RALEIGH, NC – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes locked in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes of action at PNC Arena.
1) Bruins hadn’t had a fighting major since March 27, and they log three of them against the Carolina Hurricanes in an ill-tempered first period. First it was Shawn Thornton and Kevin Westgarth in an attempted heavyweight scrap with No. 22 getting in some good punches before refs broke it up. The second was a Zdeno Chara/Jay Harrison bout that started during a line scrum with Harrison popping Chara in the face while he still had his gloves on. Chara finally by smacking Harrison around before he turtled on the ice. Finally Gregory Campbell and Nicolas Blanchard dropped the gloves after the Carolina rookie was jawing with Adam McQuaid immediately prior to the face-off. The nastiness is a good sign that the Bruins are beginning to wake up.
2) Bruins defense didn’t have a great first period while they were out-shot by a 17-4 margin through the first 20 minutes. Tuukka Rask was magnificent, but finally had one get by him during a Hurricanes power play in the final minutes of the first period.
3) Good goal by the Bruins early in the game as Matt Bartkowski was credited with his first NHL goal when a point shot bounced off Justin Faulk’s skate in front of the net and got by Justin Peters. Bartkowski showed good patience working around a Carolina player trying to front the puck, and finding a seam to shoot through that led to the goal.
4) It appeared at first that it might have been Milan Lucic’s goal in the first period as he was the forward camped in front of the net battling with Justin Faulk for position. That was after Lucic had been in on the fore-check to help win possession in the offensive zone, and showed in a couple of very good signs that maybe things are turning around for No. 17. He didn’t get credit for the goal, but he absolutely helped make it happen in a play that won’t show up on the scoresheet.
5) Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner have six of Carolina’s 17 shots in the first period as the Bruins defense is having major difficulty holding them down. Both are flying all over the ice.
RALEIGH, NC – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes locked in a 2-2 tie after the first 40 minutes of action at PNC Arena.
1) Big goal for Tyler Seguin toward the end of the second period to go into the second intermission all tied up. Seguin now has goals in three consecutive games and has stepped up in a big way with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both out with concussions – just as Boston needed him to.
2) Nice play from Andrew Ference to force an Alex Semin turnover near the blue line, and then feed Seguin for the partial breakaway that he roofed with a lethal snapshot. Ference is enjoying a solid game tonight with three blocked shots, a couple of hits and the assist on the game-tying goal along with a plus-1 rating.
3) First period goal has been credited to Milan Lucic, who snaps a nine game goal-scoring drought and has been engaged physically in the first couple of periods. Lucic does also have three giveaways in the game, so he’s not completely out of the woods when it comes to puck responsibility. But there are encouraging signs. Interesting to also note that No. 17 has been taken off both power play units at this point.
4) Jaromir Jagr robbed on a doorstep shot on the backdoor after a nifty little cross-ice pass from David Krejci with a great glove save from Justin Peters. Jagr was amazing on Boston’s prolonged PP possession in the second period and looked like a magician with the puck. He created a number of chances at the net for Jordan Caron and Rich Peverley that they couldn’t convert, and finally looked like he was going to cash in on the backdoor play. But the Bruins were denied on a play that could have potentially given them the lead going into the third period.
5) Jiri Tlusty has 18 goals this season? Wow. Had no idea. Goes to show you that some of the stuff that happens in Carolina stays in Carolina.