Bobby Farnham Interference - 2 min against Devante Smith-Pelly|
|05:45||NJD||Tuomo Ruutu Tripping - 2 min against Jeff Petry|
|06:45||MTL||P.K. Subban Hooking - 2 min against Travis Zajac|
|16:31||NJD||Jordin Tootoo PS-Thow object at puck - 0 min against David Desharnais|
|17:35||MTL||Devante Smith-Pelly Interference - 2 min against Stefan Matteau|