January 17, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Lightning


BOS - 2
TBL - 2

BOS - 17
TBL - 21

Two periods are in the books down in Tampa where the Bruins and Bolts are knotted up at two apiece.

Nathan Horton scored two tying tallies in the middle frame. The first came at the 4:28 mark when his backhander eluded Garon to make it 1-1.

With 5:49 remaining in the period, a boneheaded play by Joe Corvo led to a go-ahead goal for Tampa. The Bruins' d-man abandoned his position and chased a deflected puck to the far boards. This, of course, left a Lightning forward wide open. 

Taylor Pyatt then beat a sprawled out Thomas with a backhander for his fifth goal of the season to make it 2-1 Lightning.

The lead lasted 2:37. Nathan Horton fired a wrister past Garon with 3:12 to in the period to make it 2-2.

In the closing seconds with Dennis Seidenberg in the box for a questionable holding call, Thomas came up with a huge stop. Teddy Purcell got a quick feed at the point and fired a shot on goal, but the B's netminder instantaneously shifted from post-to-post and made the save.

Tampa Bay will begin the third with 1:23 of power-play time to work with.


BOS - 0
TBL - 1

BOS - 6
TBL - 11

Twenty minutes down at the St. Pete Times Forum where the Lightning hold a 1-0 lead over the Bruins.

Boston fell behind at the 7:11 mark as a backhander by Vinny Lecavalier beat Tim Thomas to make it 1-0. Former BU star Matt Gilroy and Martin St. Louis picked up the helpers.

Boston failed to cash in on two power-play opportunities in the opening half of the frame, as Bruno Gervais went for high sticking and Dominic Moore was guilty of elbowing.

 Just as they did in the first period against the Panthers, the Bruins put just six pucks on net. Mathieu Garon stopped all of the half-dozen shots he faced.

Down the other end of the ice, Tim Thomas stopped 10-of-11. 

A big reason for Tampa's territorial dominance stemmed from their success at the dot. The Bolts won 18-of-27 (67%) faceoffs in the first.