Blog: Bruins take early lead
FIRST PERIOD RECAP
In a period with plenty of pace, the Flames and Bruins created a fair number of scoring chances.
The Flames got plenty of pucks and traffic in front of Tim Thomas, ranked first in the NHL in goals against average, save percentage and shutouts this season, but were unable to get anything by the veteran.
The Bruins duo of David Krejci and Milan Lucic were particularly effective for the Bruins. They had three great scoring chances and capitalized once, just 59 seconds into the game. Miikka Kiprusoff made one fabulous pad save on Lucic midway through the period when he and Krejci worked a nice give-and-go inside the Flames blueline.
"It's going to be one of those ugly games where we have to get it done in front of the net," Flames defenceman Steve Staios told Sportsnet Flames after the first period.
Niklas Hagman, who cleared waivers earlier today, looks to have some extra drive tonight. In fact the energy line of Mikael Backlund, Tom Kostopoulos and Hagman generated two decent scoring chances.
The Flames outshot the Bruins 13-7 in the period.
1-0 BRUINS: Just 59 seconds into the first period, Milan Lucic drives hard to the Flames net and tips in a nice centering pass for his 25th goal of the season. The Flames had generated two good chances just prior to the goal but a quick turnaround caught the Flames on a line change which allowed the Bruins to capitalize.
STARtING LINE-UPS: The Flames start Miikka Kiprusoff in goal.
Mark Giordano and Cory Sarich start on the blueline while the line of Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla and Brendan Morrison start in the forward ranks.
The Bruins go with Tomas Kaberle and Dennis Seidenberg on defence, Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand at forward while the ageless Tim Thomas starts in goal.