First-period quick hits

BOSTON -- The Bruins were expecting a physical game and they got one.

After one period, the Sabres have a 1-0 advantage and Buffalo newcomer Cody McCormick is definitely making his presence felt. Because of a slew of injuries, McCormick was called up today from Portland of the AHL and on his first shift was throwing his body around.

In fact, his physical play helped the Sabres notch their first tally of the night.

In the midst of a delayed penalty, McCormick was on the forecheck behind the Bruins’ net when he was slammed into the boards by Boston defensemen Adam McQuaid and Andrew Ference. If one of them had gone for the puck, the whistle would have been blown, but instead the puck came out front and the Sabres’ Tim Kennedy beat goalie Tuukka Rask to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 2:12 of the first period.

BC HONORED: The Bruins honored 2010 NCAA hockey champion Boston College during the first television timeout of the first period. The entire team was on hand and was recognized on the JumboTron. While the fans gave a nice ovation, Bruins players banged their sticks on the boards and coach Claude Julien applauded.