Hits and Misses: Paille continues to score for B's

Hits and Misses: Paille continues to score for B's
January 8, 2014, 2:15 am
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Here are the “hits” and “misses” from the B’s 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center:

HITS

*Daniel Paille continues to give the Bruins quality minutes on the fourth line and the penalty kill, and notched his fourth goal in the last six games since coming back from a concussion. He’s back moving with the same speedy aggression that Paille has become associated with during his time in Boston, and led the Bruins with five shots on net before finally bagging the goal in the second period.


*Another solid 11:50 of ice time for Justin Florek, who set up Paille’s goal with a sweet 2-on-1 pass through an Anaheim defender in front of the net. It was Florek’s first NHL point and the kind of play that shows the 6-foot-4 forward has a little something as a potential bottom-six NHL forward. Florek has made more of an impact in the last two games than Jordan Caron did in the first 11 games filling in for the suspended Shawn Thornton.

*Six registered hits and five blocked shots for Johnny Boychuk in 20:08 of ice time that qualifies as a man’s stat line.


*Six shot attempts, an assist and a couple of takeaways for Carl Soderberg in just a shade under 20 minutes of ice time while filling in for Milan Lucic alongside David Krejci and Jarome Iginla. The Big Swede was pretty good, and helped set up Dougie Hamilton’s goal with some big-bodied work in front of the Ducks net.

*Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf did some damage on the power play, but the Zdeno Chara/Dougie Hamilton pairing did a pretty decent job on them during 5-on-5 play all things considered. Hamilton also scored a goal on Tuesday, and continues to show some promise as a possible shutdown defender.

*Good tilt between Adam McQuaid and Patrick Maroon at the end of the second that helped spark Daniel Paille’s goal 40 seconds later.


MISSES

*Three power play goals allowed to the Anaheim Ducks, and Adam McQuaid was on the ice for each of them. He was out of position on a couple of Anaheim’s PP scores, and that left plenty of open real estate in front of the net. In fact McQuaid was on the ice for four goals against, and appears to be having extreme difficulty picking up the slack he’s been left with while trying to make up for the absence of Dennis Seidenberg on the PK unit.


*The Bruins had 11 forwards and Matt Fraser played 6:55 of ice time without a single shot attempt. He won’t be sticking around in Boston much longer given how much difficulty he experienced simply being a factor in his areas of strength. He’s a goal-scorer that isn’t scoring goals (one goal in 13 games with the Bruins) in Boston.

*Three giveaways and a minus-1 in 18:33 of ice time for Reilly Smith, who looked good in the first period but quickly dropped off his play in the final two periods. The final moment was Smith’s turnovers to the Ducks while on the Bruins power play, and that led directly to the Andrew Cogliano shorthanded strike. Smith has been very good for the Bruins, but he was far from good vs. the Ducks.


*With Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup, the Bruins have allowed 7 power play goals in 17 chances, have watched Tuukka Rask give up 14 goals in the last four games and allowed 17 goals overall in five games since the German defenseman tore up his knee. Clearly they’re going through a period of adjustment right now.

*The interference call on Brad Marchand in the third period that wiped out a Boston power play seemed weird and ill-timed, and Claude Julien called it “bogus” following the game. It certainly seemed like the wrong time in the third period of a closely-contested game that soon spun far out of control.