BruinsCanucks: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanucks: 5 from the Second
February 27, 2011, 4:50 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comVANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena after the first 40 minutes of action.1)Andrew Ference made it through 57 games this season largely unscathed, but he was out of tonights game after the first period with a lower body injury. No details on how serious the injury is, but it has to be a concern given Ferences groin issues over the last few seasons in Boston. It seems like he cant make it through a full season without breaking down at some point. Looks like the signing of Shane Hnidy was pretty fortuitous. 2)It looked like the Bs might be two defensemen down when Johnny Boychuk took a shot off the arm while guarding the front of the Boston net. He was in clear pain as he skated back to the bench, but he was back on the ice to finish the rest of the second period.3)Physical, playoff atmosphere between the two teams. Clean, good hockey by a couple of teams with plenty of talent and only a bit more than a month to go in the regular season. Could very easily see these two hockey teams getting together again in late May for the Stanley Cup Finals if they can retain their health. Certainly a good hockey game to watch 4)Five shots on net for Nathan Horton through two periods along with Bostons only goal. Horton has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last four games, and really did a good job of winning a battle against Mason Raymond for the rebound in front of the net. Looks like Horton is heating up at the right time, and seven shots attempted overall for Horton and Lucic.5)Bruins have to watch Ryan Kesler in front of the Boston net as hes getting very good position when the Canucks set up in the offensive zone. That will burn them if they dont take care of it.