BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Second

BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Second
March 28, 2011, 12:37 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comPHILADELPHIA Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Flyers locked in a 1-1 tie score after the first 40 minutes of black-and-blue play at the Wells Fargo Center.1)Thats nine goals in his last 17 games for Nathan Horton, who is up to 23 goals on the season after his power play strike in the second period off a rebound in front of the net. Horton looks like he might get up to 25 goals for the season which isnt exactly what many expected of the right wing but still a respectable number in his first season of adjustments with the Boston Bruins. Love the way Horton is taking advantage of his size and strength around the net thats what the Bruins will need come playoff time.2)Much better second period from the Bruins, who started to impose themselves physically on the Flyers and take advantage of Philly when they started to go over the edge with the rough stuff. Hortons power play goal came immediate after a reckless leg-on-leg hit by Blair Betts on Chris Kelly, who appeared to be okay after getting flipped over onto the ice from the force of the hit.3)Some very good goaltending from Tim Thomas tonight as the Flyers have enjoyed some very good chances in tight against the Bs goaltender. Thomas made a great save to kick out an Andreas Nodl shot at the net as Jeff Carter was bearing down on him once the score was tied up, and appears to be locked in at this point in the game after juggling a few pucks earlier in the game.4)Once again no shots on net for Milan Lucic in 10:29 of ice time through two period. Its been at least five periods since Lucic has even put a shot on net, and thats taking a pretty big piece out of the Bruins offense when hes not firing away.5)Power play goals in three of their last four games, and it appears the Bs PP is back on track. Theyre still not consistently getting ideal puck movement each and every PP possession, but the production is needed for a team that will live and die by special teams in the playoffs.