Michael Ryder  has the Bruins on top 1-0 after one period, as he picked up the team’s second power play goal in 16 chances on the season. The Bruins had other opportunities as well, as they looked impressive in turning neutral zone turnovers into scoring chances. Blake Wheeler  and Tyler Seguin  each made bids, but it was Ryder’s power play goal with 27.5 seconds left in the period, assisted by Patrice Bergeron  and Seguin that had those on hand at the home opener satisfied after one.
Regarding the goaltending, it was another period and another handful of terrific saves from Tim Thomas . The 36-year-old, playing in his fourth straight game, robbed the Capitals forwards on multiple occasions, with Brooks Laich and Alexander Ovechkin a couple of notable victims. The Captials outshot the Bruins, 13-8, in the period. Ryder’s goal was also the first power play goal the Capitals have allowed this season.
You’ve got to love this Bruins fourth line and the energy it can bring. Shawn Thornton  outmuscled his way around the offensive zone, tossing two shots on Varlamov and doing a terrific job of keeping the puck in. Additionally, Gregory Campbell  had a point-blank bid on a rebound right in front of Varlamov with about six minutes remaining in the period but was stoned by the Washington netminder.
There were two penalties called in the period, a boarding call against Andrew Ference  and a tripping call against Matt Hendricks.