BRUINS (4-2-0) AT LIGHTNING (5-2-0)
9:48 pm - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 5, TBL 0
RASK SHUTS OUT LIGHTNING: The B's earn their fifth victory of the season with tonight's commanding 5-0 win with goaltender Tuukka Rask earning the shutout, stopping all 23 shots he faced. The shutout is Rask's first of the season, second against the Tampa Bay Lightning and 17th of his career for his 71st career win. Providing the goal scoring for the Bruins this evening were David Krejci (1), Adam McQuaid (1), Patrice Bergeron (2), Chris Kelly (3) and Shawn Thornton (1). The Bruins are back in action on Wednesday, October 23 as they take on the Sabres in Buffalo with puck drop scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.
GETTING CHIPPY: The final minutes of the game saw both squads get chippy, beginning when Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Nate Thompson, after he didn't take to kindly to a hit deep in the Lightning zone along the boards. Shortly thereafter, Jarome Iginla engaged with Radko Gudas before both being tagged with a roughing penalty on top of the fighting major to end the night for the two players. Preceding the Iginla/Gudas fight was a tripping minor on David Krejci who tripped up Victor Hedman. The Bruins, however, were able to kill off the two-minute penalty to Krejci, preserving the Rask shutout with under four minute to go in the game.
THORNTON SCORES HIS FIRST OF THE YEAR:
Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton put his scoring ability on display when he fired a wrister past Tampa goaltender Anders Lindback 34 seconds into the third period, putting the Bruins up 5-0. The shot was set up by Daniel Paille in transition who is credited with the assist on the play for his first helper of the season.B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE:
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The Bruins are back in action on Wednesday, October 23 as they take on the Sabres in Buffalo with puck drop scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.
8:49 pm - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 4, TBL 0
BERGERON & KELLY SCORE 55 SECONDS APART: The momentum of the game swung even further in favor of the Bruins when Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly scored within 55 seconds of one another. Bergeron was able to beat Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop five-hole, when Loui Eriksson sent a pass to Bergeron, who had a step on Tampa's Ryan Malone, and was able tap it home for a 3-0 lead. 55 seconds after Bergeron's tally, forward Chris Kelly found his scoring touch, netting his third goal of the season to give the Black & Gold a four-goal lead in the final minutes of the second period. Earning assists on the Bergeron goal were linemates Reilly Smith (4) and Loui Eriksson (1). Brad Marchand (1) and Carl Soderberg (1) were credited with the assists on the Kelly goal.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: The Bruins went on the power play 6:25 into the second period, when Tampa's Eric Brewer was called for hooking on B's forward Loui Eriksson. The Bruins weren't able to sustain much pressure on the two-minute power play, only registering one shot during the man-advantage.
MCQUAID NETS HIS FIRST: Defenseman Adam McQuaid gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead when he fired a shot from just below the center of the blueline (similar to the location of Dougie Hamilton's goal vs. Florida) past Tampa's goaltender Ben Bishop. Critical on the play was Jarome Iginla who was screening in front, taking away Bishop's eyes, giving the puck a chance to find its way through to the back of the net. McQuaids goal marks his first of the season. The Bruins have a 58-2-3 record when leading by two goals since 2011-12, including a 4-0-0 mark in those games this season. That record extends to 29-0-1 over that span when they have led by three goals.
7:49 pm - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, TBL 0
LIGHTNING GO ON SECOND POWER PLAY: Blueliner Dennis Seidenberg was whistled for interference 13:26 into the first frame, putting the Bruins on the PK for the second time in tonight's game. The Lightning managed to keep the puck in the Bruins zone for a majority of the penalty kill, but Tuukka Rask remained poised in net and stymied all Tampa's chances, keeping them scoreless with under five minute remaining in the first.
B'S GO ON THE PK: Winger Brad Marchand was called for slashing at the 11:31 mark in the first, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time tonight. Tampa managed to get two shots on net during their first power play opportunity, but B's netminder Tuukka Rask was able to stone both chances to kill off the penalty to Marchand, leaving the Bruins unscathed. Entering tonight, the Lighting had the NHL's 8th best PP in the league with seven goals in 29 chances.
BRUINS GO ON THE POWER PLAY: At 6:09 into the first, the Bruins went on the first power play of the evening when the Lightning's Sami Salo was called for holding on B's forward Patrice Bergeron. Milan Lucic had the best scoring opportunity on the power play, picking up a rebound in the slot and firing a shot on net, but Tampa goalie Ben Bishop was able to body the puck up to keep the B's scoreless on the man advantage.
CAMPBELL DROPS THE GLOVES: Just 30 seconds after the B's scored (see below) Gregory Campbell (6'0'', 197 lbs) dropped the mitts with Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen (6'2'', 210 lbs) after a faceoff in the Bruins zone. Both players traded punches before the linesman intervened and sent both players to their respective penalty boxes to serve their five-minute fighting majors.
KREJCI SCORES HIS FIRST OF THE SEASON: Forward David Krejci got the Bruins started in the first period just 1:32 into contest when he and linemate Milan Lucic crashed the Tampa Bay net. Lucic, who was skating up the left side with a Lighting defender on his hip, was able to thread a pass to Krejci in the slot, who chipped it past Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop for a 1-0 lead. Krejci's first goal of the season extends his point streak to four straight games (1-3=4 totals). Lucic earns his third assists of the season on the play along with Jarome Iginla who earns his second of the year.
6:30 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. TBL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (4-2-0, 1.51 GAA, .947 Save %) vs. Bishop (5-0-0, 1.57 GAA, .943 Save %). Rask is 4-2-0 with a 2.52 GAA and .916 save % with one shutout in six career games against Tampa. Bishop is 0-1-0 with a 3.10 GAA and .889 save % in one career game against Boston.
BRUINS VS LIGHTNING LIFETIME: The Bruins and Lightning are meeting for the 79th time in their franchise histories with the Bruins having a 49-20-9-0 record and a 264-202 scoring advantage in those games. The Black & Gold are 19-16-3-0 in their 38 games of this lifetime series in Tampa Bay with the Lightning holding a 114-112 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins have won their previous five matchups with the Lightning, and are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games of the lifetime series overall.
STREAKING: Entering tonight both David Krejci and Reilly Smith ride three-game point streak, with Krejci registering three assists and Smith tallying 1-2=3 totals during that time… Blueliner Dennis Seidenberg also enters tonight riding a point-streak, accruing two assists in back-to-back games.
FIRSTS OF THE SEASON: Daniel Paille, Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith (GWG) provided the goal scoring for the Bruins in their 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. The goals were the first of the season for each player as well as Smith's first goal in a Boston Bruins sweater coming in the final minute of the game.
LIGHTNING NOTEBOOK: The Lighting are currently in game six of a season-long seven game home stand… In five starts, Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop has won each of his five starts, not allowing more than two goals in each contest…Steven Stamkos enters tonight's contest having registered five goals and three assists in his last four games… Sami Salo is currently riding a four-game point streak, notching one goal and four assists with a plus-seven rating during that stretch…Radko Gudas ranks tied for fifth in the NHL with 30 hits..
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 3-for-22 (13.6%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 14-for-16 (87.5%, T-2nd NHL)… Lightning power play: 7-for-29 (24.1%, 8th NHL), Lightning penalty kill: 22-for-29 (75.9%, 26th NHL).