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

the game.”

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

again tonight.”

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

the season.

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.