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Bolts end skid with 5-3 win over Bruins

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

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Bolts end skid with 5-3 win over Bruins
Boston Bruins 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
Three Stars of the Game
Dominic Moore
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 16:00
Tom Pyatt
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:11
Ryan Malone
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:07
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning were in a seven-game skid and had not yet found the win column in 2012 heading into Tuesday night's game with the Boston Bruins, a powerful opponent with a 13-5-0 road record.

Even Lightning coach Guy Boucher had characterized it as "a formidable task."

But just before the Lightning took the ice, veteran Martin St. Louis stood up to address the team. Reportedly, he told them that things can turn on a single game, or a single moment. He told them to forget the past and the future and play hard now.

"We know that's what it's about -- just being able to switch it from the negative to the positive," Boucher said after the Lightning's 5-3 win at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "Any moment, any second, you can turn things around. Marty's point was that we just have to focus on the opportunity ahead of us. That's what it was. Marty's a terrific leader and I was very pleased about it."

And that's exactly what the Lightning did, as Vincent Lecavalier broke a scoreless tie at 7:11 of the opening period. Lecavalier's score, his 18th of the season off a scramble in front of Tim Thomas, gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead. It had been five games since Tampa Bay had opened a game with the first goal.

"When the puck dropped, we had emotion," Boucher said. "I didn't care about the score; I want to fight. It's never for me about the score. When they score, that's what gets you anxiety and it gets you thinking ahead of the moment and the whole point is to be in the moment."

 For Bruins coach Claude Julien, the loss was simply a matter of lack of effort from his club.

"I would say it was our work ethic," Julien said. "Our compete level isn't there. We're no better and no worse than any other team when we don't compete. We become a very ordinary team, and that's what we are right now."

The Bruins (29-13-1), playing the back-end of a two game Florida road trip, battled back to tie the game three times before Dominic Moore got the eventual game-winner, a long slap pshot past Thomas. Ryan Malone had scored his 10th goal of the season earlier in the third off a goal-mouth scramble and Steven Stamkos put the finishing touches on the win with an empty-netter -- his League-leading 31st -- with just 21 seconds remaining.

Tom Pyatt also scored for the Lightning, his fifth goal of the season. The goal exceeded Pyatt's career-total of 4 goals prior to this season.

Nathan Horton had the first two goals for Boston, his 15th and 16th of the season and Daniel Paille scored his eighth, a shorthanded breakaway goal in the third. Paille's goal was the seventh shorthanded goal that Tampa Bay has allowed this season. Only one team -- New Jersey -- has allowed more.

Both teams struggled on the power play. Boston was 0-for-3 and is now 2-for-22 over its last six games.  Tampa Bay, meanwhile, went 0-for-4 and has converted only twice in its last 27 opportunities.

Tampa Bay (18-23-4) began the game skating shorthanded after Bruno Gervais was called for a high-sticking penalty at 1:58 of the first period, a situation that had plagued them during their losing streak.
 
Did Boucher expect the worst?

"Yes, but if I'm asking my players to put things behind, then we have to put things behind too as leaders," Boucher said. "Right away I said, 'We're gonna kill this one.' And we're going to fight it out and block shots and we kept on talking about what we’re going to do, not what can happen against us. And then we did. It's all about the actions. Your words become your actions and your actions become your character, and your character becomes your habits, so it's important we take care of our words."

Mathieu Garon stopped 26 shots and earned his 12th win of the season, while Thomas allowed four goals on 30 shots.

"The Lightning didn't look like a team with seven losses in a row," Thomas said. "We looked like that."
scoring summary
1st Period
07:11
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (18) ASST: Matt Gilroy (12), Martin St. Louis (27)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:28
BOS
Nathan Horton (15) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
14:11
TBL
Tom Pyatt (5) ASST: Steve Downie (11), Matt Gilroy (13)
2 - 1 TBL
16:48
BOS
Nathan Horton (16) ASST: Andrew Ference (15), David Krejci (24)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
04:58
TBL
Ryan Malone (10) ASST: Dominic Moore (12), Nate Thompson (4)
3 - 2 TBL
10:53
BOS
SHG - Daniel Paille (8) ASST: Zdeno Chara (20), Dennis Seidenberg (13)
3 - 3 Tie
16:15
TBL
Dominic Moore (4) ASST: Ryan Malone (17), Steve Downie (12)
4 - 3 TBL
19:39
TBL
EN - Steven Stamkos (31) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (18)
5 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:58
TBL
Bruno Gervais  Hi-sticking against  Benoit Pouliot
09:52
TBL
Dominic Moore  Elbowing against  Zach Hamill
14:24
BOS
Andrew Ference  Interference against  Tom Pyatt
19:55
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Holding against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
07:05
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Tripping against  Milan Lucic
19:23
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg  Holding against  Dominic Moore
3rd Period
10:14
BOS
Milan Lucic  Interference against  Ryan Malone
13:14
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Tyler Seguin
13:14
BOS
Tyler Seguin  Diving against  Steven Stamkos
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 30TOI: 59:16
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
SA: 29TOI: 59:53
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 1