Haggerty: Thoughts from Bruins-Canadiens

Haggerty: Thoughts from Bruins-Canadiens
May 1, 2014, 8:30 pm
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BOSTON – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Montreal Canadiens by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of Game 1 of their second round series at TD Garden.

1)    You just knew the Canadiens were going to get the first power play, didn’t you? It looked a legit penalty as Matt Bartkowski got his stick in on Dale Wiese, and was whistled for tripping. The Habs immediately seized control in the offensive zone and beat Tuukka Rask with a PK Subban high point wrist shot that should have been blocked on its way to the net.

2)    Bruins a little fancy with the puck in the offensive zone in the first period. Reilly Smith and Brad Marchand looking for the cute play rather than taking the puck straight to the net, and Torey Krug double-clutching on a golden scoring chance with Carey Price opening up the top half of the net. Price looked pretty locked in with 13 saves in the first period.

3)    Good opening period for David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla with four shots on net, and a couple of good scoring chances. Price just got a piece of a Lucic shot from the top of the left circle toward the end of the period, and that line was getting some traction against the Tomas Plekanec line.

4)    Daniel Briere and Tomas Plekanec are 3-for-11 in the face off circle early in this one, and haven’t fared well against the Boston centers. But Briere did win a draw when it mattered most to start the Montreal power play that resulted in the PK Subban goal.  

5)     The entire TD Garden crowd sang the Star Spangled Banner prior to this game, and they did it loudly and proudly. Let’s hope they start doing that for the rest of the playoffs. That’s a great tradition.

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Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Montreal Canadiens by a 2-0 score after the first 40 minutes of Game 1 of their second round series at TD Garden.

 1)    Carey Price has been on fire for Montreal through two periods with 22 saves, and had a couple of beauties on Boston’s power play while holding strong amid chaos all around him. He was also aided by Dougie Hamilton ringing the post on a point shot, but Price has been full of confidence flashing the glove saves and tracking pucks well.

2)    Seven shots on net and 10 shot attempts for the KIL (Krejci, Iginla, Lucic) Line, who have been very good against the Andrei Markov/Alexei Emelin pairing on most occasions. They’re getting good zone time, cycling the puck and creating excellent offensive changes, but haven’t buried anything yet. They’ve been Boston’s best line through two periods, but Iginla hasn’t buried a number of good chances thus far.

3)    Bad exchange between Johnny Boychuk and Torey Krug in the neutral zone leads to Rene Bourque scoring on the rush from the right wing. Shot went right through the five hole of Tuukka Rask. Not a good goal surrendered by Rask, but both that turnover and the tripping call on Matt Bartkowski have been costly. Young defensemen having a tough night.

4)    Tuukka Rask appears to be fighting the puck a little bit through two periods, and was berating himself after the Bourque goal.

5)    Montreal’s speed is having effect in this game. Odd man rushes and scoring chances off the wing for the Canadiens forwards, and the Bruins defensemen are making some costly mistakes. This is exactly the opposite of the way Claude Julien wanted the series to start.

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Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins and Canadiens locked in a 3-3 tie.

1) Thomas Vanek getting moved all around the Montreal lineup in the three periods tonight. Hard to tell if it was displeasure from Michel Therrien, or a desire to get Vanek away from Zdeno Chara.

2) Bruins finally woke up in the third period. Goals for Relly Smith and Torey Krug tied things up for the Black and Gold. Both 23-year-olds. The future is bright in Boston. 

3) Things finally getting testy between the two teams in the third period. Great hip check by Patrice Bergeron on Rene Bourque, and then Lars Eller and Brad Marchand were threatening to brawl between the benches.

4) Torey Krug and johnny Boychuk were the D-pairing on ice for the two 5-on-5 goals for Montreal tonight. Tough night for them.

5) Bruins tied the game shortly after the TD Garden folks played "I Am a Real American" to open up a Boston power play. This is not a coincidence.