BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the First

BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the first period of BruinsHurricanes with both teams locked in a scoreless tie at the RBC Center in the first game back from the NHL All-Star break.1)Not going into the books as one of Bostons best periods of hockey. The Bs were on their heels for much of the session, and took a pair of penalties without going on the power play themselves.2)Rare fight these days for Milan Lucic with Jay Harrison toward the end of the first period. No real strong punches landed either way, but perhaps thats the kind of momentum event that can snap the Bruins out of their slumber.3)The Bruins did look like they started to get their bearings toward the end of the period. Good chances for Nathan Horton, Blake Wheeler and Patrice Bergeron in the middle of the slot area, but Cam Ward looks like hes on his game just as strongly as Tim Thomas. Amazingly the Bruins still outshot Carolina by a 15-10 margin despite starting off very slowly.4)Tim Thomas made a series of big saves at the beginning of the first period during Carolinas first power play when he made three straight body and pad saves on Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen before his helmet popped off and the refs had to whistle the play dead.5)Good jump from Steve Kampfer, who had a couple of shots on net and threw Carolina wonder body Jeff Skinner to the ice as the final buzzer sounded in the first period. It got bodies pushing and shoving on both sides, and continued to show the Bruins getting better and more involved as the period went on.6)Six shots on net for Zdeno Chara in the first period.

Talking Points: Bruins get win in return from bye week

Talking Points: Bruins get win in return from bye week

Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Boston Bruins victory over the San Jose Sharks

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