The Bruins and Canadiens began the game by testing the waters: no one did anything too risky, just felt out the beginning of the contest, and with 6:00 gone the shots were just 3-3. The Bruins picked up their game over the next few minutes, with Jarome Iginla nearing redirecting a shot past Carey Price, but the score remained 0-0 midway through the period.
Many have questioned whether Montreal makes their living embellishing penalties, and at the 10:05 mark it certainly looked like Dale Weise went down pretty easily when Matt Bartkowski’s stick got in the vicinity of his body, but nevertheless, the Habs were given the first power play of the game.
Assisted by some strong saves by Tuukka Rask, the Bruins came within 18 seconds of a successful kill, but P.K. Subban ripped a shot from the blue line that got by Rask and gave the Habs the 1-0 lead.
Torey Krug had a phenomenal chance to tie the game, holding the puck in front of Price and waiting for him to go down, but the Montreal netminder didn’t bite and Krug’s shot was to no avail. The horn sounded on the first period with the Canadiens holding their 1-0 lead, with the Bruins leading into shots 13-10.
Credit to @myregularface for the GIF.