BruinsLightning: 5 from the Second

BruinsLightning: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Lightning locked in a 1-1 tie at the TD Garden after the first 40 minutes of playoff atmosphere at the TD Garden.1)Steve Kampfer has come back strong from getting scratched for a couple of the games by the Bruins, and responded to a mistake on the ice with a goal. His ill-advised pass off the boards turned into Eric Brewers goal for the Lightning, but he responding with his own strike from the top of the slot area minutes later. It was only Kampfers second point in the last 15 games, but perhaps a sign that hes lifting himself over the wall hed encountered lately.2)A lot of diving and dropping for calls by Tampa Bay to get Steve Stamkos and their power play out on the ice. In fact its a very Montreal-like game that the Lightning are playing tonight, and its a pretty good preview of what theyd do in a potential playoff matchup. It worked when Dominic Moore dropped to get a Nathan Horton tripping penalty, and the same thing with a Dennis Seidenberg cross-check on Blair Jones. The cross-check was legit, but Jones dropped to the ice as if hed been shot to get the whistle.3)Surprising to see Marty St. Louis stick his leg out and trip Mark Recchi on his way to the net during a cover-up and whistle in the second period. It sent Recchi spilling into the net and post, and left both teams pairing up in shoving matches afterward. Recchi was hot from the bench long afterward, and it was really unexpected from Lady Byng perennial candidate Marty St. Louis.4)The work done by Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley along the sideboards created the goal for Steve Kampfer, and both wingers got their earned assists on the goal. Thats exactly the kind of gritty grunt work that each player has been doing since they arrived, and is part of the reason why the Bruins have become that much tougher to play against. 5)Four shots on net for Dennis Seidenberg, who has been one of the players most affected in a positive fashion by the Tomas Kaberle trade. Hes been active, physical and playing some very good hockey after a slow start to the year. Once Kaberle arrived it really allowed all the rest of the Bs defensemen to slide into their proper spots.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.