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Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second


Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Canucks, 4-0.1)No scoring for either team in the second, but Boston continues to completely discombobulate the entire Vancouver power play over the course of the series. Vancouver PP is now 1-for-26 in the six games, and the Sedin twins have looked utterly toothless over the six finals games
2)Shawn Thornton with five registered hits in 5:57 of ice time tonight in his final appearance at the TD Garden this year. Thornton brought the emotion and the attitude along with everybody else in the Bruins lineup after a bit of a nervous, shaky start.3)Three minor penalties for Patrice Bergeron tonight including an elbowing call late in the second period. Bergeron playing with as much of an edge as I think Ive ever seen him play with, and perhaps he even went a little overboard on that last elbowing penalty near the head region. Thats the exact kind of stuff No. 37 has always preached against.4)Great emotional lift to see Nathan Horton during a TV timeout in the first period where he was waving a pair of yellow towels in either hand in front of a wildly approving cheer from the home crowd. 5)Amazing that all three players without shots in Game 5 at Vancouver end up with goals in that first period: Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder. Tip of the cap to Mike Giardi for tweeting that one first.
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Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks.