ST. LOUIS – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the St. Louis Blues leading the Bruins 2-0 after 40 minutes at Scottrade Center:
1) Another long range shot – this time from Jaden Schwartz – from the left face-off circle that shot through Kevan Miller’s legs and beat Tuukka Rask high to the glove side. You can certainly get on the B’s defensemen a bit for their gap control in allowing St. Louis some speed entering the zone, but those are two perimeter shots that cleanly beat Rask tonight. He needs to stop those for an undermanned team.
2) Bruins getting better chances in the second. Gregory Campbell can’t pull the trigger one-handed on an open net as he was falling down, and Torey Krug fanned on a backdoor set up with Jaroslav Halak down and out in the crease. Tough to come back against these Blues, although the Senators did just that a couple of nights ago.
3) John Wensink visited with the St. Louis Blues in-house reporter between the first and second period. He no longer has the giant afro that struck fear in the hearts of opponents. Color me disappointed.
4) Krug lined up by T.J. Oshie right in front of the St. Louis bench at the end of the second period. Oshie caught him up high as Krug was losing his balance, and Johnny Boychuk came in with the response getting his teammates’ back. Boychuk gets a double-minor for roughing, but also sends the message that the other guys will be protected without Zdeno Chara in the lineup. That’s pretty important.
5) Minus-2 for Kevan Miller in 12:55 of ice time, and not a great deal of physicality in a heavy game. He’s not exactly having a great night in an important moment with Zdeno Chara out of the lineup. It’s to be expected from a rookie that’s been really, really good thus far in his limited time.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the St. Louis Blues leading the Bruins, 1-0:
1) The Blues are really attacking the heart of the Bruins defense in the slot and it started opening up a bit more as the game was going along. The Bruins managed to get a body or a stick on most of the attempts, but Derek Roy rang one high off the crossbar in the closing minutes of the first period. Watch out if that starts happening with more regularity as the game goes along.
2) The no-good, tough season goes on for Loui Eriksson, who took a Maxim Lapierre (of course it was him) high stick midway through the first period that ripped up his mouth. Somehow the refs missed it, and Eriksson was in the dressing room for repairs in the final minutes of the first period. Claude Julien was fuming on the bench to Francois St. Laurent after the entire crew missed the call.
3) Tough goal allowed for Tuukka Rask. It happened right on the heels of the refs missing the high stick on Loui Eriksson, but Alex Steen unloaded a shot from the top of the right face-off circle that flat beat Rask to the stick-side. He had a clean look at it, and just appeared to be off his angles. Not exactly what the Bruins need when they’re missing Zdeno Chara with a young defensive corps in front of him.
4) Three shots on net in two power plays for the Bruins with both David Warsofsky and Matt Bartkowski manning points on the two units with Zdeno Chara missing fron the lineup. That’s not good enough, and the B’s had a really flat PP right out of the starting gate that set the tone for a sleepy first period from the Black and Gold.
5) Barret Jackman with a couple of blocked shots and the St. Louis leading the Bruins in blocked shots by a 7-3 margin. They’re doing a good job of jumping on any quality shooting chances for Boston thus far. Don’t like the way this game is trending after 20 minutes.