B’s Shock The Bolts: 5-0

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For the second time on this young season, the Bruins met with the Lightning.  This time the matchup was in Tampa Bay.

Up until game time, it was unclear who would play on the third line for the B’s.  Carl Soderberg, who had been dealing with an injury was cleared to play earlier in the week.  That left Claude Julien with a game time decision for the night’s healthy scratches.

Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski ended up as the healthy scratches.  The third line was set.  It was: Marchand-Kelly-Soderberg.  The Swedish forward, Soderberg was seeing ice during a game for the first time on the season.

The Bruins, who have been struggling to finish games all season, didn’t have any problems with that factor.  They seemed to enjoy themselves out there, as Tampa Bay didn’t seem to be having much fun.  In fact, they seemed to be having no fun whatsoever as the Bruins started their scoring early.

1:32 into the first period, David Krejci picked up his first goal of the season.  Milan Lucic fed Krejci a pass as they streaked down the ice together, the puck went back to Lucic who beat past the defenders and passed to Krejci who sent it into the net for the first goal on the evening.

Gregory Campbell dropped his gloves for his first fight of the year about thirty seconds after the Krejci goal with Combreen.  It wasn’t a long battle, and they both headed off to the penalty box for fighting majors.

The rest of the period remained scoreless and the Black and Gold headed into the locker room with a lead.  They led in shots on goal: 10-9 in the first frame. Bergeron had 3 of those shots, while Lucic and Krug each had 2.

It did not take long for the scoring to begin in the second period.  Adam McQuaid netted his first goal of the season with a wrist shot that went unassisted less than five minutes into the period.  Iginla blinded goaltender, Ben Bishop, as he screened on McQuaid’s shot.

The Lighting didn’t seem to make much more noise for pretty much the rest of the game.  Patrice Bergeron scored 14:52 into the second period and was assisted by both Smith and Eriksson.  Then 55 seconds later, Chris Kelly scored.  The Bruins were up 4-0.  It was Kelly’s third goal on the season.

Marchand and Soderberg had the assists on Kelly’s goal.  It is safe to say that Chris Kelly is definitely off to a much better start than he was off to last year.   Last season, it took him 14 games for him to net his first goal of the season.  Now, he already has 3 through the first 7 games.  He has helped lead the third line to be one of the most consistent lines for the Bruins so far.

Tampa Bay switched goalies after the fourth Boston goal.  Ben Bishop had not allowed more than 2 goals in a game until tonight.  Anders Lindback came into replace him.  During the first two periods of play, Patrice Bergeron had 6 shots on net and one goal.  He led the Spoked B forwards in time on ice.

Shawn Thornton decided to have some fun, as he netted his first goal of the season.  The Bruins were up 5-0, 34 seconds into the third period.  There was nothing that was going to stop them against the Lightning.

Every player on the Bruins now has a point so far during the season except for Gregory Campbell.  Soupy’s will come in only a matter of time, he will not be kept pointless for very long.

In the final minutes of the game, both Adam McQuaid and Iginla dropped their gloves.  Quaider fought Nate Thompson.  Iginla squared off with Gudas.  Iginla and Gudas both fought on opening night at the Garden.

The Bruins finished off their night as they shocked the Bolts.  They topped them 5-0.  It was the first game on the season where they looked truly dominant.  They played the game that they wanted to play from start to finish.

In his post-game interview, Bergeron said: “I think everyone showed up from the drop of the puck tonight and obviously it shows on the result.”

Tuukka saved 23 out of the 23 shots that he faced as he picked up his first shutout on the year.  12 Boston players ended up with their names on the official point sheet as nearly everyone joined in on the fun.  The Bruins finish off their three game road trip with a game against Buffalo on Wednesday.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

Follow along with Rachel on Twitter: @rembostonsports

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