Haggerty: Thoughts from Bruins-Flyers

Haggerty: Thoughts from Bruins-Flyers
April 5, 2014, 2:15 pm
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BOSTON – Here are the five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Philadelphia Flyers by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1)  Zac Rinaldo belted Milan Lucic with a clean, nasty hit near the blue line, and then refused to drop the gloves when Lucic came looking for a little payback afterward. It’s understandable when people say somebody shouldn’t have to fight after throwing out a clean hit, but one should also be expected to answer the bell if they’re going to play on the edge. Rinaldo has now refused to fight both Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic in consecutive games against the Bruins. Facts are facts.

2)  David Krejci with a nice goal after Loui Eriksson and Milan Lucic had fought to keep the puck alive in front of the net, and he flipped home the loose puck for the game’s only goal. He also led the Bruins with two shots on net in the first period.

3)   Zdeno Chara throwing around his body today, and looking like he’s got a little bit extra in the nasty department. He and Johnny Boychuk led the B’s in the first period with three registered hits in the first period.

4)   B’s got stronger as the period went along against the Flyers, but it also looks like it will be the same kind of nasty physical battle between the two hockey clubs.

5)   Shawn Thornton and Jay Rosehill finally fought later on in the period, and that should settle some of the score from Lucic/Rinaldo earlier in the stanza.

Here are the five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers locked in a 2-2 tie after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1)   So there was one total goal in the first 34:35 of this game, and three goals in the next 1:45 span in the second period. It was an entertaining brand of hockey in the second period after things died down with the extracurricular stuff with Zac Rinaldo/Milan Lucic and co.

2)   In the second period Shawn Thornton cruised through and nailed Scott Hartnell with a hit, and the Flyers forward clearly took exception to it while jawing with the B’s enforcer. Thornton immediately dropped the gloves to go after Hartnell, who skated away and wanted nothing to do with it. So that’s two Flyers refusing to drop the gloves in this game. Are these the Broad Street Bullies?

3)  Big breakdown for the Andrej Meszaros/Torey Krug pairing toward the end of the second period as Krug allowed Jay Rosehill to get position on him, and then surprise Tuukka Rask with a nifty spin move for the game-tying goal. Anybody in a Bruins uniform contributing to a Rosehill goal needs to hang their head a little bit.  

4)  Loui Eriksson leads the Bruins with six shots on net, and is playing strongly in front of the net. He’s very active and continues to push for a bigger role when the postseason begins. Loved his screen on the Patrice Bergeron goal vs. Toronto on Thursday night.  

5)  Dominant game for David Krejci, who has a goal and an assist along with a plus-1 in 11:42 of ice time. His goal was a result of going hard to the net, and he schooled Braydon Coburn on the way to delivering a perfect pass to Milan Lucic for a scoring one-timer from the high slot. He looks like he’s priming up for playoff form as well.