It may not have paid immediate dividends but the Boston Bruins are putting together a decent response to the new line changes. After 20 minutes the Black and Gold outshot the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-6, but the two teams are still scoreless. Here are three observations from the first period.
1. Where to begin, oh where to begin with the Bruins’ power play. Following a Colton Orr boarding call with 2:41 left in the first, Boston had a golden opportunity to seize momentum and take momentum heading into the locker room. All they could muster, however, was a Rich Peverley opportunity in the opening seconds of the man advantage. With the wasted chance, the Bruins are now 13-for-86 on the PP, good for 15.1%. Yikes!
2. Bruins coach Claude Julien made an interesting decision by starting Andrew Ference and Aaron Johnson against the line of Nikolai Kulemin, Nazem Kadri and the returning Joffery Lupul. Having seen their share of issues, it seemed odd for the two to be going up against the Leafs’ second line, but having Daniel Paille, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin seemed to help. Ference led all Bruins with 7:33 of ice time, while Johnson saw 6:01 TOI.
3. It’s no secret that the Bruins are very good at the faceoff circle and its something Julien takes great pride in. The B’s won 11 of 18 draws in the opening 20 (61 percent), and both Patrice Bergeron (6-of-8) and David Krejci (3-of-4) both converted at 75 percent. While there hasn’t been much to take pride in during this slump, faceoffs continue to be the team’s strength.