Bruins come back, beat Lightning, 5-2

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Bruins come back, beat Lightning, 5-2

BOSTON -- Zdeno Chara's 1,000th NHL game was on Saturday night, but he was recognized for the feat prior to Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden. The Bruins captain responded with three assists and helped his team to a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Chara's third assist of the game helped the B's to the game-winner, with 8:26 remaining in regulation.

Just moments after the Bruins killed off a Lightning power play, Chara took a slap shot from the left point, and Brian Rolston picked up the rebound at the left post, took it around the net in a wrap-around attempt, and Benoit Pouliot finished out front to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.

Brad Marchand added Boston's fourth goal with 4:10 remaining, on a low shot from the right circle, and Rich Peverley added an empty-netter with 6.8 seconds left to make it 5-2.

Steven Stamkos had tied the game at 2-2, just six minutes before Pouliot's game-winner, after he sniped the top-left corner on a power-play one-timer from the left circle.

The Bruins had taken a 2-1 lead into that third period, thanks to Dennis Seidenberg's finish on a Chara rebound with 4:55 left to play in the second.

Seidenberg found himself down low after a few cycles during a 4-on-4, and after Roloson made the initial save on Chara's slap shot from the point, Seidenberg was on the doorstep to put it upstairs for Boston's first lead of the night.

Both teams entered the second period tied at 1-1.

The Lightning took a 1-0 lead early, after Stamkos picked the low-left corner from a bad angle in the lower-right circle, five minutes into the game.

Shawn Thornton tied it at 1-1 with 9:06 left in the opening period, as he also put home a Chara rebound on the doorstep.

Wednesday, Sept. 28: Ex-Bruin Ruzicka in hot water

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Wednesday, Sept. 28: Ex-Bruin Ruzicka in hot water

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully ensconced in the Bruins' second exhibition game, on tap for tonight. 
 
-- It’s awesome to see Wayne Gretzky back in the mix with the NHL, and serving as “official ambassador” for the NHL’s centennial celebration. 
 
-- Tough times for former Bruins forward and former Czech national coach Vladimir Ruzicka, who was fined for some shady, fraudulent activity

-- Andrew Shaw announced his presence in Montreal with authority. The only thing missing from this WWE-type performance was a Hulkster hand to his ear before the threw a punch. 
 
-- A sad column from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Donnie Brennan, who says it’s time for Clarke MacArthur to retire after all the concussions. I remember writing the exact same thing about Marc Savard five or six years ago before he ultimately took one last big hit and retired. 
 
-- It sounds like old friend Vladimir Sobotka is going to stick in the KHL, and isn’t coming back to the St. Louis Blues as many suspected. 
 
-- For something completely different: A pretty fun Lyft commercial featuring David Ortiz, but how the hell did these people not recognize him?