After a precious and at least to-the-point opening ceremony, the Canadiens and Leafs got off to an understably slow start, with the Leafs collecting a few shots on net that Carey Price was able to swipe away or stand in front of with ease. On his first shot of the season, Max Pacioretty would register the Canadiens' first goal of 2015-16 after taking a two-zone pass from P.K. Subban.
For the time being, the Habs were at a 100% efficiency rate in terms of shots attempts to goals ratio.
Someone tell me what Leo Komarov was doing when he boarded P.K. Subban? Somehow the play would result in a 4 on 4 instead of a Canadiens powerplay. Subban returned to the ice a couple of minutes later after leaving the ice gingerly when he was hit.
The Habs and Leafs traded shot attempts and at the 10-minute mark of the 1st, the Leafs were leading 12-11 CF but were trailing the Habs in shots 6-5. Another questionable hit from a Leafs player (this time Nazem Kadri) would result in a Canadiens' powerplay. The variation in passing was a little higher compared to last season, but the option to the point seemed like the one the Habs wanted to go for the most, and aside from one opportunity from the faceoff circle from Alex Galchenyuk (who nearly sniped his shot, but put it off the goalpost), the Habs' powerplay was held shotless.
The Habs would jump ahead in shot attempts, up 22-19 when the 1st period ended. Alex Semin played a great first period as a Hab going 11-2 CF (although with 100% zone starts in the offensive zone).