Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 2-1 score after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.
1) Benoit Pouliot with a filthy backhander off the rush that lifted over Brent Johnsons shoulder for his 15th goal of the season. Without exaggeration at least half of Pouliots goals have been highlight reel variety, and underscore just how good he can be when he wants to be.
2) Milan Lucic looked like he was shaken up when he attempted to throw a body check just as he exited the penalty box, and instead got up awkwardly. He went down the runway to the dressing for a handful of shifts, but finished the period back skating with David Krejci and Rich Peverley.
3) Tyler Seguin won the 7th Player Award. It should have been Chris Kelly. I blame the 15-year-old girl factor in the online voting at NESN.com
4) Torey Krug had eight shifts and 5:34 of ice time while getting a shot on net and looking as advertised: good with the first pass and needing to gain a little strength when hes carrying the puck.
5) Joe Corvo on the ice for the first goal scored by the Penguins and he had a hand in it. Some things never change. Claude Julien getting another dose of exactly why Corvo could be a big liability in his own zone in the playoffs.
Notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City . . .
-- New England is now 8-2 and is guaranteed to have a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 21, held by the 1965-85 Cowboys. The Pats last had a losing season in 2000, when they were 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first season in New England.
PATRIOTS 33, RAIDERS 8
-- The Patriots have now won 13 straight road games, setting a franchise record. They remain in second place on the NFL all-time list, behind the 18 straight road games won by the 1988-90 49ers.
-- Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.
-- The Pats are now 3-0 in international games, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 113-22 score in those games.
-- Stephen Gostkowski scored 15 points on four field goals and three PATs and moved into the top 20 on the all-time NFL scoring list.
-- Gostkowski set a franchise record for longest field goal, 62 yards, in the light air of Mexico City.
Charlie Weis shares the text he sent to Tom Brady during the middle of the third quarter of today's game.