BruinsSenators: 5 from the First

BruinsSenators: 5 from the First
February 19, 2011, 1:16 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comOTTAWA Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Senators locked in a scoreless tie at Scotiabank Place at the first 20 minutes of hockey between the two new look teams.1)Going to take a little time to get used to somebody other than Chuck Kobasew wearing No. 12 for the Bruins, but uneventful first period for Tomas Kaberle in the Black and Gold uniform. The one thing you could immediately see with Kaberle despite zero practice time with his teammates was the way his presence is going to allow Zdeno Chara to simply blast away at the right point position. Chara misfired on a couple of his shot attempts, but he was in clear shooting position on Bostons first power play. Six minutes, 27 seconds of ice time in the first period without much either good or bad in Kaberles game.2)Guess the Bruins didnt quite get that energy burst from the roster shuffling as they might have suspected tonight. Its been a pretty dead first period for the Bs while getting outshot 11-5 in the first 20 minutes and being hemmed in their zone for much of it.3)Class move by the Senators to have a jumbotron package of video ready to pay tribute to Chris Kelly in his first game with the Bruins at the friendly confines of Scotiabank Place. Kelly was given a standing ovation from an appreciative Sens crowd in Ottawa, and gave a quick wave in a classy moment during a stoppage in the middle of the first period.4)A couple of shots on net for Alex Kovalev, who has been more active than usual and appears to be in the mood to play now that he might just traded away from a godforsaken Senators team. Why anybody would trade for a moody Russian scorer that only plays when he wants to play is completely beyond me.5)Good first period by Tuukka Rask, who was pressured heavy on a couple of occasions and looked much quicker with his glove hand than he was last night against the Islanders. His best save was a solid pad stop while hugging the right post on a Colin Greening attempt in close.