Bruins Shut Out The Lightning 3-0

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The Bruins squared off with the Tampa Bay Lightning for a one o’ clock Veteran’s Day Matinee.  It was the only game of the day in the National Hockey League.  The B’s wanted to continue their early season success against the Lightning.

The Spoked B rocked camouflage jerseys during warm-ups showing their gratitude for all veterans on Military Appreciation Day at the Garden.  Bartwkoski, Boychuk, Krejci, Krug and Seidenberg all purchased $2500 worth of tickets for military and their family members.

Adam McQuaid did not play as he was out due to the injury he suffered in the first period of the game against the Leafs.  Matt Bartkowski slid into his slot as he got the start.

From the get go, the B’s were dominant.  A spring was in their steps as Tampa Bay was getting outplayed.  Boston picked up right where they had left off after the 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins had five shots on goal after 2:56 of hockey in the first frame.  They were overpowering and outplaying the Bolts.

At 7:59 in the first period, birthday boy, Chris Kelly was called for a goaltender interference penalty.  The 33 year old headed towards the sin bin.  The Black and Gold held the Bolts to only one shot on goal as they killed off another penalty.  It was a streak of 19 successful penalty kills in a row for Boston.

During the first, the Bruins had their fair share of chances.  Marchand and Iginla nearly netted goals, but they were both stopped.  The Lucic-Krejci-Iginla line continued to look good as they have definitely found their chemistry.  As the siren rang out it was scoreless after one.  The Bruins skated towards the locker room outshooting the Lightning 12-7.

Since scoring his second goal of the season and getting the monkey off his back, Brad Marchand seems to have developed his confidence on the ice again.  He was one of the best players for the Bruins through out the game.

The first period dominance didn’t seem to carry over to the beginning of the second frame as much.  The Lightning raised their game as they attempted to match the way the B’s were playing.  They had a few decent chances but were stopped time and time again as Rask simply denied them.

Early on in the second, Hamilton was called on a delay of game penalty.  The Bruins killed off their 20th penalty in a row and made it look easy.  They didn’t allow Tampa Bay to register any shots on goal during the penalty kill.

Ever since Boston allowed a few power play goals in the disappointing loss to the Devils, they’ve completely turned their penalty kill around.  They’re making better decisions, looking confident, take up plenty of room on the ice despite being down a man, and haven’t allowed their opponents to come too close to scoring.

There was a terrible moment as Steven Stamkos went down.  He and Dougie Hamilton were in a race towards the Lightning goal and collided. Stamkos’s was sent crashing into the goal post.  He struggled to get up to his feet but fell back down as he writhed in pain on the ice.  He was attended to but would not return.  He had to be carted off on a stretcher and was quickly brought to a hospital.  It was announced after the game that he was out indefinitely with a broken right tibia.

The crowd at the Garden was now subdued as the game began after the injury delay.  The injury that had taken place in front of the fans was gruesome.

17:09 in the second period was when the B’s struck first.  The crowd erupted again as Bergeron scored at the doorstep.  It was the forward’s third goal in two games.

Twenty seconds later, Daniel Paille scored on the backhand.  It was the quickest that the Bruins had scored back to back on the season so far.  Gregory Campbell picked up his first point of the year with an assist on the goal.  Now every player on the Bruins has at least a point.  Tampa Bay had tried to poke the bear, but Boston would not let them get away with it.

The second period wrapped up with the Bruins leading 2-0 over the Lightning.  The shots on goals were tied at 18 a piece, but the Bruins had more scoring opportunities.  The B’s had managed to quiet Tampa’s sizzling offense and took over.

The Lightning tried to find their spark in the third but they were stopped each time.  There was more unfortunate luck for Tampa Bay as Salo was injured and didn’t return for the remainder of the game.

Gregory Campbell tried to drop the gloves with Killorn but the referees stepped in and said no.  Campbell was fired up and angry, as he wanted to go with Killorn.  Killorn obviously said something to Soupy which got him going.  Soupy turned on him, firing out a string of choice words but the two didn’t engage in a tussle.  Instead, Campbell was sent to the penalty box for a cross checking call.

The B’s killed off a few more penalties and finished the game having killed 22 penalties in a row.  Tampa Bay was not given many opportunities on their power play.  They basically had nothing to work with and couldn’t get more than a shot with each power play.  The Bruins controlled.  There were a few power plays in which the Lightning couldn’t even fire a single shot towards the net.

It looked as if the Bruins had sealed the deal on the game on what would have been a goal by David Krejci.  It was waved off due to goalie interference on Jarome Iginla.  The play wasn’t reviewed and the game continued with the B’s leading 2-0.

A few minutes later, the Black and Gold got their goal back.  The Tampa Bay net was empty as Lucic fed a pass to Iginla who scored on the vacant net.  The game was over.  The Bruins had won 3-0 and beat the Lightning for the third time this season.  The victory today, allowed for the Bruins to clinch the season series with Tampa as they continued to show their authority over Florida teams.

The B’s jumped into second place in the Atlantic Division and now are sitting behind Tampa Bay.  It’s safe to say that they’ve put their early season slump behind them.  They’ve won three in a row, and hope to continue this tear of dominance that they’ve recently displayed.

Tuukka Rask stopped all 28 of the shots he faced and picked up his second shutout of the season.  Boston has now improved to 11-5-1 on the year.  They’ll look to wrap up their home stand on Thursday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets head to town.  The Bruins will aim for their fourth win in a row.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

Follow along with Rachel on Twitter: @rembostonsports

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