A few more quick thoughts before the third period begins:
- Charlie McAvoy’s game tonight is probably going to be a microcosm of this entire season: flashes of awesome mixed in with mistakes. McAvoy’s goal was great and his play on the PP has been great too. He drew a penalty with his skating. However, he’s also taken two penalties and been a step slow on a few plays. This comes with the learning curve, and the Bruins are going to have to take the good with the bad.
- David Krejci is quietly having a great night with three points. Krejci is at his best when surrounded with guys who have the skill to handle to his passes. Playing with the youngsters may give him the jolt of energy that he needs at this point in his career.
- It’s early, so consider this an overreaction, but: Frank Vatrano sure looks like he’s headed toward being the odd-man out. He hasn’t made much of a positive impact tonight (yet), and looks like he’s struggling to find the confidence that made him so dangerous.
- Not a great night for Matt Grzelcyk so far. The kid has seen limited ice time, and his power play late in the second was rough. He failed three times to stickhandle into the zone, instead turning the puck over at the blueline. As with McAvoy, it happens. However, the Bruins may end up having a shorter leash on the Charlestown kid, for better or worse.
- Haven’t noticed Brandon Carlo a ton tonight, and that’s OK. He’s been steady and quiet alongside Zdeno Chara.