Talking Points: Things fall apart for Bruins in second period
Brandon Pirri is all about scoring goals and he cashed in on a couple of chances in the 5-2 win, including the game-winner in the second period on a sizzling power play shot over Zane McIntyre’s glove hand shoulder. The second goal arrived one period later as the insurance strike, and was a right place, right time situation while stationed at the post as a Marc Staal blast took a wide carom off the end boards. In all, Pirri finished with the two goals scored, including the game-winner, a plus-1 rating and four shot attempts in 13:54 of ice time, and did exactly what he’s paid to do in turning his sizzling shot into goals.
No shots on goal in 14:36 of ice time for Matt Beleskey, who has been ice cold offensively and took an ill-advised interference call on a pick play in the offensive zone that led to New York’s game-winner on the power play. While a call or two might have been borderline penalties, there was some serious lack of discipline going on. Given the Bruins' issues getting the puck out of the defensive zone on a regular basis, it might be advisable for the B’s to start curbing the penalty box visits for a while. Combine that with a real invisible start offensively for Beleskey and third line linemate Jimmy Hayes, and he’s a player that needs to start getting it going.
It all fell apart in the second period as it has for the last few games for the Bruins. They’ve been outscored 9-0 in the second period over the last three games and by a collective 11-3 margin over the course of the season. Against the Rangers it was about bad choices leading to penalties, really poor penalty killing and a couple of rookie mistakes that led to goals for youngster Zane McIntyre. When the middle 20 minutes was all said and done the Rangers had scored three goals, and had a lead they would simply pile onto in the third period.
Rick Nash cracked open the scoring for the Rangers in the second period, and followed his own shot for the power play rebound goal to get things going. Torey Krug had the turnover leading directly to the score, and then couldn’t recover quickly enough to challenge Nash in front of the net as a penalty killer. That’s probably why you don’t normally see Krug on the penalty kill as much as some of the other D-men when the Bruins had a D-corps with a little more size and substance to their overall games. Leaving Nash wide open in front of the net certainly wasn’t part of the B’s special teams meetings prior to the game. Nash finished with the goal, two points and four shots on net as well as six shot attempts in 18:15 of ice time.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – The David Pastrnak goal to start the game off the opening face-off represented the first time this season that the Bruins got the first score against their opponent.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He made some big saves for us... I give him a lot of credit for continuing to battle.” – Torey Krug to reporters in New York when asked about Zane McIntyre’s play in the loss.