The 1st period began as a heavily defensive affair, with only 4 attempts registered in the first 7 seven minutes. The pace started to pick up around the 10-minute mark, but most stays in the offensive zone for both teams were brief, resulting in a constant counter-attacking flow.
The latter stages of the 1st period resulted in two Canadiens powerplays, which gave them the charge to completely take over the game. Jaroslav Halak had faced 7 shots on 18 shot attempts before Dale Weise tipped in his team-leading 8th goal of the season on the powerplay with under 2 minutes left in the 1st period.
|18:50||MTL||PPG - Dale Weise (8) Tip-in - ASST: Jeff Petry (5), P.K. Subban (12)||1 - 0 MTL|
|13:17||NYI||Kyle Okposo Too many men/ice - bench - 2 min|
|17:30||NYI||Ryan Strome Hooking - 2 min against Torrey Mitchell|