With the series tied at one win a piece, the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens headed to Canada's capital city (that's Ottawa, my fellow Americans) to see who would take game three and a lead in the series.
The Senators struck first at home on this powerplay goal from captain Daniel Alfredsson:
It was the first powerplay goal Montreal has allowed in the post-season in a while:
Montreal didn't give up a PP goal in 1st round series vs BOS in 2011. That was first one allowed since the 2010 playoffs.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) May 5, 2013
With under five minutes remaining in the period, Rene Bourque tied the game with a power-play goal of his own:
It was a rough and penalty-filled period, with six minor penalties called against the Senators and four going against the Canadiens. With each team already having one powerplay goal in the game, this is shaping up to be a special teams showcase.
As time wound down in the period, star defenseman P.K. Subban was rocked by a huge (but clean) hit:
Montreal led in shots at the end of the first 12-11.