MONTREAL -- Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Montreal Canadiens by a 3-0 score after the first 40 minutes of play in Game 6 at the Bell Centre.
1) It took a broken play to break the Bruins. It looked like either a Nathan Beaulieu icing attempt or a prayer pass, but it got through the Bruins and sprung Max Pacioretty for a breakaway five-hole goal. It wasn’t a very good job of Zdeno Chara staying in front of every Habs player on the ice, and Tuukka Rask finally buckled on the partial breakaway chance.
2) Bruins have had two power plays, and both have been messy, disorganized dumpster fires. Aside from Game 5, their PP has been a major problem in the series.
3) Thomas Vanek might not be interesting in going anywhere near the net during 5-on-5 play, but he’s a regular beast on the power play. He cleaned up a poor Tuukka Rask rebound in front and cashed in on his third PP goal of the series. Pacioretty and Vanek finally striking for the Habs at a time when Montreal needed them most.
4) Milan Lucic with a missed open net on a rebound attempt in the second period during a couple of very long shifts for the Krejci and Soderberg Lines. It looked like the Bruins were starting to wear down the Habs a little bit, but the quick strike offense and special teams is a killer.
5) Nathan Beaulieu is a major upgrade over Douglas Murray. What was Michel Therrien thinking about before tonight?
FIVE THOUGHTS FROM THE FIRST
1) The Bruins have hit 12 posts and/or crossbars in the six game series. That’s unreal. Loui Eriksson was the latest when a great Carl Soderberg play off the wall and drive to the net freed him up for a clean shot from the slot. He beat Carey Price but rang it right off the crossbar and out of play. Not a lot of puck luck for the B’s in this series.
2) Horrendous turnover by Kevan Miller on the D-to-D pass from Torey Krug behind the Boston net. He coughed it up to the front of the net with Lars Eller ready to pound and Tuukka Rask way out of position. Easy goal for Eller when Miller couldn’t recover, and the Bruins are once again chasing in a series where the team that scores first has won every game. The Krug/Miller pairing had a rough, rough period.
3) David Krejci still looking very tentative with the puck. He twice passed up wide open shooting chances -- once from the point on the power play, and once during four-on-four play -- to force passes to Jarome Iginla and Torey Krug. Both times the passes were broken up. Krejci appears to have a major lack of offensive confidence right now. He needs to start shooting the puck.
4) Refs becoming a factor tonight. P.K. Subban and Patrice Bergeron get matching penalties when Subban gave No. 37 a forearm to the back of the head while sitting on top of him. Dougie Hamilton got a roughing penalty at the end of the first period while taking on a pair of Canadiens skaters. Tough calls.
5) Tuukka Rask is on top of his game. Ten saves in the first period and many of them very good chances for the Habs, but it’s only a 1-0 deficit. That’s all about the Bruins goaltender.