BOSTON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Colorado Avalanche by a 1-0 score after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.
1) Jean-Sebastien Giguere looks like he hopped into a time machine with the way he’s stone-walled the Bruins to 25 saves in the first two periods. Excellent middle 20 minutes for the Bruins as they started to exert control of the game, but the Colorado goalie managed to hold them back with the aid of a couple of posts in the first period.
2) Milan Lucic gets slapped with a 10-minute misconduct at the end of the second period when he dropped the gloves and went after Gabriel Landeskog, who wanted nothing to do with Lucic. The Colorado captain was shoved down to the ice several times after it looked like he throw the big B’s power forward in a headlock in front of the net. I’d imagine Lucic got the misconduct for one final shove at the end that sent the big, strong Colorado forward tumbling to the ice. Smart for Landeskog not to react, but it’s not a very becoming look for the captain of any NHL team to look that soft.
3) Zdeno Chara appeared to sustain a cut on the leg in the middle of the second period that required some stitches on the bench, but he didn’t miss a shift. Earlier in the game, Chara was also hobbled by a shot off his leg on a first-period power play. Tough night to be the B’s captain.
4) David Krejci has won 8-of-9 face-offs in the first two periods after Claude Julien said he’d like to see more consistency out of the pivot. I guess that he received the message. Impressive.
5) A total of eight shot attempts generated by Jarome Iginla in the first two periods as he’s trying to make something happen offensively. Colorado doing a good job of blocking some of those shot attempts, but it looks like Iggy is hungry for his first Bruins goal.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Colorado Avalanche by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of play:
1) All good things must come to an end. The Bruins had killed seven straight penalties to start the season, but couldn’t burn off a David Krejci hooking call at the end of the first period. A perfect Ryan O’Reilly tip of an Andre Benoit shot gives Colorado the slim lead after one period.
2) Some have wondered if the Bruins sacrificed too much speed when they let Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton go in the offseason, and tonight would be a good case study of that theory. The Colorado Avalanche are young and fast, and at times the B’s have had difficulty keeping up with them while getting outshot by a 14-10 margin. But the Bruins are also coming off four days without a game, and certainly got better as the period went along – a pair of facts that would speak to a little bit of rust getting kicked off their game.
3) Posts hit for Dougie Hamilton and Chris Kelly in the first period. They haven’t really tested Jean-Sebastien Giguere a ton, and the Avs skaters have done a good job of blocking shots in front of him thus far. Bruins aren’t getting enough pressure on the Colorado net quite yet. They can do better.
4) Nathan MacKinnon is the real deal. Three shots on net and creating plays all over the ice with his speed, vision and aggressiveness. Leads all players with the three shots generated in only 4:02 of ice time and has created offensive chances every time he’s been on the ice.
5) Bruins have to be physical to slow Colorado down just a little bit. Great example at the end of the first period when Johnny Boychuk caught P.A. Parenteau moving into the neutral zone with his head down after collecting the puck. Smoked the Avalanche forward with a clean hit that will get him to slow down a little bit the next time he’s going through the middle of the ice.