The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the Bruins 2-0 after the first 20 minutes of play. It was an uncharacteristic period for the black and gold as they allowed two power-play goals in the frame. One to Mr. Steven Stamkos on a one timer (His 15th of the year) that beat Anton Khudobin short side and another by Alexander Killorn (his 2nd of the year). The Bolts are making the most of their opportunities as they have scored two goals on only five shots. The Bruins on the other hand only have seven shots, but have had some opportunities in front of Mathieu Garon. They must capitalize on those starting after the intermission.
Here are three observations from the first period:
1. Steven Stamkos is very good:As Stamkos got the Bolts on the board early in the first period, he was left alone which cannot happen. He then deposited a slapper past the short-side of Anton Khudobin. Stamkos must be accounted for at all times on the ice especially the power-play.
2. The penalty kill has to get back to its old ways: The Bruins let up two power-play goals in the first period. They had let up four PP goals total out of 66 chances coming into this game. They served too many penalties in the first period and need to play smarter. With a two goal deficit, the black and gold can’t not afford to go down by three goals against a team that can dictate the pace of the game. Something the B’s need to get back to after the break.
3. Don’t blame Anton Khudobin: Khudobin had only three starts prior to his start today and of course he is going to be rusty. Pick him up and play better defense in front of him. The Bolts have scored two power-play goals. That’s a tough way to come back from a lay off.
Look for the Bruins to again make adjustments and try to dictate the pace of the game. They are the best at doing that coming out of intermissions. They had some chances even on seven shots maybe this period the puck will bounce in the Bruins favor.