Final: Bruins 3, Lightning 1

Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal and Rich Peverley added an empty net goal as the Bruins defeated the Lightning 3-1 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference finals series.

The Bruins lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Wednesday in Tampa Bay.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves to lead the Bruins.

Third period

Lucic’s dump-in goes wide of the net but Smith misplays and gets out of position. Lucky no Bruins nearby.

With Bolts swarming, Thomas and Seidenberg manage to cover up puck at right post. 4:23 to go, still a one-shot game.

New look for PP with Chara in front. Bruins set up quickly and Horton gets a shot from the left. Kaberle at the center point, shoots wide, than takes aim again, with Chara trying to fill the space in front. The puck is tipped over the goal. PP over; two shots.


Downie called for boarding at 10:54. Bruins power play. Oh dear.

Now Belichick is standing up and waving his yellow towel. Crowd going nuts.

Thomas with spectacular save. First Malone gets a jab at the net from in close and hits the left post, then Thomas makes amazing stop on Steve Downie with his stick, sending the play to the other end, where Chara barrels in and lifts a backhand shot at Smith. The goalie gloves it.

Tyler Seguin stickhandles neatly around Malone and feeds Kaberle, who charges toward net and takes a shot! Save.

With about six minutes played in third, shots are 29-12 for Tampa Bay. Bruins holding on to one-goal lead by a piece of used tape — and Tim Thomas.

Marchand starts an offensive surge, stripping the puck from Lecavalier along the sidewall and feeding Patrice Bergeron, who takes it into the TB zone, where both Chara and Seidenberg gets shots, which are blocked.

At the 2-minute mark, Blair Jones thinks he’s scored after his shot beats Thomas but even as Jones is throwing his arms in the air, the puck is ringing off the right post. Close call.

Bill Belichick back on the big screen and now he’s waving a yellow Bruins towel along with all the fans, 17,565 in another sellout at TD Garden.


Seems to be a pretty quiet night among the Bruins’ faithful in the blogosphere. Maybe they are just as confused as the B’s offense seems to be.

Three shots for Chara, two each for Horton and Marchand. That’s an offensive mishmash. Also three hits for Horton, and three for Lucic. Brett Clark leads Bolt with four shots.

Second period

End of two. Bolts still have big shot advantage; 23-12, but Bruins have the lead at 2-1.

There has been no announcement in the press box, but Tampa Tribune reporter Eric Erlendsson notes Sean Bergenheim has been absent from the Lightning bench for the second period. Apparently hurt in the first period.

2d period 15:56 – Boston 2, Tampa Bay 1 – Brad Marchand gives the Bruins the lead with his sixth goal of the playoffs. The rush started by Chara, who lofts a backhand into the TB zone, then follows it into the corner. When he gets pinned on the boards by Hedman, the puck comes loose and Patrice Bergeron deftly scoops it up and sends a dead-on pass across the zone for Marchand, who fights off Martin St. Louis’s defense to get his stick on the puck and knock it into the left side of the net.

Bruins’ PP: Seguin getting a chance with Recchi and Ryder, but a whole lot of passing and trying to get in place only gives the B’s a point shot from Chara, which sails wide.

Good sequence by the Bruins. Dennis Seidenberg fires a sharp-angled shot off Smith’s pads from the right side, and Chara draws a penalty on Eric Brewer for hooking at 11:40. Both Chara and Recchi crowding the net-front space during the delayed penalty call time.


A Bergeron shot gloved by Smith and it’s now Lightning 20, Bruins 8. Chasing, but not catching up.

Krejci giveaway on bad pass to Chara ends one setup. Tomas Kaberle’s shot wide of the net sends the PP skittering away.

Bruins get 4 on 3 PP when Mattias Ohlund is called for hooking at 7:05.

At 6:42, Ryan Malone called for interference and Brad Marchand for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Clark the trailer on TB rush gets off a dangerous shot, but Thomas is quicker and makes the save.

Lightning trying to jam in the puck at the left post but Thomas holds his position, after Blair Jones knocks Mark Recchi on his behind, freeing the puck. Players swarm around the net.

1st period – 4:24 -Boston 1, Tampa Bay 1 – Horton finally gets his name on the right side of the scoresheet iwth a sweeping one-timer from the inside edge of the left circle. The pass came from Milan Lucic in the right circle, off a faceoff won by David Krejci to Mike Smith’s left.

Tampa Bay’s fourth PP. Thomas makes a good save on Clark’s shot from the right side. Peverley then nearly clears the puck but it’s saved at the blue line by Clark, who’s gotten back in place. Boychuk blocks a stinger of a Bergeron shot. Penalty killed.

Horton gets another penalty, interference at 2:07, on Victor Hedman, running into him along the sidewall after Hedman got rid of the puck.

At 1:20, great save by Thomas, sliding across goalmouth to stop Downie at the left post.

Campbell and Paille with another good shift to kill off the penalty.

Bruins start the period with 1:10 of penalty kill (Horton is in the box).

Celtic Rajon Rondo also at the game, getting a little face time on the big screen.

First period

Lightning outshoot Bruins 14-4, in the first. It could be Kevin Smith in goal for TB for all the challenge the B’s are offering. Conference finals are supposed to be difficult, after all, but this one is looking effortless, and I guess you can take that any way you might want.

Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille on the PK break out with a rush up-ice, but time in the first period runs out as they reach the Tampa Bay zone,

Tampa Bay gets its third power play (0 for 2) after Horton is called for interference at 19:09.

Bruins send out line of Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder to good effect – some offense generated, but puck lost by Ference at blue line.

Zdeno Chara cranks a shot from the left point, blocked byTB defense, and the rebound goes to the left wall then back across the goal mouth. Smith hits the ice to smother the loose puck and David Krejci, crashing the net, knocks down Marc-Andre Bergeron with a full-body block. Nice effort but no rebound for Krejci.

Nathan Horton gets off a shot — Smith saves — and it’s the Bruins’ third shot of the game. TB has 12.

Tampa Bay sets up immediately in the Bruins zone and wreaks havoc for nearly two minutes. Adam McQuaid makes a stick check to stop Ryan Malone from about 5 feet; Dennis Seidenberg deflects Brett Clark’s right-circle shot with his skate; Johnny Boychuk blocks a shot and Thomas makes a save on Clark before the puck is deflected out of the zone with 10 seconds left on the penanty.

Steve Stamkos charging into the Bruins zone full speed; Andrew Ference, who isplaying catchup, bumps him from the right side, and Stamkos falls into Thomas and the net is knocked off. Penalty on Ference for crosscheck at 12:17.

Bill Belichick here again – he’s up on the big screen and gets a big cheer.

Shots are 8-2 for Tampa Bay after 11:26. Downie and Sean Bergenheim swarming around Thomas and three Bruins can’t efficiently clear them out.

Bolts on the power play. They are 14 for 59 in the postseason, but they are having trouble getting anything going on this one. Bruins PK keeps TB out of zone; only a long wrist shot from Ryan Malone as PP ends.

No shots – no setup in the TB zone in the first 1:30, and then Tyler Seguin is called for tripping Dominic Moore at 6:45. 4 on 4 for 28 seconds.

Do you really want to be reminded? Bruins are 4 for 52 on the PP in the postseason. First minute of this one is a wash, too.

Vincent Lecavalier called for tripping Patrice Bergeron deep in the Bolts’ zone at 5:13. Bruins’ first power play.

TD Garden crowd was deafening when the game started. Gagne’s goal has definitely made it much quieter.

1st period – 1:09 – Tampa Bay 1, Boston 0 – First shot of the game a slapper from the right point by Johnny Boychuk, sticked aside by Mike Smith. First goal of the game only moments later when Simon Gagne works a 2-on-1 with Steven Stamkos. Taking a pass from Stamkos as he skates down the slot, Gagne puts the puck between the legs of Boychuk, the only D-man back for the Bruins (Andrew Ference fell up-ice) and beats Tim Thomas. TB is 8-1-0 when scoring the game’s first goal in the playoffs.
Puck dropped at 8:12 p.m.

Ken Hodge is the Bruins’ honorary Fan Banner Captain tonight.

Lightning will go with Mike Smith in the net. Smith (1-0, 0.00 goals against average, 1.000 sae percentage) had not appeared in the postseason before this year. He’s up against Tim Thomas (10-5, 2.34 GAA, .929 save percentage).

Steve Downie and Blair Jones both in for TB; Dana Tyrell is back out.

No changes for Bruins.

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