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VANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Vancouver Canucks by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of Game 7.1)Bruins fourth line didnt score a goal in that first period, but they did drag a nervous, skittish Bruins team into the game with a series of crash and bang shifts that rocked the Canucks. Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille were all playing in Vancouvers face and accounted for three of the five shots on net for Boston in the first period. The Bs fourth line brought it and overwhelmed Vancouver with their depth, but the B's need more than that from everybody else among the forward groups.2)Bruins are 11-1 in these playoffs when they score first, and they stunned the Canucks with a quick strike off of a face-off. Patrice Bergeron was Bostons best forward outside the fourth line in the first 20 minutes and was rewarded. He won the face-off and Brad Marchand got the puck and danced around Sami Salo in the corner. Marchand fired a perfect pass to Bergeron through a mass of people in front of the net, and Bergeron fired before Roberto Luongo was able to pick up the puck on the ice. A perfectly executed play in a game that requires flawless execution.3)No penalties for the first period with Stephen Walkom and Dan OHalloran refereeing the game tonight. Youll remember them as the refs from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final where not a single penalty was called. In one case, Chris Higgins jumped up and hit Zdeno Chara from the side near the Bs blue line far away from the puck, and the refs didnt call it. Looks like it might be another repeat of the 5-on-5 extravaganza from Game 7 of Boston-Tampa.4)Five shots by the Bruins is not enough pressure on Luongo. The Bruins looked nervous early and once again didnt start playing their physical, punishing style until a couple of pounding shifts by Shawn Thornton and Patrice Bergeron woke the rest of the team up. They'll need much more physicality moving forward.5)Five hits from Milan Lucic in 4:29 of ice time in the first period. Big No. 17 needs to keep up the physical pounding and get a little closer to the net.
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