Boston Bruins (10-5-1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (12-4-0)
3:38 pm - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, TBL 0
IGINLA POTS THE EMPTY NETTER, B'S TOP TAMPA: The Bruins earned their their 11th win of the season with goals from Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille and an empty netter from Jarome Iginla. Tuukka Rask earns second shutout of the season, stopping at 26 shots, en route to his 18 career shutout and third against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins wrap up their five-game homestand with Thursday's matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM.
B'S GO ON THE POWER PLAY, THEN THE PK: The Bruins got their first power play of the game at 14:23 into the third period with Victor Hedman being called for a high-stick on B's forward Reilly Smith. With twenty seconds to go on the Bruins power play, Zdeno Chara was called for interference yielding four-on-four play for the remainder of the Hedman penalty. The 1:40-long penalty kill unit for the Bruins remained strong killing off their fourth infraction of the evening. The Bruins are now at 22-straight kills.
SOUPY GOES OFF FOR CROSS-CHECKING: With 8:58 to go in the third frame, Gregory Campbell was whistled for cross checking on Alexander Killorn in front the Bruins net. The two went to drop the gloves shortly after the whistles blew, but the linesman intervened before any punches could be exchanged. Once again the Bruins penalty kill was able to bail out a penalized teammate, for their 21st straight successful penalty kill.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins wrap up their five-game homestand with Thursday's matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM.
2:52 pm - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, TBL 0
B'S SCORE TWICE, 20 SECONDS APART: Patrice Bergeron notched is second goal in as many games, punching in a dirty goal on the doorstep of the Tampa Bay goal at the 17:09 mark. Just twenty seconds after Bergy's tally, Daniel Paille converted on a pretty backhand chance beating Lindback glove-side to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Gregory Campbell (first of the season) and Matt Bartkowski (Second of the season) are credited with the assists on the Paille goal, while Torey Krug (fifth of the season, extends his point streak to 5 games) and Loui Eriksson (fourth of the season) are credited with the helper on the Bergeron's sixth goal of the season. The B's entered today's game with an 7-1-0 mark this season when leading after the second period this season and are 83-7-6 since hte start of 2010-11 in games in which they have held a two-goal lead.
LIGHTNING PLAYER INJURED: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos had to be helped off the ice by stretcher after colliding with the goal post deep in the Lightning zone. It appeared to be a lower body injury.
B'S CALLED FOR DELAY OF GAME: At 2:30 into the second period, Dougie Hamilton was called for delay of game when he inadvertently chipped the puck up over the glass into the stands. However, the Lightning's 13th ranked power play was stymied once again by the Bruins hot PK, successfully killing off their 20th straight penalty.
1:30 pm - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, TBL 0
TUUKKA STRONG TRHOUGH ONE: Tuukka Rask had a strong showing between the pipes in the first frame, stopping all seven shots he saw against one of the more potent offenses in the NHL. On the opposite side of the ice, Anders Lindback had a solid frame in net for the Lightning, stopping all 12 shots he saw, including a flurry of chances in the closing two minutes of the period from the David Krejci line.
IGGY CATCHES IRON: Jarome Iginla almost put the Bruins up 1-0 on a breakaway chance against Anders Lindback with about five minutes to go in the first. Iginla ripped a wrister on net from about 10 feet away, beating Lindback clean stick-side, which rung the post and deflected wide.
KREJCI, MARCHAND GET CHANCES: The B's best scoring chance came with just over 11 minutes to go in the first period when Milan Lucic sent a perfect pass to David Krejci who was crashing the crease from the top of the slot. Krejci redirected the pass from Lucic on net, but Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback was able to make a strong left to right push to make an athletic save. Shortly after the Krejci chance, Brad Marchand found himself hustling into the the Lightning zone with just one Lightning defender. Marchand made a slick deke past the lone defender and put a backhand on Lindback, but again the Lightning goaltender was able to body the puck up and deflect it away.
KELLY OFF FOR GOALIE INTERFERENCE: With 14:23 to go in they first period the Bruins found themselves on their first penalty kill of the evening when Chris Kelly was called for goaltender interference on Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback. Entering the matchup, the B's had killed off 18 straight penalties after allowing five straight power play goals from October 25 - 30. The hot B's PK kept the streak intact successfully killing off the two-minute minor to Kelly, with 13:23 to go in the first.
12:30 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. TBL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (9-4-1, 1.63 GAA, .944 Save %) vs. Lindback (1-2-0, 3.48 GAA, .864 Save %). Rask is 5-2-0 with a 2.16 GAA and .925 save % with two shutouts in seven career games against Tampa Bay. Lindback is 0-3-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .875 save % in four career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS LIGHTNING LIFETIME: The Bruins and Lightning are meeting for the 80th time with the Bruins holding a 50-20-9-0 record and a 269-202 scoring advantage. The Black and Gold are 30-4-6-0 in 40 games in Boston with a 152-88 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins have won the last six games against Tampa Bay, including a 3-1 win in the opening game of the 2013-14 season and a 5-0 win on October 19. The Bruins have won the last seven games in Boston against the Lightning, with their last defeat coming in a 5-3 loss on March 25, 2010.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY: The B's will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Day presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire during today’s game. To show their support for the armed forces on Veterans Day, Bruins players Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg, will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the B’s/Bolts game to give to local military members and their families. The military members who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame.
CHAIR OF HONOR: The permanently unoccupied seat, a 'Chair of Honor' (Level 7, Section 303, Row 2), was dedicated last April in honor of POW/MIA. The black seat, emblazoned with the POW/MIA logo, will remain permanently unoccupied as a remembrance of the more than 92,000 military personnel who are prisoners of war, missing in action or unaccounted for since World War I. TD Garden is the first NHL/NBA arena to dedicate a Chair of Honor to U.S. Armed Forces who are POW/MIA.
STREAKING BRUINS: Five Bruins enter today’s game with an active point streak. Reilly Smith leads the pack, with 1-4=5 totals in his last four games. Torey Krug has registered two goals and one assist in his last three games played. Entering today, Zdeno Chara (1-1=2), Brad Marchand (1-1=2) and Loui Eriksson (0-2=2) all ride two-game point streaks, each tallying two points during that time.
175 AND COUNTING: Following last Saturday’s home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins have sold out 175 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
LIGHTNING NOTEBOOK: The Lightning are entering the second game of a three-game road trip… Center Steven Stamkos is tied for first in the NHL in both goals (14) and points (23) and is in the midst of an eight-game point streak with (9-4=13) totals in that span… The Lightning have won four games in a row and seven of their last eight… Winger Martin St. Louis is tied with Stamkos for a team-leading +11 rating… Centerman Valtteri Flippula is one game away from 500 NHL contests…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 9-for-47 (19.1%, 16th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 42-for-50 (84.0%, 12th NHL)… Lightning power play: 12-for-61 (19.7%, 13th NHL), Lightning penalty kill: 52-for-61 (85.2%, 8th NHL)… After allowing five consecutive power play goals between October 26-30, the Bruins have now killed off 18 penalties in a row, blanking opponents on the power play in the past five consecutive games.