BOSTON -- Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers tied at 1-1 apiece through the first 20 minutes of Game 2 at the TD Garden.
1) Torey Krug has some serious skill. Takes a nice feed from Nathan Horton with speed as the trailer, puts a pass slightly behind him through his legs and then smokes a shot through a David Krejci screen for his second playoff goal in his second career playoff game. That kid will be a factor for the Bruins next season. You heard it here first. Krug is first B’s player to score goals in his first two playoff since Tyler Seguin did it a couple of years ago during Boston’s Stanley Cup run.
2) Eight shifts for the Bruins fourth line in that first period, and five shifts for the third line. A sign of the times for the two lines as the fourth line is playing better, and more dependably right now -- and that means little ice time for Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly thus far in Game 2.
3) Tough play to give up a goal to Ryan Callahan that really sapped the Bruins of some momentum. A brutal Brad Marchand turnover started things off, and then Dougie Hamilton was out of position to cut Callahan off once he started speeding into the Boston. Callahan had a chance in all alone, faked a move to get Tuukka Rask out of position and scored an easy goal to tie things up.
4) Twenty hits for the Rangers in the first period of Game 2, with five from Ryan Callahan all by himself. Only nine as a team from the Bruins in the first 20 minutes. So far the Rangers are the ones really setting the physical edge in this particular playoff game.
5) Rangers are 2-for-33 on their own putrid power play for a 6.1 percent success rate, and are doing nothing but perimeter shooting on it. It’s the first time in years that the Bruins are potentially playing a team that boasts a worse PP unit than they do.
1) Torey Krug with another fantastic play from the point on the second power play, as he uses his skate to deftly keep an active puck in the offensive zone and fires a puck on the New York net that creates a rebound for a Gregory Campbell goal. He’s looked supremely confident when he’s running the point on the Bruins PP, and made one play on rush that started with him wheeling behind his own net -- the kind of thing that hasn’t been seen in these parts in a long, long time.
2) Rick Nash finally coming alive for the New York Rangers with three shots on net, and one play where he powered through Brad Marchand before speeding past Zdeno Chara for the goal all alone against Tuukka Rask. While it’s only his first goal of the playoffs, he’s been a factor in both games thus far against the Bruins.
3) Bruins defense tightened up a bit as the second period went on, but they were giving up way too many odd-man rushes. A bevy of them to start the second period, and both goals allowed by Tuukka Rask were on broken plays without a single defender in front of the net. The Bruins have also allowed 27 shots on net through two periods, and that’s a few too many thus far. Dougie Hamilton and Chara were victimized on both of the New York goals.
4) Krug stays in the lineup when B’s defensemen start getting healthy. It’s as simple as that. Not a great day for Dougie Hamilton on the defensive side of things. Have to wonder if he sits when the healthy bodies start filing back in. He is still making things happen in the offensive zone, however.
5) Bruins with 12 giveaways this afternoon to only one for the New York Rangers. Not loving the way the Bruins are playing this game, and have to wonder if they’re setting themselves up for a fall here in the third period. Only question is whether the Rangers have what it takes offensively to ultimately make the B’s pay. Three giveaways for David Krejci, and Marchand has had a couple of doozies that haven’t been counted in the stat sheet.