Seguin goes off, leads Bruins past Lightning, 6-5

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Seguin goes off, leads Bruins past Lightning, 6-5

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- No Patrice Bergeron, no problem. Not as long as Tyler Seguin keeps it up.

Seguin had a four-point night with two goals and two assists as the Bruins defeated Tampa Bay, 6-5, Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference series at 1-1.

Seguin got the call for the second straight game, as Bergeron (concussion) was once again ruled out. And for the second straight game, the kid didnt disappoint.

He opened the second period with a goal that tied the game at 2-2 just 48 seconds in. He took a pass at his own blue line, burst up the middle of the ice, split two Lightning defensemen and finished a breakaway by flipping a backhander top shelf.

After David Krejci gave the Bruins their first lead of the game, 3-2, at 2:24, Seguin added another at 6:30, sniping the top-right corner with a snap shot from the right slot after Nathan Horton fed him with a cross-slot pass on a 2-on-1 breakaway.

Vincent Lecavalier cut the Bruins lead to 4-3, just over a minute later, but Michael Ryder scored twice in the final four minutes of the second period both assisted by Seguin, including one on the power play to give the Bs a commanding 6-3 lead heading into the third period.

In that third period, Steven Stamkos sniped the top-left corner from the left circle at 3:47 to make it 6-4. And with 6:45 left in the game, Dominic Moore made it a one-goal game at 6-5 by putting home a loose puck on a scrum out front.

But even after a late flurry by the Lightning in the final minutes, Tim Thomas was there to save the day with big save after big save, preserving the Bruins victory.

The Lightning initially took a 2-1 lead after one period, thanks to a late Martin St. Louis goal with 6.5 seconds left in the first period. Stamkos took the puck over the Bruins blue line and cut to the outside of Dennis Seidenberg down the right wing, where he let go a spin-around backhander on net that was re-directed by St. Louis and then went into the net off Bs defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Nathan Horton had previously tied the game at 1-1 when he tipped home a Seidenberg shot from the right point with one second left on a 5-on-4 power play, and 6:02 left in the opening period.

Adam Hall made it 1-0 Tampa Bay early, when he put home a Lecavalier shot from the right circle that went wide behind the net, and bounced back out to him off the boards to the left post.Danny Picard is on twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

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Krug: Bruins collapse 'is not going to happen this year'

Krug: Bruins collapse 'is not going to happen this year'

BOSTON – Having lost three games in a row for the first time under Bruce Cassidy at time of year when you can’t drop into losing streaks, Bruins fans clearly want some sense of surety when it comes to the B’s making the playoffs.

Well, they got an ironclad guarantee from Torey Krug after he was the best B’s player on the ice in a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Krug has been a part of the teams that collapsed in each of the past two seasons and the puck-moving defenseman said things are going to be different this time around with nine games to go.

“I haven’t thought about it, I haven’t talked about it. It’s a different feeling this year. [A collapse] is not going to happen this year. I know we’ve got a lot of pride in this room,” said Krug, who elevated his game and scored on a nifty, Bobby Orr-esque one-man rush up the ice in the third period. He also had a team-high seven shots on net and led the B’s in ice time in the loss. “The guys that have been through it. There’s no other option except making sure we stay on course and take care and do our jobs.

“You feel like you played pretty well and things didn’t go your way. You make a big mistake and it cost you. You got to realize what’s done is done, and we have an important task on Thursday [vs. the Lightning]. We’ve got to come to the rink with no other option except winning that game. That’s the mindset we’ve got to have.”

The Black and Gold are still in a pretty good position when it comes to the playoffs, even if their lead over Toronto in the Atlantic Division is precarious right now. But it ultimately comes down to Boston summoning against Tampa Bay and the Islanders what they didn’t, or couldn’t, against Toronto and Ottawa, and making good on Krug’s defiant words following a bitter defeat. 


 

Bruins hope familiar lack of finish isn't cropping up again

Bruins hope familiar lack of finish isn't cropping up again

BOSTON – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Bruins outshot an opponent, lost and then lamented their lack of finish on a bevy of scoring plays while begrudgingly tipping their hats to a hot goaltender.

It was the scenario for many disappointing losses in the first 55 games of the season under Claude Julien, and it was a little too eerily reminiscent in a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Tuesday night. 

Certainly it’s just one game and there has been far too much good as of late to believe the Bruins are cannon-balling into a pool of previous bad habits. But giving up a goal in the second period while watching Craig Anderson make 18 second-period saves at the other end of the ice was a stark reminder of the bad old days.

“We struggled up in Ottawa getting through [the neutral zone], tonight I thought we did a better job,” said Torey Krug. “A win against that system is just getting the puck behind them and going in on the fore-check. We’ll take that every time. We did well, but we’ve got to find a way to get more goals on the scoreboard.”

Certainly there some stellar saves: A flashy glove hand on a Noel Acciari backhander from the slot and a couple of stops on Frank Vatrano in tight around the net come to mind. But there were also some light, perimeter play kind of nights from Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak where the turnovers (a combined eight giveaways between the two forwards) and loose play were coming fast and furious.

That’s the stuff that needs to improve after watching Ottawa score on three redirections with bodies camped in front of the net.

“There are some,” admitted Bruce Cassidy when asked about parallels to some darker days earlier in the season. “Some of it you have to give credit to the goaltender you’re playing. Look at his numbers, he’s been very good. I’m not going to look too far back. I think we had good looks off the rush – he [Craig Anderson] made saves. We did have our D come late, get a couple of good looks, and that’s something we’ve really worked on. We had a D join and score. That was actually a nice individual score. So, those parts of our game, I think, it just ebbs and flows over the course of the year where you run into hot goaltending and you have to stay with it.

“That’s when you have to keep the puck out of your net. [In Toronto], we were right there until two minutes to go where even though we weren’t scoring, we were in a position to get points. [Against the Senators] it was a breakdown right after we scored, so I think the focus has to be when you’re having tough luck around the net, you need to get points. And maybe these games end up 1-1, 2-2, they’re going into shootouts or overtime and you accumulate your points that way. I think that’s where the last two games have been disappointing. You know, we should have had points. It may not have been wins, but we should have been there at the end and playing 65 minutes, or whatever it took to finish it.”

The silver lining, of course, is that the Bruins didn't get bogged down in Guy Boucher's 1-3-1 trap and were able to dictate play a bit more while never actually leading in the game. But that does little good when won-loss results and points in the coffers are all that matters in the final weeks. 

Perhaps some of the offensive scale-back in the past few games has been by design after letting up seven goals to Edmonton in the Western Canada road finale, but it’s also about being tougher and more determined around the net.

Ottawa won that net-front battle on Tuesday night and subsequently won the hockey game, so it’s time for the Bruins to do that exact thing if they want better results vs. the Lightning and Islanders later this week.