BOSTON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Blue Jackets locked in a 2-2 tie after the first 40 minutes of hockey at TD Garden:
1) Shawn Thornton having his best individual game of the season. After the fourth line suffocated the Columbus breakout in the neutral zone, No. 22 slapped a shot just under the crossbar from right face-off circle after the puck nicked off Jack Johnson’s stick. Thornton having his best game of the season and now he also beat the reigning Vezina Trophy winner for a goal. Not too shabby.
2) Seven shot attempts generated by Torey Krug through two periods. That kid just keeps on creating offense and making things happen out on the ice. He’s really been a game-changer for the Black and Gold.
3) Huge, juicy rebound from Chad Johnson after an initial Nick Foligno shot that left a loose puck hanging in the slot area, and Foligno snapped the backhander past Johnson to tie things up at 2-2. That’s the kind of plays that Johnson can’t be making in a tight hockey game if the Bruins want to win the games he’s manning the pipes for.
4) Milan Lucic appears to have started taking some face-offs in place of David Krejci, who is 1-for-8 on draws and might be battling a little something that’s getting aggravated when he heads to the face-off dot. We’ll have to see what happens in the final 20 minutes.
5) Five shots on net, two blocked shots and 7-of-12 on face-offs for Ryan Johansen, who is a pretty impressive player for the Blue Jackets. He was also the guy that tangled with Zdeno Chara in the first period as he attempted to carve out some space in front of the net.
Five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Blue Jackets tied at 1 after 20 minutes:
1) David Krejci took a hit that didn’t look good halfway through the first period. He was falling in the corner while trying to corral a puck, and Brandon Dubinsky finished a check by slamming his head into the boards. The impact knocked Krejci’s helmet off, and he stayed down at the Columbus end of the ice when play migrated to the Boston end. Krejci immediately went down the runway and never returned in the first period, as he was no doubt spending time in the Quiet Room. Wasn’t a dirty hit, but it still drew the ire of Milan Lucic.
2) Loui Eriksson scored the goal for the Bruins, giving him a four-game point streak where he has one goal and three assists. The goal was a nifty play as he opened up his skate blade to deflect a Zdeno Chara point shot, and the puck lifted over Sergei Bobrovsky’s shoulder. The scoring arrived immediately after an Eriksson past to Patrice Bergeron streaking in the middle was stopped by the Columbus netminder.
3) Weak crowd at the Garden with plenty of yellow seats up for grabs in the lower bowl for Boston/Columbus. Didn’t they know that Bruins and Blue Jackets action is fantastic.
4) Gritty Columbus team that’s finishing their checks, but also leaving wide open, gaping holes defensively for the Bruins to attack.
5) Bad communication between Dougie Hamilton and Chara, who both left the front of the net to give Blake Comeau a wide open shot on the Blue Jackets’ goal. Chara continues to make some strange plays in the early going this season.