MONTREAL – Here are five thoughts from the first period of the Bruins preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre with the B’s leading the Habs by a 2-1 score after the first 20 minutes.
1) Jarome Iginla opened up the scoring with a screaming one-timer from the left circle off a Milan Lucic cross-ice pass on a first period power play. That’s the exact kind of shot that Tyler Seguin went high and wide with on a regular basis this season, and underscores just how lethal No. 12 is going be on the power play this season. He’ll be a big, big addition to the man advantage.
2) Three shots on net and an assist for Ryan Spooner in 4:01 of ice time in the first period in an impressive first period for the speedy, skilled rookie. He seems to be skating with a purpose and looking to prove a point after watching some other forwards get the lion’s share of attention for the third line during training camp.
3) Chad Johnson flubbed the first shot he saw from Louis Leblanc more than midway through the first period, and it turned into a Travis Moen scoring redirection right in front of the net. Johnson hasn’t had the best training camp, and is off to a shaky start in his first preseason game while trying to lock the backup role behind Tuukka Rask. That’s something to watch closely with Niklas Svedberg seemingly willing and able to seize the opportunity if Johnson can’t perform under the watchful eye of the B’s coaching staff.
4) Proving it’s also preseason for the goalies, however, Cary Price was just as rough at the other end of the ice. The power play goal allowed to Iginla was legit, but Nick Johnson beat the Habs goalie’s glove hand from the top of the left face-off circle with a wrist shot. That doesn’t happen during the regular season once Carey Price gets his bearings.
5) Carl Soderberg getting involved physically, and also engaged in a little stick-work with Gabriel Dumont in the first period. He looks much different this fall from the Big Swedish passenger playing with the Bruins after getting dropped into the middle of the NHL season last year.
Here are five thoughts from the second period of the Bruins preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre with the B’s and Habs locked in at a 3-3 score after the first 40 minutes.
1) Nick Johnson with a pair of goals for the Bruins in a performance that certainly showed everything that the forward can bring to the table. The first score was a wrist shot that Carey Price probably should have stopped, but the second was a nice second-effort play where he blocked a Jarred Tinordi shot before moving in on a breakaway. Price stopped the first shot, but Johnson followed the play while knocking the rebound into the net.
2) Chad Johnson allowed another bad goal in the second period when he lost a PK Subban shot from the high point after the defenseman took his time winding up and blasting away. In all Johnson allowed three goals on eight shots before giving way to Malcolm Subban midway through the second period, and gets off to a really poor start in his B’s career.
3) Carl Soderberg isn’t afraid to mix it up, apparently. He engaged in a stick battle with Gabriel Dumont that earned them both penalties in the first period, and then elbowed Daniel Briere in the head during the second period while drawing a crowd of Montreal players coming after him. Apparently, Soderberg is the Big Angry Swede after all.
4) Four shots apiece from Jarome Iginla, Daniel Paille and Ryan Spooner through the first two periods. All three having very good, active games for the Black and Gold with Paille unable to cash in on a couple of very good offensive chances.
5) Carl Soderberg and Ryan Spooner both having rough nights in the face-off dot as the Bruins have lost 26 out of their 40 draws through the first two periods.