The Habs wasted no time getting on the board. Manny Malholtra won a face-off to P.K. Subban who snapped it in for his 12th goal of the season. Manny got his 2nd assist of the year on the face-off win.
Watching Brandon Dubinsky get contorted on a hit from Tom Gilbert in slow-motion makes you realize what a rough game hockey is. The goal he scored on Carey Price came from a bad angle, and although it tied the game the Habs regained the lead on a blast from Andrei Markov as he took a past from a buzzing David Desharnais who had picked up a dumped-in puck from the Blue Jackets' corner.
Five minutes into the game and it was 2-1 Habs.
The pace didn't slow. Both the Habs and Jackets kept coming at each other. The difference was in the Habs 90% shooting accuracy, having registered 9 shots on 10 shot attempts.
Max Pacioretty scored his 30th goal to give the Habs a 3-1 lead with 5:24 to go in the period. By the end of the first period the Habs had out-CORSI'ed the Blue Jackets 21-14, and had successfully landed 13 shots on net.
|01:49||MTL||P.K. Subban (12) Slapshot - ASST: Andrei Markov (30), Manny Malhotra (2)||1 - 0 MTL|
|02:43||CBJ||Brandon Dubinsky (8) Snap shot - ASST: David Savard (14), Cam Atkinson (12)||1 - 1 Tie|
|04:25||MTL||Andrei Markov (8) Slapshot - ASST: David Desharnais (27)||2 - 1 MTL|
|14:36||MTL||Max Pacioretty (30) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Gallagher (19), P.K. Subban (34)||3 - 1 MTL|
|10:59||MTL||Dale Weise Interference - 2 min against Cody Goloubef|
|19:58||MTL||Brendan Gallagher Tripping - 2 min against Scott Hartnell|