BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second
March 25, 2011, 12:54 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Canadiens by a 3-0 score at dominating in pretty much every phase of the game at a raucous TD Garden.1)Even Claude Julien has brought his A game tonight as he calls a timeout midway through the second period after a flurry of offensive chances for Montreal in the Boston zone. The Boston defense was starting to have some trouble containing Brian Giontas line in their defensive zone, but locked things after the play stoppage. Perfect call from Julien, who rarely calls timeouts midway through a game.2)Some great underrated work by Chris Kelly, who drew the holding penalty to wipe out a Montreal power play in the first period, and then drew another Habs penalty in the second period on a rush into the Montreal zone. Much of Kellys contributions dont show up on The Sheet but are key nonetheless.3)A drop of the gloves for Gregory Campbell and Paul Mara at the end of the second period. Wasnt the bloodthirsty brawl that many expected it to be, but at least they got it out of the way for both sides.4)It appears the Habs got their payback on Mark Recchi in the second period when Paul Mara nailed him up high with a shot in front of the period, and Recchi responded with a cross-check. Mara was whistled off for a double-minor and Recchi got a cross-checking call. And the balance sheet is clear for any issues the Habs had with his comments on Max Pacioretty.5)Much better puck movement on the power play for the Bruins tonight, and theyve got a power play goal for the second straight game. One-for-six on the power play tonight with the Habs only one power play chance. Thats a direct byproduct of the Bruins completely outworking the Canadiens. B's have 12 total shots on the power play tonight, and many of them have been close to the cage.6)Michael Ryder just doesnt have it right now. Brad Marchand is doing some time on the fourth line, and should be in the top three forward lines given his skill, grit and abilities with the puck. Ryder whiffed on a perfect feed from Patrice Bergeron midway through the second period that really could have plunged the dagger in Montreals chances.