Haggerty's thoughts from Sharks-Bruins

Haggerty's thoughts from Sharks-Bruins
October 24, 2013, 8:30 pm
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BOSTON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the San Jose Sharks 1-0 despite being badly outplayed through the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.

1) You knew it was coming, and Jarome Iginla finally broke through with his first goal as a member of the Bruins in the second period. It figures that it arrived in a game where the B’s were getting totally outplayed by the rested, talented San Jose Sharks, and needed somebody to make a play in the offensive zone. Dennis Seidenberg had fired a shot at the net that went wide, bounced off the end boards and right to Iginla by the side of the net. Iginla threw it right back to the front, and the puck bounced off one of Antti Niemi’s pads and right into the net for the score. The nine games it took Iginla to score was the second-longest goal drought to start a season for the future Hall of Famer.

2) Nice bid by Shawn Thornton earlier in the period when he zinged a shot off the side post on a rush down the wing. Too bad he didn’t bury the shot, which would have given him some pretty undeniable bragging rights around the B’s dressing room this week.

3) Five generated shot attempts and three registered hits for Freddie Hamilton, who is playing pretty well in his first game action against little brother, Dougie. He looks like an NHL player to me.

4) Seven generated shot attempts, two hits and three blocked shots for Dennis Seidenberg to go along with the second period assist on Jarome Iginla’s goal. The German defenseman has been one of Boston’s best players through the first two periods against a withering San Jose attack.

5) Twenty five saves for Tuukka Rask through two periods. His ability to challenge a wide open Patrick Marleau in front of the net, and force him to shot wide left, was a thing of goaltending beauty.

Here are five thoughts from a scoreless first period:

1) Tuukka Rask stood on his head there. The Sharks threw everything they had at the Bruins while outshooting them by a 16-3 margin, and Rask bailed out a number of his defensemen running around in the defensive zone. Much of what we’re seeing centers on a B’s team that played last night and a rested Sharks team that was waiting for them in Boston, but it’s more than that given the confidence San Jose is playing with right now.

2) Impressive play from Dougie Hamilton the past couple of games. You can see the intensity he’s playing with going against his older brother, Freddie, and the energy he played with last night anticipating something special on the horizon in Boston. Hamilton needs to tap into that a little more often because he becomes a special player when a little emotion sneaks into his game. His hit on Tommy Wingels midway through the period was the hardest hit I’ve ever seen him throw on anybody over the last two years.  

3) Zdeno Chara has really struggled at times this season. Another horrendous decision on a pass in his own end turns into a scoring chance for the Sharks, but Rask is able to turn the shot away. The same thing happened in the second period on Wednesday night against the Sabres with Chad Johnson doing the rescuing honors instead. The plus-1 through eight games is definitely not like the usual Chara, and he looks a bit slower than usual at points this season.

4) Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are a combined 7-for-7 in the face-off circle, so there’s at least one category the Bruins are dominating thus far

5) Very active first period for Brad Marchand, who was jawing with Scott Hannan and creating things offensively for the Bruins after being reunited with Patrice Bergeron. That’s a good sign Marchand is finally finding the range after struggling to start the season.