Talking Points: Ducks 5, Bruins 2

Talking Points: Ducks 5, Bruins 2
January 8, 2014, 2:00 am
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GOLD STAR: Jonas Hiller made 30 saves overall, but the Ducks goaltender was at his best in the first period turning away 16 Bruins shots while they dominated possession in the offensive zone. His glove save on Brad Marchand from the left circle in the waning moments of the first period was grand larceny, and Hiller had similar saves against Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron in a period dominated by that line. They quieted down as the game went on and Hiller settled in, but he badly outplayed B’s netminder Tuukka Rask at the end of 60 minutes. Hiller has now won 12 straight games for the Ducks, a franchise record.

BLACK EYE: Adam McQuaid was on ice for four goals against – including three power play goals – in 10:33 of ice time, and was out of position on at least a couple of the Anaheim scores. McQuaid is clearly getting some play as the Bruins defenseman getting more PK time with Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup, and it’s really not going well right now. He did have a great heavyweight bout with Patrick Maroon at the end of the second that changed the game’s momentum, and allowed the B’s to close it to a 3-2 score. But there were way too many open pockets of space around the B’s net when McQuaid was on the ice killing penalties.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins had closed the game to within 3-2 in the third period and were about to go on a PP after Torey Krug caught a high stick, but it was immediately wiped out by a strange interference call on Brad Marchand. It appeared Marchand might have been whistled for kicking the stick of Daniel Winnik away from him while he was on the PK, but it was very unclear exactly what happened. Whatever the case, Nick Bonino scored a power play goal shortly afterward and that gave the Ducks a two-goal cushion in the third period. That was all they would need.

HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel Paille had a team-high five shots on net and scored a big goal in the second period to give the Bruins some life. Paille now has four goals in his last six games since coming off the injured list with a concussion, and has shown off all the offensive zip and skating speed people have come to expect from the energy line player. Paille played 17:30 of ice time and got plenty of shifts with David Krejci and Jarome Iginla while trading shifts with Carl Soderberg in Milan Lucic’s vacant spot.

BY THE NUMBERS: 59 – the percentage of the Bruins PK (10-for-17) in the last five games since Dennis Seidenberg went down with the B’s giving up 7 PP goals in their last two losses.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We had a lot of chances in the first period to come out with a decent lead, and we didn’t capitalize on our chances. I thought that was the story of the game.” –Claude Julien to NESN postgame about where things started going wrong when they couldn’t score while outshooting the Ducks 16-3 in the first 20 minutes.