The Habs opened the scoring 2:51 into the first period, with the fourth line finding a hole in the Jackets' defensive fabric. Paul Byron scored his third of the season, with Christian Thomas drawing his first assist and point of the season. You can check out Thomas's beautiful pass that led to Byron's tip-in here.
The Habs were looking like the better team in the first period, out-skating and out-chancing the Blue Jackets It looked as though the Habs would close out the period up by one goal, but with under three minutes left in the first period, Nick Foligno tied it on a wraparound. Moments later Alexei Emelin was expelled from the game and given a five-minute major penalty for interference on Matt Calvert (watch the replay here). The Habs killed the first two minutes of the penalty, but will be down a defenseman the rest of the game.
|02:51||MTL||Paul Byron (3) Tip-in - ASST: Christian Thomas (1), Nathan Beaulieu (7)||1 - 0 MTL|
|17:23||CBJ||Nick Foligno (2) Wrap-around - ASST: Ryan Johansen (13)||1 - 1 Tie|
|03:43||CBJ||David Savard Slashing - 2 min against Max Pacioretty|
|17:57||MTL||Alexei Emelin Interference (maj) - 5 min against Matt Calvert|
|17:57||MTL||Alexei Emelin Game misconduct - 10 min|