It was a tale of two halves in the first period of this one. Through almost ten minutes of play the Bruins were held without a shot, but thanks to three goals in less than three minutes the Bruins have a 3-0 lead after one.
Tyler Seguin got the Bruins going with his eighth goal of the year, a power play tally for the 21-year old. The Bruins then followed up with goals by Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille.
Overall it was a solid period for the Bruins, but the B’s know that they can’t sit back again in this one, especially against such a dangerous Flyers team.
Here are my three thoughts from the first 20 minutes of play here at the TD Garden here in Boston.
Boychuk vs. Hartnell?
Early in the first, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell nailed Johnny Boychuk with a hit from behind that was not called. The two had words immediately after the next whistle was blown and have continued to chirp throughout the period. Hartnell is known for his agitaiting ways and we know Boychuk is not the type of guy to back down from anyone, so keep an eye on those two.
The third line is alive
So maybe all the Bruins third line needed was Jordan Caron back to get going. The Bruins third trio had argueably there best period of the season which resulted in Chris Kelly’s second goal of the year, assistsed by Caron. Prior to the assist, you could see the extra buzz in Caron’s step and it certainly paid off on the Kelly goal. Rich Peverly picked up his 200th career NHL point on the goal.
Power play looking sharp
Yes they only had one, and yes they scored on it, but the Bruins power play looked good in the opening twenty minutes. The Bruins had good movement and didn’t settle for the first open shot like they so often do. Seguin’s power play goal came off good patience and good puck movement. The power play has taken steps in the right direction over the course of the last several games.