BOSTON - Here are six thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden in a sleepy, hangover-style affair.
1) Some clear mistakes from the Bruins leading to their goals against. In the first period it was the Carl Soderberg turnover, and in the second period it was a Gregory Campbell lost face-off to Mathieu Perreault that ended up back on the Anaheim forward’s stick after a fortuitous bounce. It’s been an uphill climb for most of the game for the Black and Gold.
2) A minus-2, one shot on net and two giveaways for Torey Krug in a rough outing for the B’s rookie defenseman thus far.
3) A couple of firsts on Boston’s second period score: Carl Soderberg’s first NHL goal and Ryan Spooner’s first NHL point on the secondary assist to the Big Swede’s score. Spooner made a nice transition pass to Chris Kelly to kick start a fast break through the neutral zone, and Kelly’s redirected pass set up the Soderberg partial breakaway. Then Soderberg raised his arms to the heavens for an extended period of time like that goal had been many, many years in the making. The celebration had plenty of majesty to it.
4) An assist and a drawn penalty in the first two periods for Spooner, but he’s also lost 3-of-4 face-offs against the Ducks. His speed is eye-opening kind of quickness, though, which is something they need much more of after dealing Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley away during the summer.
5) It’s only one shot on net in 13:05 of ice time for Dougie Hamilton, but the Bruins second-year defenseman has been pretty good over the past few weeks. That is continuing tonight as he’s stepped up multiple times at the offensive end to create chances, and is holding his position in the defensive end without any big, noticeable mistakes. Hamilton really looks like he’s starting to find his comfort level. It took a nice Jonas Hiller save to stop his shot from the slot in the second period after a nice setup from Patrice Bergeron.
6) It looked like Adam McQuaid took a shot toward the end of the second period, and went to the dressing room for repairs. Stay tuned to see if he’s on the bench to start the third period.
Five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing 1-0 after the first 20 minutes:
1) The Bruins were finally credited with a shot on a Zdeno Chara blast with little more than a minute to go in the first period, and went nearly the whole first without a single shot despite also having a power play. The Red Sox have an excuse for being hung over today, but yet it’s the Bruins that are playing like they celebrated all night long at Fenway Park. Brutal hockey in the first 20 minutes. Lowest shot total since the Bruins managed just one shot in the third period in a Jan. 5, 2008 win over the New Jersey Devils.
2) Brad Marchand with a pair of penalties in the first period: a elbowing call that seemed legit and a holding call on Ben Lovejoy at the end of the first period that No. 63 had every right to question. Seems like things are reaching a boiling point quickly for Marchand, who still hasn’t found his game more than a month into the season and after being reunited with the Patrice Bergeron line. That being said, he did almost hook up with Bergeron for a nice backdoor goal in the opening shift of the game, but Bergeron couldn’t corral the puck for a shot.
3) Awful, awful turnover by Carl Soderberg along the wall turns into an immediate Anaheim goal after two quick passes to Devante Smith-Pelly waiting in the slot for the shot attempt. He beats Tuukka Rask cleanly, and was one of only six shots on goal combined for both teams in the first period. Soderberg has struggled badly in his last three games, and that is continuing in this one.
4) Ryan Spooner showing some noticeable speed in the first period that helped draw the interference call for Boston’s only power play, and it’s something the Bruins badly need in their lineup. Spooner also got some PP time in the first, which would seem to indicate this isn’t a temporary call-up for the 22-year-old B’s prospect.
5) Bruins had 13 hits in the first period to Anaheim’s eight hits. So, at least they’re doing that.