Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Islanders leading the Bruins 3-1 after the first 40 minutes at Nassau Coliseum:
1) Bruins just not looking good right now. David Krejci caught sleeping with puck on his stick in front of the Boston net, Dougie Hamilton pinching with Isles top line on the ice, leading to a 2-on-1 break and a goal and Chad Johnson fumbling away a shot attempt on Isles first score. Weren’t the Bruins supposed to be the well-rested team waiting for the tired Islanders?
2) Two goals in the past two games for Carl Soderberg, who took advantage of some nice puck movement to bury a power play shot while camped out in the slot. He was getting tackled by a pair of Islanders defenders, which made it all the more impressive for the Big Swede.
3) John Tavares and Thomas Vanek have combined for two goals and a plus-6 while the Zdeno Chara/Dougie Hamilton defensemen pairing is a combined minus-4. If Boston loses that battle then they lose the game every single time.
4) How often do you see Patrice Bergeron get kicked out of the face-off circle in a D-zone face-off? That leads to Brad Marchand losing the draw, and Andrew MacDonald scoring a deflected point shot a few seconds later.
5) Even though two of the goals aren’t really his fault, Chad Johnson isn’t really inspiring a lot of confidence right now with three goals allowed through the first two periods. He needs to be more ready for that Vanek shot on the first goal that bounced around his shoulder before Tavares batted it into the back of the net.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Islanders locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes:
1) Well, at least it wasn’t another deficit after the first period. It wasn’t a great start for the Bruins against the Isles as they tried to spark things up early in games, but it wasn’t terrible either. Bruins didn’t really show a lot of energy or the greater legs despite the Islanders playing in a shootout game the previous night in Ottawa.
2) Three shot attempts for Carl Soderberg in the first period. He looks like he’s playing with a little more confidence after scoring that goal against the Ducks on Thursday night. Soderberg’s best chance was a drop-back pass from Chris Kelly with the Big Swede getting a shot to fire from the slot, but Kevin Poulin was able to make the save.
3) Nice job by Chad Johnson with nine saves in the first period, including a really good stop on a lobbed shot from Travis Hamonic just inside the blue line while Thomas Vanek was breathing down his neck in the crease. Later Johnson did a nice job keeping his angle on a Michael Grabner shot in close on the left wing, and was able to knock the puck out of harm’s way.
4) Isles rough-and-tumble defenseman Matt Carkner leads all players with three shots on net after the first period. It looks like it’s going to be one of those kind of nights.
5) No shots on net for Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith in that first period. They need to be better as the B’s need to start getting more scoring than just from David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla.