The Bruins entered the second period with a 3-0 lead and will now enter the third period with that very same 3-0 lead. Take out the three minute or so span of Bruins goals and it’s been a boring day of hockey here at the TD Garden.
The Flyers look absolutely lost out there and have barely sustained any pressure in the Bruins zone with just 12 shots on net through two. Philadelphia is just 1-8 when trailing after two, so the Flyers will have to come up with some third period magic in order to get back into this one.
After allowing the three goals, Ilya Bryzgalov has settled down nicely between the pipes for the Flyers as he is doing his part in keeping this one from getting any worse for the Flyers.
Here are my three observations from the second period.
Physicality picked up in second period
Both teams are made to play that in your face style, but that type of play seemed to disappear in the first, that sure wasn’t the case in the second. Both teams threw the body around in the second period with some big hits which included a nice clean hit from Zac Rinaldo on Johnny Boychuk behind the Bruins net which led to the Thornton/Rinaldo fight.
Bruins D solid again
The Bruins blue-liners have been great for the Bruins once again today holding the Flyers to just 12 shots on net through 40 minutes of play. Goalie Tuukka Rask hasn’t been challenged too much today and Tuukka can thank his defensemen for that. With such a dangerous group of forwards it’s impressive to see the Bruins D hold them down so well today.
Jordan Caron looks good in first game back
Making his season debut with the Bruins today, Jordan Caron looks very solid. Caron spent most of last season in Boston, but really couldn’t get things going the way he would have liked. Today Caron has been all over the place, creating scoring chances and playing well in his own zone. Caron assisted on Kelly’s first period goal.