The Habs being capable of icing four legitimate lines with no passengers or non-NHL calibre players allows them to exert their gameplan on their opponent with an unbreakable rhythm. The Canadiens were in the driver's seat to start the game, getting a chance on the powerplay to take an early lead. Even though the powerplay didn't score, it produced a couple of chances by working the puck below the hashmarks and looking for the open man in the slot instead of trying to set up the one-timer from the point.
Alexander Semin would be charged with a slashing penalty to give the Red Wings a chance to score first. Still, to this point of the season the Canadiens have not trailed. (120 minutes). Right after the Canadiens' penalty ended, the Tomas Tatar would get a chance in close on Carey Price who would make the save. Moments later the Habs would draw a penalty and get to get back to work on the man advantage. Once again, the Canadiens' powerplay would look great (creating 4 shot attempts: 2 on net, 1 post and 1 wide) but did not score.
As the Canadiens started to fall back into defensive mode, Carey Price would do everything necessary to keep his team from giving the Red Wings the lead. Detroit could have easily scored two or three goals in that period, including on a clear cut Gustav Nyquist breakaway that was thwarted by the flash of Carey Price's glove hand.
It's scoreless heading into the second period.