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Game 17 Live Blog: Boston Bruins @ New York Islanders

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Here’s Five Thoughts on the second period with the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders knotted up at two goals apiece

1. Studnicka Doing Everything But Score

Boston Bruins rookie forward Jack Studnicka is doing everything but score tonight! Just 4:36 into the middle frame, Studnicka found himself on the doorstep of the goal and missed an empty-net chance.

 

 

Then just over eight minutes later, Studnicka streaked up the middle and through the Islanders’ defense and almost caught a loft pass in front from Bruins winger Craig Smith but islanders forward Matt Martin accidentally tipped the pass into the net and Smith got credit for his fourth goal of the season. The constant hustle from Studnicak though is more than making up for his two missed chances to light the lamp.

 

2. Depth Scoring There Again

In their 7-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe Sunday, the Bruins got the depth scoring they always seem to be lacking. Bruins forwards Nick Ritchie, Charlie Coyle, and Tren Frederic all lit the lamp to help bust the game open. Tonight the Bruins have gotten goals from Ritchie again and now from Smith. As the schedule gets crazier and the points mean more, the Bruins will need their bottom nine forwards to pick up even more slack as teams crack down on and try to wear down ‘The Perfection Line’ of Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak. The last two games are a good sign they will get that depth scoring.

3. Vaak Attack

For the second straight game, Urho Vaakanainen has factored into the scoring. The Boston Bruins rookie defenseman got the secondary assist on Smith’s goal 11:36 into the middle frame. As he did in training camp, Vaakanainen is playing with more confidence and poise than he’s shown in prior call-ups. He’s seeing the ice better and using his hockey sense to create offense.

4DeBrusk Bounces Back

Early in the period, DeBrusk was able to get in on a partial breakaway on Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov but as he has done to so many Bruins shooters this season (.920 save percentage against the B’s coming into tonight), stoned him. DeBrusk kept hustling though and ended up with the primary assist on the Smith goal.

5. Halak Settles In

After allowing two goals on ten Islanders shots in the first period, Boston Bruins goalie Jaro Halak settled into the game in the middle frame. Halak stopped all nine shots the Isles had in the period and it was clear the Bruins fed off his saves. This game could’ve gotten blown open in the second period with the way things went in the first but Halak held the fort down.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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