Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Columbus Blue Jackets by a 2-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.
1) Goals starting to come now for the Bergeron/Eriksson/Marchand line. Bergeron launched a shot from beyond the board side of the right face-off circle just as Eriksson was cruising by the front of the net, and the screen allowed the puck to cleanly make it through. Whether it’s tipping pucks, setting screens to block goaltenders’ vision, redirecting shots or drawing deflections with his body, Eriksson continues to be a big net-front presence for the Bruins.
2) Bergeron and Marchand now with points in two straight games, and Marchand once again jawing with Blue Jackets players early and often in what could have been a very sleepy game. These are exactly the kind of games where the Nose Face Killah needs to keep everybody engaged in a game where the attention span could wane just a little bit.
3) The Bruins scored a power play goal just 22 seconds into the possession tonight, and scored within 9 seconds of their PP possession against Pittsburgh earlier this week. Amazing how much more effective they are this season, and a lot of it is about Torey Krug. This time it was his point shot that was redirected by Lucic in front the net. Eight of Krug’s 16 points have been on the power play this season.
4) Milan Lucic’s goal was the first PP score from any member of the Krejci/Lucic/Iginla line this season. Now it’s time for Iginla to join his linemates given his prodigious body of work on the PP throughout his career. That’s got plenty to do with No. 12 only having five goals in 26 plus games this season.
5) Two shots on net for Columbus in the first period. They have zero offensive ability right now without Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton. Bruins made a few careless plays with the puck, but the Blue Jackets don’t have anybody to make them pay.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Columbus Blue Jackets by a 2-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden.
1) Variation on a theme for Jarome Iginla tonight as he had a couple of great scoring chances in the second period that could have really put this game away, but he comes up empty. One shot from the slot on the PP was kicked out by Curtis McElhinney, and the second on a backhander on the doorstep was barely stopped by a sprawled out Columbus goalie. If Iginla could have elevated puck it was a goal, but he was also off balance going away from the net. He’s not getting the breaks this month. That’s for sure.
2) Bruins outshooting the Blue Jackets by a 25-9 margin through two periods, but letting Columbus just hang around if they can somehow get their bearings in the final 20 minutes. Don’t think that’s going to happen, but you really never know.
3) First fight of the season for Milan Lucic to go along with first power play of the season. He got in a couple of pretty good shots on Dalton Prout – including one that knocked his helmet off – but Prout also stood tall against the Bruins tough guy. Thought it might happen last night against Justin Falk, so it would seem Lucic wanted to get into a scrap in one of these games.
4) The Blue Jackets have no offense without Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton. Like, literally no offense. James Wisniewski and Nick Foligno both have two shots apiece, but aren’t putting any real pressure on Chad Johnson at all.
5) Weird sequence where Nick Foligno was chasing Dennis Seidenberg around the ice looking for a fight that the German defenseman had no interest in with Boston up by a couple of goals. He was eventually slapped with a 10minute misconduct along with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for not relenting when the refs intervened.