Haggerty: 5 thoughts after B's-Senators' 1st period

Haggerty: 5 thoughts after B's-Senators' 1st period
April 28, 2013, 8:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Ottawa Senators by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.

1) Bruins getting very aggressive with the Ottawa Senators, and clearly looking to make a statement in case they play each other in the first round. Milan Lucic destroyed Kyle Turris in a hit against the sideboards, and then dropped the gloves when Chris Neil came looking for him as a reaction to the finished check. Neil ate a couple of big right-handed punches from Lucic, and kept battling even after he was dropped to his knees by No. 17. Two hits in 5:04 of ice time, and a whole bunch of nasty from Lucic with a chance to intimidate other players waiting around the corner.

2) Three shots on net in 3:33 of ice time for Kaspars Daugavins, including one nifty move where he dangled through Ottawa defenders and finished with a backhanded shot attempt at the net. This weekend have been his best games for the Bruins since arriving via waivers.

3) Bringing the nasty did backfire a little bit for the Bruins in the period. Johnny Boychuk went in to lower the boom on Erik Condra, missed the hit and went face-first into the boards. That allowed Condra to get to the front of the net and knock home the rebound of a Jean-Gabriel Peageau shot for the game’s only goal. Boychuk was out of the play while getting back up on his skates after taking the nasty self-inflicted hit, and it looked like he was checking for all of his teeth afterward.

4) Brad Marchand also went over the edge at the end of the period while hitting Erik Karlsson after the first intermission buzzer had sounded. Marchand drew a big crowd as the Sens were looking to protect their franchise defenseman, and will start the second period in the penalty box. It wasn’t the brightest of penalties, but I do prefer Marchand playing with an edge as the playoffs begin.

5) Judging by the first period, a playoff series between the Bruins and Senators would be pretty fun to watch.