|Boston Bruins left wing Mllan Lucic, center rear, is congratulated by teammates David Krejci, right, and Dennis Seidenberg, left, after his goal, breaking a 1-1 tie, on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 3, 2011. At bottom is Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis; Bruins' Johnny Boychuk is at bottom left. (AP Photo) |
After a 6-0 road trip, the Bruins returned home to TD Garden tonight to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in a fight for second place in the Eastern Conference. Boston proved they’re a force to be reckoned with as they picked up the 2-1 victory in a physical battle.
“That’s what everyone says when you’re on the road and you have some wins. You come home from a long road trip and you’re not as sharp. But we wanted to be sharp,” forward Nathan Horton
said after the game.
Tampa Bay scored the game’s first goal at 4:04 in the second, but B’s rookie defenseman, Steven Kampfer tied it up two minutes later with a shot from the point.
“It was a great play by [Chris] Kelly and [Michael] Ryder, we all got in on the fore check and we just kept it alive. I tried to poke it up to Kampfer and he had a great shot off the post and it was perfect,” forward Rich Peverley
, who had an assist on the play, said of Kampfer’s goal.
The Bruins had to battle throughout the night with the offensively powerful Lightning squad, but they played their game and were able to capitalize on the scoring chances the found.
“You really have to work to get them tonight,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic
said of the team’s scoring chances.
“And for us we wanted to make sure, we talked about it in the first and second intermission and even before the game, just stick with it. Stick with the good habits and stick with the confidence. Stick with having fun out there and good things will happen.”
But it was Lucic with the game-winner and his 28th of the season, with less than four minutes remaining that game Boston their seven consecutive victory.
After Horton’s shot on goal sent nearly all the players on the ice -- including Lightning goaltender Mike Smith (26 saves) -- diving onto the ice for the puck, Lucic netted the rebound from the left circle.
“Initially I thought when I gave that pass to Horty that he scored but it popped out there. I was just trying to look for the loose puck because there was enough guys in front of the net.” Lucic said of his goal
“I knew there was no real reason for me to get in there but just kind of wait around, see if something popped out and it did and everyone was on the ice including their goalie, so I just shot as high and hard and it went it.”
The Bruins are happy with picking up the two points for a total of 83 and second place in the Eastern Conference. Boston will look to extend their streak as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday in a 7 p.m. tilt.
“You know, we’ll take it, we won the game and we got two points,” said Horton. “And we’re looking on Saturday to have a big game.”---Hannah Becker