Haggerty: Thoughts from Bruins vs. Red Wings

Haggerty: Thoughts from Bruins vs. Red Wings
April 22, 2014, 8:30 pm
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DETROIT – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Detroit Red Wings by a 2-0 score after the first 20 minutes of play in Game 3 of their first round series at Joe Louis Arena.

1)    That was as dominant a period as the Bruins have played thus far in the postseason. They didn’t allow a single scoring chance to the Wings, outshot them by an 11-4 margin and scored a pair of goals. They also forced the Red Wings players and coaches to hear the boo birds at Joe Louis Arena as they skated off the ice at the end of the first period.

2)    Some uncharacteristic mistakes by the Detroit bench as well as from their players in trying to go the match game route with the Bruins. They took a too many men on the ice penalty that led to Boston’s first goal, and then a horrendously sloppy change later in the period opened up a lane for Shawn Thornton. The B’s enforcer drove hard to the net, created a rebound and then Jordan Caron finished off the play for Boston’s second goal.

3)    Dougie Hamilton must be living right because he’s getting plenty of chances in this first period. Pavel Datsyuk turned a puck over to him at the blue line that Hamilton ripped off the far post, and then Hamilton scored on the PP when he walked straight down the right side before ripping a shot over Jimmy Howard’s shoulder. He finished with four generated shot attempts in 5:43 of ice time, and was aggressively making things happen offensively.

4)    Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff are a complete mess as a third defensive pair. They’re allowing all kinds of Bruins chances, and were the unfortunate D-pair chasing down the Bruins fourth line after a poor line change had opened the ice up for attack.

5)    Red Wings fans chanting “Lucic Sucks.” I don’t think I’ve heard that one before in all my 10 years covering the team. The B’s left winger has certainly become a villain here in Detroit.

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Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Detroit Red Wings by a 2-0 score after the first 40 minutes of play in Game 3 of their first round series at Joe Louis Arena.

1)    The Red Wings played with a bit more energy and the Bruins sagged a bit in the second period, but too many of Detroit’s shot attempts are still coming from outside the slot area. It’s tough to score in the playoffs when everything is coming from the outside.

2)    Was a slot start in the first period, but Gustav Nyquist started coming alive in the second period. It looked like he was pressing a bit too much during a power play possession, but he also had a shift with a couple of decent chances against Tuukka Rask on a wraparound attempt, and then a wrist shot from one of the circles. He has seven generated shot attempts altogether.

3)    Big time sell job by Brad Marchand on a tripping call on Brendan Smith in the second period as he did a pirouette before falling down to the ice in a heap. It was a leg-on-leg hit, but video showed Marchand getting hit in the left leg, and then grabbing at his right leg as he was skating off the ice. Tough for the refs not to call it in the wake of yesterday’s Matt Cooke hit, but Marchand isn’t going to win over too many NHL fans with his acting skills.

4)    Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci have won 17-of-26 face offs through two periods. They’re really playing at a high all-around level at both ends of the rink even if the offense is a bit slow arriving.

5)    Johan Franzen dropped from the top line with Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk as Detroit’s top six scorers from the regular season have just one assist between them.