BOSTON – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Washington Capitals by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of play at TD Garden.
1) Sleepy first period for the Bruins while getting outshot 13-7 by the Capitals, and really never testing Braden Holtby between the pipes. Conversely, Alex Ovechkin had four shots on net in the first 5:11 of ice time for him and scored the game’s only goal on a Washington power play.
2) Weak 5-on-3 for the Bruins despite getting a full two minutes when both Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson headed to the box at 6:57 of the first. Too many errant shots from the point that allowed the Capitals PK to flood the passing lanes and keep attackers away from the slot area.
3) Three shots for Torey Krug among Boston’s seven shots on net. That’s a lot of players that need to wake up a bit.
4) Francois St. Laurent with a pretty poor interference call on Chris Kelly as he tried to exit the bench from the ice, and Jason Chimera just stood in his way baiting him into a penalty. Of course the Capitals ended up scoring the goal right after St. Laurent lifted his arm.
5) Patrice Bergeron is 5-for-5 on face-offs, and has made some nifty passes in the offensive zone. Some things never change. No rust on that guy.
- Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Washington Capitals by a 3-2 margin after the first 40 minutes of play at TD Garden.
1) Still some sloppy play from the B’s defenseman. Bad turnover from Johnny Boychuk off a center ice face-off allowed Joel Ward to bust right up the gut against Boychuk/Matt Bartkowski and shovel a backhanded shot past Tuukka Rask. The play screamed of rust, but it’s also not inspiring a lot of confidence in the defense right now.
2) Three of the worst-officiated games I’ve seen this year have involved Francois St. Laurent, and he’s at it again this afternoon. He called an interference penalty on Chris Kelly attempting to exit the ice in the first period, and had a hugely delayed raising of the hand for a slashing call on Nicklas Backstrom that negated a Washington power play at the end of the second. The refs hand never went up until Zdeno Chara dropped his broken stick and had both arms up in protect while Washington possessed the puck. Bad calls for both sides.
3) B’s Merlot Line has been their best unit today with a barrel full of the best offensive chances, and a big goal at the end of the second period that made it a 3-2 hockey game. Thornton pulled a puck back, and slid a pass to a crashing Gregory Campbell in the slot. Campbell beat Mike Green to the puck and redirected a shot past Braden Holtby. That line has six of Boston’s 22 shots on net.
4) Big play by Patrice Bergeron and Dougie Hamilton on the power play to get Boston back into the flow of things. Hamilton made a nice play taking the puck deep into the zone before feeding Bergeron on the slot for the power play strike. Bergeron hasn’t looked rusty at all today. He has three goals and four points in his last four games.
5) Alex Ovechkin brought the good stuff today. Two power play goals that gave him 800 career points in his NHL career. The numbers are really starting to pile up for the Russian sniper at this point. He’s got seven of Washington’s 21 shots through the first two periods.