Sturm suffered an undisclosed injury (it appeared to be his right leg or knee) when he body checked the Flyers’ Matt Carle on his first shift and needed to be helped off the ice. He immediately went to the locker room, and the team announced a few minutes later that he would not return to the game.
Later in the period, a puck-carrying Sobotka crashed the net and was taken down and slammed into the post before a Philadelphia defender fell on him. Sobotka was slow getting to his feet, skated to the bench and did not return in the period. However, he was back on the ice early in the second period.
-- As expected, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch for Game 1.
-- In his first game back since he suffered a Grade 2 concussion March 7, Marc Savard played a total of 3:36 on six shifts.