Fifteen Thoughts: Bruins-Maple Leafs

Fifteen Thoughts: Bruins-Maple Leafs
May 4, 2013, 8:00 pm

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Maple Leafs locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes of hockey at TD Garden.
 
1)    First things, first. Patrice Bergeron missed the final five minutes of the first period after getting tangled up with Nikolai Kulemin, and never returned to the game for the rest of the period. Wasn’t clear exactly what happened to No. 37, but obviously stay tuned to that one.
 
2)    Leafs came out with more in the first period on Saturday night, and out-hit the Bruins by a 22-10 margin. Looked like there was no fear as far as both Colton Orr and Leo Komarov taking runs at Zdeno Chara, and the Toronto players were looking to respond physically after getting manhandled in Game 1. Three shots on net for Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul in a bit better showing than Wednesday night, but Nazem Kadri still missing in action.
 
3)    James Reimer still looking shaky. On Boston’s best scoring chances for Tyler Seguin and Gregory Campbell the puck was right in the crease area before the Toronto netminder managed to fall on it, but the rebounds are there while he continues to fight the puck. The Bruins need to take advantage of that before he starts to gain a little bit of confidence.
 
4)    Four shots on net and two hits for Tyler Seguin, who looks like he’s got the good skating legs tonight. A couple of times he’s beaten Toronto defenders wide with the puck on his stick and created shots for himself. He’s had some huge games against Toronto, and tonight might be another one of those nights.
 
5)    As improved as the Leafs were in the first period, there were some brutal turnovers in their own end on botched breakouts. Jake Gardiner had an awful play off the boards that went on Gregory Campbell’s stick, and Mark Fraser had a neutral zone giveaway that opened Toronto up for a counter-attack from Boston’s fourth line.

SECOND PERIOD

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Maple Leafs by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes of Game 2 of their playoff series at TD Garden.
 
1)    Great couple of periods for Joffrey Lupul, who is paying the price to get to the net and finishing off chances by hanging in the danger areas. His first PP goal was a rebound in front off a Jake Gardiner shot, and his second was a hustle job as wing crashing toward the net and cashing in when Matt Frattin drew Boston’s attention toward him. Six shots on net to lead the Maple Leafs.
 
2)    Six shots on net and three hits for Tyler Seguin, who leads the team in both areas. This will probably be the first game that’s ever happened if the trend continues, and it shows how No. 19 has upped his game for the playoffs. His skating legs are creating chances for him and his Bruins teammates.
 
3)    Thirty one face-off wins in 48 tries for the Bruins as both Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley have won 16-of-21 face-off tries. Still don’t get why Peverley was scratched given everything he gives to the Bruins in five or six different areas in a playoff game, but he’s been pretty good tonight. Certainly more of an impact than the beloved Daug Man would have provided.
 
4)    Serious question: is Nazem Kadri even playing tonight?
 
5)    More defensive breakdowns in the game tonight than in Game 1 on Wednesday night, and some of it could be attributable to breaking up the Zdeno Chara/Dennis Seidenberg top pairing. Really didn’t feel like the Bruins needed to do that with Andrew Ference suspended for the game, but what the hell do I know?
 
6)    Jaromir Jagr looks pretty slow tonight just as he did in Game 1. No more flu excuses for the 41-year-old, he needs to pick things up a little here as the intensity has been lifted around him. Not as strong on pucks as he’s been since arriving with the Bruins in early April.