MONTREAL – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 after the first 40 minutes of heated divisional rivalry action at the Bell Centre:
1) No shots for the Bergeron, Marchand and Eriksson line in the second period. A group of Montreal players were crowded around Eriksson jawing at him at the end of the second period, and it looks like he’s a wee bit intimidated in this game as a newcomer to Habs/Bruins rivalry.
2) Tuukka Rask’s been pretty good for the balance of the game, but the first goal allowed wasn’t a good one to Tomas Plekanec. A cross-ice pass that beat him high to the glove on the short side is one he might want to have back, but he also made three or four gold star saves prior to that.
3) Good tilt by Shawn Thornton and Brandon Prust in the second period. Bell Centre was electric with anticipation before it all got started, and you can’t buy energy like that at a sporting event. Anybody that thinks fighting turns people away from hockey is C-R-A-Z-Y.
4) 15 blocked shots for the Bruins, and only five blocked shots for the Habs.
5) Of course, Max Pacioretty scores the go-ahead goal after boarding Johnny Boychuk, and taking him out of the game early in the first period.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Canadiens, 1-0:
1) Scary play with Johnny Boychuk getting boarded by Max Pacioretty, and then being transported to a local hospital after being taken out of the arena on a stretcher. It appears he’s going to be okay, and you’re certainly hoping that’s the case for one of the real good guys on the Bruins.
2) Got the feeling that Carl Soderberg might have been a little intimidated in the first period by the Habs. Came up high with a cross-check to the face of Alexei Emelin at the offensive blue line in one of the dumbest penalties by a Bruins player this season.
3) Great play on the Bruins goal: Dennis Seidenberg kicked the puck up to Milan Lucic in stride in the neutral zone, and Lucic drove right down the middle of the ice before dishing to Gregory Campbell for the wide open snipe. Great execution by everybody involved, and a special pass by Lucic.
4) B’s outshot the Habs by a 10-3 margin and really weathered any kind of first period storm. This should benefit a Bruins team coming off four days off against a Montreal team that needed a shootout to win in New Jersey last night.
5) Three shots on net for David Krejci in the first period: a good opening 20 minutes for that entire line.