May 23rd, 2011 by

End of 40: Bruins 2, Lightning 1

BOSTON – What can a Nathan Horton goal do for the TD Garden? Inject some life into the 17,565 faithful and turn Game 5 right around to Boston’s direction.

  • Killed off the rest of the Horton’s 1:09 remaining on his interference penalty….and Horton gets called once again for interference at 2:07. Another huge blocked shot for McQuaid, and another Bruins penalty killed. The B’s have killed-off all four Lighting power plays tonight.
    PK:BS: 2 (McQuaid second big blocked shot of the night on PK)SOG: 2
  • Lucic’s backhand pass in the slot to a wide-open Horton made it 1-1 at 4:24 of the first — right after No. 18 stepped out of the box. Horton took the Lucic pass and rocketed a one-timer that zipped past Smith’s blocker. The Lightning goalie stopped all 34 previous Boston shots this series.
  • Offsetting penalties  at 6:42 — Ryan Malone interference, Brad Marchand unsportsmanlike conduct — followed by Mattias Ohlund hooking just 0:23 later, putting the B’s on the power-play  for the second time tonight. The Bruins are 0-for-2…shocker — and are now just 4-for-54 on the PP this post season.
    4-on-3: Recchi–KrejciChara– Seidenberg
    5-on-4: Lucic–Bergeron–HortonKaberle–Boychuk
  • Chara made the play of the game by barreling in on the half-wall, tapped the puck to Bergeron on the goal-line corner, and made a perfect tape-to-tape pass to a crashing Marchand. St. Louis was blanketing No. 63, but the rookie got his stick right in front of Smith to tap it home for his sixth playoff goal.
  • Things got heavy after that. Boston sent its fourth line — Paille–Campbell–Peverley — and were hitting everything in a white sweater. Chara and Malone got into a bitter conversation at center ice with seconds remaining…then the Lightning forward carried that conversation towards Lucic. No. 17 rag-dolled Malone after the final horn, but nothing ensued.
  • Thomas stopped all nine shots; Lucic and Horton each have 3 hits; Chara has 3 shots on goal; Krecji’s 10-for-16 (63%) on the face-off dot tonight is a huge turnaround from his 25% in Game 4
  • Although the Bruins out-shot 9-8 in the period, adjustments were made from the first 20 to the second 20 and need to continue.

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