BruinsPredators: 5 from the First

BruinsPredators: 5 from the First
March 18, 2011, 12:59 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNASHVILLE Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Predators locked in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes of play at Bridgestone Arena.1)Things got a bit ugly for the Bruins at the end of the first period when Tyler Seguin was shaken up after getting an elbow to the head on a collision with Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist. Hornqvist was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the elbowing penalty, and it was pretty clear Seguin got dinged up a little bit by the hit. Zdeno Chara moved toward Hornqvist after the hit, but the refs stepped in the way and kept the Bs Captain away from the Nashville forward.2)An otherwise promising period for Tyler Seguin, who looks like he and Rich Peverley could be a good match together with their blinding skating speed. The speed and offensive skill created Bostons goal when they created a neutral zone turnover, and Seguin showed everything in his offensive arsenal with a surgical strike with a wrister just under the right portion of the crossbar. Pekka Rinne was beaten cleanly to his glove side, and Seguin snapped a seven-game point drought with his 11th goal of the season.3)Three shots in the first period for Milan Lucic, who was robbed on a rush to the net by Rinne. 4)The Bruins, in general, looked to have much more jump in their skating legs and way more energy against the Predators than they did against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. They had the advantage in shots by a 12-9 count and also looked much better on the power play after getting several opportunities in the first period.5)Two giveaways by Zdeno Chara in the first period. He needs to take a little more time and care with the puck against a counter-attack team like the Nashville Predators if the Bruins hope to win tonight.