Alex Galchenyuk took a four minute high-sticking penalty 1:20 into the second period. The Habs had nearly killed it off, thanks in part to a Reilly Smith penalty midway through the Panthers's powerplay, when Nick Bjugstad shovelled a puck out of midair on a rebounded shot from the point with twenty seconds left on the Panthers' four-minute advantage.
Midway through the second period, the Habs were trailing 21-9 in shots on net, and had only mustered one shot on net in the second period.
The Panthers upped their lead to 3-0 with just over seven minutes left in the second period with Jiri Hudler swatting home a rebound in close for his 13th goal of the season.
Alex Galchenyuk cut the lead to 3-1 later in the second period, with his 26th goal of the season, and twelfth goal in his past ten games . Mark Barberio drew an assist on the play four his fifth point in the past five games.
|11:46||FLA||Vincent Trocheck (21) - Asst: Brian Campbell (22), Reilly Smith (21)||1-0 FLA|
|5:10||FLA||Nick Bjugstad (12) - Aaron Ekblad, Teddy Purcell (23) PPG||2-0 FLA|
|12:45||FLA||Jiri Hudler (13) - Vincent Trocheck (27)||3-0 FLA
|17:23||MTL||Alex Galchenyul (26) - Asst: Max Pacioretty (28), Mark Barberio (8)||3-1 FLA|
|15:27||FLA||Mike Brown Fighting against Shawn Thornton|
|15:27||MTL||Shawn Thorton Fighting against Mike Brown|
|1:20||MTL||Alex Galchenyuk High-sticking double minor against Vincent Trocheck|
|2:12||FLA||Reilly Smith Tripping against Andrei Markov|
|16:59||FLA||Vincent Trocheck High-sticking against Jacob de la Rose|
|16:59||MTL||Jacob de la Rose High-sticking against Vincent Trocheck|
|Faceoff Win %||60%||40%|