The first five minutes of the game were spent mostly skating, as both sides tried to maintain puck possession and didn't want to give it up on a wasted shot. There were only four collective shot attempts (two a side) within the first five minutes played.
Henrik Zetterberg drew a hooking penalty out of Tomas Fleischmann, but the Red Wings powerplay did not have any impact, as has happened too often for them this year, ranked 21st in the league on the powerplay. Four minutes later, Justin Abdelkader let his feet on a hit on P.K. Subban and was sent to the box for charging.
The Habs powerplay has been atrocious lately, even though they are still ranked within the NHL's top-ten, currently in sixth place. Last week this time, the Habs were ranked second. The only chance the Canadiens had on the ensuing powerplay was on a quick Andrei Markov breakaway that he rang off the post, which was promptly followed by a shorthanded chance by the Red Wings requiring intervention from Dustin Tokarski, who looked solid to begin the game.
The Red Wings got a second chance on the powerplay, but did not score despite generating four shot attempts. The Habs were held without a shot attempt for the final five and a half minutes of the first period. The Wings lead by a large margin in possession with 24-8 CF.
|06:01||MTL||Tomas Fleischmann Hooking - 2 min against Henrik Zetterberg|
|10:01||DET||Justin Abdelkader Charging - 2 min against P.K. Subban|
|15:38||MTL||Jeff Petry Cross checking - 2 min against Tomas Jurco|