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Game 23 Live Blog: Boston Bruins @ New York Islanders

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Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Boston Bruins locked in a 1-1 tie with the New York Islanders after the opening 40 minutes at Nassau Coliseum.

 

  • David Krejci is having zero luck these days. He had a point blank backhanded attempt against a scrambling Islanders penalty kill and the shot instead was deflected by Semyon Varlamov with the shaft of his stick in a one-in-a-million save. Krejci raised his head up in the air in exasperation afterward and is still unbelievably looking for his first goal of the season nearly halfway through the regular season.

 

  • It might have been a tad misguided based on the way the hit happened with Connor Clifton catching an edge, but it’s still tough to criticize Brad Marchand jumping in to defend a teammate when Oliver Wahlstrom and Clifton crashed into the side boards. Marchand threw punches first and asked questions later, and the Islanders ended up getting a power play out of it where they scored the tying goal.

 

  • I don’t care what anybody says, that’s good TV etiquette from Brad Marchand right there when the Zamboni horns in on your between-periods interview.

 

  • Thirteen of the 26 shots on net for the Bruins have been generated by the Perfection Line. The Bruins need somebody else to step up and be the hero’s tonight against the first place Islanders if they’re going to pull this one out.

 

  • It feels like Jean-Gabriel Pageau is going to play the role of heartbreaker again in this one tonight, doesn’t it?

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Boston Bruins leading the New York Islanders by a 1-0 score after the opening 20 minutes at Nassau Coliseum

 

  • The power play drought is over for the Boston Bruins. They’d gone six games without a PP goal and had been 0-for-12 on the man advantage while dropping all the way to 11th in the NHL as things had really gone stagnant with the puck movement and player movement with or without the puck. Ironically it wasn’t even a really well-designed PP that snapped the slump as David Pastrnak scored from long range with Semyon Varlamov way off his angles after locking horns with Patrice Bergeron at the top of the crease. But the Bruins will take it.

 

  • Excellent period for the Trent Frederic/Charlie Coyle/Craig Smith third line as a powerful, cycling shift midway through the first period really changed the momentum of the game. Three shot attempts for Frederic, who had some really good looks and lifted a shot over the crossbar in his closest attempt at a scoring chance.

 

  • There weren’t a ton of marks on the stat sheet after the first period, but it sure looked like Sean Kuraly had received the message after being scratched for a couple of games. Kuraly was moving well, using his legs and speed to make plays and playing with the kind of energy they need out of him on a regular basis. The Boston Bruins can only hope that Jake DeBrusk responds the same way when he gets back into the lineup after serving as a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

 

  • Three hits and a post for Nick Ritchie, who put some steam on a one-timer as the trailer on a nice play from Jack Studnicka feeding the big B’s forward with a head of steam.

 

  • Could the Bruins get their first win at Nassau Coliseum in four tries this season? Stay tuned as this game has had a much faster pace than I anticipated from these two hockey clubs headed into this game.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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