The Habs are a good shot-blocking team, which may be one of the reasons why they can give up so many shot attempts (well, that and Carey Price). Looking at a CORSI graph about the first period would indicate the Oilers outplayed the Habs to start the game. But having a look at FENWICK, which does not consider shots-block, it was closer to even, until around the ten minute mark of the game when things evened out overall.
The Habs took over near the fifteen minute mark of the period. Then Christian Thomas sniped the first NHL goal of his career, assisted by Jacob de la Rose who recorded his first career NHL point on the play, and put the Canadiens up 1-0. The Habs were continuing to blanket the Oilers to end the first period.
The Habs have the best team winning percentage in the league when scoring first, winning 87.5% of the games in in which they carry a lead with them into the first intermission. They have won 21 games out of the 23 in which they have carried a first period lead with them into the second period.
|16:25||MTL||Christian Thomas (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jacob De La Rose (1)||1 - 0 MTL|
|01:26||MTL||P.K. Subban Tripping - 2 min against Jordan Eberle|