Here are the five thoughts from the third period after the Bruins' 2-1 shootout loss to the Jets at the MTS Centre:
1) Another goal allowed in the final two minutes of a period at a crucial point in the game for the Bruins. This time David Krejci fell down in the neutral zone and Blake Wheeler froze Johnny Boychuk before dropping a pass to Evander Kane for the bullet goal. You could see the goal coming in the third period, however, as the Bruins just weren’t playing with much intensity in this one at all. While the goals allowed late in periods have been a problem all season, it’s difficult to get worked up about it when so much of what’s happening in these late regular season games is aberrational.
2) Seven shots on net and 13 generated shot attempts along with a goal for Kane after getting completely called out in Winnipeg. He’s been excellent in this game for the Jets.
3) A huge 32-save effort for Michael Hutchinson, who was one of the nicest kids you’d run into at the Bruins development camps over the last few years. It’s good to see a kid like that keep working hard, and enjoy some success.
4) Six blocked shots and four hits for Kevan Miller in 20:29 of ice time for the Bruins. I’d say he’s feeling OK after missing a couple of games. The same goes for Jarome Iginla with five shots on net and 10 total generated shot attempts.
5) The only thing that would have been more appropriate in the snooze-fest of a 1-1 regulation game for the Bruins and Jets would have been if it were played in front of about 5,000 people in Atlanta.
Here are the five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading, 1-0:
1) A team-high five shots on net and eight generated shot attempts from Jarome Iginla, who is active and getting himself to the proper spots in the offensive zone to create scoring chances. That’s a good sign after he’d missed three of the last four games with a lower body issue, and it would appear he’s healthy heading into the postseason.
2) The Bruins haven’t really pushed Michael Hutchinson to the brink, but the 2008 third round pick has been excellent against his old organization. He made a great, athletic glove save on a cross-ice PP pass from Torey Krug to Iginla, and has made 20 stops.
3) Mark Stuart bringing some nasty. He hit Brad Marchand with a high stick that sent him to the box, and he threw Loui Eriksson into the boards after the whistle in the kind of hit that was borderline.
4) Chad Johnson with 20 saves and has been just as good as Hutchinson. Actually Johnson has been better because he hasn’t allowed a single goal in the game as of yet.
5) Three shots and an offensive zone penalty for Jordan Caron tonight. Some good, some bad and some of the same old mistakes that we see from No. 38 time and time again.
Here are the five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading, 1-0:
1) Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith picking things up offensively even without the red-hot Patrice Bergeron in the lineup. Marchand was able to cut right in past Adam Pardy with a nice mix of speed and leverage off a clever pass off the end boards from Smith, and Marchand took one nice move to beat Michael Hutchinson.
2) Nice period for Chad Johnson, who made 12 saves, including a stop on Evander Kane with the knob of his stick. It’s likely one of the last two games of Johnson’s season unless something goes horribly wrong with Tuukka Rask, and he’s done plenty to establish himself as NHL caliber.
3) A game-high three shots on net and five shot attempts for Evander Kane, who must have received the message about his uninspiring play as of late. He’s skating with purpose and speed in this, and perhaps with a hint of not wanting to be bag skated by Paul Maurice again after a tough practice session on Wednesday.
4) Wondering why Patrice Bergeron is “not a healthy scratch?” Clearly he’s got some dings, bumps and bruises, but the injury issue is a necessity so the Bruins could put emergency call-up Ryan Spooner in the lineup. Bergeron is fine, and is going to be fine. If a collapsed lung couldn’t stop him, then nothing will.
5) Four hits and a couple of shots on net for Mark Stuart, who is part of a Winnipeg team that outshot the Bruins by a 12-6 margin and carried play during the first period. The Bruins look like they’re in snooze mode right now.