Neither the Bruins nor the Canadiens looked sharp in the early minutes of the first period at TD Garden. Boston had a couple power play opportunities in period when Brian Gionta went to the box at the :46 mark for hooking and then again when Jaroslav Spacek took an interference call at 9:13. The Bruins tied-17th ranked power play unit could not muster much against Habs goaltender Jaroslav Halak or the Montreal defense.
Boston looked a little tight in the early going and had trouble in making crisp passes out of its defensive zone. The Canadiens were up to the challenge though as they looked equally inept at sustaining offensive pressure and only managed to put five shots on Tuukka Rask .
As the period wore on, Boston was able to start asserting itself more and the defense clamped down and the offense started to put pucks on Halak.
Montreal continued to rack up penalty minutes and it eventually cost it a goal at 15:48 when Andre Markov went to the box for a delay of game. The Bruins set up their power play offense and Derek Morris  was able to move the defense by sliding down the right wing before cycling back up to Dennis Wideman  at the point. Wideman had plenty of time and space and released a slap shot towards the goal that deflected of Mark Recchi  past Halak for the 1-0 lead.
First period shots:
Boston – 15
Montreal – 5