BOSTON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Florida Panthers 1-0 after the first 40 minutes of mediocre hockey at TD Garden.
1) David Krejci with another goal for the Bruins. That forward line is the only one producing for the Black and Gold right now. It was a long bomb shot from inside the blue line that snaked through body traffic in front before finally getting past Scott Clemmensen. They managed only one more shot on goal for the rest of the period. The Krejci/Lucic/Iginla line has scored 13 of Boston’s 38 goals this season, good for 34 percent of their total offense.
2) Patrice Bergeron took a puck to the mouth area toward the end of the second period. He finished out his shift with the puck in the defensive zone, and then immediately retreated to the dressing room for repairs. He might have lost a couple of chicklets there.
3) Shawn Thornton and Krys Barch fight once again. It’s the seventh time they’ve tangled at the NHL level. It’s almost like Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti. Give No. 22 credit for trying to spark the Bruins up as Gregory Campbell did in the first, but there’s not a lot of life going on here.
4) Just one shot on goal for the Bruins after Krejci scored his goal in the second period, and that’s against a suspect goaltender in Clemmensen along with a bad Florida defensive team. There is a lot to be worried about with this B’s bunch.
5) Tuukka Rask has been his normal outstanding self, though. He got a little help from the side of the post, but he made a nice play recovering to shut off a Jonathan Huberdeau wraparound attempt in the middle of the second period. Florida has had a few chances, but the Bruins have been able to stop all of them dead cold.
Five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Florida Panthers tied in a scoreless game after the first 20 minutes:
1) Chris Kelly is lucky to be OK after he fell victim to a flying left elbow from Jesse Winchester behind the Boston net. Somehow all four on-ice officials and four Bruins teammates missed it as well because there was no penalty call and no response from his teammates. On the next face-off, Gregory Campbell hopped over the boards to take care of business with Winchester, but it was still surprising nobody reacted to the play right away.
2) A couple of good chances for Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron in the period, including a nice spinning chance from the slot that Scott Clemmensen made a good save on. Also spotted Brad Marchand needing to be physically restrained by linesmen Darrin Gibbs after some pushing, shoving and chirping in a scrum with the Panthers. All good signs, but the Bruins continue to need more from that line.
3) In general it was an otherwise slow, plodding, sluggish first period from the Bruins, and probably exactly how the scuffling Panthers want to play against a more talented opponent. It doesn’t appear like this one is going to very pretty either.
4) Three shots on net for an active Dougie Hamilton at the offensive end, but he also allowed Kris Versteeg to get behind on a play that could have been damaging if the stretch pass had been on his tape. David Krejci was covering for a pinching Dennis Seidenberg on the play, but the B’s defenseman can’t let skill players get behind him like that. The same thing happened multiple time on the road in the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hamilton compounded the issue by taking a hooking penalty in the ensuing action, and has hit a very uneven patch in his season.
5) Bruins have blocked 11 shots while the Panthers have blocked a measly two shot attempts. At least they’re spilling the bucket in that category, but they need a little more effort than that moving forward.