The skinny: The Canadiens used two third-period power plays to overcome a slow start as they defeated the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Max Pacioretty scored his team-leading 13th goal to give the Canadiens their first lead at 13:18. He was attempting to find Brendan Gallagher in front of the net when the puck caromed off the skate of defenceman Michael Stone. Pacioretty also scored into an empty net to complete a three-point night. The power play backed up another solid effort by Carey Price, who stopped 27 shots.

Markov is special: Veteran defenceman Andrei Markov put a shot through Mike Smith's pads on a power play at 2:26 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1. The Canadiens, whose power play ranks sixth in the NHL, were 2-for-4 with the extra man. The Canadiens killed off three penalties and the PK, which is fourth in the NHL, has allowed only one goal in 31 opportunities over the past 11 games.

Another slow start: The Coyotes outshot the Canadiens 15-3 in the first period, but that statistic doesn't tell the whole story. The disparity would have been much greater if the Canadiens hadn't blocked 12 shots. Throw in the six shots that were off the mark and the Coyotes took a total of 31 shots. Ironically, the lone goal of the period may not have been the result of one of those shots. Mikkel Boedker was credited with the goal during a scramble in front at 6:44. It was unclear whether the puck went off Boedker's skate or was inadvertently knocked in by a Montreal player.