Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins - Hurricanes

Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins - Hurricanes
November 18, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Carolina Hurricanes by a 2-1 score after the first 20 minutes of action at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1) Good response by the Bruins third line players in the first period after they had a rough night in Ottawa on Friday night. Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith both kicked in with goals after they produced nothing offensively while being on ice for two goals against in the disastrous third period vs. the Sens.

2) Healthy scratch for Shawn Thornton. Understand the reasoning while looking for more offensive against a Carolina team with an injured enforcer (Kevin Westgarth), but it always takes away a little attitude from the Black and Gold when No. 22 isn’t in the lineup.

3) Horrible goal given up with five seconds left to go in the first period after they’d played an excellent first 19:55 of action. Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Seidenberg were both caught watching Tuomo Ruutu in the middle of the slot, and Tuukka Rask somehow got fooled by a weak changeup wrister that never got off the ice.

4) Carl Soderberg had a solid night with six shots on net against Ottawa with a couple of good scoring chances in front of the net, but he’s finally cashing in now. A great pass to Reilly Smith for a power play goal, and then an excellent tipped Dennis Seidenberg shot for his second goal of the season. Good night for the Big Swede.

5) The Bruins have killed 29 straight penalties, which is the most since 2007 for the Bruins. Tonight it’s against a pop gun Carolina Hurricanes power play, but they’ve been very good since flailing away against the New Jersey Devils in allowing four power play goals.

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Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Carolina Hurricanes by a 2-1 score after the first 20 minutes of action at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1) Eerily similar first two periods tonight as to the first two periods Friday night against the Ottawa Senators. In both instances the Bruins jumped out to a quick two goal lead, and then allowed a goal in the final seconds of the first period to Tuomo Ruutu.

2) Great penalty kill for the Bruins where they burned off a 5-on-3 advantage with ace penalty killers Gregory Campbell and Johnny Boychuk in the box. The Bruins have now killed 31 straight penalties, are one of the real qualities that is keeping the Bruins in these games right now.

3) Jordan Caron had a shift at the end of the second period where he wasn’t ready when Gregory Campbell dropped a pass to him on the right wing. Didn’t look like he was ready to collect the puck, or to shoot the puck. Shawn Thornton certainly would have been, and Ryan Spooner would have been as well.

4) Seven generated shot attempts for Torey Krug through two periods, as the kid just keeps pumping offense out there for the Black and Gold.

5) The Canes are winning the hit battle by a 31-21 margin through the first two periods, and perhaps feel a little freer to throw their bodies around with Boston players Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid both out of the lineup.

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Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Carolina Hurricanes by a 4-1 score after the first 60 minutes of action at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1) Brad Marchand turning the puck over like Bad Brat throughout the game, and gets dropped to the fourth line. He also fell down in the neutral zone on the play Tuomo Ruutu scored on at the end of the first period. Jordan Caron gets bumped up to the second line, but this is much more about Marchand doing wrong than Caron doing right.

2) Johnny Boychuk with a rocket past Cam Ward after he’d lost his stick in a tie-up with Tim Gleason in front of the net. A big shift from Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, who did some yeoman’s work in front of the net leading up to the goal for No. 55, who snapped a 62-game goalless drought during the regular season.

3) Jordan Caron did play a little bit better in one of the closing shifts of the third period after getting dropped back down to the fourth line, and showed some aggression using his size and strength to attack the net. But it took the entire game – and a two goal cushion – for that to finally show up.

4) Solid bounce-back for the Bruins in what could have been a rough third period after the Bruins allowed that goal with five seconds remaining in the first period. Shows what a couple of days of rest can do for a hockey club. I still think this team has a ways to go before they’re up to their full capabilities, however.

5) Bruins caught Cam Ward on a night when he was less than his best coming off a month-long injury hiatus. Very fortunate for them.