Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Lightning wrapped in a scoreless tie during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals with a Stanley Cup Finals date on the line at TD Garden.
1) No penalties through 2 periods. First time that's happened in the series. It's the way it should be in a Game 7 situation. Great job by Stephen Walkom and Dan O'Halloran.
2) Patrice Bergeron and David won 20 out of 27 faceoffs in first two periods. Dominant performances. That's won face-off battle has won series.
3) Dwayne Roloson with 29 saves through 2 periods as the Lightning have climbed into 1-3-1 trap mode for pretty much the entire game. He looks like a guy that's 7-0 in elimination games.
4) Dennis Seidenberg is part manpart beast tonight. A team-high five blocked shots and 18 plus minutes of ice time to lead both teams.
5) Amazing watching Steve Stamkos take a Johnny Boychuk smoked slap shot directly to the face -- and then return later in the period when it's clear his nose was obliterated by his visor crashing down into. Blood leaking all over the ice as he rushed off for repairs, but he returned later in the period. Have to be concerned if you're a member of Bruins Nation as the hockey gods look favorably on that kind of valour.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.