End of 20: Bruins 1, Canucks 0
by Mark Marino http://www.thehubofhockey.net
BOSTON — At the end of the first period at the TD Garden, the Bruins lead the Vancouver Canucks 1-0.
The Canucks doubled-up the Bruins’ on shots, 12-6, but Tim Thomas stood tall between the pipes and head into the locker room with the all-important lead.
- The energy-level inside the TD Garden got hopping when the energy-line came out flying on their first shift of the game. Gregory Campbell delivered a thundrous hit to Canucks’ forward Victor Oreskovich, and Shawn Thornton received another huge ovation whenever he touched the puck. No. 22 also got right in the face of Vancouver’s ‘tough guy’ Tanner Glass, clearing the Canuck right out of Tim Thomas’ crease and right into the corner boards
- The Bruins lit the lamp shortly after as Zdeno Chara sent a pass up-ice through the neutral zone to David Krejci at the blue-line…who then made a touch-pass to Rich Peverley who went in all alone on Roberto Luongo. No. 49 slip the puck right through the ‘the five-hole for the game’s first goal.
- Thomas faced, and stopped, 12 shots through the first 20 — most of them big, big saves. He also had a whole lot of traffic and scrummage in front of him. A couple of key pad stops on Manny Malhotra and Daniel Sedin, and a huge right-leg save on Alexander Edler’s blast from the point on Vancouver’s first power play. He also shunned Maxime Lapierre in the final 90 seconds.
- Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara were rocks as usual on the Bruins blue-line — clearing Vancouver bodies out of Thomas’ way, left-and-right. Both played 8:31 and 9:07 TOI respectively, and delivered four of Boston’s 13 hits.
- Brad Marchand had a few great scoring opportunities – continually creating his own chances. His patented self-pass off the boards and a few nifty stick-handling maneuvers between the legs which brought a lot of “ooh’s” and “aahh’s” to the 17,565 faithful.
- Peverley started the game on the first-line. But as the period went on, Ryder was more often alongside Krejci and Lucic.
- The B’s have killed-off both penalties thus far — now successfully killing 17-of-18 times short this series…both Bergeron and Kelly are 50% on the face-off dot tonight…Seidneberg has 2 blocked shots…Lucic has two of the B’s six shots on goal.
BOS: 8-for-21 (38%)
VAN: 13-for-21 (62%)
BOS: 4 (Ryder, tripping…Marchand, cross-check)