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game recap

Bruins 6, Lightning 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:25 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 6, Lightning 3
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Boston Bruins 6

BOSTON (AP) - Boston defenseman Milan Jurcina could hardly be blamed for being a little greedy.

Jurcina scored the first two goals of his NHL career and Patrice Bergeron had the go-ahead goal to lead the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting on Saturday.

With the Bruins trailing 3-1, Jurcina scored midway through the second period. He tied the game 4:15 later when he beat goalie John Grahame with a slap shot from the right point at 13:33.

``You start thinking on the bench, `I have to keep scoring. I have more confidence,''' Jurcina said. ``I said to the guys, `One more guys.'''

Jurcina was recalled from the Bruins AHL affiliate in Providence for the third time this season on Dec. 2, and was back in action after being scratched the past two games.

``He's getting better right in front of our eyes,'' Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. ``He can really shoot the puck as you saw tonight.''

The timely scores by Jurcina overshadowed what might have been a bad night for the Bruins after goalie Andrew Raycroft left the game late in the third period.

``He tweaked his knee a little,'' Sullivan said. ``I don't think it's anything serious.''

Raycroft thinks he'll be able to play the Bruins next game Tuesday night, but he'll know more Sunday.

``Hopefully I'll wake up in the morning, there's no swelling, and it fells good,'' he said. ``I definitely don't want to miss anything.''

The Bruins are unbeaten in their last 21 home games against the Lightning, going 16-0-5 since a loss on April 9, 1994. Boston is 17-1-6 overall at home against Tampa Bay.

Boston, which overcame a two-goal deficit with three second-period scores, took ad 4-3 on Bergeron's goal. Marco Sturm fired a shot from the left wing and Bergeron came charging in and, while falling to the ice, slipped the rebound by Grahame.

P.J. Axelsson scored on a partial breakaway, making it 5-3 with 11:25 left in the third period. Grahame was pulled after the score, and Patrick Leahy added an empty-net goal with 43 seconds to play.

The Lightning had taken a 3-1 lead on Vincent Lecavalier's 17th goal of the season early in the second period.

``I thought at times we had full control of the game for a lot of the game, and they just couldn't sustain it,'' Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said.

Jurcina fired a wrist shot inside the right post for his first NHL goal 9:18 into the period.

``It's a 60-minute game,'' Lightning left wing Dave Andreychuk said.

Tampa Bay jumped ahead 1-0 on the game's opening shift when Fredrik Modin fired a slap shot inside the right post at 39 seconds.

Evgeny Artyukhin's goal made it 2-0 at 4:26. He finished off a 3-on-2 break just after a power play expired when he slipped a wrist shot between Raycroft's pads. The Bruins sliced the score to 2-1 on Strum's goal at 17:15.

Notes: Boston center Alexei Zhamnov broke his left ankle along the boards in the second period. ... Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen, who sprained his right ankle during Thursday's 4-2 win over Ottawa, said he had an MRI taken Friday and that there was ``no timetable'' for his return, but he feels optimistic it'll be quick. Sullivan said after the game that it's more than day-to-day. ... The Bruins recalled Jordan Sigalet from their AHL affiliate in Providence to dress as the backup.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:39
TBL
Freddy Modin (18) Slapshot - ASST: Nolan Pratt (6), Evgeny Artyukhin (8)
1 - 0 TBL
04:26
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin (2) Snap shot - ASST: Martin Cibak (3), Vinny Prospal (28)
2 - 0 TBL
17:15
BOS
Marco Sturm (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (19)
2 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
01:54
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Vinny Prospal (29), Darryl Sydor (9)
3 - 1 TBL
09:18
BOS
Milan Jurcina (1) Wrist shot - ASST: P.J. Axelsson (13), Brad Boyes (15)
3 - 2 TBL
13:33
BOS
Milan Jurcina (2) Slapshot - ASST: Alexei Zhamnov (9), P.J. Axelsson (14)
3 - 3 Tie
14:08
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Marco Sturm (16), Glen Murray (15)
4 - 3 BOS
3rd Period
08:35
BOS
P.J. Axelsson (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Travis Green (7)
5 - 3 BOS
19:17
BOS
EN - Patrick Leahy (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Wayne Primeau (5), Brian Leetch (16)
6 - 3 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
02:05
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Cross checking
07:37
BOS
Hal Gill  Hooking
2nd Period
04:52
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Too many men/ice - bench
10:31
BOS
Glen Murray  Cross checking
3rd Period
05:10
BOS
David Tanabe  Hooking
17:11
BOS
Brian Leetch  Interference
goalie stats
Sean Burke
Sean Burke
SA: 2TOI: 10:22
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
John Grahame
SA: 31TOI: 48:35
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .839SH: 1 - 1
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 32TOI: 59:17
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Jordan Sigalet
SA: 0TOI: 0:43
Saves: 0EV: 0 - 0
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: SH: 0 - 0