After a late first period letdown two days ago in the home opening loss against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Bruins rebounded nicely picking up their first win of the year beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1.
Rich Peverley scored twice, and Tim Thomas made 25 saves en route to the first Bruins win of the season.
After a scoreless first period, things got interesting early in the first. Rich Peverley got his first of the year when he put home a loose puck after a Brad Marchand shot rang the post.
It was a lucky bounce for the Bruins, and Marchand was not afraid to admit it.
“Yeah. I just think getting a couple of lucky bounces. You saw on Pev’s (Rich Peverley) goal there–the first one—hit the post, it could have went anywhere. It just dropped in front for him to tap in, so we’re just getting lucky bounces right now” said Marchand.
Tampa Bay answered just over a minute later when a Nathan Horton turnover led way to a Martin St Louis breakaway. St. Louis beat Tim Thomas blocker side for his 300th career goal tying things up at one.
The only Tampa Bay lead of the evening was short lived as an Adam McQuaid shot from the point would deflect off of the body of Daniel Pallie and sneak past Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon.
David Krejci and Rich Peverley’s third period goals would secure the win for the Bruins in front of a sold out TD Garden crowd.
As good as Thomas was for the Bruins tonight, the Bruins second line stole the show. The trio combined for five points and finished the night a combined plus-6.
After scoring twice tonight, Peverley was happy with his lines performance.
“Our line played with speed and we were shooting the puck a lot more and I think it paid off. We had some good rebounds” said Peverley.
It’s no secret that Peverley brings a different type of style then the one Mark Recchi brought to the Bruins second line last season. Recchi was more of a “crash-the-net type of guy” whereas Peverley uses his speed to create scoring chances, and that works well for Patrice Bergeron.
” Yeah, it is. I mean I feel we are creating a lot of chances off the rush and even in zone by our forecheck and by the way we keep moving our feet” said Bergeron. “And it’s been, I thought we had a lot of chances last game as well and we didn’t finish and tonight same thing and we found a way.”
If the Bruins second line can stay consistent throughout the season, it will be another fun hockey season in Boston.