Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Vancouver Canucks by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at the Rogers Centre.
1) Jarome Iginla does the right thing by answering the bell when Ryan Kesler didn’t like a clean hit he threw on him, and he might have paid for it. It looked like Iginla dislocated one of his fingers throwing a punch that made contact with Kesler’s helmet, and left the ice immediately after the bout. He never returned and would be the seventh B’s regular out of the lineup if he can’t return. Taking away a component of the Krejci/Lucic/Iginla might be the straw that finally snaps the camel’s back for the B’s.
2) Weird, flukey goal for Jannik Hansen as he unleashed a shot on net from center ice, and the Frisbee-like action of the shot fooled Tuukka Rask as it dipped and curved past him. Tough to blame Rask at all, but it didn’t look good at all.
3) Two shots on net for Reilly Smith in 4:05 of ice time, and he actually looked pretty good on a drive to the net early in the game. It’s all a little surprising given that he missed the morning skate with a bout of the same stomach flu that’s plagued the rest of the team.
4) Ten saves for Roberto Luongo in the first period as he looks like he’s on his game.
5) Three shots from Dan Hamhuis in the first 20 minutes against the Bruins. A very unlikely source from all these players on both teams.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action at the Rogers Centre.
1) Jarome Iginla comes back to start the second period after working the dislocated finger on his left hand. He had a couple of great chances in the second period, and didn’t seem to miss a beat. What an impressive hockey player.
2) Reilly Smith scores after closing off a Dan Hamhuis chip attempt in the neutral zone, and then scores on a backhander after a rush down the left wing for his eighth goal of the season. Six generated shot attempts and a plus-1 along with the goal are impressive for a guy in Smith that was sick with the stomach flu during morning skate.
3) Tuukka Rask hasn’t looked good tonight at all. Wondering if he is still feeling the effects of the flu.
4) Torey Krug having one of his worst nights of the season. He and Dennis Seidenberg got manhandled by Mike Santorelli, Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler in the second period on a Higgins’ goal.
5) Zdeno Chara did a good job of bottling up the Sedin Twins, but the Vancouver secondary scoring was all over them. Brad Marchand also doing a good job helping blanket the Canucks twins, and gave them a “kiss the ring” motion at the end of a shift in the second period. Between that, his golf swing vs. the Maple Leafs a couple of years ago and a supposed Stanley Cup-raising motion before tonight’s game, Marchand missed his calling as a trash-talking mime.
Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Vancouver Canucks by a 6-2 score after the first 60 minutes of action at the Rogers Centre.
1) Kissing the Stanley Cup ring in the second period of a close game was one thing, but pantomiming the action of raising and kissing the Stanley Cup in front of the Vancouver bench while down 4-1 in the third period wasn’t the best of moves by Brad Marchand. It starts to look a little ridiculous when your team is getting pasted in the third period of the game, even if the Bruins won the war rather than this mid-December battle.
2) Reilly Smith had a pair of goals in the loss, and was Boston’s best player on the ice despite being the one player held back from morning skate while dealing with a stomach flu. Isn’t that always the way it goes? He’s got 4 goals and six points in his last five games skating with Patrice Bergeron and Matt Fraser, and has been attacking the net with great aggression.
3) A minus-3 in 17:21 of ice time for Torey Krug, who generated shot attempts and blocked three shots but had a lot of issues in the defensive zone that couldn’t be masked against the Canucks. Krug just couldn’t do anything to move Ryan Kesler out of the painted area while Mike Santorelli and Chris Higgins dominated the front of the net.
4) Tuukka Rask finally pulled after a long Dan Hamhuis goal in the third period after looking shaky throughout the game, and perhaps still fighting the flu bug a little bit. Four goals allowed on 23 shots for Rask before he got yanked, and with good reason to allow him a little more rest in a game that wasn’t going to be won.
5) Seven shot attempts, two assists and a plus-2 for Mike Santorelli, who has been a very good pickup for the Canucks after toiling with the Florida Panthers over the last few years.