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Savard and Ryder give Bruins a 3-1 lead in second period

05.01.09 at 7:36 pm ET

Got to say before this period starts that this building is a whole lot deader than it was in the first round series against the Canadiens. Probably inevitable, but still true.

16:25: Joni Pitkanen just got to meet the Bruins up close and personal. Milan Lucic crunched him into the sideboards as he released the puck in the defensive end, and then Shawn Thornton nailed him behind the net when he was corraling a puck seconds later.

14:42: Pitkanen rifled a shot at Thomas from the left faceoff circle that he was able to gather between his pads with Chad LaRose and old friend Sergei Samsonov loitering out in front of Boston’s cage.

13:44: Showy glove save by Thomas on a Joe Corve blistering slapper from that very-same left faceoff circle.

13:07: Another long shot from Corvo with bodies whizzing by the front of the net. That clearly seems to be the plan of attack for this Carolina team. Just send as many big, brave bodies at Thomas as possible.

12:15: Marc Savard backhanded a long rebound of a Kessel shot from the slot and the B’s are again in the lead.  Savard looked appropriately fired up after scoring the goal. It appeared that Kessel took a hit earlier in the shift while digging a puck out of the corner, and was wincing in quite a bit of pain. But he got off the ice and fired the shot that Savard scored on.

9:08: Kessel back out there, but he just whiffed on a nifty little Savard set up from the corner. Looks like he’s okay besides the whole swearing at his stick thing.

Best sign of the night in the stands: “Montreal Happy 100th.” We’re such good sports as winners here in Boston, aren’t we?

7:22: The crowd starts chanting “Here we go Bruins…Here we go”, and on cue Michael Ryder steals a puck from Tuomo Ruute, flies into the offensive zone and picks off a shot at the top right corner of the net. That was just a great individual play.

5:06: A quick little drive to the net by Erik Cole turns into a pushing and shoving match between Cole and Zdeno Chara near the left post of Boston’s goal. Chara grabbed Cole and shoved him down toward the ice after the whistle, and both players will serve two minutes for roughing.

3:02: Mark Stuart just dropped Ray Whitney at mid-ice in the nuetral zone with a serious “Take a Seat” type hit. It’s a wonder that, given his great physical strength, that Stuart doesn’t deliver more statement body checks like that on a regular basis.

1:55: Great save by Thomas on Bayda as he came screaming toward the Boston net and redirected a Scott Walker pass from the right side.

They just showed US Senator John Kerry on the Jumbotron during a TV timeout, and the clearly partisan crowd at the Garden gave the former Presidential candidate a pretty sound booing.

The B’s lead the Hurricanes by a 3-1 score after two full periods during Game 1 at the TD Banknorth Garden.

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