BOSTON -- Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Los Angeles Kings by a 2-0 score after the first 20 minutes of play at TD Garden.
1) Brad Marchand continues to sizzle for the Bruins with his NHL-leading fourth shorthanded goal of the season, and his fifth goal in the last four games on an intrepid individual effort in the first period. He dangled through both Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar before going through the five-home of Jonathan Quick while the five man Kings PP unit looked on in perplexity. That’s the kind of sequence of moves that tell you Marchand is at his absolute height, confidence-wise.
2) Nice power play goal for Torey Krug from the outside of the left face-off circle with Zdeno Chara camped right in front of Jonathan Quick. Krug took a beating in the first period with a number of high hits from the Kings, and had a look of frustration release when he finally scored his 11th goal of the season.
3) Jordan Nolan was one of the players that blasted Torey Krug, and he had to answer the bell with Milan Lucic as a result. Nolan waved off the linesmen and took his beating from Lucic, and things were handled the most honorable way possible on the ice.
4) A team-high three shot attempts for Jarome Iginla, who could use a strike against the Los Angeles Kings to get him off the schnide.
5) The Krug goal is exactly why Zdeno Chara needs to stay down low on the power play formation. Jonathan Quick had no chance to see that outside shot tucked just inside the far post. He was there in place of Milan Lucic, who was serving the 5 minute penalty for his fight, but he should be there all day today with Zach Trotman able to handle the point position on the PP.
Here are five from the second period with the Bruins leading the Los Angeles Kings by a 2-1 score . . .
1) The Bruins have put themselves in a pretty good position through two periods: outshooting the Kings by an 18-12 margin, and holding LA to four shots in the second period.
2) Really good couple of periods for Kevan Miller with three shots attempts, three hits and a blocked shot in just a shade under 12 minute of ice time. He wrecked Dustin Brown in the neutral zone after the LA captain had hauled in a mid-air puck he was intending to play.
3) Three golden scoring chances for Reilly Smith in this game, but he hasn’t been able to bury any of them yet. All three of his shots on net have been scoring chances.
4) An unremarkable 8:52 of ice time for Zach Trotman, who hasn’t seemed like he’s wanted the puck on his stick all that much through two periods.
5) This is a heavy hockey game today. I almost don’t want to see this combination of teams in the Stanley Cup Final because the hockey wouldn’t be all that exciting at all.