Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
Goals: Steven Stamkos x2 (Tampa Bay), Shawn Thornton, Dennis Seidenberg, Benoit Pouliot, Brad Marchand, Rich Peverley (Boston; Peverley on empty net)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (16/18, .889%), Dwayne Roloson (33/37, .892%)
Writeups: Yahoo and Rant
Big Z was honored for his 1,000th game in a ceremony that included lovely tributes, an awesome trip to any hotel in the world for him and his family, Tiffany crystal, a portrait and a Chara-size stick made of silver. Plus, we got to see Chara’s lovely wife Tatiana and his little daughter Elliz.
So before the game even started, there were good feelings.
Also, we found scoring all over the roster in this game: the fourth line (Thornton), third line (Pouliot), second line (Marchand), top line (Peverley) and defense (Seidenberg). Heck, even Tim Thomas tried for a Ron Hextall-style goal, and he quite nearly made it on an empty net, but then a Bolt by the blue line smacked it down.
The way Chara worked the puck to get it in around Roloson and have Thornton pop it in was masterful. The Bruins started out a little slow and gave up the first goal, so Chara took matters into his own hands and did great work.
In fact, Chara had a three-point night, providing three helpers to three of his cubs. Another guy who kept his point streak going was Brian Rolston–he now has points in seven consecutive games.
Talking about Thomas, if you just looked at his save percentage alone, you’d think maybe he didn’t do so well. But look at how many, or how few, shots he dealt with and it makes more sense. The Bruins kept the Lightning to just three shots in the second period and five in the first. No, seriously. How kind of the team to make sure their goalie gets a lot of rest and doesn’t have to face tons of shots every game! When he needed to come up big, he did, like when Stamkos seemed eerily close to scoring his third of the night. It piddled behind Thomas and looked like it would cross the goal line, but he went behind himself with the mitt and shut it down. You know what? That kind of really needs to be seen to be believed.
Plus, maybe the outcome of this game kind of canceled out the bad juju from the last BOS/TBL meetup, which we just won’t even talk about here.
We came in to the Chara pre-game ceremony a little late on NBC Sports Network, which was no fun, but thankfully the whole thing can be seen here.
Actually, one other bad thing about NBCSN was the sound quality. It sounded like it had been improperly mixed. At times, it was easier to hear on-ice chatter than it was to hear the commentators.
There wasn’t much ugly about this game. It was maybe a little worrisome how Tyler Seguin took some dumb penalties, though. But hey, he’s still learning. Maybe he was just having a bad night knowing he was going to get his hair shaved off the next day or something. (More on that later!)
vs. Washington Capitals
Lord, please give us the NESN feed on NHLN! And please let the Bruins be their best against the Caps, who are hungry to get into the playoffs!