The Habs had control of the game early, getting 3 shots on net on 5 shot attempts while holding the Senators to 1 shot attempt from Erik Condra that rang off the post. By the 5 minute mark of the first period the Habs had jumped to a 6-0 lead in shots. The Senators seemed to be bending to the pressure, with Mark Borowiecki talking an interference penalty on Jeff Petry. The subsequent Canadiens' powerplay didn't create much, and actually gave up more chances to the Senators than it created.
The ice opened up around the 10 minute mark in the first period with the Senators getting some chances on Habs' turnovers. At the midway point in the period the Habs lead in shots had been reduced to 7-5 and puck possession was dead even with 10 shot attempts for both teams. Both teams exchanged chances going up and down the ice. The first period would end with the Habs going on the powerplay with Borowiecki getting caught again for the infraction. Other than being able to up their shot attempt count, the Habs couldn't put down the hammer on the powerplay and will start the 2nd period with 21 seconds of powerplay time. The puck movement on the powerplay, and the fact that getting powerplays keeps Erik Karlsson off the ice will have be consolation for now.
|06:05||OTT||Mark Borowiecki Interference - 2 min against Jeff Petry|
|18:21||OTT||Mark Borowiecki Cross checking - 2 min against David Desharnais|