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Recchi’s first goal in Black and Gold give the B’s a 1-0 lead

16:00: Near miss by Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd on a backhanded bid that flipped over the crossbar.

13:57: Good scoring bid by the Bruins fourth line. Shawn Thornton [1] worked the puck into the neutral zone and tried to hit a speeding P.J. Axelsson on the off-wing, but instead a deflection put the puck on Stephane Yelle’s stick. The veteran unloaded a shot from the high slot just inside the blue line that Crystobal Huet was able to catch with some pad, and then cover up without further damage.

11:55: Near miss for the Blackhawks as Dustin Byfuglien hit Thomas and then the crossbar behind Thomas with a wobbly, bad angle forehand bid. Johnson raised his hands in mini-celebration before he hit the pipe.

9:41: That’s exactly why Peter Chiarelli got Mark Recchi [2].  The 41-year-old camped at the left post, gathered a Chuck Kobasew [3] pass and pushed it through Huet’s pads for his first goal as a Bruin. 

00:10: Great rush up the left wing by Marc Savard [4] in the closing seconds, and an even better dish to Phil Kessel [5] on the right wing that got Huet moving right to left. But Kessel couldn’t handle Savard’s tape-to-tape beauty and the B’s end the period with a fruitless flurry.

Good jump by the Black and Gold here in the early going. B’s out shoot the Hawks 15-7 for the period, and laid out 13 hits over the first 20 minutes.

The Bruins lead the Blackhawks by a 1-0 score with one full period in the books at the TD Banknorth Garden [6].