BOSTON -- Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Washington Capitals scoreless through the first 40 minutes in a preseason game at TD Garden.
1) No shots on net and 2-for-12 in the face-off circle through two periods for Alex Khokhlachev, who pretty much did nothing on Sunday night against the Devils as well. Koko has had plenty of chances in the last two training camps, and he’s done nothing with them.
2) Good showing for Justin Hickman, who followed a physical, solid first period by dropping the gloves with Tyler Lewington in the second period. He tagged Lewington with a couple of shots and then scored the take-down to end the fight. He’s got a lot of Bruins-like qualities that will endear him to Claude Julien.
3) The Bruins had a couple of shots at the beginning of the period and toward the end of the period as well, but there was nothing going on for long stretches of the second period from the Black and Gold. It’s time to pick up the pace a little bit.
4) David Pastrnak and the B’s top line looking pretty rusty tonight as well. Pastrnak has simply lost the handle on a couple of pucks that were right on his stick, and you never see that during the regular season. Even the best B’s players are still knocking the rust off.
5) Good showing by Malcolm Subban, who made 17 saves and kept the Capitals off the board before making way for Zane McIntyre in the second period. He’s still way too active in the crease when things get tense around him, but it’s clear he’s made big improvements over the last year.