Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Buffalo Sabres locked in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes of action.
1) He’s only been credited with one shot on net, but Ryan Spooner has brought the good stuff tonight vs. Buffalo. Created several scoring chances on his shifts, made a nice play that was called for a very iffy penalty and then made the pass down to Carl Soderberg that helped create the Reilly Smith power play goal. He’s playing with speed and creative aggressiveness, and best of all he’s won 3-of-4 face-offs as well.
2) Good night too for Carl Soderberg, who is really developing some excellent chemistry with Reilly Smith. They’ve recreated that backdoor play a handful of times with Smith crashing in from the left point position for a shooting attempt. He and Drew Stafford lead all skaters with three shots on net, and he nearly had a goal on a rebound chance from the slot while he was on his knees. But Jhonas Enroth made the stop on that chance.
3) Another goal surrendered by the Bruins in the closing minutes of a period as a weird, floating rebound shot from the goal line got through Tuukka Rask with 1:06 left in the first period. They’d managed to shake that habit for a while, but that lapse in concentration toward the end of periods is still rearing it’s ugly head.
4) The Bruins won 17-of-25 face-offs in the first period. Just total and thorough domination in the face-off dot.
5) Brad Marchand appeared to bang up his right leg at one point while throwing a hit on Christian Ehrhoff, and Zdeno Chara got caught on the left hand with an Ehrhoff blast. Maybe they should just law low and stay away from Ehrhoff for a little while.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Buffalo Sabres by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action.
1) Anybody that doesn’t like fighting should avert their eyes from a quick, passionate bout in the second period between Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Myers after a heated battle in front of the net. It was over quick, but that’s inspiring for the rest of the Bruins watching Bergeron take on the 6-foot-8 defenseman. It was Bergeron’s first regular season fighting major after collecting a pair in the playoffs against Evgeni Malkin and Josh Gorges.
2) David Krejci with the go-ahead goal in the second period, and has hit a hot streak offensively again in the second period. He has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in nine games during the month of December.
3) Speaking of Bergeron, his 17 penalty minutes in the last few games pretty much rules him out for the Lady Byng Trophy this season.
4) The Bruins have won 31-of-48 face-offs, and Ryan Spooner had an impressive win in the defensive zone vs. Steve Ott with both Gregory Campbell and Patrice Bergeron in the penalty box. He’s growing right before our eyes.
5) Once again Bruins dominating the Sabres, but letting them hang around in a game they should be up a couple of goals. The B’s are playing with fire, and having real difficulty finishing off some fo the offensive plays.