Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 2-1 score after the first 20 minutes of play at the Canadian Tire Centre.
1) How about that Matt Bartkowski? The Bruins defenseman seems to finally have his skating legs for the first time this season, and factored heavily into both of Boston’s goals in the first period. It was his point shot through traffic that ticked off defenseman Derek Grant and Loui Eriksson before floating over Craig Anderson. Then Bartkowski dangled through a group of Senators on another rush before dropping to Brad Marchand, who dangled through defenders before beating Anderson stick-side. Two assists, two hits and a plus-2 in 5:46 of ice time.
2) Brad Marchand had a tough game on Thursday night against the Blue Jackets, but he’s also bounced back nicely vs. the Senators tonight. He overwhelmed Erik Karlsson with a backcheck that turned into a scoring chance for Patrice Bergeron, and then roofed the dangling shot past Anderson for his second goal in his last four games.
3) You have to wonder why the Senators started Craig Anderson here? He might not have made a difference, but Robin Lehner seems much more capable of playing bigger in the net.
4) Torey Krug with a rare rookie mistake. He tried to do too much with the puck while getting harassed by Chris Neil, and threw a blind pass to the middle of the ice rather than making the safe D-to-D play back to Dennis Seidenberg in the defensive zone. That led to a turnover to Neil, and a quick snap shot over Tuukka Rask’s shoulder stick-side in the last few minutes of the first period. Tough timing for that play, but those are the kinds of things he’ll learn from.
5) Loui Eriksson with a five game point streak after getting credited with a redirection of the Matt Bartkowski shot in the first period. Eriksson seems to be getting a lot of his goals by deflecting pucks off his stick, body and equipment while camped in front of the net.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes of play at the Canadian Tire Centre.
1) Three of Loui Eriksson’s four goals for the Bruins have been on tips or redirects while camped near the front of the net. Willingness to put his 6-foot-3 frame in the danger areas to score is definitely part of his skill set.
2) Brad Marchand took a Dennis Seidenberg shot off the inside of his left knee, and had to leave the ice for a few minutes in the middle of the second period. But he returned after walking it off, and didn’t seem any worse for the wear.
3) The Bruins have killed off 27 straight penalties, including one for the Senators, and seem to be on a mission after getting humbled while four power play goals to the New Jersey Devils a couple of weeks ago.
4) Carl Soderberg shows ability and potential to make offensive plays in flashes, but he seems to have some real difficulty finishing off plays, whether it’s shots or passes in the offensive zone. It could be a byproduct of the NHL action still being a little too fast for him, but there’s clearly enough there to work with the Big Swede on it.
5) One shot on net and 1-for-8 in the face-off circle for David Krejci, who definitely appears a little out-of-sorts tonight just as he did last night after returning from the Quiet Room. Definitely don’t like the circumstances around him right now given that shot he took to his head last night.