BOSTON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs tied at 1 after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden:
1) As good as the first period was for the Bruins, they looked flat-footed and slow in the second period while getting swarmed by Toronto’s skill and speed. The B’s team speed is going to be a concern all year long.
2) One shot on goal for Loui Eriksson through two periods. It’s time for his alarm clock to start going off because it’s really difficult to even notice him for long stretches out on the ice.
3) Seven shot attempts for Joffrey Lupul, who completely burned Dennis Seidenberg around the edge and then fired a wrist shot high to the short side beating Tuukka Rask. Lupul has been Toronto’s best player tonight.
4) Tuukka Rask earning his money tonight. It’s like déjà vu watching him make save after save while getting stormed by the Toronto attack. Best sequence came after the Leafs had tied it up when he deflected a Nazem Kadri redirected off his shoulder and then shut off Kadri at the post when he tried to tuck the puck past him.
5) Dennis Seidenberg is getting beaten on the ice quite a bit this season. Looks like he’s still trying to shake out the heavy legs from so much hockey played last year. He was late covering on a play that allowed Jake Gardiner for a clear shot on goal from the slot in the first period, and Lupul beat him wide for the Toronto goal in the second period. Both Seidenberg and Chara look very labored with their skating and reactions around the net...more so Seidenberg than Chara tonight.
Five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Leafs, 1-0:
1) Jarome Iginla with a man’s period for the "Hockey Night in Canada" audience. He leads all players with five shots on net and topped the Bruins with three hits, and set up Boston’s power play goal by taking the puck hard to the net. James Reimer made the first stop, Iginla collected the puck and found Zdeno Chara in front to bang home the quick power-play goal. That line had the puck in the Toronto zone for nearly two minutes before drawing the penalty that eventually led to the power-play goal, and is doing serious work once again tonight.
2) That might have been the B’s best period of the year thus far. They outshot the Leafs 14-7 and outmuscled them off pucks at every turn while the Leafs puck carriers were treating the rubber biscuit like it’s a hand grenade. The question now is whether the Bruins can sustain it for the next 40 minutes against a team that played a grueling shootout game vs. the Devils Friday night.
3) Didn’t look good for Adam McQuaid, who appeared to hurt his groin or hip while twisting awkwardly in an attempt to corral the puck, and needed to be helped off the ice. He never returned, and that could be a big strain on the rest of the B’s defensemen corps for the rest of the game. It’s too bad because McQuaid had himself a whale of a fight with Frazer McLaren just prior to the injury – probably his best bout since before he had the blood clot problems a little more than a year ago.
4) Four shot attempts for Jake Gardiner in 6:49 of ice, and he’s floating all over the ice for the Maple Leafs. Looks like he picked up right where he left off once he got into the postseason lineup against the B’s last spring.
5) Dion Phaneuf still taking runs at opponents while leaving his et wide open for scoring chances, and James Reimer still leaving rebounds all over the crease. It’s good to see some things don’t ever change.