Some thoughts from the Bruins-Red Wings tonight at TD Garden:
Game over, 8-2 Not a lot of good stuff coming out of this game. It was sloppy at points, with some unimpressive play in the defensive zone. Don’t think anyone will be winning a job based off of tonight’s game.
But there was some nice work by the top line of Lucic-Krejci-Iginla, continuing the chemistry that they showed in Montreal on Monday. The special teams play, meanwhile, was lacking both on the PP and PK.
Nick Johnson and Iginla each nabbed their third goal of the preseason in this one, with Johnson’s a backhand top-shelf beauty.
Malcolm Subban allowed eight goals, though not all of them were his fault. Still, a tough night for the 19 year old who will likely be spending the season in Providence.
2nd period over, 4-1 Red Wings: The Bruins got their first chance on the power play with Zdeno Chara in tonight in the second period. They didn’t make much of it, but it was interesting to see Chara down low on both a 5-on-4 and a 5-on-3 for the B’s.
Malcolm Subban has allowed four goals, but they weren’t all his fault. There’s been some sloppy defensive play in front of him that hasn’t help. The fourth goal, by Danny DeKeyser, was a soft goal, though,
Jarome Iginla got yet another preseason goal, nabbing a full-strength redirect for his third in two games. Matt Bartkowski sent a nice pass in toward Iginla, who was in the goalmouth, with Iginla sending it past Jimmy Howard.
1st period over, 2-0 Red Wings: Gregory Campbell got a nice cheer from the crowd when he got on the ice for the first time since breaking his leg in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins.
The Bruins allowed a power play goal to Justin Abdelkader at 5:01 of the first. Malcolm Subban made the initial stop on a shot by Abdelkader with a kick save, but allowed the Red Wing to put back his own rebound. Assists went to Jakub Kindl and Pavel Datsyuk. Dougie Hamilton had a bit of a defensive slip on the play. He’s still in a battle with Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug for playing time, but it seems that GM Peter Chiarelli wants Hamilton with the NHL club this season.
They allowed a second PP goal at 16:07, with David McIntyre knocking in a rebound. PP not so kind to the B’s tonight.
There were a couple of nice chances on goal by the Bruins, one by the makeshift Merlot line (Thornton’s out tonight) and one by the first line, which was so dynamic in the game in Montreal last week.