Jokinen ties things up for the Canes in Game 1
|05.01.09 at 6:45 pm ET|
18:26: How poetic. Ward scores on Ward. Aaron Ward fires a long bomb from the right point that sails through a group of bodies in front of the net, hits David Krejci’s stick in front and then goes right on past Cam Ward. Just like that it’s 1-0.
16:46: Pretty good breakout up the ice by Krejci, who held on to the puck and set up a Dennis Wideman blast that Ward was able to block with his body. Krejci has a lot of jump in his legs tonight.
13:53: Good wraparound bid by Eric Staal, but he was immediately pounded down to the ice by Zdeno Chara before he could follow up his shot. Expect to see a great deal of that throughout the series.
13:40: First PP goes to Boston. Penalty on Carolina’s Ray Whitney. The B’s were 4-for-12 on the PP during the series sweep of the Habs.
13:05: Good glove save by Ward on a Wideman blast from the high point. PP unit is moving the puck really smoothly when they get into the zone. Not a lot of rust so far.
11:18: Great save by Thomas and a painful looking smash into the crossbar for Tuomo Ruutu off a great pass from the left wing by Erik Cole. Ruutu came crashing in with a lot of speed and basically got clotheslined by the crossbar after Thomas shifted to his right to make the save.
The Hurricanes have eight shots for the period, but a good deal of them have been testers from the outside faceoff circles — the exact kind of shots that the Boston defense is trying to force. Thomas can get a clear look at the puck, and if he’s an unobstructed look then he’s going to almost always stop it.
7:51: Marc Savard reacted is he were hit with a high stick to the face in the offensive zone, but no call from the refs.
6:03: Good open-ice hit by Shawn Thornton on Ryan Bayda that knocked the Canes winger on his keister.
4:25: Great self pass off the boards by Phil Kessel after beating the Carolina D. The speedy Kessel flicked a shot on net that Ward saved, and P.J. Axelsson couldn’t get to the rebound.
3:43: Good 2-on-1 rush by the Bruins with Kessel flipping a saucer pass to a rushing Steve Montador. Ward stoned Montador on backhand bid up close at the Carolina cage.
2:01: Weird bounce by a Joe Corvo dump attempt from beyond center ice that handcuffed Thomas a bit. A little reminiscent of that Washington long bomb that somehow squeezed by Thomas in OT.
1:10: All tied. Jussi Jokinen — a great pickup by Carolina on waivers — beat Thomas with a wrister from the high slot with Bayda bearing down on Thomas and eventually crashing into him. Goal counts for Carolina, and they also picked up a goaltender interference call after the score.
The Bruins and Hurricanes are tied at a 1-1 score after one full period of play during Game 1 at the TD Banknorth Garden.