BruinsDevils: 5 from the Second

BruinsDevils: 5 from the Second
March 23, 2011, 12:46 am
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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.