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Mark Recchi power play score puts Boston up in the first

18:00: Claude Julien [1] opens the game up with a bit of a surprise and puts P.J. Axelsson on the top line with Marc Savard [2] and Phil Kessel [3], after Blake Wheeler [4] 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 [5] makes the juggling save on.

13:57: Near miss by the Devils when Tim Thomas [6] mishandled a dump in, and Brian Gionta picked the loose puck up and fed it to Brian Rolston [7] 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 [8] 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 [9] 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 [10].