BruinsDevils: 5 from the Second

BruinsDevils: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Devils by a 2-1 score at the TD Garden after 40 minutes of play thats seen the tide turn toward Boston.1)The Bruins finally snapped a power play hex in the second period, and perhaps that is the goal that finally breaks the seal. The Bs were 2-for-36 on the PP since trading for Tomas Kaberle, and hadnt scored a 5-on-4 goal since Feb. 18 against the Senators but both of those trends were reversed in the second period. It was a nice play designed by the Bruins that saw Milan Lucic find Zdeno Chara on the backdoor for their second goal, and Charas 400th career point as an NHL player.2)Nathan Horton has only one shot on net and one hit, but the winger is playing with snarl and passion thats very different from the Horton that seemed to be going through the motions through the middle portion of the season.3)Two assists for Tomas Kaberle, who looked a little more aggressive in the second period with his offense. A strong third period could give Kaberle one of his best games as a Bruins player through the games played since arriving in Boston. 4) The Bruins outshot the Devils 16-6 in the second period, and Martin Brodeur is the only thing keeping Jersey in the game at this point. The forward lines really started taking over all three zones in the second period, and looked much more like the team they had in the games prior to their seven-game slide. A whole lot more work and want to in Bostons game tonight with traffic in front of work in the corners.5)Five power plays for the Bruins through the first two periods. Its the first time since before CharaPacioretty that the Bs have earned the lions share of the calls from refs. The Bruins still have work to do on the PP as it should really be a two-goal lead at this point in the game, but the confidence is pretty clearly growing for Boston after a rough time on the road.

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

BOSTON – Some key Bruins players have missed a handful of games here or there already this season, but only this week did they suffer one of their first major injuries to a key player that will knock him out for nearly two months. 

Matt Beleskey will miss roughly six weeks with an injury to his right knee after the feisty forward was caught with a hip check by Tyler Fedun near center ice in Buffalo over the weekend.  Beleskey tried to instinctively sidestep the oncoming attack, but instead his lower half caught the brunt of the big collision with a young Sabres attacker. 

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Instead Fedun caught Beleskey’s right leg with his hip check, and the gritty Bruins winger was knocked out in the first period of last weekend’s win over the Sabres. 

Beleskey was spotted walking with a bit of a limp during and after Boston’s 4-3 OT win against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and armed with what looked to be a giant brace or cast on his right leg. It’s clearly a bummer for Beleskey that he’ll now miss a large chunk of time due to a freak injury, and the Bruins have to be disappointed at the timing of it all given how well Beleskey has been playing lately. 

The injury certainly opens up the third line left wing spot for a player like Ryan Spooner, who has struggled to find his right place in the NHL, or a player like Frankie Vatrano as he gets over the hump in his recovery from foot surgery.

Beleskey has skated in plenty of games with Boston in 2016-17, producing two goals and three assists for five points with 23 penalty minutes in what’s been better described as “bedlam”  after a slow start to the regular season.