Here are 10 thoughts after the second period with the Bruins trailing the Islanders by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden.
1) A killer goal surrendered at the end of the first period when Josh Bailey scored as the trailer with a glove side high shot on Tuukka Rask with 21 seconds remaining in the period.
2) Bruins outshot the Isles by a 16-9 margin, but couldn’t get anything past Evgeni Nabokov. Both Jordan Caron and Chris Kelly had chances at the New York net after Tyler Seguin had made a nifty move with speed after coming off the bench, but couldn’t push anything past Nabokov.
3) Sixteen saves for Nabokov in the first period, but he also seemed to have some real difficulty tracking the puck at points and didn’t seem to know exactly where it was. But the guy made 16 saves, so what do I know?
4) Anybody looking for a really big physical response coming out of Wednesday night’s mess with the Brad Marchand hit to the head certainly didn’t get it in the first period. Physicality still a big issue for the Black and Gold with little more than two weeks remaining until the playoffs.
5) Four shots on goal for Jordan Caron in 4:33. At least three of those seemed to be shots fired right into Nabokov’s leg pads during that one mad scramble in front of the net where the puck did everything but go over the goal line.
1) The Bruins were outshot by a 19-8 margin in the second period, and still trail after trading goals with the Islanders in the middle 20 minutes. Just not enough push for the Black and Gold in this game, and it’s really looking like many of them are going through the motions.
2) Two shots, one hit and a minus-2 combined for Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic through the first two periods. No intensity and zero presence while bringing very little to the table. I even saw Lucic attempt to pull off a back to the net, no look backhanded pass a la Jagr in the first period. He has strayed so far away from his game that it’s going to take him awhile to get it back.
3) Two goals for Josh Bailey. If they can get that kind of scoring beyond Matt Moulson and John Tavares they’re going to be very difficult to beat in a playoff scenario a few weeks from now.
4) Tuukka Rask has been brilliant and is one of the few reasons it’s not more like a 4-1 game, but that was a soft-looking goal allowed to Bailey off the shot from the left circle after he’d burnt Adam McQuaid with a rush to the outside. There’s only so long the B’s defense can allow Rask to feel the pressure before it all caves in.
5) Once again Johnny Boychuk leading the way in physicality with three registered hits, but nobody else besides Andrew Ference is bringing the lumber tonight. It’s just not Bruins hockey that Boston is playing right now.
1) Seven shots on goal in the third period down by a goal against a team they might be facing in the first round of the playoffs. Just not a lot of inspirational play going on.
2) Josh Bailey could have had four goals tonight if Tuukka Rask wasn’t quite as sharp. Had another odd man rush in the third period when Andrew Ference pinched on an offensive play, but Rask was able to turn it away.
3) Some good moments of intensity/physicality for Matt Bartkowski clearing out bodies in front. Probably one of the reasons he’s in there rather than Dougie Hamilton, who has looked like he’s hit the rookie wall over the last few weeks. He’s also using his skating ability to get pucks out of trouble and lug them up the ice when other blueliners are getting bogged down in their own end.
4) No physicality. No nastiness. Not even an ill-tempered Bruins player on the ice. When did this team undergo a personality transplant?
5) Quick stint in first place for the Bruins, who once again can’t find a way to push it to overtime and get a point.