BOSTON -- Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 2-1 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.
1) After looking sluggish and not scoring a goal in seven straight first periods, the Bruins explode for a pair of goals and 21 shots on net. Amazing a major trade deadline deal can do for a team that’s languishing in a malaise, isn’t it? It was the top two lines that produced the goals with David Krejci and Tyler Seguin nothing the markers, but it looked like all the players were flying up and down the ice with precision, speed and aggressiveness that hasn’t been seen much lately.
2) A potential third goal was waved off when Patrice Bergeron was in the crease and appeared to impede Robin Lehner as he attempted to make the save. Looked like a borderline call to wave off the goal, but one the referees could make the letter of the law.
3) Tyler Seguin leading the Bruins with five of their 21 shots on the season. Has been active in the offensive end and actually made a great defensive play to strip the puck that led to the give-and-go with Brad Marchand that scored his 12th goal of the season.
4) A minus-1 after a rough D-zone shift with Dennis Seidenberg led to a Colin Greening goal, and a penalty for covering the puck with his hand leads to a challenging first period for Andrew Ference. They continue to try to find a combination that’s going to work for the playoffs, but Ference hasn’t meshed well with his defensive partners yet this season.
5) I don’t think anybody could have guess about such a wide open first 20 minutes fearing three goals and 40 shots given that Ottawa and Boston are two of the stingiest defenses in the NHL. What is the saying: expect the unexpected?
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden.
1) It looked like an unfortunate set of circumstances as an inadvertent elbow from Colin Greening caught Patrice Bergeron in the head as the two of them battled in the Bruins defensive zone. Bergeron immediately skated right toward the runway and the dressing room, and never returned for the rest of the second period while Rich Peverley and Gregory Campbell double-shifted in his place. Bergeron won’t return and the Bruins weren’t giving out any specifics about the injury.
2) Eight shots on net plus a missed shot for Tyler Seguin through two periods. He’s been generating shots all over the ice and scoring chances for the Bruins. Looks like he’s got the good wheels tonight and he’ll need to keep playing that way if Patrice Bergeron is out for a time.
3) Seven shots on net for Jordan Caron, Rich Peverley and Jay Pandolfo tonight. The best offensive pressure they’ve been able to exert for the entire season. Pandolfo probably had his best scoring chance all year with an open shot from the slot, but Robin Lehner was able to make the save. Looks like everybody is kicking their compete level up a notch with Jaromir Jagr on the way to take somebody’s spot.
4) Anton Khudobin has been excellent. Thirty one saves through two periods including a beauty of a kick save on Zack Smith as he used his speed to get around Zdeno Chara for a clean backhanded shot at the Boston net from the right wing position.
5) Bruins are one period away from their 13th win over the Sens in 14 tries. That’s pretty damned impressive.