Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second


Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

By JoeHaggerty
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-0 score in an important Game Four at TD Garden with the Bs trailing 2-1 in the series.1)The Bruins have owned the second period and outscored the Canucks by an 8-0 margin thus far in the Stanley Cup Finals. The third period was winning time for the Bruins during the regular season, but it looks like theyve found their happy time in the Cup Finals.2)Roberto Luongo continues to play low in his net and refuses to challenge the shooter, and the Bruins are beating the Canucks goaltender high to his glove side on a lot of shots. It appeared that Michael Ryders shot from the right circle might have ticked off Sami Salos stick on its way to the net, but Luongo looked weak with his glove hand as the puck wobbled underneath him. No faith in that catching hand at all. Marchand in Luongos face yapping at him at the end of the second period.3)Brad Marchand seemed to be finding himself during the first few games of the Finals, but hes all the way there tonight. A couple of good bids in the first, the mother of all face washes on Daniel Sedin and then he follows it up with a goal in the second period as Patrice Bergeron and Marchand both bust up the Vancouver breakout. Marchand has tied the Bs franchise record for goals scored by a rookie during the playoffs with his eight tallies.4)Dennis Seidenberg continues to show his might. Hes endured some punishment and he started throwing out some hits in the second period once the Bruins had built up a sizable lead. Hes got a game-high 16:28 of ice time, four registered hits and a plus-2 along with plenty of gritty toughness thus far. 5)I hate that Mike Felgers Captain Obvious stat about scoring three goals is holding form, but there it is. Credit where its completely due.
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Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

BOSTON – It certainly feels appropriate that Patrice Bergeron would author a clutch game-winning goal late in the third period of his first game back after missing a week of games with a lower body injury. That Bergeron’s game-winner also arrived in the home opener at TD Garden was an added bonus once No. 37 hammered a shot from the high slot with 1:15 to go in the third period to give the Bruins their first lead of the game in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

The goal arrived courtesy of a nifty setup from linemate Brad Marchand working behind the New Jersey net, and also thanks to David Pastrnak winning a battle in the corner thanks to newfound grit in his game. But the hero of the day again turned out to be No. 37, who went from missing an entire week of action to reclaiming his center role on the top line, playing 16:49 of ice time and winning 13-of-24 face-offs while generating five shot attempts.

“I think it’s pretty obvious with what he did [against the Devils]. After being off for over a week and to come back and have one practice with us then back into the game, he scores a clutch goal for us. That’s what he has always been, a clutch player for us,” said Claude Julien. “I think the third period we gave it a really good push there and I like seeing that from our team that you come out and you don’t play on your heels and you push hard and we went down by a goal but we got our game going like I said and we got a couple goals to win this for us.”

Bergeron modestly said postgame that he was just trying to get into the flow of the game after missing a healthy chunk of time with injury. But he certainly looked like he was vintage form once it crunch time. The timing was perfect as he stepped into the one-timer shot off Marchand’s pass, and beat Cory Schneider amid a strong 34-save performance by the kid from Marblehead.

“I mean I was just trying to, I guess, get my feet wet right away and use the first few shifts to kind of just get, feel good about my positioning and my skating,” said Bergeron. “As the game went on I just felt better. Of course you want to start on a good note, especially at home, and we talked about our home record in the last few years. We wanted to do the job early, especially in the first game, and it’s one step but we’re happy with it.”

It was like Bergeron didn’t miss a single beat after missing the first three games of the season with a lower body injury, and those kinds of instincts and natural ability are things worth marveling about when it comes to the Bruins.

“I was feeling good [on the ice],” said Bergeron. “It would have been nice to ride the wave of the World Cup, but that being said I thought in the first I was trying to be good position ally and kind of get myself going with the first few shifts, and just kind of go from there. Overall I thought that happened.”

While the comeback win was certainly good news for the Bruins, the best news of all is that Bergeron has returned to the lineup with no signs of an injury that surprised everybody right before the start of the regular season.