MONTREAL – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes of play in Game 4 at the Bell Centre.
1) Carl Soderberg hit a crossbar on a rebound attempt from the slot at the end of the first period. That’s the eighth post/crossbar hit for the Bruins in this series, and it continues a real snake-bitten existence for the Black and Gold.
2) Reilly Smith with some really good jump in this game, and the Patrice Bergeron Line has been Boston’s best through the first 20 minutes. Brad Marchand has had a couple turnovers, but they have created the best offensive chances while putting the most pressure on the Habs defense. They’ve accounted for six of Boston’s 13 shots in the first period.
3) Thirteen saves for Carey Price in the first period, who once again is playing with a lot of confidence against the Bruins. Luckily Tuukka Rask has been just as good tonight for the Bruins, and the defense has done a good job clearing pucks when he does give up an odd rebound. Price’s combination stop on a Reilly Smith drive to the net and the Bergeron rebound attempt were his best of the period.
4) Shawn Thornton smoked on two different shifts with big hits from Dale Weise and Douglas Murray, and the B’s fourth line doesn’t have a shot on net. It’s been a very quiet series for them, and they’ve been outplayed by Montreal’s fourth line.
5) Two more blocked shots for Alexei Emelin, including a big one on a potential wide open shooting chance for Reilly Smith after a slick pass from Patrice Bergeron. Montreal is paying the price.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens locked in a scoreless tie after the first 40 minutes of play in Game 4 at the Bell Centre.
1) The Bruins fourth line finally showed up in the second period, and there were good shifts from the second and third lines as well in the middle 20 minutes. But the KIL (Krejci, Iginla, Lucic) line continues to struggle maintaining possession in the offensive zone, and can’t get any consistent cycling or forecheck action that they need to be successful. Can anybody think of even one big Lucic check on a Habs defenseman in this series as of yet?
2) Tuukka Rask with a great stuff on a Brian Gionta partial breakaway in the second period after David Krejci couldn’t work the puck deep into the offensive zone, and a total of 19 saves through two periods. He had a toe save on Lars Eller that was equally good in the second.
3) Another penalty for Matt Bartkowski on a hold of Lars Eller behind the Boston, but he’s been okay otherwise in this game.
4) The Bruins power play is 0-for-7 in the series, and looked incredibly disjointed in their one and only chance in the second period. It was a couple of quick one and outs with a lot of difficulty simply entering the zone with the puck. It looks like the B’s have zero feel for it right now.
5) A really nice shift by B’s third line at the end of the second period, but Matt Fraser couldn’t find a way to connect on a bouncing rebound from a Dougie Hamilton shot on the other side of the nice. Plenty of chances for three of Boston’s four lines, but still no production.