March 13, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Lightning

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0
TBL - 5

SHOTS
BOS - 17
TBL - 13

The bad news for the Bruins in the second period? They gave up another goal. The good news? There's only 20 minutes left!

On what would be their only shot in the first 12-or-so minutes of the second period, Steve Stamkos scored a flukey goal from behind/the side of the net to make it 5-0.

With all hope officially gone (as if it wasn't before), Thomas was pulled, as Julien sent Turco back in. Thomas finished the night (we think) with three saves on five shots.

Turco stopped all two shots he faced from there on in, as Boston finally picked up the pace, outshooting the Bolts 15-3 in the stanza.

But none of that mattered, as Dustin Tokarski (who?) is probably en route to an easy shutout.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0
TBL - 4

SHOTS
BOS - 2
TBL - 10

Twenty miserable minutes are in the books down in Tampa where the Bruins trail the Lightning 4-0.

 At 1:56, despite visibly kicking the puck, Tom Pyatt's goal was ruled a good one after a lengthy review, giving the Bolts a 1-0 lead. Prior to the goal, Marty Turco had lost his stick, making it easier for the puck to sneak through his five-hole.

Just 30 seconds later, Turco awkwardly tried to pounce on a loose puck and failed, allowing Nate Thompson to bury it into the open side of the net to make it 2-0.

A mere 2:05 after Thompson's tally, Darien, Conn., native Ryan Shannon got in alone and deked Turco out before beaitng him on the forehand to make it 3-0. 

Turco was sent to the showers just 4:31 into the contest after allowing three goals on six shots. 

In came Tim Thomas, who survived a mad scramble during a penalty kill but couldn't stop a Victor Hedman shot from the point with 4:22 remaining in the frame. At that juncture, the Bruins had just a single shot on net to their credit.

At some point in the period, Shawn Thornton pounded on journeyman Mike Commodore. I lost track while trying to remember what happened on all of Tampa's goal.