It's great to see hockey finally being played at the TD Garden, even if it is just a scrimmage. Jay Pandolfo, playing with Providence, gave Providence the 1-0 lead with 7:24 left in the first. Max Sauve sent a nice feed from the behind the net to Pandolfo to one time past Tuukka Rask. Here's some observations from the first period.
- Providence came to play. After the first couple of shifts, Providence turned the game in their favor, outshooting the Bruins 8-6. I helped that they had three power plays in the first.
- Speaking of the power plays, the Bruins penalty kill looked pretty good in their first opportunities. They did surrender a goal but that was more of Providence making a nice play than the Bruins doing anything wrong. But the Bruins do need to stop taking penalties. Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand took penalties they shouldn't have. That should change with more playing time.
- In general, the whole first period was sloppy for the Bruins. Overskating pucks, mishandling pucks, misfiring on passes were all too common. They need to tighten those things up before Saturday.
- Dougie Hamilton looked good in his first appearance in black and gold. He made the simple plays to get the puck out of the one and didn't try and force anything. It's still early but it looks like he will settle in nicely with Dennis Seidenberg as the No.2 'D' pairing.