TAMPA — With 19.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Mark Recchi snapped a power-play wrister through Dan Ellis to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum. Steven Stamkos was in the box serving a boarding call after dumping Gregory Campbell at 18:50.
Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal early in the third. After Ellis stopped Shawn Thornton’s shot, Marchand scored on the rebound at 3:00. But the Lightning evened the game yet again when Martin St. Louis beat Tim Thomas at 10:50.
After trading goals in the first period, the Bruins and Lightning did the same in the second. The Bruins pulled ahead by a 2-1 margin at 3:28. The Lightning killed off a too many men call. But eight seconds after the power play expired, Steven Kampfer rapped a shot from the left circle that beat Ellis. It was Kampfer’s first NHL goal.
The Lightning tied the game at 14:02 on a Vincent Lecavalier wraparound. Tim Thomas, making his sixth straight start, bit on Lecavalier’s approach, then couldn’t recover in time to stop the center’s tuck at the far post.
The Bruins struck first during an early double minor on Sean Bergenheim (roughing, cross-checking). The Bruins lost the offensive-zone draw, but Dennis Seidenberg picked off Tampa Bay’s clearing bid. Seidenberg found Mark Recchi, who ripped a shot wide of the net. The puck glanced off the end boards to the stick of Michael Ryder. The right wing had a wide-open look and hit the back of the net at 0:28 of the first.
The Lightning answered with their own power-play goal later in the first. With Adam McQuaid in the penalty box, the Lightning converted at 7:10. From the right post, Ryan Malone drove to the net, intending to deliver a cross-crease pass to Stamkos. Thomas read the play and tried to cut off Malone’s pass. But the puck got through to Stamkos, who jammed a shot under Thomas and into the net to tie the game at 1-1.
19:40 3d period: Bruins 4-3
Mark Recchi snaps a PPG wrister through Dan Ellis in the slot.
18:39 3d period: 3-3
Near disaster, as Adam Hall puts a shot on goal after a flubbed Tim Thomas exchange.
18:10 3d period: 3-3
Steven Stamkos whistled for dumping Gregory Campbell into the wall. Borderline call.
10:50 3d period: 3-3
Steven Stamkos finds Martin St. Louis at the far post. St. Louis whistles a shot past Tim Thomas, who slams his stick onto the ice after the puck goes in.
3:00 3d period: Bruins 3-2
Brad Marchand tucks the backhander into the net. Set play off the draw, with Gregory Campbell winning the faceoff and Shawn Thornton putting the puck on goal.
20:00 2d period: 2-2
David Krejci’s line continues to get some good looks. But too many other forwards (Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi, Tyler Seguin) not doing enough to produce scoring chances.
14:02 2d period: 2-2
Vincent Lecavalier tucks a wraparound goal into the net. Tim Thomas bites on the initial approach and can’t recover in time.
10:20 2d period: Bruins 2-1
That’s three penalties Brad Marchand has drawn. This time it’s a holding on Teddy Purcell. Wipes out the Tampa Bay power play. Can’t say enough about work like that.
7:58 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Brad Marchand draws a holding penalty by driving hard to the net. Second power play Marchand has drawn.
6:45 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Tim Thomas stops Simon Gagne on the partial breakaway. Starts with a Milan Lucic turnover up ice.
3:28 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Lightning kill off the penalty. But Steven Kampfer nets his first NHL goal after the power play expires. Took his time and whacked home a shot from the left circle.
1:20 2d period: 1-1
A Lewie on the Lightning. PP coming up for the Bruins.
20:00 1st period: 1-1
Pretty even play from both clubs so far. Best save of the first by Brett Clark to get in front of Mark Recchi’s bid.
7:10 1st period: 1-1
From his office at the edge of the crease, Steven Stamkos jams in the PPG. Tim Thomas down and out trying to stop Ryan Malone’s feed.
4:26 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Already more action in this period than in all of last night’s first. Something about that Boston-Florida matchup that brings out the snores.
0:28 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Michael Ryder with the PPG. Mark Recchi shoots wide, Ryder collects the rebound off the wall and beats Dan Ellis. Dan Ellis Problems?
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Brad Marchand is in. Daniel Paille is out.