Bruins-Lightning: 5 thoughts from the second


Bruins-Lightning: 5 thoughts from the second

By JoeHaggerty

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Lightning wrapped in a scoreless tie during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals with a Stanley Cup Finals date on the line at TD Garden.

1) No penalties through 2 periods. First time that's happened in the series. It's the way it should be in a Game 7 situation. Great job by Stephen Walkom and Dan O'Halloran.

2) Patrice Bergeron and David won 20 out of 27 faceoffs in first two periods. Dominant performances. That's won face-off battle has won series.

3) Dwayne Roloson with 29 saves through 2 periods as the Lightning have climbed into 1-3-1 trap mode for pretty much the entire game. He looks like a guy that's 7-0 in elimination games.

4) Dennis Seidenberg is part manpart beast tonight. A team-high five blocked shots and 18 plus minutes of ice time to lead both teams.

5) Amazing watching Steve Stamkos take a Johnny Boychuk smoked slap shot directly to the face -- and then return later in the period when it's clear his nose was obliterated by his visor crashing down into. Blood leaking all over the ice as he rushed off for repairs, but he returned later in the period. Have to be concerned if you're a member of Bruins Nation as the hockey gods look favorably on that kind of valour.

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Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.