The Bruins led after the first period with 16 shots to Buffalo’s 13. Twelve different skaters had registered those shots, including two each from Tyle Seguin, Daniel Paille (back in his first game since getting high-sticked by Tyler Meyers on January 31 the last time the B’s played Buffalo - Meyers is scratched tonight), Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron.
“I think I like the way we’re collapsing in the middle, in the slot, not giving too much there,” Patrice Bergeron told NESN during the first intermission. “I think we’re having some offense out of our breakout, so that’s good.”
“I think, right now, we’re moving the puck well, we’re moving our feet. Every time we do that it gives us a chance to be open and find a good shot.”
“Of course, we just need to find a way to get the puck in the back of the net and go from there. We’ve done a lot of good things in the first period.”
One good thing has certainly been the play of goaltender Anton Khudobin, making only his second start for the B’s this season, after earning a 5-3 win in Carolina. Positionally sound and in all the right places at the right time, “Dobby” has been swallowing up rebounds well.
A great example of both the B’s good breakouts and the solid play of Khudobin came near the 8:00 mark of the first period, when Tyler Seguin had a takeaway in Buffalo zone and then drove right to the net and causing havoc in front trying to screen Miller, nearly tipping one in at the end of his shift.