BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the First

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period of Bruins and Red Wings with Detroit taking a 2-1 lead over the Bs after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.1)David Krejci has a goal and three assists in the two games since Claude Julien called him out a bit and basically said it was about time to get things going. Krejci has done just that, and was the right guy in the right place for a Bs power play goal that they badly needed prior to the end of the first period. Krejci was in the slot area when Milan Lucic battled for a loose puck near the right post, and fed a perfect pass to the Bs center as Jimmy Howard was out of position scraping for the puck.2)Not a lot of skating or effort in that first period by the Bruins particularly the first half of the period when they struggled to get their skating legs underneath them. Not shocking that they were outshot 12-7 in the period.3)Danny Cleary had a couple of shots on net and a goal, and was incredibly active in the first 20 minutes. The Wings managed to survive when he was down and out with injuries, but hes a difference-making in a playoff kind of way when hes healthy.4)Tuukka Rask was S-H-A-K-Y to start things off in the first period. The Todd Bertuzzi goal was a bit of an odd-man rush, but Rask still got a very good look at the shot and should have stopped it from rattling in. He managed to collect himself and avoid Claude Juliens hook, but he needs to tighten things up and not allow any more goals if the Bruins hope to come back. He like the rest of the team looked like he wasnt ready to start tonights game.5)Steve Kampfer had the fewest minutes of ice time (5:07) in the first period among Bs defensemen, and it looks like the Bruins scaled back a bit with their 22-year-old rookie in his first game against the team he rooted for as a kid growing up in Michigan. Might have been a few jitters for this one.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.