At the end of the first period at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers are all tied up at 0-0.
SHOTS ON GOAL:
- Mark Stuart got the fans riled-up by taking on, and taking down, Kenndal McArdle in the first six-minutes of the first period. Stuart had six fights in 56 regular season games in ’09-10, plus one during preseason…so this could be one of many for the Bruins’ rugged blue-liner this season.
- Lucic’s finger and ankle have certainly passed the fight-test — after four fights in 50 games last ’09-10 season– as the 21-year-old pounded Panthers’ Triston Grant. Grant had some choice words for Lucic’s new linemate, Nathan Horton, plus a few jabs with his stick after a face-off late in the period. No. 17 made a bee-line over to Grant and dropped the Panther with relative ease — a great display of sticking up for his teammates.
- A couple of minor penalties to Zdeno Chara and Lucic for elbowing. Both B’s got their elbows up around the head area of their Florida recipients. Although both players are well north ox six-feet-tall, these penalties could stir the pot early with the new NHL head-shot rules in place.
- Tuukka Rask was fairly uncontested this period, but made all the saves he needed to make, stopping all five Florida shots.
- Great versatility from the young guns — Caron–Spooner–Sauve line. The rookies all played a bit on the PK, but Caron getting most of the nods on both the PK and PP. Caron also fed Spponer with a nice pass up the middle of the ice, sending Spooner on a breakaway. The 18-year-old Spooner was hooked on the play and didn’t get a good shot off, but all promising things from these three kids who will be battling each other the rest of this preseason for that all-important NHL roster spot.
- This game was physical right off the bat. The B’s have out-hit the Panthers 15-10, and with a couple of fighting majors out of the way early, this one shows no signs of easing up.
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