BUFFALO Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins tied up with the Sabres at a 1-1 score after the first 20 minutes of play at the First Niagara Center.
1) Dougie Hamilton with his first NHL goal, and it was a power play goal to boot. A nice play all around as he originally found Tyler Seguin wide open in the right circle but the young forward wasnt ready to shoot the puck. Eventually the puck worked over to David Krejci, who fired a shot and then passed the rebounded puck to Hamilton in the slot for a one-timer that found the back of the net. One of the best power plays of the year for both units and it leads to the kids first NHL goal in his 12th game. The goal snaps a six-game pointless streak for the rookie.
2) It hasnt been a great season for Andrew Ference, and that continued on Friday night as a turnover behind his own net turned into a Drew Stafford goal. It looked like his chip attempt hit the linesman and bounced right to Tyler Ennis behind the net, so it was a bit of bad luck.
3) A couple of posts for the Bruins in the first period: one for Milan Lucic after an aggressive fore-check awarded him with the puck in front of the net and the second on a Johnny Boychuk pinch-and-pass to Patrice Bergeron in front of the net. Bergeron rang the puck off the post and the Sabres averted danger
4) Good energy and jump for Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand, who have generated scoring chances early and drew a tripping penalty on Drew Stafford. Seguin has attempted four shots with only one of them getting through to the goaltender, but thats the kind of aggressiveness people want to see out of the 21-year-old. He also picked up an assist on Dougie Hamiltons power play goal.
5) Five hits and 2-for-2 on face-offs for Steve Ott, who leveled Seguin when he was about to fire away on a one-timer in front of the net and caused the shot to zoom wide right of the net. Wide right means something in Buffalo, right?