The Habs gave up an early lead three minutes into the first period due to some poor defensive zone coverage that allowed Jason Demers to set up Cody Eakin three feet in front of the net for a quick tap in past a sprawling Ben Scrivens. The Habs were getting hemmed in their own zone, going four minutes without a shot attempt between the two and six minute mark of the first period.
The Habs started to fight back, testing Kari Lehtonen but not beating him. The Habs started to go head to head with the Stars in shot attempts, but were trailing in shots on net 12-8 when Alex Galchenyuk won a faceoff in the Stars' zone that led to Andrei Markov unloading a shot from the point that went in off Max Pacioretty's skate for the captain's 24th of the season.
The Habs killed off a late penalty in the first period on a weak holding call to Sven Andrighetto to keep it even heading into the second period. The Habs will start the second period on the penalty kill, as Max Pacioretty took a holding the stick penalty on the last shift of the period.
Despite giving up the first goal early, Ben Scrivens had a solid first period, making 14 saves on 15 shots.
Michel Therrien will not be happy with that first period, as the Habs gave the puck away 11 times.
|2:58||DAL||Cody Eakin (12) - Jason Demers, Ales Hemsky||0-1 DAL|
|14:20||MTL||Max Pacioretty (24) - Andrei Markov (34), Alex Galchenyuk (21)||1-1|
|16:12||MTL||Sven Andrighetto Holding against Jason Demers|
|20:00||MTL||Max Pacioretty Holding the stick against Jason Demers|
|Faceoff Win %||41%||59%|