Bruins 3, Lightning 2
The Boston Bruins’ power-play woes took a dramatic turn.
While Boston still has much to work ahead with the man
advantage, a pair of rare power-play goals led the Bruins from a
2-0 deficit to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on
Tyler Seguin’s goal early in the second period was Boston’s
first at home during a power play this season, then Brad Marchand
doubled the small total when he scored the tiebreaking goal with
2:16 left in the third period with Tampa Bay down a man because of
a four-minute high sticking penalty.
”It’s big. We needed those,” Marchand said. ”That’s what we
need our power play to do – step up at the right times, get us in
Seguin’s goal cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 2-1, Rich Peverley scored
1:17 later to tie it and Marchand scored the winner when he and
Patrice Bergeron got behind the Lightning’s penalty killers for a
Bergeron raced up the right side and timed the pass to his left
perfectly. All Marchand had to do was direct it at the net, where
goalie Mathieu Garon was caught on the wrong side.
”Bergie gives me a wide-open net to shoot at. I think anyone in
this league would’ve hit that,” said Marchand, who leads the
Bruins with 11 goals. ”I’m fortunate to be on the team I am.”
The Bruins are now 9 for 59 on the power play, still one of the
lowest percentages in the league. Yet the Bruins continue to win,
extending their streak to six straight on Saturday as they enjoy
their best start since the 1929-30 season.
”It’s not always going to be your way so you have to find ways
to show some character,” Bergeron said. ”I think we’ve done that
The Bruins were called 10 penalties, six in the first period,
and the Lightning had seven in the game, including Brendan
Mikkelson’s double-minor for a high stick on Milan Lucic with 5:39
left in the third.
The Lightning nearly had the penalty killed, but Steven Stamkos
tried for a short-handed goal instead of killing time. The shot
took a funny bounce off the boards and set up Bergeron and Marchand
for the winning goal.
”We gambled and wasted 58 minutes of hard, intelligent,
paying-the-price work,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.
Stamkos and Alexander Killorn scored for Tampa Bay, both on
power plays in the first period. The Lightning failed to score on
six other power plays and finished with just 22 shots on goal.
”It’s not all the time that you score on the first two power
plays,” Stamkos said. ”Sometimes it’s the last two and then
everyone says `Oh, your power play is great!’ Our power play was
better tonight. We generated some chances and we got two. Hopefully
we build on that.
Anton Khudobin had 20 saves as Boston starter Tuukka Rask got
the day off with rival Montreal coming to Boston on Sunday.
Garon finished with 24 saves for the Lightning, who lost their
fourth in a row.
The Bruins were called for six penalties in the first period and
Tampa Bay capitalized on two of them.
Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 on a wrist shot 5:32 into the
game off passes from Teddy Purcell and Marc-Andre Bergeron. Purcell
got another assist when Alexander Killorn beat Khudobin with a
backhander for a 2-0 lead with 11:22 left in the first. Purcell
took a pass from Martin St. Louis, crossed the blue line and headed
straight up the middle before dropping a pass behind to Killorn,
who got Khudobin off balance and tapped it in for his third goal of
Seguin got a rare power play goal for the Bruins on a one-timer
from the left circle 3:22 into the second. It was the first
power-play goal at home for the Bruins and just the eighth time
they scored in 57 chances overall this season. Dougie Hamilton and
David Krejci assisted on the goal.
The Bruins got an obvious emotional boost by finally scoring on
Garon, who had just stopped a flurry of good scoring chances.
Peverley scored again for the Bruins just over a minute later to
tie it at 2-all on another one-timer from the left circle.
Adam McQuaid surprised the Lightning with a crossing pass from
the blue line to the opposite corner, where Peverley fired off the
shot before Garon had a much of a chance to get across.
NOTES: The Bruins improved to 6-1-1 at home. … Stamkos
extended his point streak to nine straight games. … The Bruins
and Lightning will meet one more time during the regular season
when the Lightning return to Boston on April 25. The game was
scheduled for Feb. 9 but postponed because of a blizzard. …
Peverley’s goal was his 199th career point. Lighting LW Benoit
Pouliot left the game with an upper body injury after taking a hard
hit from Dennis Seidenberg with 9:15 left in the first period.
Seidenberg was called for boarding on the play.