BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the First

BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the First
January 22, 2011, 8:57 pm
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDENVER Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Avalanche by a 2-1 score at Pepsi Center after 20 minutes of play in the Mile High City.1)Much better first period on Saturday afternoon from Milan Lucic and David Krejci after invisible games against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. The two struggling forwards combined on Bostons second goal when Krejci stuck with the play after his first shot on net deflected, and he flipped a pass in front that somehow got through to Lucic in the slot. Lucic now has a career-high 18 goals this season.2)Huge hit near the blueline by Brad Marchand on Colorado leading scorer Matt Duchene, and the Avalanche do little to respond after the mighty mites body check. Looks like the Bruins are playing with swagger and a touch of intimidation against a young Colorado team thats backing down.3)Speaking of Marchand, he has 11 goals on the season and 21 points with his first period score off a good pass to the front of the net by Mark Recchi. Who wouldve that would have been possible little more than halfway through the hockey season? Marchand is proving to be a very valuable player in what the Bruins are doing. Have I mentioned that Mike Felger was dead wrong in his early season assessments of Marchand in every way, shape or form?4)Good job by Gregory Campbell of keeping the focus where it needed to be when he dropped the gloves with Cody MacLeod in the first period. Campbell was taking on a tough customer, and making a statement to the rest of his teammates that it was time to step up with the Bs trailing by a 1-0 score at that point.5)Two assists for Mark Recchi on both of Bostons goals, and hes now tied with Milan Lucic and David Krejci for second on the Bs in scoring with 32 points (9 goals, 22 assists) this season. Add in his five game-winning goals this year and were all witnessing something pretty special from a guy thats turning 43 in a couple of weeks.