It’s over over here. Bruins win it, 3-0. Will board charter, land back in Hub approximately 1:00 a.m. Monday. Season at .500. Only 80 games to go. Far better puck management. Top netminding by Thomas. Eyes open. Legs moving.
9:15 — Bruins, 3-0. First career goal for Tyler Seguin. Races away with long Andrew Ference feed, chased by lone Coyote, cashes in with backhander at left post fraction of second before net dislodged. Linemate Recchi fishes puck out for souvenir. Play stars with good save at other end by Thomas. Assists: Ference and Thomas.
13:37 to go in third. B’s still in control with 2-0 lead.
3:00 gone. B’s still with 2-0 lead.
Second period in books. Bruins with 2-0 lead. Now 20 minutes from .500 trip.
19:27 — Bruins, 2-0. Horton scoops in 15-foot forehand from slot after some fancy footwork and centering pass by Recchi. Horton’s third goal in last three periods. Bruins wtih 27-15 shot advantage.
12:12 — Bruins, 1-0. Horton picks off pass in neutral zone, head-mans puck, Lucic crosses blue line and buries 40-foot slapper. Might have ticked off stick of Coyotes’ Sami Lepisto. B’s with 25-9 shot lead.
Halfway through second: NO SCORE.
Horton with a sharp 15-foot wrister from slot at 7:35. Best chance yet for B’s. Bryzgalov handles with blocker.
Bruins go power play at 3:29. Prucha off for elbowing. Power play better, but still no goal. First unit has Recchi-Krejci-Ryder, followed by Seguin-Bergeron-Horton.
Still no score.
With 13:21 left in second, Bruins with 22-9 shot advantage. They have 64 shots thus far in two days. One even-strength goal, one on PP. This answers the question: do they miss Marc Savard?
Puck down for second stanza.
First period in books at the O2. NO SCORE.
Bruins look better, with lopsided 15-8 shot advantage for the 20 minutes. Only one bad boo-boo, leading to an early 2-on-1 breakaway for Dawgs. Otherwise, much better puck management. Still tentative at times. And the obvious question lingers: can…they….score?
17:00 — Still no score.
Thomas very sharp at end of first Coyotes power play, turning aside one-time blaster by Lee Stempniak. Real sizzler.
Bruins use first PK unit of Marchand-Campbell backed by Chara-Boychuk. No. 2 PK has Les Quebec Kids, Bergeron-Caron, backed by Stuart-Seidenberg.
Still no score. Thornton off for minor penalty at 14:02. Coyotes on first power play of afternoon.
Marchand just took Lucic’s spot on the Krejci-Horton line. Looch takes next shift on the Campell-Thornton combination.
Lucic not very visible in Game 1. A message being sent by Julien? No. Marchand soon back on fourth line and Lucic remains with Krejci-Horton. For now.
Bruins now with 13-3 shot advantage, 8:58 to go in period.
Overall, better start for B’s. With 7:35 gone in first, they have 10-1 shot advantage. Still some sloppy puck management, but better.
Bruins go on power play at 3:09, Doan off for slashing. Takes Dawgs only 40 seconds for great scoring bid, a 2-on-1 down the right side. Thomas deflects Korpikoski shot to prevent shorthanded strike.
Underway here at O2 Arena.
Tim Thomas in net for Bruins vs. Coyotes’ Ilya Bryzgalov.
Jordan Caron making his NHL debut for Bruins, subbing in for Danny Paille.
Adam McQuaid was expected on the Bruins blueline, to sub for the injured Andrew Ference. But Ference is playing.