The Habs powerplay almost connected early to put them up 1-0. Lars Eller was robbed by Ben Bishop's glove on a one-timer set up by Nathan Beaulieu with the powerplay ticker down to nine seconds.
The Habs kept on coming, with David Desharnais all fired up in his 400th career NHL game and driving to the net, nearly scoring once before putting home a rebound created by a shot from the point by Alexei Emelin who got a secondary assist on the goal.
The Habs seemed to spending most of the time in Tampa's zone before Greg Pateryn took a hooking penalty late in the first period allowing the Lightning to pour on the pressure and go from trailing 12-9 in shots to leading 14-12 by the time the period was over.
Nathan Beaulieu went to the dressing room with a hand injury late in the first period. There's not been any official update on his status as of yet.
|09:11||MTL||David Desharnais (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Sven Andrighetto (10), Alexei Emelin (10)||1 - 0 MTL|
|03:59||TBL||Tyler Johnson Holding - 2 min against David Desharnais|
|17:41||MTL||Greg Pateryn Hooking - 2 min against Ondrej Palat|