The second period saw the Buffalo Sabres widen their lead to 3-0 while the decidedly flat Montreal Canadiens might see the middle frame as a missed opportunity.
Buffalo’s Jason Pominville scored the only goal of the third period, but the Sabres hit a few posts and generally looked dominant against a punch-less Boston Bruins team. You can’t really blame Tuukka Rask for the disparity as Buffalo is obviously playing with a lot more urgency than the team they are trailing 3-1.
Speaking of urgency, the Habs seemed to be yawning their way through a second period in which they were given three powerplay opportunities to give themselves much-needed insurance against an explosive Capitals team. Instead, Alex Ovechkin scored the period’s lone goal and one must wonder how, exactly, could Montreal hold onto their flimsy lead?
Certainly not by playing the way they did in the second period, that’s for sure.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
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“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day