Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins - Jets

Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins - Jets
March 19, 2013, 9:00 pm
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WINNIPEG – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Jets locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes of hockey at the MTS Centre.

1) Ryan Spooner looked okay with the first line. One shot and 3-for-3 in the face-offs with over five minutes of ice time. The only area of concern seen by these eyes was that he was a little too close to the net when taking the entry pass from the defensemen on the rush up the ice, but other than that he looked like he belonged. Even got some PP time in David Krejci’s spot on the first unit.

2) The Bruins lost Adam McQuaid just a couple minutes into the first period when he took a hit from Eric Tangradi and tumbled awkwardly into the corner with his shoulder crashing into the boards. Seemed to be holding his left arm as he skated to the bench and then left for the dressing room midway through the first period without taking another shift. Looked like a left shoulder injury and McQuaid is done for the night. Not good.

3) Blake Wheeler with a nice acting job at the end of the first when he got into a slash-fest with Zdeno Chara during a face-off in the offensive end. He acted like Chara got him in the family jewels with the stick while looking for a call, but to no avail. Looked like slapstick comedy on replays. A good period for Wheeler, however, who has taken on a leadership role with Winnipeg. He hit a crossbar in the first period as well.

4) Zero-for-2 for the Bruins on the PP in the first period without a shot on net. Looks like it’s back to the bad old times without David Krejci.

5) Dougie Hamilton with 7:35 of ice time and a couple of shots on net for the Bruins in the first period. Look for his ice time and responsibilities to skyrocket with Adam McQuaid out of the lineup for the rest of tonight.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Jets by a 1-0 score after the first 40 minutes of hockey at the MTS Centre.
 
1) Dominant period by Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin: all three managed the team’s best offensive chances and produced the game’s only goal right off the opening face-off. Bergeron nearly had another one on a masterful shift later in the period when Ondrej Pavelec stuffed him on a quick chance when the puck bounced in front of him, and then Bergeron hit the pipe later off a Marchand rebound. Four shots on goal and six shots attempted overall for that line. Great instincts by Marchand on the goal to read what the defense was going to do, and instantly beat the goaltender while playing possum on the fore-check. Marchand snapped a seven game goalless drought with the score.
 
2) Three giveaways each by Dustin Byfuglien and Zach Bogosian in the first two periods. Tough to win a game if two of their top defensemen are playing so carelessly, but it’s still only a 1-0 game after the first two periods.
 
3) Twenty 27 straight penalty kills for the Bruins after snuffing out Dougie Hamilton’s interference infraction midway through the second. They are just a penalty killing machine at this point: Brad Marchand intercepted a pass and killed off 20 seconds carrying the puck in Boston’s end and Zdeno Chara squashed their spirit when they did finally get the puck in the offensive zone.
 
4) Two shots for Ryan Spooner, and only one shot combined for Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic. Something about that just isn’t right.
 
5) Great pace to the first two periods, but part of it is fast ice. The Bruins players were complaining about the quality of the ice this morning after the MTS Centre held a Country Western concert in the building on Monday night, and it appears that fast ice has been in effect tonight. Strange that an arena set in a frozen ice setting like Planet Hoth from the Empire Strikes Back could have issues with the ice, but there you go. Building actually doesn’t feel cold enough, either, for that matter.
Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Jets by a 2-1 score after 60 minutes of hockey at the MTS Centre.
 
1) Got to love the crowd booing Zdeno Chara every time he touches the puck here in Winnipeg. He’s done absolutely nothing to merit, but it just goes with the territory here in Canada.
 
2) Twenty seven saves for Ondrej Pavelec including show-stopping numbers on Patrice Bergeron in the first period and was the biggest reason the Jets were still in for a comeback at the end.
 
3) Bruins have now blown four third period leads after not doing it once all of last season. Houston, we have a problem.
 
4) Bad hooking penalty by Jordan Caron in the third period that set up Blake Wheeler’s power play score, and started the runaway Winnipeg train that stung them.
 
5) Speaking of Wheeler, he’s become a very effective player in Winnipeg and is probably the guy Boston always envisioned him developing into. A leader and a guy that would share the team lead with 13 goals if he was on the Bruins now.