Five thoughts from the second period

Five thoughts from the second period
June 22, 2013, 10:00 pm
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CHICAGO – Here are five thoughts from the second period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, which ended with the Blackhawks leading the Bruins, 2-0:

1) It looked like Patrice Bergeron pulled out of an early second-period shift with what appeared to be a back issue. He tried to power through one more shift in second period, but went back to the bench quickly after jumping over the boards. Bergeron then spent a long time standing and leaning over the boards rather than sitting down. He finished with two shifts and only 49 seconds of ice time in the second period. If he’s hurt and can’t go, the Bruins are in big, big trouble moving forward. I’ve never known Bergeron to have a back issue in the past.

2) It’s becoming more and more clear as to why Carl Soderberg is in the lineup for Game 5. If Bergeron was suffering from back issues, then perhaps the Bruins played Soderberg as top-six forward insurance in case No. 37 couldn’t answer the bell or had to leave the game early. Soderberg did center Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand for the rest of the second period, and the Big Swede had two shots, a hit and a blocked shot along with a couple of faceoff wins. He’s looked better than I thought he would be, so big credit to Claude Julien for putting him in there. 

3) The Bruins looked to rough up the Blackhawks rather than go for offense in the second period, and only managed five shots on net in the middle 20 minutes. David Krejci had a couple of good chances in the slot area at the end of the second period, and wasn’t pulling the trigger on shot attempts on a goalie who's got some documented glove side issues. The Bruins need to get much more aggressive in the offensive zone.

4) Minus-2 apiece for Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara. They’re having a lot of issues with the speed of the Jonathan Toews, Pat Kane and Bryan Bickell line over the last few games. Bickell beat Seidenberg wide with speed before he was handed off to Chara behind the net, but the German defenseman couldn’t recover when Kane jumped to the middle for the pass from Bickell. Kane running amok in this one with two goals. 

5) Dennis Seidenberg needs to be better. He’s making mistakes that are putting he and Chara in tough positions defensively. Chara has now been on ice for seven of the last eight goals scored by the Blackhawks.