The Canadiens got an early powerplay, with Alex Killorn sent off for hooking. With the powerplay struggling, it looks like things have been changed up a bit, with the first powerplay unit consisting of four forwards and P.K. Subban as the lone defenseman. The second unit was made up of two rookies in Alex Carr and Sven Andrighetto between Alex Galchenyuk. Although the powerplay didn't score, it was nice to see a creative formation made up of players who actually belong on the powerplay.
The Canadiens registered the first nine shots on net, and withheld the Lightning from even attempting a shot for the first seven minutes of the game. When the Lightning did get their first few shots, they were all scoring chances. Mike Condon made a couple of good saves, including one point blank save with the blocker on Nikita Nesterov.
The Lightning would go on to collect most of the shots and attempts over the next ten minutes, but the Canadiens stayed in the game by checking hard and matching the Lightning's sudden intensity. Lars Eller had a noteworthy hit on Dustin Brown during this sequence around the five-minute mark of the first period. Not long afteward, Tomas Plekanec scored his first goal in 21 games to put the Canadiens on the board first, which the Habs haven't done in seven games.
Tomas Plekanec was assessed a delay of game penalty with one second left in the first period for throwing the puck over the glass. The Lightning will start the second period with a powerplay.
|15:58||MTL||Tomas Plekanec (8) Wrist shot - ASST: P.K. Subban (24), Sven Andrighetto (1)||1 - 0 MTL|
|02:03||TBL||Alex Killorn Hooking - 2 min against Paul Byron|
|19:59||MTL||Tomas Plekanec Delaying Game-Puck over glass - 2 min|