Tampa Bay, FL - Patrice Bergeron
scored his first career shorthanded goal and broke a 1-1 tie with 11:49 remaining to help lift the Bruins over the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night. Hannu Toivonen made 31 saves and Wayne Primeau scored the other goal for the Bruins in the win. The Bruins won two of three on their post-holiday road trip and have now won three of their last five games.
"It was a hard fought game. Tampa Bay is an aggressive team and they really come at you," said Head Coach Mike Sullivan. "They play a similar style that we try to play and our penalty kill got the job done, and we also got the timely saves tonight. When we got on our heels a little bit, Hannu was there to make a save and that allowed us to stay in the hockey game. We were able to get it done at the other end with our opportunities."
In a scoreless first period, Hannu Toivonen came up big for the Bruins, making seven saves, while Tampa Bay netminder Sean Burke stopped 11. Boston mustered up some quality scoring chances throughout the period, but Burke was there to keep the B's off the scoreboard.
The Bruins broke the scoreless tie at 1:10 of the second period. Wayne Primeau tipped home Brad Stuart's shot from the right circle for his fifth of the year and a 1-0 Boston lead. P.J. Axelsson picked up the other assist.
The Lightning tied the game six minutes later on a goal by ex-Bruin Rob DiMaio. DiMaio picked up his fourth of the year on a rebound in front of Toivonen. Toivonen made the first three saves, but DiMaio was able to shovel the last one home to make it 1-1.
At 8:11 of the third period, Patrice Bergeron
snapped the 1-1 tie with his first career shorthanded goal to put the Bruins up 2-1. With Brad Stuart in the penalty box for tripping, Glen Murray picked up a loose puck and sent Bergeron in all alone. Bergeron put a nifty move on Lightning goalie Sean Burke for his 11th goal of the season and the eventual game-winner.
"Murray made a great play to get the puck out of our zone and it was just me against the goalie," said Bergeron. "I just tried to make a little move and put it in. I've tried to make that move a couple times and this time it worked, so I'm pretty happy. Everything comes down to hard work and that's how you win hockey games. We did that tonight."
Hannu Toivonen made sure the Boston lead held up, stopping the remainder of Tampa Bay's shots, including a key penalty kill with under five minutes left in the game.
The Bruins return home to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. matinee at the TD Banknorth Garden.