The Canadiens and Lightning went four-on-four 16 seconds into the game after Jeff Petry was sent off for tripping Tyler Johnson, who dove on the play. This opened up the ice and giving each side some extra room to break open the game. By the 5 minute mark of the 1st period, the Lightning were putting on the majority of the pressure up 4-2 on shot attempts (but only 1 shot on goal). Minutes the later, the Canadiens had jumped to a 3-1 lead in shots and were only down 5-4 on shot attempts taken. Game 5 was starting out as a close game with tight momentum shifts.
It would be Devante Smith-Pelly who would give the Habs a 1-0 lead, taking a wrist shot short side on Ben Bishop who missed it. The shot came out of the net so quickly it took a moment for fans at the Bell Centre to realize the Habs had jumped to a 1-0 lead. The Canadiens got right back to work generating the next couple of chances, while Carey Price came out to aggressively cut down on any action the Lightning generated around the net. The Lightning were buzzing, generating the majority of the shot attempts, ending the period with a slight 16-13 advantage in shot attempts.
Nathan Beaulieu was solid in his first game back, putting a positive CORSI rating (2) in 5:23 played in the 1st period.
|09:01||MTL||Devante Smith-Pelly (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Torrey Mitchell (4), Jeff Petry (1)||1 - 0 MTL|
|00:16||MTL||Jeff Petry Hooking - 2 min against Tyler Johnson|
|00:16||TBL||Tyler Johnson Embellishment - 2 min against Jeff Petry|