BruinsLeafs: 5 from the Second

BruinsLeafs: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Maple Leafs by a 3-2 score at TD Garden after the first 40 minutes of play.1)Zdeno Chara has now twice gone back to the Bs dressing room in the second period, and the second time he went down the runway with the Bruins medical personnel, so there appears to be an injury of some kind. It better not be serious because Chara is the most indispensible piece to everything the Bs hope to accomplish in the postseason.2)Milan Lucic and Jay Rosehill getting into it with a long extended bout in the second period that started with Tyler Seguin getting into a little pushing and shoving with the Maple Leafs. Pretty even match between the two tough guys and they went back in for a second go-round after they were separated following a long stretch of punches thrown at each other. Lucic might not have dropped them there if Shawn Thornton were in the lineup, but he performed the enforcer role quite well.3)Brad Marchand shows everything he brings to the table at the beginning of the second period when he knocks home his fifth short-handed goal of the year to tie things up. Marchand intercepted a weak sauce pass from Clarke MacArthur and powers to the Toronto net with MacArthur on his back for a nifty backhanded goal.4)The Bruins follow with another quick strike David Krejci goal following the Marchand shortie, and this time two quick passes from Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic set it all up. Lucics assist gives him 30 goals, 30 assists and 100 PIMs this season only the 10th player to total that in the same season since the beginning of the 2004-05 campaign.5)Speaking of Marchand, he made a golf swing motion to the Maple Leafs bench as he was headed off the ice for one of his shifts at the end of the second period. Why do I feel like were just scratching the surface with this guys on-ice personality?

Injured Krejci out, Belesky in for Bruins for Game 6 vs. Ottawa

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Injured Krejci out, Belesky in for Bruins for Game 6 vs. Ottawa

BOSTON -- The Bruins won’t have David Krejci (lower body) in the lineup for Game 6 as they look to stay alive in their first-round series against the Ottawa Senators.

Krejci was knocked out of Friday night’s Game 5 double-overtime win after a knee-on-knee hit from Chris Wideman in the first period that set off the Bruins when the Ottawa D-man reportedly chirped the injured Bruins center.

With Krejci out, one might have expected Ryan Spooner to replace him given Spooner’s power-play capabilities and his offensive upside in a top-6 role. But Bruce Cassidy will go with Matt Beleskey while moving around some of the pieces in his lineup. Beleskey hasn’t played since taking a couple of penalties in the Game 2 loss to the Sens in Ottawa, but the hope is that his heavy forechecking ability can have the same kind of impact Sean Kuraly had Friday night.

“Beleskey will go in and we’ll move some things around,” said Cassidy. “It’s become much more of a down-low grind game offensively for us, and that’s his strength. He can get on people, get on pucks, win battles and get to the net. So he should be afforded an opportunity to play to his strength. This is going to be less of a line-rush game, so now the people that are going in are more suited to that: [Noel] Acciari, Kuraly and Beleskey.”

It could also benefit the Bruins from a veteran experience perspective as well as Beleskey has a well-established big game reputation during his playoff stints with Anaheim. He popped in eight goals during a 16-game postseason stint with the Ducks just prior to signing a big free-agent deal with the Bruins two seasons ago.

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