Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins - Hurricanes

Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins - Hurricanes
April 8, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Carolina Hurricanes by a 3-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) Rich Peverley snapped a 10-game goalless streak with his strike to open the game. Peverley snapped off an initial shot that Justin Peters deflected high off the glass, but Peverley was able to beat the slow-recovering Peters to the far post for the wraparound goal. Peverley has been in a weird place all season long, and getting dropped to the fourth line amid his struggles might be exactly the right impetus to get him going. The Bruins could certainly use a goal-scoring streak from a guy like Peverley that has yet to get really hot this season.

2) Wraparounds were the order of the day in the first period. Peverley scored his goal on a wraparound, and both of Brad Marchand’s rebound scores game after wraparound chances by Gregory Campbell and Jaromir Jagr. Looks like the Carolina goaltenders have some work to do with the wraparound goals.

3) Watching Brad Marchand go hard to the net with the loose rebounds in front is exactly how it’s done. Nathan Horton should watch some video of Marchand speeding toward the front of the net for the rebound and attacking the puck after he’s missed countless open nets over the last two weeks by not bearing down on his shots. Horton’s misses are all coming at key times in the game as well: the second period miss in Montreal could have tied the game and sent it to overtime.  

4) Two assists for Jaromir Jagr: he is awesome when he’s got the puck on his stick down low in the offensive zone. He also executed a nice shake-and-bake spin move on a Carolina defenseman that freed him up and then feathered a perfect pass to Johnny Boychuk, but the Boston defenseman couldn’t handle the backdoor feed.

5) The Dennis Seidenberg/Andrew Ference pair with Seidenberg on the right side has looked good tonight, and the German defenseman has a pair of assists in the first period. After the B’s looked like they were having major difficulty breaking out in the first half of the first period, things settled down nicely for them after they had the lead. It’s only the third time in 11 games that the Bruins have produced a goal in the first 20 minutes.

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Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Carolina Hurricanes by a 5-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) Tuukka Rask has been excellent in this game: 30 saves in a shutout effort through two periods, and he helped spark Boston’s first goal when he somehow made a 2-on-0 save with Jiri Tlusty and Zac Dalpe bearing down on him. That save opened things up for Rich Peverley’s rush up the right wing, and opened the floodgates for Boston.

2) The Hurricanes have been outscored 19-4 in their last four games, and are getting shellacked by the Bruins tonight. They definitely have the look of a hockey club that’s already setting up tee times in May despite being in the “anybody can win” Southeast Division.

3) A combined plus-7 and five points for Andrew Ference/Dennis Seidenberg defensemen pairing. They’ve been dynamite tonight, and some of it has simply been being in the right place at the right time: like Ference camped in front of the net after pinching offensively and having a Dennis Seidenberg shot bounce off him in front.

4) Only 8:46 of ice time for Tyler Seguin, who has a single shot on net and a pair of giveaways and hasn’t looked very good for the Bruins. No. 19 needs to step up his game no matter what line he’s on.

5) A combined minus-6 for Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner. Not a lot of compete from either one of them after Tuukka Rask made an early kick save on a Staal backhander from the slot area.

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Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins beating the Carolina Hurricanes by a 6-2 score after 60 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) Bruins once again letting down here in the third period when they had a team on the ropes. There’s a disturbing trend by these Bruins to simply let up whenever the circumstances allow them.

2) Tyler Seguin deep in the doghouse right now with another so-so effort tonight against Carolina that saw his ice time get cut to . He had only one shot on net and a couple of giveaways, and otherwise was a non-factor.

3) Bruins have only scored on the power play once in their last 11 games. Flashbacks to the glory days of Kaberle.  

4) Bruins still allowed 42 shots tonight to Carolina. They’ve allowed over 40 shots in three of their last four games. That’s not an encouraging trend and points to a lot of work that still needs to be done.

5) Patrice Bergeron in the building to watch some of the Bruins/Hurricanes game. That’s a great sign if he’s out and about and feeling good enough to watch while waiting for things to settle down with his latest concussion.