BruinsDevils: 5 from the First

BruinsDevils: 5 from the First
March 22, 2011, 11:57 pm
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Devils locked in a 1-1 tie at the TD Garden after 20 minutes of largely lopsided hockey.1)There is desperation written all over New Jerseys game tonight. They came out and walloped the Bruins with everything they had in the first period, outshooting Boston by a 16-6 margin. Ilya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias were buzzing around the Boston net, and Tim Thomas had to be pretty sharp to keep it to only one goal for the Devils. New Jersey cant afford to lose another game or their playoff hopes are essentially over, so theyre playing exactly as they should. Wont be a cake walk for the Bruins.2)If anybody needed a play to break right for them its been Dennis Seidenberg, who has been in a prolonged funk and had the indignity of getting into a shouting match on ice with Tuukka Rask in Toronto Saturday night. He got that in the first period when Seidenberg sliced a puck through traffic, and got an assist when Shawn Thornton tipped a puck past Martin Brodeur. Big goal for Boston after getting dominated in the first period. Nine goals this season for Shawn Thornton. Thats a really big number for the Bruins enforcer.3)Bruins are really starting to slip in the penalty kill department recently, and have allowed at least one power play goal in five of their last seven games. A lot of attention is being paid on the power play, but the kill hurt the Bs again tonight. When is it a good idea to leave Ilya Kovalchuk alone in front of the net on a Devils power play? The 5-on-5 defense and the PK defense still look pretty confused at this point, and that needs to change.4)Another solid period for Tyler Seguin, who is playing with intensity and speed while looking to make plays. The raise in intensity gives you a good idea what kind of player hes going to be someday.5)A game-high three shots in the first period for Devils defenseman Mark Fayne, who has been very good with his shots from the point tonight. Fayne was exposed early and often by opponents earlier in the season, but it appears that hes turned things around like the rest of the team in Jersey.