Haggerty: In-game thoughts from B's win over Ottawa

Haggerty: In-game thoughts from B's win over Ottawa
February 8, 2014, 4:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Here are Joe Haggerty's in-game thoughts from Saturday's Bruins-Senators game at TD Garden:


1) Erik Karlsson looks like he’s already started his vacation a day early. Getting beaten all over the ice in the defensive zone, faked out by Patrice Bergeron on Bergeron's second goal, and nearly faked out again by Brad Marchand on a feed to Bergeron in front of the net. Not surprising to see why he was a minus-12 entering the game today. 

2) Daniel Paille left the bench for a bit in the second period, but returned after Brad Marchand spelled him for one shift on the ice. No apparent reason for his absence, so it may have been equipment-related. 

3) A couple of plus-2 ratings for Kevan Miller and David Warsofsky so far in this game as the young defense corps continues to impress without big Zdeno Chara patrolling the D-zone.

4) Seven shot attempts, one blocked shot, five-of-nine faceoff wins and a pair of goals -- including a beauty where he essentially faked Craig Anderson out of his equipment -- for Bergeron in his final tune-up for the Olympics. It’s in direct contract to the phoned-in performance of Karlsson with the Senators, and partially explains the fates of the two teams this year. 

5) Chad Johnson’s scoreless streak snapped at a few ticks over 100 minutes after allowing the Bobby Ryan goal -- the first time he’s allowed a score since the Jan. 30 mop-up duty against the Montreal Canadiens. Ryan walked in and fired a wrist shot through Johnson to the far post, and in the process showed exactly why he should have been among the players invited to Sochi with Team USA.

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1) Some very lax defense by the Senators in the first period opened the door for the Bruins to attack the heart of their D-zone. Bergeron tipped a give-and-go pass from Carl Soderberg past Craig Anderson for the first goal, and Chris Kelly redirected a slick David Warsofsky point pass for the second score. One expected more from the Senators, but then again that’s the reason they’re battling for a playoff spot right now.

2) Two shots, two hits and a goal for Chris Kelly in 4:14 of ice time in the first period. The Bruins could use more of that from Kelly as he seems to finally be rounding back into form after returning from his broken ankle.

3) Zack Smith tried to spark Ottawa after they went down by two goals but he got hammered into the ice by Miller, who was in only his second NHL fight. Miller is continuing to show that he’s not a guy opponents want to mess with, and that he can handle himself in the hitting and fighting game. That was as one-sided a fight against a tough opponent as you’ll see.

4) Three shots in 6:25 of ice time and 3-for-5 in the faceoff circle for Patrice Bergeron to go along with his give-and-go goal. It looks like Bergeron is ready for his Olympic close-up.

5) Johnson wasn’t tested much, but made a couple of excellent saves at the end of the period on Patrick Wiercioch and Chris Neil to keep the Senators off the board. General manager Peter Chiarelli said before the game he’s comfortable with his goaltending depth, and that’s because Johnson has been excellent for the Black and Gold.