Bruins survive second-period snooze to beat Phoenix

Bruins survive second-period snooze to beat Phoenix
March 14, 2014, 9:30 am
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BOSTON – It’s not often you see a period as uneventful as the second period in Thursday night’s 2-1 win for the Bruins over the Phoenix Coyotes at TD Garden.

Both teams had power play chances in the middle 20 minutes, but combined for only a measly five shots on net while waging war with each other in a clogged up neutral zone.

The Bruins won the shot edge by a narrow margin, 3-2, but the second period was nothing to brag about for either side.

It didn’t look any more enjoyable playing in it than it did watching it in the stands, or up in the ninth floor press box.

“You look at that and you’re sure it’s not too, too exciting for the crowd,” admitted Claude Julien. “But at the same time you got to win the hockey game. You know the fans at the end of the night leave here pretty happy when you win, so I mean that’s the main thing.”

Clearly part of it was about a Bruins team losing the spring in their skating legs during the second night of back-to-back games while staked to a 2-0 lead after the first period, and about a Phoenix team that went 0-for-5 on the power play while struggling to finish off plays.

Certainly Tuukka Rask felt well-rested after getting forced into making a grand total of two saves in the second period.

“I think both goalies [got some rest]. I think the shots were three-two or something. It felt like they had some action outright, with the power plays and everything,” said Rask. “But we blocked a lot of shots throughout the game, and then especially in that second period. It’s a funny thing that even though you don’t have any shots you feel tired because you’re kind of following the play, and moving a lot. So, no, I didn’t catch any rest.”

It’s unfortunate Rask couldn’t get any rest while playing both ends of the back-to-back games, and he couldn’t appreciate the insignificance of a five-shot period he might not ever experience again in his NHL career.