Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Calgary Flames locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes at the Saddledome.
1) Here is the full pregame ceremony welcoming Jarome Iginla back to Calgary. Great ovation and classy gesture from the Flames game ops people welcoming home the prodigal son:
2) Tuukka Rask holding the Bruins in during the first period with 11 saves. He made four saves during a Calgary power play when Mark Giordano and Lee Stempniak both enjoyed great chances, and the Bruins PK was scrambling just a little bit. There are a lot of new players on the PK units because of the injury bug, and it showed early in this one.
3) Great spin-o-rama pass from Ryan Spooner dropping the puck back to Matt Fraser wide open as the trailer, but Fraser missed wide of the net when he couldn’t get a good piece of a rolling puck. Those are the kind of chances that a natural born scorer like Fraser needs to find a way to bury if he’s going to stick at the NHL level.
4) The Bruins were outshot 11-5 in the first period, but it seemed that they finally started getting things together at the end of the period when Zdeno Chara had a few good chances. Two shots on goal apiece from Gregory Campbell and Jarome Iginla, and only one from anybody else on the Bruins. That needs to change in the second period.
5) Three shots on net for Lee Stempniak, another former Dartmouth College standout on Calgary’s roster. He was Calgary’s best player in the opening 20 minutes.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Calgary Flames by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes at the Saddledome.
1) A soft goal allowed for Tuukka Rask in the second period despite a pretty strong overall game from the Finnish netminder as the B’s have been outshot by a 22-9 margin. He saw the Jiri Hudler shot on the left wing all the way, but watched helplessly as the puck went underneath his glove hand.
2) It would appear the Bruins have finally found how much adversity it takes to suck the energy and personality out of them. No resistance in the neutral zone, no sustained shift-to-shift pressure in the offensive zone and way too many good scoring chances for Calgary skill guys like Lee Stempniak and Mike Cammalleri. This really doesn’t look like it’s going to be their night, and it would be much more than a one-goal deficit if this were one of many other teams aside from the Flames.
3) Carl Soderberg and Ryan Spooner have gone 1-for-7 in the face-off dot for the B’s third line night. Spooner continues to struggle taking face-offs, but has made a few nice plays with his speed and creativity in limited shifts from Claude Julien.
4) Very weak chip attempt into the offensive zone at the blue line from Reilly Smith that led to Jiri Hudler’s scoring rush at the other end of the ice. On a night when the Bruins don’t seem to have much firepower, those mistakes take on a much bigger role in a game.
5) Two shots on net for Jarome Iginla and Gregory Campbell in the first two periods, but there’s been little sustained pressure from the Black and Gold in the first 40 minutes.
Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins dousing the Calgary Flames by a 2-1 score after 60 minutes of action at the Saddledome.
1) Apparently the Bruins have decided to take a few plays out of the New England Patriots “Don’t Start Playing Hard Until You Have To” playbook while dominating the third period, and outshooting the Flames 15-5 to take the win. That’s a dangerous way to live, but you can do it against a team like Calgary.
2) David Krejci tipped puck on a Torey Krug point shot gets the Bruins on the board, and gives Krejci his first PP goal of the season along with Krug’s 10th power play point among his 18 points on the season.
3) Credit Claude Julien for sparking the Bruins in the third period as he dropped Reilly Smith onto a line with Ryan Spooner and Carl Soderberg, and that sparked a beautiful game-winning rush for Smith up the right wing on their first shift together. He torched TJ Brodie on the rush to the net and then beat Reto Berra on his glove side.
4) I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a guy hunt for an empty net goal quite like Jarome Iginla was in the final minute of action in the Saddledone.
5) Tough night for former B’s first round pick Joe Colborne: he took a delay of game penalty that led to Krejci’s game-tying goal and then lost a puck battle with Ryan Spooner that set up Smith’s game-winner.