BruinsSenators: 5 from the First

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BruinsSenators: 5 from the First

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Senators tied at a 1-1 score after the first 20 minutes of play at TD Garden.1)Bobby Butler is making the TD Garden ice his own personal playground in his first game here as an NHL player. Four shots in the first period for the Marlboro, Mass native and former UNH standout, and a couple of close calls stopped by Tim Thomas before he picked up a loose puck for a score at the end of the first period. Butler was a big Bruins fan growing up, so it must feel pretty sweet to taste some success in front of the friends and family crowd at the Garden.2)Daniel Paille has four goals in his last eight games and continues to tighten the grip on one of those fourth line roster spots when the playoffs begin next week. It looks like itll be Montreal or Buffalo, so its possible Paille could be skating against his former team in the first round for the second straight season.3)Claude Julien got a couple of questions about Tyler Seguin before the game and snapped Its not Tyler Seguin Day amid the final flurry of queries. Julien put Seguin in the lineup today and hes playing with speed, but was also caught on the ice for the defensive zone gaffes by Andrew Ference and Shane Hnidy that led to Bostons goal. It sure seems like the coach has made his mind up, but Ill take his word that nothing has been decided.4)Tim Thomas did allow the one goal, but hes hanging in there with a .9373 save percentage after the first period of play against the Senators. Barring a complete and utter breakdown he should still be ahead of Dominik Hasek when the game is over today.5)Another goal for the fourth line today. Somewhere Mike Felger is crying and pounding his fist on a table.
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Morning Skate: Blackhawks get band back together

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Morning Skate: Blackhawks get band back together

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while knowing that nobody will ever forget the courage and zest for life that 5-year-old Red Sox fan Ari Schultz showed in his far too short life. Rest in peace, little guy.  

 *PHT writer James O’Brien has the Chicago Blackhawks adjusting to the returns of both Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp after their short stints away from the fold. It will be really interesting to see if the Blackhawks can recreate their magic by bringing some of the past Cup pieces to the scene after last year’s disappointing end.

*Ilya Kovalchuk is primed for a return to the NHL in 2018-19 after playing one more season, an Olympic season no less, in the KHL.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Arpon Basu chronicling the day with the Cup in Montreal for Marc-Andre Fleury.

*Speaking of the Blackhawks, it sounds like Jonathan Toews is going to scale back on the “Captain Serious” approach to his hockey career this upcoming season.

*Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee is pleased with the state of his expansion team after looking at some of the pieces, and doing a little wheeling and dealing after the fact. I mean, you have to wheel and deal if you’re a hockey team in Vegas, right?

*Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is relieved his new contract with the Winged Wheels will allow him to avoid arbitration.

*For something completely different: It remains to be seen whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but we’re completely in a culture where media entities are writing full stories about posters. Okay, I think this is a bad thing and my mind is already made up.