Bruins-Penguins Game 4: Five Thoughts

Bruins-Penguins Game 4: Five Thoughts
June 7, 2013, 9:15 pm
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BOSTON – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Penguins locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes of action in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden.
 
1)    Three shots apiece for Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Kris Letang in the first period. Nobody else on the Penguins has a shot on net. Crosby looked like he was moving well and seemed determined until Daniel Paille caught him with a hit midway through the first period. Crosby spent time talking to the trainers on the bench, and was delayed a few minutes before he got back onto the ice. That will be something to watch moving forward.
 
2)    Bruins with seven giveaways in the first period. That’s more than they have in some games. They tightened things up as the first period went on, but that’s exactly the kind of sloppy job managing the puck that will eventually catch up to them in this game.
 
3)    Jarome Iginla looks positively Jurassic: slow skating around on the ice, slow reacting to the puck and slow to do anything at all that can make an impact on the game. I can understand now why some teams were scared away from him at the trade deadline because it’s difficult to see what he’s bringing to the table at this point. He’s not even bringing anything on the physical side of the game either, which is a little surprising given his reputation and the fact this might be his best chance at a Cup.
 
4)    Bruins back to being themselves in the face-off circle while winning 16-of-27 draws in the first period. Boston’s difficult night on the draw in Game 3 is looking more and more like an aberration.
 
5)    A total of 3:45 of ice time for Kaspars Daugavins and Shawn Thornton in the first period. Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille and Tyler Seguin still getting a normal amount of ice time, so it looks like Claude Julien is mixing and matching those bottom six forwards.