BRUINS 27-13-5 (59 pts) vs. LIGHTNING 18-24-4 (40 pts)
10:27 p.m. - Third period Snapshots: BOS 2, TBL 0
Bruins Win: The B's took down the Lightning, 2-0, to improve to 28-13-5 on the season. Dennis Seidenberg and Daniel Paille provided the offensive output for Bruins with a goal apiece, both coming in the second period. The B's were also a perfect three for three on the penalty kill in tonight's game against Tampa Bay.
B's Go on the PP: The Bruins had their first power play opportunity of the night when the Lightning's Victor Hedman went off for hooking at 16:43 of the third. The B's controlled the puck in the Tampa zone for much of the man-advantage, but couldn't sustain enough pressure get one past Tampa Bay's Lindback.
Rask with the Shutout: Rask added to his highlight reel with 4:33 to go in the third, robbing Martin St. Louis with a flashy glove save on a one-timer from the forward. Rask made 30 stops on the night, good for his fifth shutout of the season, 16th of his career, and first against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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9:12 p.m. - Second period Snapshots: BOS 2, TBL 0
Looch Drops the Gloves: Milan Lucic continued his physical play when he delivered a crushing hit on Keith Aulie in the corner to the left of Lindback at the 17:22 mark. Lucic and Aulie then immediately dropped the gloves, with No. 17 landing a number of big shots on the Lightning defenseman, before taking him down to the ice and lending a few extra words before heading down the tunnel. It was Lucic's fourth fight of the season, and first since March 3, when he took on the Canadiens' Brandon Prust (his first two came in January). Lucic and Krejci lead the B's with four hits each through 40 minutes.
Paille Puts B's Up 2-0: The recently reunited Merlot Line came up with a huge shift towards the end of the second. Shawn Thornton fought to keep the puck in at the left point and then got the puck to Gregory Campbell down the boards. Campbell proceeded to fire a hard cross-ice pass through the slot to Daniel Paille at the right wing circle, who made no mistake, firing a one-timer past Lindback to extend the Bruins lead to 2-0. The goal was Paille's 10th of the season.
Rask Stones Bolts: Rask continued to blank the Lightning in the second, once again stopping all nine shots that came his way. With just under 10 minutes left in the second, Benoit Pouliot squeezed past the D, creating a partial breakaway on Rask. Pouliot fired one, but Rask kicked out his left pad and stopped it with his toe to keep the B's up, 1-0, and bring the "Tuuuuuuuk" down from the Garden faithful. Rask made another huge stop with 7:40 remaining, when he robbed Steven Stamkos with a tremendous glove save. Just moments later, Rask, once again, came up big with two saves, in succession, on Alex Killorn. No. 40 has stopped all 18 shots he has faced tonight.
Bergeron to the Box: At 5:30 into the second period, Patrice Bergeron was sent to the box for delay of game after trying to flip the puck up ice off the boards, with it sailing into the stands instead. The Bruins successfully killed off their third penalty of the game to make them 3-for-3 on the night and 138-for-156 on the season, thwarting the Bolts' offensive firepower.
Seidenberg Drives: The Bruins took a 1-0 lead at 4:22 into the first on a Dennis Seidenberg slapshot from the right point for his third goal of the year. Patrice Bergeron provided the traffic in front, immediately going there as Seidenberg was taking the pass, while Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand provided the puck logistics to get No. 44 biscuit with plenty of open space to work with before unloading his shot. Zdeno Chara quickly sent the puck to Seguin, who flipped a pass past the Lightning's Teddy Purcell and over to Marchand on the left wing, who stickhandled his way into the zone, finding Seidenberg at the point. Marchand and Seguin earn assists on the play for their 18th and 16th of the season respectively.
B's Kill Penalty to McQuaid: The Bruins started the first 1:16 of the second period on the PK after McQuaid's roughing penalty that carried over from the first. Tampa Bay was not able to sustain much pressure allowing the B's to successfully kill off the remaining time to get back to even strength, making them 137-for-155 on the PK this season.
8:20 p.m. - First period Snapshots: BOS 0, TBL 0Rask Keeps It Scoreless:
Tuukka Rask, who is 2-2-0 against the Lightning in his career, stopped all nine shots that came his way during the first period. Rask's biggest stop came on the Lightning's first power play of the game when he stoned Pouliot, who let one fly from the seam.
Ference and Pouliot Square Off:
With six minutes remaining in the first period, Andrew Ference and former Bruin Benoit Pouliot dropped the gloves behind the Bruins net. The two tussled a bit before deciding to engage, with both players each landing a number of punches in a lengthy bout. It was the first fight of the season for both Ference and Pouliot, and just the fourth of Pouliot's career. Ference's last fight was over a year ago against Pittsburgh's James Neal on April 4, 2012. Pouliot and Ference have also engaged in one postseason fight that came in the 2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, when Pouliot was a member of the Montreal Canadiens. No. 21 received a cheer from the fans as he exited the penalty box upons serving the fighting major.
Boston landed 11 hits in the first period, with three coming from Milan Lucic, including a big one on Keith Aulie in the corner behind Anders Lindback, just nine seconds before Ference engaged with Pouliot at the other end. David Krejci is also tied with Lucic after 20 minutes, having landed three hits of his own, including one that he threw with his body while controlling the puck. The Bruins may only have four shots on goal to Tampa's nine, but that doesn't accurately show the chances they've generated from the physicality. Rich Peverley had a chance in close, when Coach Julien opted to put the Lucic-Krejci-Peverley line right back out after Ference's fight. Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton each had great chances in close towards the end of the period, but just couldn't convert. "It's been working for us with the chances for," Johnny Boychuk told 98.5 The Sports Hub after the first period on the B's upped physical play. Kelly to the Box:
At 5:21 into the first period, Chris Kelly was called for a high-stick out in front of the Boston net, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time this evening. Coming into tonight the Bruins were 135-for-153 on the penalty kill, good for second in the NHL, going against a Lighting power play unit that is 31-for-158 (19.6%, 13th NHL) on the year. The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty to Kelly, including a great save by Tuukka Rask on ex-Bruin Benoit Pouliot in the seam, to make the Bruins 136-for-154 on the year.
7:00 Pregame Snapshots - BOS vs TBL
TAMPBA BAY TO SUPPORT BOSTON: The Tampa Bay Lightning will be wearing helmets adorned with the Boston Strong ribbon to show their support for the city of Boston throughout the course of tonight's game.
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (18-9-4, 2.03 GAA, .923 Save %) vs. Lindback (10-8-1, 2.88 GAA, .903 Save %). Rask is 2-2-0 with a 3.54 GAA and .878 Save % in four career games against Tampa Bay. Lindback is 0-1-0 with a 4.07 GAA and .846 Save % in one career game against Boston.
MCQUAID NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON TROPHY: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is the Boston Bruins 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee, as selected by the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. "When you think of dedication to hockey and perseverance, Adam McQuaid is the perfect embodiment of both while triumphing over a season of adversity," said Joe Haggerty, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and Bruins beat reporter for CSNNE.com. "He's as tough as they come, he's as humble and pleasant as they come off the ice and his amazingly rapid recovery from serious blood clot surgery is a testament to how badly he wants to be out on the ice. All of this and more makes McQuaid the perfect choice as our nominee for this year's Masterton Trophy."
SEVENTH PLAYER AND SEASON AWARDS: NESN’s voice of the Boston Bruins Jack Edwards will host an on-ice pre-game ceremony before tonight’s game to honor the Boston Bruins player who has been selected as NESN’s Seventh Player Award. The Seventh Player Award will be given to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2012-13 season. On Sunday, April 28, the Bruins and 98.5 The Sports Hub will announce the winners of the Season Awards, which includes the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods”), the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, voted by Boston media), the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk) and the Bruins Three Stars (top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub).
BRUINS VS LIGHTNING LIFETIME: The Bruins and Lightning are meeting for the 77th time in their franchise histories with the B’s holding a 47-20-9-0 record with a 259-201 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 28-4-6-0 in 38 games at home against the Lightning with a 147-87 scoring edge. In their last nine games against the Lightning, the Bruins are 7-2-0. Tampa Bay is one of three teams (Ottawa, Philadelphia) that have never swept Boston in a season series. There has not been a shutout in this series since the Bruins blanked the Bolts 4-0 on Mar. 21, 2000 in Boston.
FACEOFF LEADERS: Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron comes into tonight leading the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 61.6% rate. As a team, Boston leads the NHL as well in faceoff percentage at 56.4%.
STREAKING: Jaromir Jagr and Carl Söderberg enter tonight’s game riding a two-game point streak with Jagr tallying a point and an assist and Söderberg notching two assists during that span.
151 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 151 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
LIGHTNING NOTEBOOK: Tonight marks Tampa Bay’s final road game of the year as they look to snap a six-game road losing streak. The Lightning come into tonight tied for third in the NHL in goals per game (3.13) and ranks third overall in goals (144)…Steven Stamkos enters tonight’s game second in the NHL in goals (29) and tied for second in points (56)…Martin St Louis leads the NHL in assists (42) and points (58)…Matt Carle has recorded a point in eight of his past 13 games, notching a goal and nine assists during that span…B.J. Crombeen enters tonight first in the NHL with 14 major penalties and is fourth with 112 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 17-for-117 (14.5%, T-24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 135-for-153 (88.2%, 2nd NHL)… Lightning power play: 31-for-158 (19.6%, 13th NHL), Lightning penalty kill: 123-for-153 (80.4%, T-20th NHL).
POSTGAME TRANSCRIPTS: The Bruins Communications Staff will post transcripts from both locker rooms and from the pre and postgame press briefings of both head coaches on the Bruins Media Website. Visit www.bostonbruins.com/media and log in with the following combination (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, password: media).dT