The Canadiens and Blues played a head-to-head first five minutes of the game, with both teams exchanging rushes and attempts at the net. The Blues would be the more fruitful of the two teams, forcing Carey Price to make 5 saves by the 6 minute mark of the 1st period, while the Canadiens had only registered 1 shot on 6 shot attempts on Jake Allen. The Canadiens started to get more aggressive with their shots and up their count to 1 to 6 in the span of 5 minutes before the 10-minute mark of the first period. Carey Price stood in front of everything that came his way, and would be tested continually throughout the 1st period, making 17 saves on 23 shot attempts.
The thing that has made the Canadiens successful thus far is their team unity in that they have been operating as a single, efficient unit. The Blues have been the best opponent at breaking up that unit. The Canadiens breakout had a lot of trouble in the 1st period, and wasn't able to generate the same fluidity into the offensive zone that has been demonstrated in games thus far. This is to be expected against a great opposition such as the Blues. On the other side of the ice, they are probably trying to figure out how they'll beat Carey Price, something the Canadiens netminder has had a lot of teams asking themselves to start the season.
If there is one object, one thing that unifies the Canadiens, it's Carey Price. After stopping his 17th puck of the period, the Habs would win a puck battle along the side boards and move the puck to the point. Tomas Plekanec would throw an unassuming shot at the net as Max Pacioretty crossed in front of the net to give the Habs their 6th 1-0 lead of the season (and Plekanec's league-leading 6th goal of the season).
The Habs are up 1-0 heading into the 2nd period.
|18:27||MTL||Tomas Plekanec (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Gallagher (5)||1 - 0 MTL|