BOSTON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and St. Louis Blues locked in a 2-2 tie after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden:
1) What a heavy game tonight. Tight, physical checking and not a lot of room out on the ice at all. St. Louis leads Bruins with a 19-18 shot total in what’s been an extremely even game thus far, and a very well played game in a contest without any penalties after 40 minutes.
2) The third and fourth line have both scored for the Bruins. Time for the top six forwards to start kicking in even. Quiet on the scoresheet even though both lines have had their moments and chances thus far.
3) Bruins doing a good job of bottling up Alex Steen with physicality. No shots on net as he gets the physical treatment by Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic at different points in this game. Chara has been out against Steen and Backes as much as possible in this game.
4) Carl Soderberg seemed to have a little extra in his skating step tonight playing against the Blues team that drafted him in the second round way back in 2004, and he was finally rewarded with a goal in the second period. Great cycling work by Reilly Smith and Chris Kelly found the Big Swede in the slot, and he buried the shot past Jaroslav Halak. Soderberg starting to really come on for the Black and Gold, but that whole line executed perfectly on the goal.
5) Lost Milan Lucic face-off in the defensive zone to David Backes led directly to Kevin Shattenkirk goal for St. Louis. The only draw that No. 17 has taken in the game.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and St. Louis Blues locked in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes:
1) First goal of the season for Gregory Campbell, who looked pretty excited when it finally rolled in behind Jaroslav Halak after a beautiful cross-ice pass from Torey Krug. For the record, Campbell’s first goal arrived in his 22nd game of the season.
2) Five goals for the B’s fourth line in Boston’s past six games, and they’ve provided all of Boston’s offense over the last two games. That’s great for the Merlot Line, but not so fantastic for everybody else on the team.
3) As soft a goal as you’ll see allowed by the Bruins with 1:09 to go in the first period. That makes for three games in a row that the B’s have allowed a goal late in the first period, and it’s happening far too often this season. A Derek Roy shot from inside the blue line dribbled through Chris Stewart without the puck touching him, and then somehow trickled through Tuukka Rask’s pads with slight pressure on him from Jaden Schwartz. No excuse for that one. Bruins are giving up far too many goals in the closing minutes of periods, and that’s nothing more than a focus issue.
4) Twenty three total hits from both sides in a physical, heavy affair. Milan Lucic lowered the boom on Magnus Paajarvi midway through the period in a neutral zone collision.
5) No penalties called as of yet for the NHL’s top-ranked power play in St. Louis, and No. 2 ranked penalty kill in Boston. What gives?