MONTREAL – Here are five thoughts (plus a bonus) from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Montreal Canadiens by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at the Bell Centre.
1) The Bruins have five shots on net at the end of the first period, and there wasn’t a single shot on net from a B’s forward. That’s zero shots on net for the entire forward group. Just not getting it done as a group, and not getting things close enough to the net for a solid scoring chance.
2) After the Bruins showed major difficulty getting the puck out of their own end Claude Julien has already mixed things up with his lines. He’s moved Tyler Seguin off center and placed Rich Peverley in between Seguin and Marchand. That’s forced him to drop Jaromir Jagr on the right side with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell on the “fourth line” that’s really the third line for all intents and purposes. Julien trying to find lines that will be able to hold up defensively is one thing, but putting Jagr with Paille and Campbell isn’t what anybody is looking for.
3) Tough shift for Matt Bartkowski early in the third period when a bad chip was intercepted by Alex Galchenyuk and immediately turned into a scoring chance for the Habs rookie. Then Galchenyuk threw a puck at the net in the ensuing scramble in front and the puck bounced around Bartkowski’s body in front before ending up in the net. He had a shaky shift right after that, but then his game stabilized once he was placed with Dennis Seidenberg as a ‘D’ partner.
4) Alex Galchenyuk has only been credited with the one shot on goal that ended up in the net for him, but he could easily already have three goals from his first couple of shifts on the ice. Twice he was handed the puck in the offensive zone and he just missed with left with quality shots at the net. The rookie has brought the good stuff tonight.
5) Interesting sequence early in the first when David Krejci came flying in and smoked Montreal rookie Brendan Gallagher with a hit. Frances Boullion immediately went after Krejci, and Andrew Ference stepped in while dragging Boullion all over the ice. Both were whistled for matching penalties, but a good piece of leadership and teamwork from Ference.
6) Alexei Emelin looks like he hurt his knee after taking a run at Milan Lucic and leaving his skates to deliver the hit. His knee buckled when he landed back down on his skates. Maybe he should use a little better judgment on who he’s trying to run next time. The incident immediately stopped all of the momentum Montreal was enjoying.
MONTREAL – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Montreal Canadiens by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action at the Bell Centre.
1) Bruins get a little good luck when Dan Paille wins a face-off back to Johnny Boychuk, and Boychuk’s shot rockets off Paille’s chest and past Carey Price. A needed bit of good fortune for a team that’s struggling to put it together offensively.
2) Jaromir Jagr has to wonder what he’s doing in Boston when he looks around with Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille next him each time he hops over the boards, right?
3) Another good night for PK Subban: a pair of assists and sure to go over 20 minutes of ice time while playing a steady, hard-driving brand of defense. Heard there was a lot of chatter about Subban for Norris Trophy on Hockey Night in Canada tonight, and I can see why in last couple of games he’s played against Boston.
4) No power plays for the Bruins. That makes Jagr sad.
5) Bruins winning the face-off battle with 26-of-46 wins after two periods. Didn’t see that coming without Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly.
MONTREAL – Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Montreal Canadiens by a 2-1 score after 60 minutes of action at the Bell Centre.
1) Two combined shots from Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand or David Krejci. Patrice Bergeron or no Bergeron, that is not going to get it done.
2) Can’t blame anything on Tuukka Rask. He was solid and wasn’t at fault for either of the eventual goals scored by the Habs in this one.
3) Six blocked shots from Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges. That’s a guy I’d take on my team any day.
4) Not a single power play for the Bruins in 59 minutes of a hockey game at the Bell Centre against the Canadiens. Then the Bruins don’t get a single shot off on a PP in the last minute. Color me “not shocked.”
5) Life is not going to be easy for the Black and Gold without Patrice Bergeron.