GLENDALE, AZ – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes locked in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes of action at Jobing.com Arena.
1) Bruins have seven shots on net for the period, but only three players have registered the shots. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both have a pair of shots on net, and Andrej Meszaros has three shots on net for the Black and Gold. That leaves zero other forward lines with any shots in the first 20 minutes, and an early indication that the Bruins might not have everybody going tonight.
2) Not a great period from Mike Smith, who gave up a couple of rebounds for loose pucks in front and foolishly tried to play a puck in the middle of traffic in front of him. Instead the puck hurtled into the stick of Andrej Meszaros, and the B’s defenseman took the puck to the net creating a rebound score for Patrice Bergeron. Smith is the same goalie that was faked out by Dennis Seidenberg on a dump-in attempt a few years ago. Clearly the Bruins aren’t the best matchup for him.
3) Three goals in three games for Patrice Bergeron, who is playing about as well as he can possibly play right now. There has been zero Olympic hangover for a player in Bergeron that participated for Team Canada all the way to the very end. Two shots on net and 3-for-5 in the face off circle for No. 37 as one of the few players really going for the Bruins.
4) Tough sequence for Andrej Meszaros in the D-zone as he was overwhelmed by the Coyotes attacking in the zone, and then had a rebound bounce off his skate straight to Shane Doan. Doan never misses those, and that tied things up in the first period. The Coyotes have dominated play while outshooting the Bruins by a 15-7 margin, and have drawn three penalties on a Bruins team that looks like they’ve got tired legs.
5) Tuukka Rask was sharp after not having played since Monday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild. Fourteen total saves for Rask while an embattled B’s defensemen corps is just trying to keep up in front of him.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Phoenix Coyotes leading the Bruins by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action at Jobing.com Arena.
1) Well, the Bruins showed a little more life in the second period. David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla had one of their patented long shifts, they drew a couple of penalties and closed the shot disparity to 26-21 for the game. They outshot Phoenix 14-11 for the period, and started pulling it together while still battling dead skating legs in the second half of a back-to-back.
2) Patrice Bergeron having a solid game with the B’s only goal and five generated shot attempts, but he also missed high and wide with a couple of golden scoring chances in the second period. Both shots were rocketed over the net with a little too much oomph to them.
3) With Torey Krug up in the press box, Andrej Meszaros has taken his spot on the top power play unit. While Meszaros has the big shot and can play there in a pinch, it’s pretty clear how much snap, puck movement and general dangerousness the Bruins lose on the PP with Krug out of the lineup. Three power plays for the Bruins, and they’ve done little with them thus far.
4) What a move by Oliver Ekman-Larsson to dangle through Loui Eriksson on a one-man rush up the ice, fire a shot on Tuukka Rask and then flip the rebound attempt past the B’s goaltender for the go-ahead goal. He’s definitely one of those players that you don’t appreciate that much because he’s in Phoenix, but has all of the goods that you’re looking for. He’s got three shots on net and five hits in 17:30 of ice time in a pretty noteworthy effort thus far.
5) No shots and 4-for-11 in the face off circle through two periods for David Krejci. He’s not exactly bringing it tonight.