BruinsPredators: 5 from the Second

BruinsPredators: 5 from the Second
March 18, 2011, 1:59 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNASHVILLE Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Predators locked in a 2-2 tie after the first 40 minutes of play at Bridgestone Arena.1)Got to love the hockey scene here in Nashville. They have an Irish band called the Celts playing some St. Patricks Day music in between period as I write this. This place always truly lives up to its name as the Music City.2)Three shots on net, a penalty and a minus-2 for Michael Ryder through two periods tonight. That really embodies the frustration that constantly surrounds his game. All the pieces are there to be so much better, but he cant do anything with a shorthanded breakaway as he left the penalty box in the second period. No shot fakes or dekes as he rolled in on Pekka Rinne, who simply beat him with his glove when he tried to pick a corner.3)Soft goal by Tuukka Rask in the second period on Colin Wilsons blast from the left faceoff circle. Those are the exact kind of goals that would kill the Bruins if they played Rask in a playoff series, and its the reason why this year Tim Thomas will be the guy.4)David Krejci has a seven-game point streak going during which hes got 3 goals and 6 assists, and his entire line has carried the Bruins over the last three weeks. Krejci is looking exactly as he did last spring right around this time.5)A perfect example of Rule 48 in the second period when Shawn Thornton skated by Mike Fisher with his head down, and could have completely cleaned out the Predators center. Instead he pulled off the hit and played the puck to cause an off-sides penalty. Theres the impact everybody is looking for with the NHL rule changes, but its so subtle some wont notice.