Mark Recchi power play score puts Boston up in the first
|03.22.09 at 2:15 pm ET|
18:00: Claude Julien opens the game up with a bit of a surprise and puts P.J. Axelsson on the top line with Marc Savard and Phil Kessel, after Blake Wheeler had been most recently skating with Savard and Kessel. I will reiterate again that I’m not a big fan of PJ on the top line. This moves seems a bit conservative for my tastes, but maybe that’s just me.
16:45: Good little one-on-one move by P.J. Axelsson that Martin Brodeur makes the juggling save on.
13:57: Near miss by the Devils when Tim Thomas mishandled a dump in, and Brian Gionta picked the loose puck up and fed it to Brian Rolston in front as Thomas scrambled back into the net. Thomas made it back between the pipes in time, but Rolston missed wide right with the shot from the right faceoff circle.
9:03: Big glove save by Brodeur on a Phil Kessel bid from the slot from a nice Savard feed off the sideboards. Brodeur simply got a glove on it and deflected it near the corner.
8:04: Kessel with another good chance, misses wide left with a wrist shot coming down the slot. A lot of jump from Savard and Kessel in the early going today.
Good job by the Bruins defenseman of finding a seam and get their point shots through traffic toward the New Jersey net. Brodeur has looked pretty damned solid in the early going, however.
3:38: Mark Recchi continues to play dividends. The veteran winger took a shot from the right faceoff circle that bounced off defenseman Paul Martin’s right skate and went right on past Brodeur for a power play score. It’s Recchi’s fifth goal since coming to the B’s.
0:00: Slash by Bobby Holik on Aaron Ward behind the Bruins net as the horn expired in the first period. Ward tried to catch up to Holik and have a “word”, but the refs got in between the two and headed the veteran defenseman off at the pass.
The Bruins lead the Devils 1-0 after one full period at the TD Banknorth Garden.