It was a slow start to the game for the Habs, who only managed 3 shot attempts within the first 10 minutes played, while allowing 7 towards their own net. After giving up a second powerplay to the Isles, the Habs gave up 4 more shot attempts and 3 shots on goal before taking the puck up ice to exert some of their own pressure with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk trading shots on Michal Neuvirth for the Habs' most substantial offensive outburst of the period.
Carey Price faced 13 shots, and of the 25 thrown towards his net, 10 were blocked. The Habs played most of the period on the defense, ending the period with 32.4 CF% and giving up 25 shot attempts to the Islanders who usually put up around 20 CF per period and an average of 50 per game. The Isles are exceeding their normal standards, and putting an immense amount of pressure on the Habs defense, while the Habs have been struggling to mount offense, only having thrown the puck towards the Isles net 12 times in the first period.
Torrey Mitchell left the game early in the first period and did not return. Apparently, he's out for the game.
|01:30||MTL||Dale Weise Roughing - 2 min against Frans Nielsen|
|06:21||NYI||Travis Hamonic Hooking - 2 min against Alex Galchenyuk|
|09:25||MTL||Dale Weise Boarding - 2 min against Anders Lee|