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Final: Bruins 7, Canadiens 3

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 25, 2011 05:55 PM

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All done in Halifax. Bruins take Game 1, 7-3. Rematch tomorrow in Montreal.

* Joe Corvo said he felt OK in his Bruins debut. Corvo scored a power-play goal in the first. Corvo said his conditioning isn't quite up to game standards, but that he should get there by Oct. 6.

* Nathan Horton acknowledged being nervous before the game because of the way last year ended. But Horton didn't have any issues skating on the first line with Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron.

12:45 3d period: Bruins 7-3
Jordan Caron one-times a shot over Peter Budaj. Tyler Seguin spots Caron at the other side of the ice with a slick diagonal pass. Seguin far better tonight than in preseason opener.

10:06 3d period: Bruins 6-3
Aaron Palushaj goes high on Anton Khudobin. Rush starts with ill-advised Zach McKelvie pinch. Shame, because McKelvie had blocked two shots early in shift.

5:30 3d period: Bruins 6-2
Tyler Seguin snipes a sharp-angle shot through Peter Budaj. Seguin has been fast with the puck all night.

1:46 3d period: Bruins 5-2
Brian Wallsie raps a PPG shot from the slot past Anton Khudobin. Not much the goalie could do about that.

20:00 2d period: Bruins 5-1
Bruins running away with things against Montreal’s JV roster. Steven Kampfer putting in good show for No. 7 bid. Chris Clark making his case for a contract.

19:24 2d period: Bruins 5-1
Zdeno Chara tries to go backdoor to Daniel Paille. Alexei Yemelin blocks the pass, but puck lands back on Chara’s stick for a shortie. Chara starts the play with the correct read in the defensive zone.

13:37 2d period: Bruins 4-1
Anton Khudobin has been very good. Sharp at making first stops, in position for rebounds. That said, Bruins hope Khudobin will not be seen with big club this year. That would mean something bad happened to Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask.

10:55 2d period: Bruins 4-1
Daniel Paille scores on the PK. Very good play by Zach McKelvie to go off the glass to clear the puck.

8:49 2d period: Bruins 3-1
Brad Marchand with the PPG. Chris Clark strikes iron first, but Marchand bangs home the rebound.

19:43 1st period: Bruins 2-1
Shawn Thornton vs. Alex Henry. Long, spirited bout. Both battlers trading big ones.

17:35 1st period: Bruins 2-1
Slick side-to-side save by Peter Budaj on Nathan Horton. Nice dish by Tyler Seguin.

14:00 1st period: Bruins 2-1
Alexei Yemelin gives Nathan Horton a good pop in front of the net. Horton OK.

13:02 1st period: Bruins 2-1
Steven Kampfer buries Erik Cole with an open-ice hit. Cole doesn’t care for the hit.

8:10 1st period: Bruins 2-1
After a goalmouth scramble, Gregory Campbell shovels in a close-distance shot.

7:58 1st period: 1-1
Joe Corvo with the PPG. Zdeno Chara slapper off the end boards, Corvo puts in sharp-angle rebound.

6:54 1st period: Canadiens, 1-0
Scott Gomez takes a long-distance pass and threads the puck five-hole on Anton Khudobin.

3:04 1st period: 0-0
Chris Clark sets up Daniel Paille for a scoring chance with a pass off the wall. Clark is a veteran at board work.

0:00 1st period: 0-0
Looks like more Habs jerseys here than Bruins sweaters. But might be because Bruins fans are shirtless in honor of hometown boy Brad Marchand.

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