Recchi and Kessel give Bruins a 2-0 lead in the first
|05.10.09 at 7:44 pm ET|
18:34: Two minute minor to Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason for holding the stick. First PP of the night for the Bruins.
Nothing on that first PP for Boston. Not a good start to this one just yet.
13:54: Interference call on Zdeno Chara that took place way behind the play with Boston cycling in the offensive zone. Not a good time for a whistle right there no matter what was going on.
12:40: Good kill by the Bruins leads to an interference penalty on Sergei Samsonov. Here’s a spot where the Black and Gold could start building some momentum.
11:35: David Krejci to Dennis Wideman on the one-timer. Just missed to the left.
The Bruins are outshooting the Canes by an 8-0 count, but haven’t had any real Blue Chip opportunities.
8:56: Now there’s a save. Great glove stop by Tim Thomas on an Eric Staal rocket from the left faceoff circle.
8:13: Savard trying to screen Ward on a Shane Hnidy shot, and then a good job at selling a Dennis Seidenberg cross check afterward. Not good enough for a call though.
6:50: Great dropback pass from Krejci to Wideman again at the right faceoff circle, but Cam Ward was able to deflect the shot. Krejci is playing pretty well tonight.
5:45: Milan Lucic just completely woke this crowd up with a thundering hit in the corner on Dennis Seidenberg. The crowd was oohing and aahing in anticipation and then exulted when Looch pounded Seidenberg into the boards. It sparked his teammates too, and resulted in a Seidenberg penalty with Phil Kessel and Marc Savard cyling behind the net.
If the Bruins score here, that Lucic hit will be the turning point in the game. An early one, but a clear one.
5:12: And it comes to be. Savard wins a faceoff. Wideman to Chara, big blast that Mark Recchi tips through Ward’s pads. That was big for this Bruins team.
4:27: Interference call on Steve Montador. The defenseman hit Tuomo Ruutu after the puck had already traveled into the offensive zone.
2:50: Two unbelievable saves, one right after another, Samsonov and Joni Pitkanen during the penalty kill. The save on Pitkanen’s rebound blast — with Thomas leaping toward the puck on pure recovery reflex — was easily his best of the night.
1:24: There’s been a Kessel sighting. First in a while. Great cross-ice pass from Savard to Kessel with Lucic hanging in front of the net. Kessel bangs it home and makes it a two-goal lead.
The Bruins have taken a 2-0 lead after one full period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinal series at the TD Banknorth Garden.