Haggerty's thoughts from Canadiens-Bruins

Haggerty's thoughts from Canadiens-Bruins
January 30, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Tuukka Rask denies the Canadiens' David Desharnais as Loui Eriksson closes in.

(AP Photo)

BOSTON – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden in the classic Atlantic Division rivalry game:

1)  Habs add two more goals in the second period, and Tuukka Rask gets yanked after the Bruins fall behind 3-1. It’s the fourth time he’s been pulled from a game this season, and his numbers will drop to 1-9-1, 3.24 GAA and an .887 save percentage in his past 11 appearances vs. the Habs. Clearly, the move seemed to be to spark the lifeless, sloppy Bruins, but they responded by giving up a breakaway to Daniel Briere as well. Ah, well.

2)  Jarome Iginla was run head-first into the boards by Alexei Emelin and wanted to drop the gloves as soon as he popped back up. But Emelin wanted nothing to do with it, and wouldn’t engage. The Montreal skater plays on the edge, but doesn’t fight after having a metal plate surgically installed into his head after a bad injury in the KHL. Typical Montreal.

3)  Boos for the Bruins as they come off the ice for the second intermission. If they lose, it will be the fifth straight time they’ve fallen to Montreal going almost a full calendar year without beating them.

4)  Chris Kelly 1-for-8 in the face-off circle with one shot and a minus-1 rating. He did have a nice pass to a crashing Torey Krug in the first period that the B’s defenseman couldn’t finish off, but he’s still looking a little rusty in his return from injury.

5)   Brad Marchand shoved Brendan Gallagher into the post after the whistle, and then wrestled with David Desharnais behind the Boston net. I haven’t seen moves like that since the Haiti Kid in his prime.

 

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing 2-1 after the first 20 minutes: 

1) Speed kills the Bruins, and the Canadiens are using it to full advantage in this game. The David Desharnais-Brendan Gallagher-Max Pacioretty line (eight of team’s 14 shots) has been putting the B’s defense on their heels and getting quality chances with odd-man rushes and B’s defensive breakdowns. Max Pacioretty got behind Johnny Boychuk and Torey Krug after a Daniel Paille turnover and made a beauty of a move to slide the puck past Tuukka Rask. Rask managed to stone the Desharnais attempt with a full split save later in the first period, but once again Dougie Hamilton got caught deep in the offensive zone with Loui Eriksson arriving late to cover for him going the other way. B’s need to tighten that up.

2) Three or four quality saves for Rask, who kept the Bruins in the game in the first period. The Habs only outshot the B’s 14-13, but the Canadiens got far better scoring chances in that first period.

3) While it nearly backfired later in the period, a noticeably more aggressive Dougie Hamilton in the offensive zone with three shots on goal and his fifth goal of the season with David Krejci screening in front.

4) Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell both on ice for a pair of goals in the first period, and a horrendous Daniel Paille turnover on one of the goals. I guess reuniting the Merlot Line doesn’t feel so good thus far.

5) Nice play by Loui Eriksson to feed the puck up to Hamilton for Boston’s goal. Eriksson continues to show big time signs of life in the last few games, and is giving everybody a view into what he’ll be bringing to the table now that he’s healthy.