TAMPA – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of play at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
1) I hope Jordan Caron enjoyed his time in the Bruins lineup, because it might be a while before he gets back into the mix. Carl Soderberg didn’t factor into the scoring, but he had one heck of a dangling rush to the net after stumbling onto the ice from the bench at the beginning of the shift. He heard some mock checks when he fell to the ice, but quickly got up, drove the net and set up Loui Eriksson all alone in front. Eriksson couldn’t bury the bad angle shot on the bouncing puck, but it underscored how much skill Soderberg brings to the table.
2) Radko Gudas is at it again. This time the Tampa Bay agitator nailed Daniel Paille in the corner while slamming his head into the glass without getting called for any kind of a penalty. Paille was okay, but livid as he skated back to the bench after realizing the Lightning defenseman wouldn’t be called for a penalty. Later in the period Milan Lucic lowered the boom on him in the corner after clearly taking a number with Gudas.
3) Good first period for Lucic with a couple of shots on net, three hits and a great drive down the left wing that caught the attention of Sami Salo and Victor Hedman. That allowed David Krejci to cut right down the slot and tap in the pass from Lucic for Boston’s only goal, and Krejci’s first score of the season.
4) Six shots generated in the first period for Patrice Bergeron, who has been the most active in any game thus far this season. He’s only won 5-of-10 face-offs in the first period, but has played solidly given some of the offensive firepower he’s lined up against.
5) Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Tampa Bay tough guy B.J. Crombeen and caught a big right hand squarely on the chin before clutching and grabbing for the rest of the fight. Give Campbell credit for going there, but Crombeen might be a little out of his weight class at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds.
TAMPA – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 4-0 score after the first 40 minutes of play at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
1) The Bruins had talked about wanting to really focus in all facets of the game for an entire 60 minutes, and they’re doing that tonight. Pretty solid defense, good goaltending and offensive production from three of four lines in an impressive performance.
2) So much for big, bad Ben Bishop. He’s yanked after allowing his fourth goal of the game, and his second in a 51 second span, and he’ll be saddled with his first loss of the season for the Lightning.
3) How did Reilly Smith not flourish in Dallas last season? The 22-year-old kick starts a transition trip into the Tampa zone after a sloppy drop pass by the Lightning, and plays the two-man give-and-go game with Loui Eriksson before feeding Patrice Bergeron as the trailer. Smith now has points in four straight games since being paired with Bergeron and Eriksson, and doesn’t look like he’ll be moving off that spot anytime soon.
4) Bruins doing a really good job of bottling up Steve Stamkos defensively. He’s a minus-1 with only shot on net, and he’s been getting worked in the face-off circle as well. This comes after he was very quiet in the opening night game against the Bruins as well.
5) Ten generated shot attempts for Patrice Bergeron along with the second period goal, and some great defensive work to go along with it. Bergeron looks better tonight than at any point this season.
6) Two slashing penalties on Brad Marchand tonight along with a great assist on Chris Kelly’s goal. While it’s good to see Marchand getting emotionally invested in the game, he might need a refresher course to learn agitating doesn’t equal two-handers to the hands and legs.
TAMPA – Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-0 score after 60 minutes of play at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
1) Nice return for Adam McQuaid after a healthy scratch. Scored a goal in the second period on a high point shot, and threw down with Nate Thompson in the second half of the third period after both players crashed into the boards. His snarl in front of the net was noticeable throughout.
2) Round two for Jarome Iginla and Radko Gudas. It looks like that could be a season-long theme for the Bruins and the Lightning. Iginla got off some pretty good shots against the Tampa Bay pest.
3) A complete snipe under the crossbar for Shawn Thornton gives the Bruins goals from each of their four lines in the win. It also gives the Merlot Line goals in each of the last two games as they start to come alive.
4) Tampa Bay still needs a lot of help defensively. They’re not going anywhere until they get a guy or two along the blueline that can lay down the physical lumber, and keep opponents away from the slot area.
5) A “Let’s Go Red Sox” chant late in the third period of the blowout. Gotta love Boston fans.