SHOTS ON GOAL:
Bruins: 7 (Campbell, fighting — McGrattan, hooking)
Caps: 5 (Hendricks, fighting)
Bruins: 6-of-16 (38%)
- Bruins’ center Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Washington’s Matt Hendricks right off the opening face-off, :02 into the opening period. Hendricks got Campbell’s sweater over his head early and went against “The Code” and whaled away before the linesmen jumped in. Slight advantage Hendricks.
- The Bruins then came out physical, but it was Washington’s No. 1 center Nicklas Backstrom who put the bad guys up 1-0 midway throught he first. Backstrom took a sweet pass in the slot from Jason Chimera, in the corner, and zipped it past a stranded Tim Thomas…who had no chance.
- The B’s haven’t really contested Caps net-minder, and last year’s P-Bruins goaltender Dany Sabourin, much this period — throwing just five shots his way.
- Tim Thomas has finally made his long-awaited 2010-11 Bruins debut tonight. The former Vezina Trophy winner stopped 5-of-6 shots he faced, but, naturally, looked a bit through the first 20. Thomas, despite facing just six shots, was fairly active, so it’ll be interesting to see if the hip can make it through a full 60-minute preseason contest.
- Campbell and Milan Lucic have really shown up tonight, bringing their physical presence in the faces of the Capitals. Rookie Jordan Caron continues to impress by crashing the net and hustling for the entire 5:30 of ice time this period on both sides of the puck.
- Dennis Seidenberg leading the B’s with two blocked shots; Lucic and Zdeno Chara share the top with two hits each (not sure how Campbell was credited with only one?)