The Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals are off to sluggish starts so far through the first period of Game 1 of their first round series in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. Through 20 minutes, neither team has been able to light up the scoreboard. The Bruins hold a slight advantage momentum-wise, recording nine shots on goal to five for the Caps.
Defending Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas has been solid in net, though that's to be expected. Braden Holtby is making his playoff debut for the Capitals but has shown no signs of nerves despite facing a much heavier onslaught. The Bruins have held Alex Ovechkin completely in check, keeping him from even recording a shot on goal.
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