BruinsMaple Leafs: 5 from the First

BruinsMaple Leafs: 5 from the First
February 16, 2011, 1:06 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Leafs locked in a 1-1 tie at the TD Garden after the first 20 minutes of a game thats taken a back seat to the trade rumor mill.1)Isnt ironic and perhaps a little bit of hockey justice that Daniel Paille scores the goal for Boston in his first game from a four-game suspension after his high blow to the head on Raymond Sawada. The goal was created by an excellent pinch from Mark Stuart behind the net as he got involved on the fore-check and worked the puck around the boards Paille. The Bs winger flipped the puck off Mike Komisarek in front of the net and it got right past James Reimer.2)It had to happen eventually, and now Phil Kessel has his first goal against his former team after batting a puck out of the air following a Dion Phaneuf shot from the high slot area. That is Kessels first goal in 10 games against the Bruins, and it prompted ample booing from the TD Garden sellout crowd right after it took place. It also snapped a 14-game scoring drought for Kessel while having some major difficult with the Maple Leafs after basically throwing his coach under the bus last week.3)Three shots on net for Milan Lucic, who was a force in the first period and seems to have rebounded strongly from a poor game against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.4)Got to love that the Merlot line has kicked in offensive for the Bruins. Thats always bodes well for the eventual outcome.5)Johnny Boychuk has been going through a bit of a rough patch for the Bruins, so its not surprising that the defenseman was made a healthy scratch for the Leafs. The effort level and toughness have been there, but hes not making quick enough decisions with the puck. That combined with Steve Kampfers offensive abilities made Boychuk the natural choice.