NEWARK, NJ – Here are 15 thoughts after the third period with the Bruins taking a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils after 60 minutes of action at the Prudential Center.
1) The Bruins special teams dominated in their first period, but not in the way you might expect. They scored a pair of shorthanded goals, stuffed two five-on-three advantages for the Devils and had a Johnny Boychuk penalty shot that was stoned on a double-pad stack save by Martin Brodeur. The Bruins only have one power play goal in their last 13 games, but you don’t need it if you’re shorthanded unit is such a weapon. Pretty clear the Devils are missing Ilya Kovalchuk in a big way as he’s the guy that runs things on the PP.
2) Four points in the last two games for Rich Peverley, who appears to be heating up at exactly the right time for the Black and Gold. His slow season will be forgotten if he can give the Bruins a burst of offense in the final 10 games of the season leading into the postseason.
3) Some awful turnovers for the Devils leading to Boston’s offense: a Steve Sullivan telegraphed pass led to the Daniel Paille shorthanded goal and horrendous play in their own zone ended with Jaromir Jagr controlling the puck in the slot and leading to Gregory Campbell’s rebound score. They look like a team that’s about to lose eight in a row and will fall completely off the table in the Eastern Conference.
4) Campbell should have a second goal tonight as it looked like he tipped the Andrew Ference shot from inside the blue line that ended up beating Martin Brodeur for Boston’s second shorthanded score.
5) David Krejci looked like he took a questionable Adam Henrique shot off the knee, and missed a shift before returning and looking no worse for the wear. Milan Lucic also caught a Patrik Elias shoulder to his nose, and was spotted applying a towel to his face on the bench. But both players soldiered on after the incidents in the first period.
1) Bruins winger Brad Marchand is the latest Boston player to succumb to injury when he was felled by a dirty Anton Volchenkov elbow to the side of the head midway through the second period. It was a clear chicken wing raised elbow to the side of Marchand’s skull, and the Bruins agitator immediately dropped to the ice from the head shot. He needed help getting off the ice and looked wobbly walking down the runway in some of the clear, obvious signs of a concussion. Volchenkov was tossed out of the game with a misconduct for elbowing and should have a suspension from the Department of Players Safety coming his way.
2) Inexcusable response from the Bruins following the elbow to Marchand’s head. One person gave Volchenkov a quick shove afterward, but the Bruins didn’t show any fire, passion or teamwork in either making the Devils pay on the scoreboard or with fists raised. It was an embarrassing response from a Big Bad team with the Devils throwing a dirty hit at one of Boston’s best offensive playmakers and goal-scorers.
3) Instead Milan Lucic had a horrendous turnover in the neutral zone and then lost a footrace to Travis Zajac, who snapped a shot past Anton Khudobin to cut Boston’s lead to 4-2. The Black and Gold looked completely asleep at the wheel after Marchand took the elbow to the head.
4) Jaromir Jagr has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in four games with the Bruins, and it’s difficult to envision Jarome Iginla ever having the same kind if impact in Boston that Jagr has enjoyed. He simply changes the power play and gives them a dimension they’ve rarely had in recent years. He’s been a lot of fun to watch, and it’s clear his teammates enjoy playing with him.
5) Bruins need to wake up in the final 20 minutes of this game, or something bad might be awaiting them in the third period. There’s been zero physicality as New Jersey has upped the ante lately after getting embarrassed in the first 20 minutes. It’s time for the Bruins to respond.
1) Big response from Tyler Seguin to use his speed and a little chemistry with Daniel Paille to set up that insurance goal in the third.
2) Where is the physicality for the Bruins? No response to the Marchand head shot aside from a shove from Jaromir Jagr and nothing in the third period from any of Boston’s physical tone-setters. Disappointing.
3) Bruins announced Brad Marchand wouldn’t return in the third period. Safe to assume that’s a concussion unless we see him out and about in the next couple of days on the ice, but don’t expect anything official from the Bruins until tomorrow at the earliest.
4) Claude Julien certainly has the balance he’s been looking for: goals from three out of the four lines and even production all across the board from the Bruins while putting up another big offensive number.
5) Only 11 hits for the Bruins, and only five of them for all of the Bruins not named Chara or Boychuk. That is disturbing for a team that’s always prided themselves on physicality.