Bruins come up short in Game 1, real short, in a 5-2 loss. Looks like they’re playing Montreal again. Lightning wins their eighth straight playoff game, scoring a power-play goal and two unassisted markers.
Tyler Seguin gets his first NHL playoff goal in his first NHL playoff game, but little else of note from the home team, who are outshot, 34-33.
3d period – 18:39 – Tampa Bay 5, Boston 2 – Chris Kelly earns a late goal when Boychuk’s shot deflects off the skate of Bergeron and past Roloson.
3d period – 17:29 – Tampa Bay 5, Boston 1 – Empty-net goal for Simon Gagne, after Teddy Purcell beats Chara to the puck off a faceoff to Roloson’s left and feeds the puck ahead to Gagne for the long shot.
Clark with a goal and an assist in the game. St. Louis with points in four straight games. Not much to say about any Bruins.
3d period – 13:37 – Tampa Bay 4, Boston 1 – Marc-Andre Begeron collects on the power play, sinking a wrist shot from the left point that skims past both Adam McQuaid and Simon Gagne, and past Thomas on the short side. PPG.
Tampa Bay is 0 for 2 on the PP.
Johnny Boychuk steps into Simon Gagne in the B’s zone and flattens him. Lecavalier is there quickly to step up for his teammate but the B’s end up with the penalty, a roughing on Boychuk at 12:04.
Seguin created a buzz with a rush down the left wing, ending with a backhand shot that Roloson is forced to smother and hold for the faceoff.
A line of Rich Peverley, Mark Recchi, and Michael Ryder, along with D-men Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, applies some sustained pressure in the Llghtning zone, but comes up empty.
Bruins get set up again, but best chances are blocked, one from Chara, one from Kaberle, who actually takes a stinging shot at Roloson from the right circle.
Vincent Lecavalier called for slash on Boychuk at 5:53 and the Bruins PP (0 for 3) troops onto the ice.
Pulled out of his crease, Thomas extends his legs back to the right post to block a shot from Simon Gagne.
lBruins’ fourth line on the ice against Tampa Bay’s No. 1 (Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Malone) and holding their own.
Johnny Boychuk takes out Steve Stamkos with a flying hipcheck into the sidewall in the Bruins zone at 3:11.
Good shift from the Krejci line, ending with a shot from the right point by Dennis Seidenberg, absorbed by Roloson’s midsection at 2:07.
In the first minute of the third, Shawn Thornton has a great chance in close, trying to circle into the goal with the puck, but Roloson rebuffs him.
By the way, Tyler Seguin played just two shifts in the second period. He has 5:00 of ice time for the game.
The Bruins finished the regular season with a 5-16-5 record when trailing after the second period, and entered tonight’s game with an 0-3 record when trailing after two in this postseason.
On the other hand — and this is not such good news for Boston — the Lightning entered tonight’s game with a 6-0 record when leading following the second period in this postseason.
After two periods, the Lightning have outshot the Bruins, 23-20.
Brad Marchand apparently infuriated by something. On his return to the bench he slams his stick to the ice, breaking off the blade. Then he hits the door with his stick and it breaks again.
Seguin with a big hit on Sundin in the Tampa zone.
Kaberle gets a great chance when Horton feeds him the puck outside the left circle. Kaberle cracks a one-timer that bounces off the quick right skate of Roloson.
Adam Hall called for tripping at 14:58 and Bruins have their third power play.
Thomas makes a brilliant save on Downie at 14:30. With a faceoff to Thomas’s right, the puck slid back between Rich Peverley’s legs onto Downie’s stick. He collected it for what appeared to be an easy shot, but Thomas dove to his left for a glove save.
Off a faceoff, Chris Kelly trips Ryan Malone and gets a penalty at 11:55. Tampa Bay on its second PP.
Bruins get set up on this power play, and get a few chances, but the results are too typical: Zdeno Chara’s slap shot is wide, Kaberle can’t handle a pass from Ryder and it drips off the end of his stick; Horton finds Kaberle with a sharp cross-zone pass but the defenseman misses; Johhny Boychuk’s point shot is wide and the PP is over.
David Krejci authors a sick dangle behind his back on a rush to the net, drawing Eric Brewer into a tripping penalty at 8:09. Bruins (0 for 1) back on the PP.
Michael Ryder gets a good chance with a high shot at 6:00, but Roloson manages to clutch the puck to his chest and hold on.
With one second left on Paille’s penalty, Tampa’s Steve Downie is called for interference (3:29). Bruins first PP of the game; they are 2 for 37 in the postseason. The boos come early and often as the Lightning kill it off without the Bruins ever setting up in the TB zone.
Thomas makes a good save on Ryan Malone’s spin around shot from the right hash mark and the B’s have killed the penalty. The Lightning are 12 for 45 on the power play in the postseason.
Daniel Paille takes the first penalty of the game at 1:29 after he can’t catch Marc-Andre Bergeron along the right sidewall in the B’s zone, and brings him down with his stick. It’s a tripping penalty and the Lightning are on the power play.
Thomas steps out of the goal to thwart Sean Bergenheim’s stab at the puck on a quick cross from Downie.
If I had a nickel for every time this system went south, I’d have a lot of nickels. My apologies….
Bruins took 12 shots in the first, the Lightning 10. Lightning scored two unassisted goals, Brett Clark’s first of the playoffs on a shot Tim Thomas would probably like another chance at, and Teddy Purcell’s second of the playoffs on a stuff-in Tomas Kaberle offered up to him at the right post.
The Lightning scored the first goal of the game for the eighth time in their 12 postseason games, including their sixth straight.
Tampa Bay scored the first three goals of the game in 1 minute 25 seconds, a club record for fastest two goals in a playoff game (19 seconds) and fastest three goals in a playoff game. Bruins need to figure out a quick counter in the second.
Milan Lucic leads the B’s with three hits.
Tampa Bay calls a timeout.
1st period -15:59 – Tampa Bay 3, Boston 1 – Tyler Seguin gets a chance to show what he can do, and it turns out to be something special. The Bruin rookie races into the Lightning zone with the puck, moves smoothly around Mike Lundin, putting the Tampa defenseman on his butt on the ice. Seguin then rips a forehand, beating Roloson to the far side. It is the first game of the playoffs for Seguin.
Boston calls a timeout.
1st period – 12:30 Tampa Bay 3, Boston 0 – The packed house hardly has time to swallow the first two goals when the B’s give up a third. Tomas Kaberle’s weak attempt to move the puck out from behind Thomas is picked off by Teddy Prucell, who stuffs in a shot at the right post at 12:40. Purcell has a point in five straight games.
Very quickly, it’s 2-0 for the Lightning.
1st period – 11:34 – Tampa Bay 2, Boston 0 – Brett Clark skates out of the neutral zone with the puck, slides around the Bruin defense on the right side, and lifts a backhand shot at the net that beats Thomas on the short side.
1st period 11:15 – Tampa Bay 1, Boston 0 – Sean Bergenheim takes advantage of a stickless Dennis Seidenberg. The Bruins D-man loses his stick on a collision behind the Bruin net with Steve Downie and has only his skates to try and kick away the rebound of Dominic Moore’s shot. He can’t get enough mustard on it with his blade and Bergenheim pounces for his eighth goal of the playoffs. He is the leading scorer in the playoffs.
Halfway through the first period, Bruins have six shots and the Lighting four, in a game with good pace and much hitting.
At 6:55, Tim Thomas makes his first spectaular save for Boston, sliding full out on the ice to cut off Vincent Lecavalier’s breakaway rush.
Zdeno Chara takes a wrist shot from the left point past a screen in front of the net but Roloson makes the stop and holds on.
Chris Kelly opens with a big shot from the top of the slot at 0:20 and Dwayne Roloson gives up a big rebound but his defense clears the puck away.
Puck dropped at 8:15 p.m.
8:13 p.m. Bruins offer a moment of silence for New York Ranger Derek Boogard, who died yesterday at the age of 28.