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Big Wheels gives the Bruins a 1-0 lead

04.04.09 at 12:21 pm ET

16:06: Paul Mara is in the penalty box at the Garden. This must be a flashback to to the Dave Lewis Error. B’s get the first PP opportunity against the eighth-seeded Rangers, who would face the Bruins if the playoffs started today.

13:38: A pair of near-missed for the Bruins as Ryder just missed on a tip in front of the net earlier, and Chuck Kobasew couldn’t get any wood on a Milan Lucic pass sliding in front of the crease. Good pressure by the Bruins, and no Sean Avery antics as of yet.

With a break in the action: during a pregame awards ceremony, Marc Savard won the Dufresne Trophy as the best Bruins player on home ice this season, Milan Lucic won the Eddie Shore Award given by the Gallery Gods, Aaron Ward won the John P. Buczyk Award for greatest charitable contributions, and Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard respectively won the Bruins Three Stars Awards.

10:56: Don’t look know, but Blake Wheeler is heating up again. Wheeler broke up the right side, but then slowed things down and passed the puck. Eventually it came back to him at the right point and Wheeler ripped a slap shot that passed right through Henrik Lundqvist’s pads. Goal number 21 for Wheeler, with assists to Axelsson and Wideman.

6:15: Good defense by Mara to break up a potential 2-on-1 with Wheeler and Marc Savard. Wheeler again came bombing down the right side after a great cross-ice breakout from Savard, and attempted to get the puck back to his center. Mara stretched out and broke things up though.

4:45: Markus Naslund picked up a loose puck at Zdeno Chara’s feet in front of the Boston net, wheeled around the towering D-man and got a free shot at Thomas. The B’s goaltender moved right along with Naslund across the crease and smothered the shot quickly.

1:58: Great example of Matt Hunwick making something happen. The young defenseman carried the puck deep into othe right corner, quickly spinned off a defender and then whistled a pass toward the net with Milan Lucic battling for position in front. The puck deflected off Lundqvist’s stick and bounced away toward the corner.

Michael Ryder closed out the period by missing high on a breakaway bid in the closing seconds.

The Bruins have taken a 1-0 lead on the Rangers after one full period of play at the TD Banknorth Garden.

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