Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins tied with the Detroit Red Wings at a 1-1 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden on Columbus Day afternoon.
1) Looks like the demotion to the third line got Brad Marchand’s attention as he was much more active and had a couple of scoring chances in 5:04 of ice time in six first period shifts. He made a nice strong move to the net midway through the first period, and that line drew a Jakub Kindl interference call later in the period with Jordan Caron camped in front.
2) Beautiful goal with Pavel Datsyuk dancing around Zdeno Chara and setting up Henrik Zetterberg for a bad angle shot that was tucked right under the short side arm pit of Tuukka Rask. But it was also a pretty poor job of back-checking/puck awareness for Reilly Smith, who couldn’t stop the Datsyuk pass through the middle of the ice to Zetterberg for the goal. He needs to be better than that if he’s going to skate with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson.
3) Two goals in two games for Eriksson, who took a Johnny Boychuk shot from the right point off his knee and past Jonas Gustavsson to tie things up. Eriksson now becoming a real factor for the Black and Gold after looking invisible for the first three games, and that’s an excellent development for the Black and Gold.
4) Jimmy Howard was a late pull from the game with a bruised hand, and Jonas Gustavsson was thrust into his first start of the year coming off a preseason injury. Now is the time for the Bruins to pounce on the rusty goaltender, and he left plenty of rebounds in front during that first period. Eight saves in all for “The Monster”, but the B’s need to test him more.
5) The spry 95-year-old Milt Schmidt with the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game as the Bruins organization is paying tribute to its 90 years of existence throughout the season. Schmidt still looks like he’d come out with the puck after going into the corner.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Detroit Red Wings by a 3-1 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden on Columbus Day afternoon.
1) Some serious running around in the defensive zone for the Bruins today, and a couple of goals against with Zdeno Chara on the ice for two goals against competing with some of Detroit’s best offensive players. Some of this is Detroit doing what they do best against a team that hasn’t seen them all that much over the years, and some of it is a real lack of back-checking as the Wings enter the offensive zone.
2) Torey Krug (6) and Nathan Horton (7) have nearly a third of the 40 shot attempts generated for the Bruins today, and have been spitting out scoring chances through the first 40 minutes. Not enough of their Bruins teammates are joining them in that movement today.
3) Thirteen blocked shots for the Wings, who are paying the price in front of the net including Niklas Kronwall with a game-high three blocked shots. . Four blocked shots for the Black and Gold in a category where they could do a little better effort-wise.
4) David Krejci has lost 7-of-11 face-offs, doesn’t have a shot on net and is a minus-1 in 13:57 of ice time. Not having a banner Krejci kind of day playing against some of the best skill players in the world.
5) Jonas Gustavsson has done a good job behind a Detroit defense that’s doing the dirty work in front of him. His ability to jump on some of Boston’s better shots and cover up for a whistle has eliminated many second chance stops for the Black and Gold. The save on a Torey Krug wobbling backhanded shot was among his best with plenty of B’s players ready to grab the rebound.