PHILADELPHIA – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Flyers tied at 1-1 apiece after the first 20 minutes of action at the Wells Fargo Center following a very nice ceremony showing support over the Marathon Monday bombings “from one tough town to another.”
1) David Krejci had a sloppy giveaway in the defensive zone right in front of the Boston net, and that led to a Scott Hartnell shot from the slot that Anton Khudobin didn’t have a chance at with his glove hand. Krejci struggling over the last month and is a minus-5 over the last 10 games with only a single assist. Seems to have coincided with some struggles for both of his wingers and some injuries, but No. 46 needs to pick up his game after being consistent most of this season.
2) The best night so far for the Chris Kelly/Carl Soderberg/Jaromir Jagr line since they came together three games ago. That line produced Boston’s only goal when Jagr made a curl and drag move to the slot with Soderberg driving the net, and created a rebound chance for Wade Redden to pop a puck over Steve Mason that just crossed over the goal line. Soderberg has looked his most comfortable of any of his three games, and unleashed a wicked shot from the left circle that Kelly nearly scored with on a rebound. Only two shots for that line, but they both created scoring chances.
3) Three shots on net and a goal for Wade Redden in 6:23 of ice time skating with Dennis Seidenberg. Redden still has some offensive skills that haven’t completely rusted away and he could definitely be a candidate to grab a playoff spot among the top six if anybody struggles down the stretch.
4) Gregory Campbell dropped on his side to stop a Kurtis Foster shot and took a full brunt slap shot right off the left toe that hobbled him big time. Campbell had his head down on the bench and didn’t look up for a good three minutes while dealing with the intense pain, but quickly jumped right back on the ice when his No. 11 was called. Tough kid and somebody the Bruins can’t afford to lose.
5) Only two wins in seven face-off tries for Patrice Bergeron in the first period. That’s not something you see every day. Claude Giroux getting the best of him in this one.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Flyers by a 3-1 score after 40 minutes of action at the Wells Fargo Center.
1) Brutal second period. Bruins have a breakdown that turns into a goal for Matt Read when Brad Marchand is careless with the puck in the defensive zone, and then Anton Khuodobin is caught napping when Zdeno Chara flubs a pass behind the net on the ensuing face-off. Puck slides right between his pads for another score and the Bruins are sinking fast on another night when they could have opened a lead on Montreal in the division. They gave up the two goals in a span of seven seconds, which is the quickest they’ve let opponents score two goals since 1987.
2) Bad night for the Bruins power play that is now 0-for-2 on the evening, and had over three straight minutes of PP time at the end of the 2nd period where Claude Julien opted to go without Tyler Seguin or Brad Marchand on the ice. Pretty clear they’re in his dog house.
3) Zdeno Chara looks tired. Bad play on his part when he completely missed on a D-to-D pass behind the net and he flubbed a point shot on an ensuing possession as well.
4) That might be it for Anton Khudobin this season. He left the ice after getting pulled and never returned to the bench for the remaining eight minutes of the period after taking a two-handed swipe at the post. I can only imagine what kind of Motley Crue style trashing job he did in the Philly dressing room after giving up that embarrassing goal.
5) Thought the Bruins were trending in the right direction of over the last three games. Tonight is Exhibit A of why they’re not.
Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Flyers by a 5-2 score after 60 minutes of action at the Wells Fargo Center.
1) What was it I was saying about Zdeno Chara looking tired? Another horrendous period in the third where his curious decision-making and slow skating legs allowed a Jakob Voracek goal when he and Dougie Hamilton allowed the Flyers scorer to get behind them. He’s looked like he needs a rest during each of the last two games that he’s played.
2) Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin both benched in the second period after Matt Read scored a goal with that line combo on the ice. Then the lines were changed in the third period with Seguin getting moved around with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
3) Great job by the Philadelphia Flyers of paying tribute to Boston: using their 50/50 proceeds to go toward Boston’s Marathon Monday charity, some messages from Peter Laviolette and Scott Hartnell among others during the game and a playing of “Sweet Caroline” during the third period. Good stuff. Opening video and “God Bless America were also outstanding.
4) A combined minus-6 for Chris Kelly, Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara tonight. That’s not going to lead to many good things for the Black and Gold.
5) Five shots on net and a killer goal from Simon Gagne in the third period to keep the momentum in Philly’s corner. That guy is always a Bruins killer.