BOSTON - Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Detroit Red Wings by an 8-2 shot after 60 minutes of piping hot preseason action at TD Garden:
1) Not a great night for Jordan Caron, who hasn’t had a very noticeable training camp. Takes an ill-advised line change on a sequence that led to a Henrik Zetterberg in the second period, and then he takes a poorly times boarding penalty on David McIntire in the third period. Wings proceed to score two goals right away after Caron heads to the box.
2) One guy that has stood out in camp is Nick Johnson, who scored another goal tonight after potting a pair against the Canadiens on Monday night. Ryan Spooner found him with a feed from the corner, and Johnson drove down the slot while dangling around Pavel Datsyuk. He finished the play by going top shelf with a backhander. Filthy, filthy play. Wonder if Johnson can do anything to really push the issue for a role on this team?
3) Malcolm Subban still has some work to do. Allowed three goals in the span of about two minutes in the third period with the capper being a Pavel Datsyuk top shelf wrister over the glove hand. A goaltender has to make a save to stop the bleeding at some point. Eight goals allowed overall is pretty rough, even if some of them are directly attributable to poor defense.
4) Ryan Spooner is one player that’s really made himself stand out in both preseason games. He’s been playing with speed and purpose in both games, and it was his passing skill that set up Johnson as the trailer coming down the wing for one of Boston’s goals. Spooner is in a tough spot at center behind Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, but he’s looking like he’s ready to win a job at the NHL level.
5) Claude Julien should have plenty of video to work with in coachable moments over the next two weeks. This is as bad a preseason performance as I’ve ever seen from the Bruins in my time covering the team. Ouch, babe.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing, 4-1:
1) Young guys getting involved with the rough stuff tonight. Matt Fraser dropped the gloves with Jakob Kindl in the first period, and Torey Krug dropped the bigger David McIntire with a couple of overhand punches in the second after the two were jostling in the corner. Krug has had an up-and-down night, but he’ll still trying to find a way to impact the game even when his normal game is deserting him. Of the three young defensemen, he is the absolute lock to be in the lineup on opening night.
2) Of the other two defensemen, Matt Bartkowski has the upper hand thus far in training camp. Bart had a good multi-point game in Montreal, and created Boston’s only goal tonight when wheeled around the point and found Jarome Iginla camped in front of the net. The Iginla redirect made it a 4-1 game. Dougie Hamilton has played decently, but still looks like he’s having some trouble in terms of coverage in the defensive zone.
3) Jarome Iginla: Three goals in two games, strong on the puck and willing to pay the price around the net and more than happy to fire away one-timers from the left circle. He is exactly what the Bruins needed, and really looks like an upgrade over Nathan Horton at this point.
4) Malcolm Subban was pretty good in the first period, but had a bit of trouble in the second period while allowing four goals on the evening. The Henrik Zetterberg score was aided by an awful line change by Jordan Caron and one of his linemates, who hopped off the ice while Detroit motored to a 5-on-2 advantage with the short change in the second period. But the Danny DeKeyser goal was a shot to the short side where Subban couldn’t get to the post quickly enough to shut down the attempt.
5) David Krejci and Gregory Campbell wearing the “A’s” on their sweaters tonight along with Zdeno Chara wearing his customary “C” as the captain.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing by a 2-0 score:
1) Bruins not paying much attention to detail tonight. Red Wings players getting behind the defense, getting second and third rebound chances at pucks in front of the net and getting the better of the scoring chances early. Justin Abdelkader scored the first goal on the power play after getting behind Dougie Hamilton and knocking a rebound bid past Malcolm Subban. It may be a direct result of playing after two long practices this morning, but there is little snap to this game. Wings outshot the B’s 11-5 over the first 20 minutes, and it showed.
2) Interesting sequence with Bruins forward Matt Fraser, who got tangled up with Jakub Kindl behind the play and kept forcing the issue until the Detroit defenseman finally relented and dropped the gloves. Fraser is clearly looking to make an impact in some department, and probably wanted to show the Bruins that he’s not afraid to get his nose a little dirty with some physicality.
3) Justin Abdelkader was all over the ice in the first period. He scored on the power play rebound by getting himself to the net, and then drew a hooking penalty on Adam McQuaid at the end of the first when he was able to get in good position behind the rangy defenseman. Best player on the ice in the first 20 minutes.
4) Three face-off wins in nine tries for Ryan Spooner and Carl Soderberg, who also had a tough time in the faceoff circle against the Canadiens on Monday night. Spooner has looked good skating with the puck on his stick in the first two games, but these numbers are a big screaming reason why Soderberg will likely end up on the third line wing when it’s all said and done.
5) Ten saves for Malcolm Subban, who has looked pretty solid again early in this game and only gave up goals on second-and third-effort rebounds. The 19-year-old looked ordinary in practice sessions, but he seems to really elevate his game when there’s a packed arena full of people watching him perform.