Sluggish start, but the lead is ours. Both teams looking lethargic until the halfway point. The PP jinx is history, broken by a Keith Ballard 5-on-3 goal late in the period. And a beautiful point shot it was. Video tomorrow. Long way to go. No fights, scrums, or anything else remotely physical. Booth is on his game tonight, lots of effort resulting in a couple of potential scoring plays...one of which was saweeeet. T-Vo staying sharp, Auld steady. Waiting to see who Chris Neil decides to target; in games past it has taken much less than 20 minutes for him to choose his victim. The Belak effect at work? On to the second.