BruinsSenators: 5 from the First

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BruinsSenators: 5 from the First

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Senators tied at a 1-1 score after the first 20 minutes of play at TD Garden.1)Bobby Butler is making the TD Garden ice his own personal playground in his first game here as an NHL player. Four shots in the first period for the Marlboro, Mass native and former UNH standout, and a couple of close calls stopped by Tim Thomas before he picked up a loose puck for a score at the end of the first period. Butler was a big Bruins fan growing up, so it must feel pretty sweet to taste some success in front of the friends and family crowd at the Garden.2)Daniel Paille has four goals in his last eight games and continues to tighten the grip on one of those fourth line roster spots when the playoffs begin next week. It looks like itll be Montreal or Buffalo, so its possible Paille could be skating against his former team in the first round for the second straight season.3)Claude Julien got a couple of questions about Tyler Seguin before the game and snapped Its not Tyler Seguin Day amid the final flurry of queries. Julien put Seguin in the lineup today and hes playing with speed, but was also caught on the ice for the defensive zone gaffes by Andrew Ference and Shane Hnidy that led to Bostons goal. It sure seems like the coach has made his mind up, but Ill take his word that nothing has been decided.4)Tim Thomas did allow the one goal, but hes hanging in there with a .9373 save percentage after the first period of play against the Senators. Barring a complete and utter breakdown he should still be ahead of Dominik Hasek when the game is over today.5)Another goal for the fourth line today. Somewhere Mike Felger is crying and pounding his fist on a table.
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Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

BOSTON – Some key Bruins players have missed a handful of games here or there already this season, but only this week did they suffer one of their first major injuries to a key player that will knock him out for nearly two months. 

Matt Beleskey will miss roughly six weeks with an injury to his right knee after the feisty forward was caught with a hip check by Tyler Fedun near center ice in Buffalo over the weekend.  Beleskey tried to instinctively sidestep the oncoming attack, but instead his lower half caught the brunt of the big collision with a young Sabres attacker. 

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Instead Fedun caught Beleskey’s right leg with his hip check, and the gritty Bruins winger was knocked out in the first period of last weekend’s win over the Sabres. 

Beleskey was spotted walking with a bit of a limp during and after Boston’s 4-3 OT win against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and armed with what looked to be a giant brace or cast on his right leg. It’s clearly a bummer for Beleskey that he’ll now miss a large chunk of time due to a freak injury, and the Bruins have to be disappointed at the timing of it all given how well Beleskey has been playing lately. 

The injury certainly opens up the third line left wing spot for a player like Ryan Spooner, who has struggled to find his right place in the NHL, or a player like Frankie Vatrano as he gets over the hump in his recovery from foot surgery.

Beleskey has skated in plenty of games with Boston in 2016-17, producing two goals and three assists for five points with 23 penalty minutes in what’s been better described as “bedlam”  after a slow start to the regular season.