Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

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Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

VANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Canucks locked in a scoreless tie at Rogers Arena.1) Bostons first line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic have put 12 shots on net. Theyre getting plenty of room to work with, and theyre also getting their nasty on. Lucic and Kevin Bieksa have mixed it up several times as No. 17 has been playing the body, and Dan Hamhuis hit on Lucic in the second period touched off an angry scrum by the benches. Hamhuis seemed to administer a nice hip check on Lucic that flipped the power forwards legs over his head, but Hamhuis limped off the ice after several Bruins players converged on the Vancouver defensemen.
2)Alexandre Burrows is already taking a villains role in the series after two periods of hockey. He earned a penalty and possibly a suspension for biting the index finger on Patrice Bergerons right hand at the end of the first period. Then he hooked Tim Thomas skates as he was falling down in the second period. Brad Marchand identified him as a rat before the series started, and hes been exactly that in the early going.3)Six hits for Johnny Boychuk in 13:33 of action in the first two periods. The defenseman is clearly into it. The amount of physicality from the Canucks has been impressive in Game 1 as well. Vancouver isnt shying away from taking the body and actually leads the Bruins in the hit department by a 22-19 margin after two periods.4)The Bruins have taken too many penalties in the first two periods. A holding call by Brad Marchand shouldnt have happened and did because he was venting frustration. The Bruins are playing with fire and have to be careful. Six power plays are way too many for Vancouver.5)Tim Thomas has been a difference maker thus far. Only 20 saves for Thomas, but hes been great against a bevy of grade 'A' chances from the Canucks through the first 40 minutes. Daniel Sedin has been busy with six shots on net.
Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.