Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.
1) A dominant period by Boston’s top two forward lines, but they weren’t able to get anything past Anders Lindback as he worked his way into a groove after some early shakiness. Each of those two lines had a long, extended shift in the Tampa Bay with multiple scoring chances, but just couldn’t force anything past the Tampa Bay netminder. His best save of the period was on a Brad Marchand partial breakaway backhander after the B’s forward had twisted Keith Aulie around with a couple of quick offensive moves.
2) One shot apiece for Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis as Bruins defense is doing a good job bottling them up, and keeping them way to the outside of the net.
3) Tough shift for Aulie as he was turned around on the scoring chance for Marchand, and then got stomped by Patrice Bergeron with a bit hit in the neutral zone. Bergeron looked like he was protecting himself more than lining up the Tampa Bay defenseman, but it produced the same result.
4) Ryan Spooner had a combined seven assists over two games this weekend for the Providence Bruins. Why is he still playing in the AHL again? The Bruins could absolutely use his blazing skating speed and offensive playmaking abilities at the NHL level. It might mean an established player takes a seat, but it’s about what’s best for the Black and Gold.
5) Three shot attempts and three registered hits for Jarome Iginla in 6:43 of ice time in the first period, and it appears No. 12 has brought the good stuff for the Black and Gold once again. He hit the left post on a partial breakaway that could very easily have given Boston their first goal of the game.
SECOND PERIOD: BRUINS 2, LIGHTNING 0
1) Awful injury for Steven Stamkos midway through the second period. That looked like a broken right leg for sure, and he had to be wheeled out of the arena on an ambulance in obvious pain. A worse thing couldn’t have happened to a better player and person. Such a bad blow for the Lightning, Team Canada and the NHL where Stamkos is one of the true bright lights.
2) A few minutes later Sami Salo went down with an injury after a collision with Carl Soderberg, and his slow trip back to the bench opened things up for the Bruins to counter-attack with speed. Brad Marchand’s rush up the ice turned into a Patrice Bergeron score on a loose puck in front of the net. That line has had it’s best game of the season to date.
3) Gregory Campbell’s first point of the season on Daniel Paille’s goal to make it a 2-0 score. That is his first point of the year in his 17th game.
4) Loui Eriksson with a three-game point streak, and is starting to look like the player everybody imagined he could, and would, be.
5) A minus-2 night for Keith Aulie and Eric Brewer, and it really just seems like the Bruins are going to have their way with the Lightning this season. There’s always at least one team every season where the Bruins have their number, and that appears like it’s going to be Tampa Bay this year.