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3:40 p.m. - Postgame Snap Shots - FINAL: BOS 3, TBL 2
Winning Goal: At 17:44 into third period, Patrice Bergeron led an odd man rush along side Brad Marchand and was able to draw only remaining Bolts player toward him. Bergeron quickly fed the puck to Marchand who buried it for his team leading 11th goal. That goal ties Marchand for fourth in the NHL in goals scored this season.
Second Line Shines - Tyler Seguin has been hot of late tallying 4-2=6 totals in six of his last seven games. Linemate and today's hero, Brad Marchand has also been sharp registering four goals and two assists, in five of his six last games. Rounding out the hot line is 2012 Selke Trophy winner, Patrice Bergeron who has recorded 2-6=8 totals which includes his assist in today's tilt.
Dougie Delivering - NHL rookie Dougie Hamilton has consistently shown why he is considered among the elite rookies this year with his assist today, putting him at six points (1-5) in four of his last seven contests.
Fight For Your Right - Coming into today's game, the B's were 6-1-1 when at least one Bruin has fought throughout the course of the game. The Bruins improve that record to 7-1-1 with today's victory as Gregory Campbell and Adam McQuaid both dropping gloves today against the Bolts.
Bruins Third Jerseys Working - The Bruins donned their third jersey for the fourth time today and improved their record to 3-0-1 while wearing them. The Bruins will use their third jerseys three more times this year against the Capitals, Hurricanes and Penguins.
Bruins Extend Winning Streak - With today's victory over the Bolt's, the Bruins extend their winning streak to six games. The streak started on February 17, when he Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2.
B's Postgame Coverage - Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
Bruins vs. Canadiens Tomorrow - The Bruins will take on their Northeast Division rival Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden. The game will be broadcast the NBC Sports Network and RDS.
2:51 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots - BOS 2, TBL 2
Seguin Sparks B's - Tyler Seguin registered his fourth goal of the season with a rocket from the left faceoff circle, after great puck movement from rookie Dougie Hamilton and David Krejci. Seguin's power-play goal was the first for the Bruins at home this season. The goal gave No. 19 seven points (2-5) through six of his last seven games.
Peverley Ties It - Shortly after Seguin's goal, Adam McQuaid threw a beautiful cross-ice pass through the seam, to find Rich Peverely atop the left face-off circle where he fired the puck into the back of the net for the his third goal of the season. Also getting an assist on the play was Daniel Paille who got the puck to McQuaid. Two goals for the B's within 1:17 to tie the game and get them back in it.
Fight Night - At 4:44 into the 2nd period, 6'0'', 197-pound Gregory Campbell squared off against 6'2'', 209-pound BJ Crombeen. Crombeen is definitely the more experienced pugilist of the of the two, but Campbell landed one of the harder punches during the bout. The referees eventually intervened and peeled the two apart sending them both to the their respective boxes to serve their fighting majors.
Staying Out the Box - After giving up four power-play opportunities to Tampa Bay in the first period, the B's, besides the matching fighting major to Campbell, were able to stay out of the box for most of the period. However, the PK was put to work again with 4:11 left in the second when Andrew Ference was called for a double minor for high sticking Nate Thompson (Thompson had to head to the room for repairs after blood was drawn - hence the four minute kill). The shorthanded B's came up big killing off the four minute penalty to keep the game tied at 2-2 going into the third period.
Khudobin Keeping it Out - Following two power-play goals by Tampa in the first, Khudobin shut the door in the second period, making eight saves and stopping two great back-to-back chances (one by Marty St. Louis) by Tampa after sustained pressure nearing the midpoint of the period.
1:50 p.m. - First Intermission Snapshots - TBL 2, BOS 0
Pandolfo In - Shawn Thornton is a healthy scratch for today's game with Jay Pandolfo skating in his second game for the Bruins this season. Pandolfo played 2:57 of ice time in the first, including 1:22 on the PK. The winger is skating alongside Chris Bourque and Gregory Campbell on the fourth line, while Dan Paille, Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly round out the third line today.
McQuaid Drops the Gloves: Shortly after having words and a brief shoving match, McQuaid and Pierre-Cedric Labrie engaged in a rather lengthy fight, trading punch for punch. The referees eventually had to break the two up as neither player would go down or give up. Leading into today's game the Bruins are 6-1-1 when they fight at least once in the game. That marked their first fight in seven games.
Penalty Kill Woes- The B's have now allowed three power-play goals in their past two games, after previously killing off 27 penalties in a row. The Bolts two power-play goals tonight from Steven Stamkos and Alexander Killorn gave them the early 2-0 lead. Milan Lucic had one of the B's best chances early in the first in close, but took an interference penalty that led to the Bolts' first goal, and then was called for boarding with just eight seconds left in the period, giving the Lighting 1:52 left on their fourth PP of the game to start the second.
Stamkos Surging - Stamkos continues to stay red hot as he converts on his 15th of the season for the Lightning's PP. Stamkos now has points in his last nine games (8-7-15).
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1:03 p.m. - B's taking the ice for laps prior to 1:08 puck drop.
Match-Up: The B's have won five straight, while the Lightning have lost three straight and four of five - they currently sit 11th in the East with 19 points - and are on game No. 2 of a four-game road trip.
Goalie Dual: Anton Khudobin will be in goal for the B's, opposite the Lightning's Mathieu Garon.
Streaking: Milan Lucic is currently riding a three game point streak coming into tonight’s game notching one goal and two assists during that stretch. Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, and Dennis Seidenberg are currently on a two game point streak coming into tonight.
Special Teams: Bruins power play 7-for-54 (13.0%, 26th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 62-for-66 (93.9%, 1st NHL)… Lightning power play: 17-for-80 (21.3%, 8th NHL), Lightning penalty kill: 57-for-69 (82.6%, 14th NHL).
Putting Out Bolt's Firepower: The Lightning lead the NHL in goals per game (3.55), but are 26th in goals-against (3.15). Though they allowed four goals from the Rangers on Thursday, Guy Boucher was apparently "fired up" during Friday's practice at Boston University and concentrated on a lot of D-zone work, so the B's can expect a tighter match-up.
Stalling Stamkos: Steven Stamkos was named the No. 1 Star in the NHL for month of February (10 G, 10 A) and currently has league's longest point streak with seven goals and seven assists through eight games.