BOSTON — To say that the Bruins are lucky to be down only 1-0 after the first 20 minutes would be an understatement. The home team was out-worked and out-shot, 14-4, while allowing the lethal Lightning three power play opportunities — they’ll be killing 1:10 left on Nathan Horton’s interference to open the second period.
- David Krejci knocked off the puck on the offensive blueline. Steven Stamkos took advantage, gobbled-up the loose puck and flew down the right wing, 2-on-1 against Johnny Boychuk, and made a tape-to-tape pass to the Bruins killer, Simon Gagne. And just like that, 1:09 into the game, the B’s were behind.
- A Vinny Lecavalier tripping penalty was offset by a Tyler Seguin “tripping” with about 0:45 left on the Bruins power play…which had zero shots on goal. The 19-year-old took a diving whack at Tampa’s Dominic Moore, in the hands, as he Moore was skating with the puck out of the Bolts’ zone — in which he proceeded to take a blatant dive. The rookie tried to plead his case, but to no avail.
- Andrew Ference was sent to the sin bin for two-minutes for cross-checking Steven Stamkos. The Lightning sniper raced in on Thomas after taking a bounce off the boards in the neutral zone, then barreling-in on the Bruins netminder. The PP unit of Purcell–Malone–Downie had the best chances of the night to make it 2-0 with a wicked onslaught while the ice was continuing to tilt in Boston’s end. But with the combo of Thomas standing tall, and key blocked shots from Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid kept the game within one.
- The Bruins went over 13 minutes without a shot on goal — they had two up until four-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first frame — and were outshot 9-2 at the midway point.
- The aggressive Lightning forecheck, and backcheck, proved killer for the B’s this period. Tampa Bay clearly brought their A-game, and enormous amounts of confidence from Game 4 right into Game 5 tonight, without a hitch. Adjustments in the Bruins locker room have to be taking place right now.
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