The Habs gave up a powerplay just over three minutes into the first period, with Sidney Crosby using his superior skill to deke through Alexei Emelin, who ended up taking a hooking penalty trying to make up ground. The Habs allowed only one shot on the subsequent Penguins' powerplay, which, despite its weapons, is ranked 15th in the league at a 18.8 percent efficiency.
The Canadiens were held to just two shot attempts for the first 12:30 of the game. The Penguins had thrown ten shots on net on nineteen shot attempts when Brian Dumoulin was sent off for tripping. The Canadiens' powerplay didn't look good to start, but eventually got some chances, including one by Alex Galchenyuk who tipped it just wide.
Mike Condon was excellent in the first period. He's been really good his last three games actually, and tonight he's looking for his fourth win in a row. He made a couple of incredible saves with under three minutes left in the first period, including this one here:
Mike Condon is on fire. pic.twitter.com/1fDeVCmWb4— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) January 10, 2016
Thanks to Condon, it's 0-0 heading into the second period.
|03:12||MTL||Alexei Emelin Hooking - 2 min against Sidney Crosby|
|14:53||PIT||Brian Dumoulin Tripping - 2 min against Paul Byron|