First-period quick-hits

April, 26, 2010
4/26/10
8:11
PM ET
BOSTON -- Game 6 is being played like a Game 7.

After one period, the Bruins have a 1-0 lead.

It’s the first time in this series Boston has scored first. The Bruins’ David Krejci redirected a Mark Recchi pass in front of Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller that caromed off the post and in for a power-play goal at 13:39.

It’s a very physical and high-pace game here at the TD Garden.

The Bruins’ Marco Sturm, who has scored only once in the previous 21 games, had a quality scoring chance early in the period with Boston killing a penalty. Teammate Patrice Bergeron created a scoring opportunity, worked a crafty spin-o-rama move and left the puck for a streaking Sturm. His shot, however, rang off the crossbar.

While Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was sharp in the period, especially on rebounds and redirects, his players in front of him were doing a good job cutting off the passing lanes with their sticks.

The Bruins were handed a gift with 5.6 seconds remaining in the first when Buffalo was called for delay of game when the puck ricocheted off a Sabres stick and into the stands in their zone. It would have been a major break for Boston to have a man-advantage with a clean sheet of ice to start the second, but Bruins captain Zdeno Chara picked up a roughing penalty after the buzzer sounded to end the period.

Buffalo finished the period with 14 shots, while Boston had 11.

NOTES: As expected, Bruins forward Marc Savard did not play tonight as the team awaits the results from his latest neuropsychological exam, which was completed this afternoon.

After one period, the Bruins have a 1-0 lead.

It’s the first time in this series Boston has scored first. The Bruins’ David Krejci redirected a Mark Recchi pass in front of Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller that caromed off the post and in for a power-play goal at 13:39.

It’s a very physical and high-pace game here at the TD Garden.

The Bruins’ Marco Sturm, who has scored only once in the previous 21 games, had a quality scoring chance early in the period with Boston killing a penalty. Teammate Patrice Bergeron created a scoring opportunity, worked a crafty spin-o-rama move and left the puck for a streaking Sturm. His shot, however, rang off the crossbar.

While Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was sharp in the period, especially on rebounds and redirects, his players in front of him were doing a good job cutting off the passing lanes with their sticks.

The Bruins were handed a gift with 5.6 seconds remaining in the first when Buffalo was called for delay of game when the puck ricocheted off a Sabres stick and into the stands in their zone. It would have been a major break for Boston to have a man-advantage with a clean sheet of ice to start the second, but Bruins captain Zdeno Chara picked up a roughing penalty after the buzzer sounded to end the period.

Buffalo finished the period with 14 shots, while Boston had 11.

NOTES: As expected, Bruins forward Marc Savard did not play tonight as the team awaits the results from his latest neuropsychological exam, which was completed this afternoon.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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