ANAHEIM, CA Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Anaheim Ducks locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes at the Honda Center.
1) Six saves for Marty Turco in a solid first period that saw him bounce back nicely from the disastrous start he had against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. He looked well within the fact pace of the game and made a nice snapping glove save on Bobby Ryan at the end of the first period. Thats going to give the Bruins some confidence that he can make another couple starts for Boston over the last handful of games.
2) The Bruins have won 14 out of 18 face-offs in the first period led by Patrice Bergeron winning 6-of-8 and Gregory Campbell, David Krejci and Rich Peverley going undefeated in seven draws during the first period.
3) So why did Daniel Paille get scratched with Rich Peverley returning to the lineup? Quite simply all of the other candidates were playing far too well to hit the bench: Jordan Caron has been playing physical hockey with strength along the boards, and the third line of Rolston, Pouliot and Kelly has been Bostons best line for weeks now.
4) Bobby Ryan decked Patrice Bergeron near the end of the first period in front of the Anaheim bench, and really went at No. 37 aggressively. Will be interesting to see the Bruins answer here in the second period.
5) Rich Peverley looked good skating with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in the first period. He had a nice attempt from the slot after Bergeron stole the puck from Cam Fowler, but Jonas Hiller snapped it up with a quick glove. Hiller has looked good today.
Raymond Clayborn has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, beating out both Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour for the honor. The corner, who is tied for the franchise record for interceptions with Ty Law (36), will be the 26th person inducted to the Hall.
Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowler (1983, 1985, 1986) during his 13-year Patriots career from 1977 through 1989. He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (16th overall) out of Texas in 1977, and chipped in both in the secondary and as a kick returner. As a rookie in the return game, he averaged 31 yards per return and brought back three for touchdowns.
Clayborn reacted to the news on Twitter soon after the announcement was made.
"I was fortunate to be a season ticket holder during Raymond's entire Patriots career," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "For the first half of his career, he teamed with Michael Haynes to form one of the best corner tandems in league history. Throughout his career, Raymond was a physical, shutdown corner.
"One of my favorite memories was watching the 1985 team advance to the Super Bowl after Raymond helped us break the Orange Bowl curse when he stymied future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino with a dominant performance against Pro Bowl receivers Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. Raymond had six passes defensed and an interception to help us claim our first conference title. It was the greatest upset victory in franchise history at the time and one the entire New England region celebrated. It is a well-deserved honor and I look forward to presenting him his hall of fame jacket."
Clayborn has been a finalist for each of the last four years but was not able to generate enough support in the annual online vote to beat out Ty Law (2014 inductee), Willie McGinest (2015) or Kevin Faulk (2016). Clayborn was eligible to be voted in by the senior committee since he's now been retired for 25 years, but he did not receive the requisite eight of 10 senior committee votes to be elected in that way.
As it turns out, he didn't need to be. When Kraft called Clayborn with the news, he said Clayborn received over 40 percent of the vote to beat out the pair of three-time Super Bowl champs.