Quick hits: Rask pulled, Bruins trail Lightning, 4-1
– After opening up the second period playing with a bit of needed desperation, the Bruins quickly lost any hopes of stealing a point in Tampa when Claude Julien decided to make Dennis Seidenberg a time-on-ice leader against one of the NHL’s most prolific offenses. The former defensive stalwart has struggled all season long, but today’s game has shun the spotlight on the ex-Panthers defenseman for all the wrong reasons.
– After getting torched for two Tampa Bay goals in the opening 20 minutes of play, the artist formerly known as “The German Hammer,” once again found himself on the ice for the Lightning’s fourth goal of the night, resulting in a minus-3 rating (-6 since Ottawa game) in a little under 15:00 of ice time. In a season where contract extensions are constantly under the microscope, it’s tough justifying the $4 million salary tag until 2018 for a current 33-year-old defenseman who hasn’t provided any more stability on the back end this season than what Joe Morrow showed in his brief time with the big club this season.
– After allowing four goals on 12 shots faced, Julien yanked Tuukka Rask in favor of Niklas Svedberg in hopes of igniting a spark. Boston is running around in their defensive zone while Tampa Bay continues to take advantage of feeding the open player at the point (see: last two TB goals) with no end in sight. As ugly as the first 40 minutes were, the final 20 minutes could get even uglier.
2nd period Notes:
– Boston outshot TB 10-7, lead 17-15 overall
– Boston leads in hits 18-14, faceoff wins 20-12
– Boston is 0-for-1 on the power play, TB has yet to have a PP opportunity