First Period Notes: BOS @ CAR

Hamilton Remains a Bruin
The B’s defenseman found out today that he will be remaining with the Bruins for the long-hall and will not be returned to the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs. Not that the already poised and confident D-man will play any differently now that the “official” news is out of the way…

"He has a lot of poise and he plays a very mature game," said General Manager Peter Chiarelli from PNC Arena just as the B’s took the ice for warm-ups tonight. "I’m sure inside he felt relieved, but based on how I’ve seen him play, it wouldn’t surprise me if his play doesn’t go one way or the other because he’s a real poised and mature player."

Official statement to media from the B’s GM:
"I’ve informed Dougie Hamilton that he’ll be with us for the duration of the year. He was pretty happy to hear it, I’d suggested to him over the last few days that there was a real good chance to try and put his mind at ease. I told him today and he was happy to hear. He’ll be with us the remainder of the year and I wanted to inform the media of that."

Special Teams
Boston was looking to get off to a quick start against Carolina - and that certainly happened, as the B’s got on the board just 3:16 into the first, after Anton Khudobin was called for delay-of-game after playing the puck out of the trapezoid (Milan Lucic served the penalty). Besides the penalty, Khudobin has been looking solid in goal, and has made some point-blank saves, specifically one on a one-timer from the left circle. His play has anchored the team, and you can tell the B’s look comfortable in front of him.

Khudobin’s mishap could have ailed the team, but Brad Marchand scored the first shorthanded tally of the season. Bergeron made a great play in the corner behind Ward to get the puck quickly to Zdeno Chara. Big Zee hit Marchand at the right face-off circle, and No. 63 roofed a beautiful one-timer that hit the top of the goal and immediately rocketed out.

And it looks like the Black & Gold wanted to put any “Will the power play ever produce?” questioning to rest. Chara threw a wrist shot on net that beat Cam Ward for the B’s second man-advantage goal of the season.

Lucic vs. Gleason
Milan Lucic sparred with Tim Gleason at the 11:06 mark of the first period  - the second fight majors for both Looch and Gleason this season. The B’s are 2-0-1 this season when they have had at least one fight.

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