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MTL@DAL: Gone in 59 seconds

A pair of quick second-period goals spoil the Habs' night in Dallas

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL /

DALLAS -- Charlie Lindgren saw a return to form at the American Airlines Center, but 59 minutes of solid goaltending were spoiled over a 59-second span on Tuesday.

Six minutes after Brendan Gallagher broke a 0-0 deadlock midway through the middle frame, Devin Shore and Jason Spezza potted a pair of quick tallies for the home side which would eventually hold up for the win in a 3-1 decision.

Video: MTL@DAL: Gallagher pokes in rebound for PPG

"Once a team scores, they're going to have momentum. We've just got to find a way to stop that momentum. It's tough, they had two goals in 59 seconds, and that was the game tonight," underlined Lindgren, who wasn't on the ice for the Stars' third goal -- an empty netter. "I thought I played well. I thought I gave the team a chance to win, but at the end of the day it's a loss [...] so now we've got to turn that around."

Indeed, the 23-year-old played well, making 26 saves -- including a late flurry to keep it close in the game's dying moments -- following a pair of five-goal outings against Arizona and Toronto.

Video: MTL@DAL: Lindgren robs Janmark with glove save

But the goals-for just weren't there, despite another 30-shot night for the Habs.

"We can create as [many chances] as we want, but we have to start burying," stressed Andrew Shaw, whose line tested Ben Bishop on eight occasions Tuesday. "I know I had some chances -- [Charles Hudon] and [Phillip Danault] did as well -- but we've got to hold ourselves accountable [for scoring]. We've got to work on it, and now we've got to get ready for tomorrow night's game."

Goals have come in bunches against the Canadiens on a number of occasions this season, including most recently on Saturday, when Toronto tallied twice in 37 seconds to jump out to a sudden 2-0 lead in the first.

But Tuesday's lapse stung in particular because of what could have been.

After all, the Habs had otherwise put up a resilient road effort, even looking like they might tie things back up at one point, on a third period power play.

"When you let up for even a second against a fairly high-skilled offense, they're going to capitalize. That's what they did tonight, and we took it upon ourselves to have a better third," stressed Jordie Benn, who returned to Dallas for the first time as a member of the Canadiens, facing his brother Jamie. "We didn't want to just sit back and wait for them to come at us. We wanted to really go after them, but we fell a little short tonight."

Video: MTL@DAL: Jordie lays a hit on his brother Jamie

Head coach Claude Julien echoed that thought in bolder terms.

"If you take that minute away, maybe we win a 1-0 game. We played well tonight. It was a good game besides that minute."

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