It took a while for the puck to drop, and by the time Ginette Renaud was done singing Oh Canada the roof was about to explode off the Bell Center. When the puck did drop the Habs were able to install their structure onto the game, getting the first 3 shots on net, including a breakaway by Torrey Mitchell who was stymied by Andrew Hammond with a high blocker save. Yet, the Senators were able to chip away at the Habs keeping what could have been a mounting storm at bay.
By the midway point in the period the Habs CF was even, at 9-9. The Sens had the better of the scoring chances, out-chancing the Habs 4-1 by the 10 minute-mark of the first period according to War-On-Ice.
It would have to be a bad bounce that led to the first goal of the game. The Senators took the lead on a goal credited to Milan Michalek who played the puck from behind the Habs' net and had it bounce off three different things before finding its way between Carey Price's legs. It gave the Senators jump, belief, as they came right back and started to turn the screws.
The best chances for the Habs came from the Prust-Mitchell-Weise line which created opportunities, but could not punch one through.
By the end of the first period both teams had made 19 shot attempts, with the Senators hitting the net one more time, leading 9-8 in shots.
|12:25||OTT||Milan Michalek (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Karlsson (1)||1 - 0 OTT|
|06:50||MTL||Jacob De La Rose Hooking - 2 min against Erik Karlsson|