Haggerty: 5 thoughts from B's-Senators' 2nd period

Haggerty: 5 thoughts from B's-Senators' 2nd period
April 28, 2013, 9:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Ottawa Senators by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.

1) Rich Peverley and Wade Redden team up for a big goal for the Bruins just before the end of the second period. That Peverley goal snaps a nine-game goal-scoring drought, and gives him his second score in the month of April. Peverley was a very good player during last year’s playoffs for the Bruins, and they could really use him to once again pick his game up for the postseason.

2) Great play by Wade Redden breaking the puck up the ice with Rich Peverley after stepping up into the play: he absorbed a big hit from Marc Methot, but didn’t flinch while throwing a perfect pass to Rich Peverley before getting stapled against the boards. Redden once again making a play for the Bruins, and showing why he’s probably going to be in the lineup for the Black and Gold when the postseason begins. He’s a very useful veteran player with poise and some offensive skills.

3) A minus-2 for Carl Soderberg, whose only real redeeming play was drawing a holding penalty on the much smaller Corey Conacher. Soderberg has shown flashes, but really doesn’t look like he’s ready for prime time.

4) Five shots on net and 10-of-15 face-off wins for Patrice Bergeron in 12:52 of ice time for the Bruins through two periods. No. 37 is certainly bringing his “A” game in a playoff-style contest.

5) The Bruins might be outshooting the Senators by a 29-18 margin and outplaying Ottawa, but they’ve only scored 17 goals in the last 9 games leading into the playoffs -- including Sunday night. That’s just not good enough offensively, and isn’t going to do them any favors when they get to the postseason. Their goaltending has been excellent and they’ve stabilized their defense, but the lack of finish around the net is really hampering this team.