BOSTON – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden on a Saturday afternoon.
1) Really impressed with Justin Florek in his first NHL game. Moving with pretty good speed, heavy on the fore-check and put on a perfect screen for Torey Krug’s first goal of the game. He’s been a factor in just 5:57 of ice time.
2) With two goals in this game, Torey Krug joins Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Greg Hawgood as only four B’s rookie defensemen to score 10 goals since the NHL expanded in 1966.
3) Two points for Daniel Paille, who is moving around with purpose, speed and grit today. That whole line has been the best they’ve looked since Shawn Thornton got suspended, and substituting Justin Florek in for Jordan Caron is definitely a factor in it.
4) Rough day for Jacob Trouba and Tony Enstrom, who are both a minus-2 for the Jets through two periods.
5) Excellent game from Gregory Campbell, who has an assist and a plus-1 rating to go along with 4-of-5 face-off wins for the Bruins. A much better second period for all of the Bruins today than what they’ve been able to put together as a team lately.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets locked in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden on a Saturday afternoon.
1) The offensive defenseman giveth and taken away. Torey Krug has a turnover in the neutral zone to Dustin Byfuglien immediately following a line change that ultimately leads to a Winnipeg goal. But the rookie also helped create Boston’s score when he found Daniel Paille with a slick cross-ice pass as the Jets defenders were focused on stopping his shot on net. Krug just has to keep working hard to create offense, and cancel out the defensive miscues that are bound to happen given his strengths/weaknesses as a player.
2) It’s the third goal in four games for Daniel Paille, who is playing much better hockey after taking some time off to deal with post-concussion symptoms that had been bothering him as of late. He looks much more like himself winning battles along the boards with Gregory Campbell to help set up his backdoor goal.
3) Nice play by Mark Stuart to pull up when he could have destroyed Ryan Spooner in the neutral zone as the speedy center was carrying the puck up the ice while gaining some momentum. That’s the kind of respect for a fellow player that you don’t always see at the NHL level, but would decrease the number of concussions out there.
4) Three shots on net and 4-of-5 face-off wins for David Krejci, who has been all over the ice in the first period. It took a couple of great Ondrej Pavelec saves at the end of the first to keep either Jarome Iginla or Dougie Hamilton from scoring on one dominant shift by that line.
5) Jets out-hitting the Bruins by a 13-5 margin early, and it’s pretty clear they’ve brought the thumping stick today. Two fights as well with Zdeno Chara answering the bell after a high hit on Blake Wheeler, and then Matt Fraser getting into his second NHL fight as a member of the Bruins with James Wright. Interesting to note that Fraser and Wright fought in the AHL back in 2012 as well.