BruinsSabres: 5 from the First

BruinsSabres: 5 from the First
January 21, 2011, 12:55 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Sabres by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes at the TD Garden.1)Nathan Horton is getting the puck around the net, but didnt manage to squeeze off a shot in the first 20 minutes. Perfect example of Hortons passivity: hes the beneficiary of a Marc Savard pass that leaves all alone near the left faceoff dot, but he passes away to Michael Ryder in a play that gets broken up. He should be shooting that puck. Its not work ethic. Its not confidence. Its a real passivity in Hortons game that looks it comes and goes, and its the reason hes not scoring goals right now.2)Two blocked shots and a team-high three shots on net in the first period by Blake Wheeler, and it was hard work by Wheeler and David Krejci that led to them drawing a penalty while they were out on the penalty kill. Good work by Wheeler while he gets duty on the fourth line right now.3)A little youthful mistake combo by Steve Kampfer in the first period when he gives up a puck on a turnover to Jason Pominville, and then takes a hooking penalty when Pominville and Thomas Vanek work a 2-on-1 that Tuukka Rask was able to make a great save on. Just part of the learning process for Kampfer, but he had a few missteps in the first period.4)Another goal for the Bruins defensemen as Dennis Seidenberg scores off a faceoff win for Marc Savard. Seidenberg spoke with me this morning about the great job that the forwards have been doing screening for the defensemen on shots and thats what happened when Horton provided a big screen to allow Seidenbergs fourth goal of the season.5)Eleven saves for Tuukka Rask, who is looking solid again tonight between the pipes for the Bruins.