Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Drouin – Byron
Galchenyuk – Danault – Shaw
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Alzner – Petry
Benn – Schlemko
Morrow – Jerabek
Jacob De La Rose, Brett Lernout
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Al Montoya – concussion, Artturi Lehkonen – lower-body, Shea Weber – lower-body
This game featured a high-paced first period with both teams entering the game on modest winning streaks. Right from the drop of the puck, there were scoring chances with Carey Price making a spuerb save on Sam Bennett in the first minute of play. Following the save, Max Pacioretty beat Mike Smith with a backhand but it was called back after a review ruled that Paul Byron was offside.
The rest of the first period was rather evenly matched. After Byron Froese scored as he tipped a Jordie Benn point shot, Calgary pushed back and had the better chances for the remainder of the period.
The second period belonged to Montreal as the Canadiens consistently outworked a Calgary squad that appeared to have checked out early for their Christmas break. That domination continued into the third period with the Habs extending their lead to 3-0.
But Calgary was not done benefiting from a goal assisted by the stick of Jeff Petry and the goal post. Paul Byron’s penalty in the late going allowed the Flames to score a power-play goal with a 6-on-4 advantage. Carey Price had to be outstanding in the final minutes to preserve the win.
▲ Carey Price, Artturi Lehkonen, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Byron Froese, Nicolas Deslauriers
▼ Paul Byron, David Schlemko, Jakub Jerabek, Karl Alzner, Joe Morrow, Phillip Danault