WINNIPEG – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets tied at 1 after the first 40 minutes at the MTS Centre in their second-to-last preseason game.
1) Though they have a goal tonight, it looks like Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson are still getting used to playing with each other in only their second game together. The line is going off-sides more than you’d expect and bumping into each other while taking the puck up the ice, and the passing is just a little off. They’ll have plenty of time to get it going once the season starts, obviously, but Krejci/Lucic/Iginla looking much smoother as a forward line through the preseason.
2) Niklas Svedberg really playing well tonight with a Winnipeg team that’s hemmed Boston in the defensive zone a few times. The second period was an impressive one for the young Swedish goalie, who looks like the real deal.
3) Still not much out of Jordan Caron. I’m sure the effort level is there from him, but just not sure if that’s translating into something the Bruins can afford to keep around at the NHL level.
4) Really impressive night from Kevan Miller, who is confident and tough around the net while also showing he can make the first pass out of the offensive zone. He made a nice play on a second period PK when he hopped in front of an Evander Kane shot with Svedberg out of the crease after making the first two saves.
5) Bruins really trailing off in the second period after a strong start to the game. Some of the young guys need to step on the gas pedal in the third period if they want to impress the coaching staff.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets tied at 1:
1) Dougie Hamilton took a couple of penalties in the first period, but I actually liked his game. He was aggressive moving the puck up the ice and looking for offense in the attack zone, and he was clearing guys out in front of the net. He got a little overzealous cross-checking Matt Halischuk in front of the net and got whistled for it, but I kind of like Angry Dougie in the defensive zone. It looks like he’s responding to the urgency that he needs to win a roster spot here in Boston.
2) First preseason goal for Patrice Bergeron was a beauty. Brad Marchand dangled through the left face-off circle without getting touched, and then found Bergeron for the one-timer as he moved to the slot area. Ondrej Pavelec didn’t have a chance of stopping the shot, and No. 37 looks like he’s fully ready to start the season.
3) Speaking of fully ready to start the season, Gregory Campbell dropped on all fours to block a shot from the high point at one point in the first period. That tells you everything you need to know about how touch Campbell is, and how ready he looks to start the regular season after coming back from a broken leg sustained while blocking a shot in the playoffs.
4) Daniel Paille and Adam McQuaid wearing the “A” tonight along with Bergeron. Really liked that the Bruins coaching staff has spread the letter around during the preseason, and let all of their core veterans get a chance wearing a letter. They can’t go wrong no matter who they choose for the regular season.
5) Ryan Spooner perfect on all four of his face-offs and nearly created a scoring chance on a missed connection with Matt Fraser near the net. Some very good saves for Niklas Svedberg including a glove hand stop on Chris Thorburn from point blank range after Dennis Seidenberg turned the puck over with a sloppy backhanded clearing attempt. Matt Lindblad had a nice face-off win in the offensive zone to set up a good chance for Reilly Smith in front. Young B’s players doing a good job trying to make a solid, lasting impression.