Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Maple Leafs locked in a scoreless tie in Game 5 after the first 20 minutes of action at the TD Garden.
1) Bruins were out-shot 19-8, and went flat after Chris Kelly was called for a tripping penalty. They need to pick it up a notch and keep pushing the pace against a Toronto team that can’t match their depth.
2) It’s pretty clear that Toronto has upped the pain factor on David Krejci. He’s getting targeted any time he has the puck, and several Leafs players have taken runs at him. Carl Gunnarson had him in a headlock near the end of the first period, and there was no call from the refs. Looks like the Bruins aren’t going to get any favors from the refs.
3) Tuukka Rask made all 19 saves and snatched a Clark MacArthur shot from the right face-off circle, a clear sign to the Maple Leafs they weren’t getting any easy ones tonight. He held the Bruins in the game in the first period.
4) Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with two shots on net, and was active in all three zones through the first period. He’s been good just as he was in the first two games in Boston.
5) Johnny Boychuk blocked three shots with his legs after taking a couple of painful pucks there in Game 4. The guy has no fear, and should be sending a message to the rest of the Bruins to start paying the price.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Maple Leafs by a 1-0 score in Game 5 after the first 40 minutes of action at the TD Garden.
1) Two tough periods for the Bruins. Only goal is a Tyler Bozak shorthanded goal off a turnover at the blue line by Andrew Ference working the point on the Boston power play. Normally Wade Redden would be there as a calming influence working that point, but Ference replaces him because of injury and that small little detail becomes a factor.
2) Best game of the series thus far for James Reimer, who has 25 saves including a five star stop on Patrice Bergeron at the doorstep after Adam McQuaid found him with a cross-ice pass from the right point. There have been some rebounds from Reimer, but he’s sponged pucks when there are Bruins attackers all around him.
3) Leafs out-hitting the Bruins by a 37-29 margin through two very pedestrian periods of playoff hockey for the Black and Gold. It’s almost like the crowd senses it as well, and they’ve been dead for most of the period.
4) Zero shots for Brad Marchand in 12:17 of ice time along with a minus-1 rating. He just doesn’t look right, and hasn’t looked like himself for most of the series. Normally the puck is on his stick like Velcro, but that hasn’t been the case at all. Still zero goals through nearly five games in the first round of the playoffs.
5) Some tough calls and non-calls for an officiating crew that looks like they’re motivated to have another home game in Toronto: no call on Carl Gunnarson locking David Krejci in a headlock, and matching penalties when three Leafs gang-tackled Zdeno Chara and ripped his helmet off. Looks like the Bruins will need to win this one on their own.