Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Lighting locked in a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes at the TD Garden.
1)This just in: Steven Stamkos is a filthy offensive player. One turnover near the offensive blue line was quickly fed in the other direction and Tim Thomas had no shot to stop Stamkos wrister from the right face-off dot. Hes got a chance to be only the second guy to 60 goals since the late-1990s with goal No. 54 tonight. Thats just nasty.
2)Shawn Thornton and the Bs fourth line look like theyre determined to make themselves difference-makers this season. A couple of hard, intense, energy-changing shifts and Thornton gets the well-deserved goal on a rebound after Zdeno Chara creates the shot with a deft move to the net through traffic. He looked more like Bobby Orr than Zdeno Chara with that trip to the net. Looks like hes enjoying the celebration for his 1,000th career NHL game.
3)The Bruins defense did hold the Lightning to only five shots on net. Once again theyre doing a good job of squeezing off the other teams offensive opportunities and discouraging anything around the net. Even their goal came on a shot from the outside, but Stamkos is dangerous even from there.
4)Bruins have won 14-out-of-20 face-offs and are once again wiping the floor with the other teams group of centers. Patrice Bergeron leading the way with seven wins in nine draws through the first period.
5)Bruins looked a little sluggish starting the game tonight, but that can be expected when going through a pregame ceremony like the one the Bruins had for Zdeno Chara commemorating his 1,000th NHL game. Loved the gift certificate for a three-day stay anywhere in the world for Chara and his family. Probably the only way Big Zee was footing the bill for a family vacation. Word out of the Bs room is that hes a notoriously thrifty guy.