DENVER – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Colorado Avalanche by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at the Pepsi Center.
1) Patrice Bergeron continues to play with an incredible amount of energy. On the B’s scoring shift he took the puck from Nick Holden in the offensive zone, moved a pass to Dougie Hamilton and then moved to the slot where the B’s defenseman quickly worked the puck back to him. Semyon Varlamov stopped the first shot, but Bergeron followed the rebound for his 21st goal of the season. He leads the Bruins with three shots on net in the first period, and has been dominant.
2) The Bruins haven’t trailed at all in 17 consecutive periods of hockey dating back to their March 9 win over the Florida Panthers, and haven’t allowed their opponent to score in the first period of 10 straight games. That is ridiculous.
3) Colorado missed a couple of open chances against the Bruins. Gabriel Landeskog missed an empty net on a rush to the net, and Brad Malone missed a wide open rebound on the left wing after Cory Sarich created the big rebound with a snapshot from the right side. The Avs are losing this game, but they’re creating a lot of problems with their speed and skill.
4) Tough period for the refs. Kevan Miller called for an elbowing penalty on a clean, jarring hit on Nick Holden in the corner, and Zdeno Chara whistled for a high stick when Jamie McGinn’s own stick was lifted and hit him in the face. It also appeared to draw blood, so either it’s no penalty or a four minute double minor for Colorado. Head-scratching stuff.
5) Four shots on net and six overall shot attempts for Gabriel Landeskog in the first period. He’s getting a boat-load of chances against the B’s second defenseman pairing, but has hasn’t been able to bury anything.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Colorado Avalanche by a 2-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at the Pepsi Center.
1) Bruins have been outshot 24-18 and generally outplayed for most of the first two periods while Colorado has overwhelmed them with their speed, but the B’s still find themselves up 2-0 on the scoreboard. It’s a pretty fair indication of how things are going for the Black and Gold right now.
2) One thing the Bruins have done well is take the body to the Avs, and try to slow them down with punishing physicality. Zdeno Chara hammered Matt Duchene toward the end of the second period in front of the penalty boxes, and Kevan Miller has been doling out heavy hits for most of the evening. He crunched Gabriel Landeskog right before the end of the second period in front of the Boston bench.
3) Chad Johnson has been excellent in the second period for the Bruins after a shaky first. Johnson gave up a couple of big rebounds, and needed Colorado to miss on a couple of open net chances. But the B’s goaltender was huge in the second period stuffing a Max Talbot partial breakaway, and stopping a Jan Hejda backdoor rush from getting through him. Johnson’s play allowed the B’s to withstand the Colorado attack, and put a couple of goals up on the board.
4) Carl Soderberg. The Big Swede can roll man. He fired a bullet through a Loui Eriksson screen on a curl-and-drag and gave the Bruins a power play goal on their only PP chance of the night thus far. He has been so instrumental to the B’s during this winning streak, and continued that offense in the win.
5) Dougie Hamilton with a pair of assists, four shot attempts and three blocked shots in 13:28 of ice time. Dougie has been excellent in this game facing up against the Colorado Avalanche speedy attack.