B's in no mood to complain about calls after victory

B's in no mood to complain about calls after victory
March 2, 2013, 11:15 pm
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It was a hockey game bogged down by penalties and power plays for both sides, so it was only appropriate that Saturday afternoon’s tilt between the Bruins and Lightning was decided by the power play.

Brad Marchand’s third-period goal arrived after Brendan Mikkelson took a double-minor for high sticking Milan Lucic in the chin, and was one of 13 power plays awarded to both teams. The Bruins power forward isn’t one to linger on the ice looking for a call, but was down on the ice for an extended period before pulling himself up and going after Tampa Bay players that were calling him out.

“One of their players made a comment about me diving and I didn’t like that at all,” said Lucic, who has never been accused of taking a dive while building a career as the most feared player in the NHL. “He knows who he is and I’m glad that we were able to beat him where it hurts the most.”

The Tampa Bay Lightning were handed eight power plays and scored on two of them in the first period. The Bruins had five power plays and also scored on a pair of their first two-man advantage scores on the TD Garden ice this season. Amazingly, there were four boarding calls in the game, including one on Lucic when he drilled Victor Hedman with a clean hockey hit just as he was chipping the puck out of the defensive zone.

There was also a first-period hockey fight between Adam McQuaid and Pierre Cedric-Labrie. The Lightning tough guy stepped up as the third man in when it first appeared McQuaid and Keith Aulie were going to fight.

If there are good days and bad days for officials in the NHL then Saturday afternoon at TD Garden wasn’t one for the Greatest Hits package. Still, the Bruins weren’t going to get wrapped up in whining about the officiating when they ended up on the winning end of things.

“When calls are made there’s not much you can do about it afterward, so we just wanted to stick within ourselves and with the game plan,” said Lucic. “We can’t control the refs, we’re not going to complain about the refs, and we’re just going to go out there and play our game.”

Still, there was no call forthcoming from the refs after Boston’s first scrap in seven games when it appeared to be a textbook case for an instigator call.

“It was one of those games tonight where there were a lot of penalties called. It’s tough. I think it was mentally tough for everybody, but we had to stay composed, and then deal with it,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “I think we killed almost a third of the game with our penalty killers. It’s one of those nights where you don’t want to over-utilize players, but we had to at times.”

It was also one of those nights that couldn’t have been predicted. If you had told most hockey observers that the Bruins would hand Tampa Bay eight cracks on the power play through a 60 minute game, most would have foretold impending special teams doom for the Black and Gold.

Instead the Bruins matched Tampa’s power-play production, and successfully killed off a four-minute double-minor penalty. The Lightning couldn’t do the same on Marchand’s game-winner.