BOSTON – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Canadiens 2-1 after the first 40 minutes Game 2 of their second-round series at TD Garden:
1) The Bruins look like a frustrated bunch. Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton hit a couple more posts in the first couple of periods today, and once again Carey Price has been very good when he’s needed to be. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Jarome Iginla jawing with Brendan Gallagher toward the end of the second period is a head-scratcher in a playoff game. Bruins looking around for matching calls when they’re initiating contact in some instances, and seem to be far too worried about the refs are doing in this one. They should be much more worried about battling through all of this junk Montreal is throwing at them.
2) Thomas Vanek was a ghost through nearly six plus periods of hockey against the Bruins, but he showed up in the second period to tip a PK Subban shot past Rask for the power play go-ahead goal. Zdeno Chara failed on a couple of clearing attempts prior to the eventual Habs goal.
3) Brad Marchand looks dreadful today. A bad giveaway in the neutral zone on what eventually turned into the Mike Weaver goal for the Canadiens, and zero shots on net in 12:16 of ice time. He’s been pretty bad in this one.
4) Once again the Krejci/Lucic/Iginla line is all around it, but can’t get a goal to fall. Lars Eller takes a penalty on a potential Krejci open rush to the net, Iginla hits a post and Lucic gets a potential goal called back because he redirected the puck with his glove hand. Three shots on net and seven overall shot attempts for that line, but no production as of yet.
5) Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban are probably the only Canadiens players that have gone above and beyond today aside from Price, who has stopped 25 shots. The Bruins need to find a way to pull this thing out in the third period given how largely mediocre the Canadiens are playing in these first two games. It’s gut check time for the Black and Gold.
Five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading, 1-0:
1) The Bruins lamented their slow start in Game 1, and addressed that with a solid period of hockey to start Game 2. They once again outshot Montreal, controlled the long portion of play and find themselves with their first lead of the series. Don’t underestimate the Bruins playing in many, many matinees this season while Les Habitants bared played in any with their heavy Hockey Night in Canada schedule.
2) Big blocked shot by David Krejci on the penalty kill when P.K. Subban was looking to fire one of those patented wrist shots at the net from the point. That was missing on the Bruins’ PK unit in Game 2, but the B’s playmaking center got in touch with his gritty, defensive side on that play. Bruins need even more of that right now.
3) No shots in 4:58 of ice time for Thomas Vanek in the first period. He’s still looking for his first shot on net, and has been a ghost thus far that’s also been called out by head coach Michel Therrien.
4) Claude Julien raised some eyebrows by inserting Jordan Caron and Andrej Meszaros into the lineup for Game 2, but both moves paid off for the Black and Gold in the first period. Caron’s presence allowed Daniel Paille to slide up to the third line, and he scored on a shot from the high slot that bounced off the stick of Francis Bouillon on its way to the top corner. Andrej Meszaros also picked up an assist on the play after firing a wide shot that caromed off the end board, and bounced right to Carl Soderberg along the side wall. He set up Paille with the centering pass.
5) Plenty of antics from the Canadiens early in this one as P.K. Subban and Rene Bourque go looking for retaliation penalties, and instead get matching calls with Chara and Krug for their troubles. Alexei Emelin drew a penalty with a complete dive on Jordan Caron, but the Bruins got it evened up when Dale Wiese was whistled for a makeup call shortly afterward. Habs definitely looking for help from the refs in this game.