The Canadiens got off to an early attack, putting up 4 shots on net in 5 shot attempts in the first 2:30 minutes of the 1st period before earning their first powerplay chance of the night. The Canadiens were not able to convert, and spent very little time controlling the puck in the Leafs' zone. The Leafs would get their chance on the powerplay next, came as close as possible to taking a 1-0 lead, putting up 4 shot attempts including 1 shot off the post. The Canadiens would go back to the powerplay, with P.A. Parenteau sent off for hooking. This powerplay would look much better, getting controlled zone time, and thanks to a controlled-zone entry P.K. Subban was left all alone at the point and had enough time to wind up his heaviest possible shot, which with its heaviness went through Jonathan Bernier and gave the Habs the 1-0 lead. The Canadiens have score first in 8 of 9 games played so far this season.
Despite the Canadiens owning the lead to end the 1st period, they were out-possessed by the Leafs, who had 24 shot attempts to the Canadiens 16, and outshot the Habs 13-10. Though the Leafs had higher numbers in these terms, the Canadiens looked more dangerous, getting at least 4 bonafide scoring chances on Jonathan Bernier including P.K. Subban's blast that beat him to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead heading into the 2nd period.
|10:53||MTL||PPG - P.K. Subban (1) Slapshot - ASST: Max Pacioretty (4), Tomas Plekanec (5)||1 - 0 MTL|
|03:16||TOR||Scott Harrington Interference - 2 min against Devante Smith-Pelly|
|05:59||MTL||P.K. Subban Holding - 2 min against Leo Komarov|
|09:21||TOR||Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau Hooking - 2 min against Lars Eller|