Thursday, 29 March 2012

Tampa Bay @ Boston.

On Tuesday night, saw the Boston Bruins take on the Tampa Bay Lightening at the TD Garden. Before the Game Boston paid tribute to their Captain Zdeno Chara who played his 1,000TH game on Saturday night in LA. He was joined on the ice with his wife,Tatiana and daughter Elliz Victoria. Some of his team mates, came on and gave flowers to Tatiana and Elliz. He was also presented with a framed picture and a silver hockey stick. 

Boston's Alternative Captain won the faceoff to get the game underway. Boston got off to a good start, and had the first shot on goal. Dwayne Roloson's nice save from a David Krejic's shot to keep the score 0-0. In the first 4 minutes of the game each team had a shot each on Goal. Tampa Bay's Center Steven Stamkos let with a wrist shot rip past Boston's Goaltender to score the opening goal of the game. Steven Stamkos with his 54th goal of the season and Marty St. Louis with his 45th assist of the season. In 15 career games against Boston Steven Stamkos has scored 9 goals. Within 6 minutes, Boston equalized, Zdeno Chara drove to the net, Dwayne Roloson saved, Shawn Thornton got on the rebound to put the puck into the net to tie the game 1-1. Shawn Thornton scored his 5th goal of the season with a snap shot. Zdeno Chara with his 34th assist of the season and Gregory Campbell with his 8th assist of the season. On the 7th minute of the game, Boston got their first PP of the game. Keith Aulie tripped up Boston's Brad Marchand right in front of Tampa Bay's goal. Keith Aulie to the box for 2 minutes. Boston's Power Play is 14th in the NHL with a 17.6%. Tampa Bay's penalty kill is 28th in the NHL with a 78.2%. If it was not Dwayne Roloson the score would of been 3-1 Boston. After that exciting 1st period, the horn sounds to end the 1st. The score still tied at 1-1 and with Boston out-shooting Tampa Bay 11-5. Boston would be in front if it was not Dwayne Roloson being very sharp. In the 1st period Boston won 14 out of 20 faceoffs with Boston's alternative captain Patrice Bergeron winning 7 out of 9, Boston also outhitting Tamp Bay 12-8. I also forgot to say that on 06:11 minute of the game Tampa Bay's Right-Winger T.J Wyman went to the box for holding the stick. He went to the box for 2 minutes. 

During the first intermission Boston's assistant GM Don Sweeney introduced Mary Parker and Jimmy Vesey as the winners of the 2012 Carlton Award. 

Boston's, Patrice Bergeron won the opening draw to start off the 2nd period. Gregory Campbell was robbed by Dwayne Roloson twice. Boston was creating some lovely changes but unfortunately can't beat the Tampa Bay's Goalie. With 16:05 left in the 2nd period score still tied 1-1. with 04:43 minutes gone in the 2nd period, Boston's Left Winger Brad Marchand went to the box for cross-checking. Brad gets 2 minutes in the box. Tampa Bay's Power Play is the 22nd in the NHL with a 15.6% and Boston' penalty kill is 10th in the NHL with a 83.5%. Tampa Bays center Eric Brewer with a shot and hit the junction of the post and crossbar was a very close call. Adam McQuaid had a nice thought sends a puck through traffic but Dwayne Roloson has it. With 06:44 left to go both Boston's Gregory Campbell and Tampa's  Keith Aulie goes to the box for roughing. Both gets 2 minutes each. Things are heating up in this game, with Both Steven Stamkos and Zdeno Chara exchange crosschecks behind the play. With 04:55 left in the period, Zdeno Chara with a slap shot, and it rebounded to Dennis Seidenberg who, with a wrist shot scores his 4th goal of the season. Zdeno Chara with his 35th assist of the season and David Krejci with his 34th assist of the season. Just after Boston scored their 2nd goal of the game, Tampa Bay's center Mike Commodore goes to the box for a tripping call, 2 minutes. Boston back on the Power Play. In 38 minutes Tampa Bay had only 7 shots on goal. A very late call on Boston's Tyler Seguin who goes to the box for 2 minutes with a tripping call. Boston will start the 3rd with a penalty kill. Boston has 23-8 shots on goal after 40 minutes. Boston are 22-0-0 of the year when leading after 2.

During the second intermission, Boston Legend Johnny Bucyk was in the Garden handing out MIAA sportsman awards to a High School Hockey Players. The Final Recipient to receive this award goes to Norwood High School's Matt Brown another nice moment for Matt. Congrats to all the players. they all deserve it.

The players are back on the ice for the final period. With 02:59 minutes gone in the 3rd Boston goes on a PP. Tyler Seguin was tripped up by Tampa Bay's Tim Wallace goes to the box for 2 minutes. Unfortunately during the PP Boston did not have a shot on goal, but jut after penalty expired David Krejci and Milan Lucic combined on a chance. Johnny Boychuk trips up Steven Stamkos. Johnny Boychuk goes to the box for 2 minutes, with 14:37 left in the game. Tampa Bay's center Steven Stamkos scores a PPG (Power Play Goal).  Steven Stamkos with a slap shot goes into Boston's net for his 2nd goal of the game and his 55th goal of the season. Victor Hedman with his 13th assist of the season and Marty St.Louis with his 46th assist of the season and 2nd of the game.  Game tied 2-2 with 14:14 left in regulation. Just after Tampa Bay's goal, Boston had a worry when Boston's defenseman Adam McQuaid went down behind Boston' goal, but fortunately he got up and skated off under his own power.  With 10:53 remaining Boston's center Tyler Seguin goes to the box for hi-sticking, 2 minutes for the penalty. During the Tampa Bay's PP they have big 2 shots on Boston's Goal, but Tim Thomas saves both shots. The Crowd in the Garden were fired up. With 11:34 to go Zdeno Chara had a shot on goal, but it rebounded Brian Rolston who then passes it to Benoit Pouliot shoots with a wrist shot, scores his 14th goal of the season. Brian Rolston with his 15th assist of the season, and Zdeno Chara with his 36th assist of the season and his 3rd of the game. But wait a minute the officials are talking so the play is under review. After the discussion it was decided it was a good call. Boston in front 3-2 with 8:26 left in regulation. Zdeno Chara with his 3rd career 3 game assist and Brian Rolston has now points in 7 straight games. Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos hits the post, But Boston's Goaltender Tim Thomas recovers quickly to cover the puck up to keep Boston in the lead. With 04:10 left in regulation Boston's left winger Brad Marchand makes it 4-2 Boston. Brad Marchand with a wrist shot to score his 26th goal of the season. It was a lovely pass by Patrice Bergeron. Boston's alternative captain with his 38th assist of the season and Tyler Seguin with his 35th of the season. With less than 4 minutes to go, Boston goes back on a PP with Tampa Bay's Brian Lee goes to the box for 2 minutes for a delaying the game call, as he puts the puck over the glass. Tampa Bay goes on a Timeout with 53.7 secs left of regulation. Boston's Rich  Peverley with 8secs to go, scores with a wrist shot to make the score 5-2 Boston. Rich Peverley scores his 10th goal of his season. David Krejci with his 35th assist of the season and his 2nd of the game. With that goal thats the end of the game Boston wins 5-2. 

Boston are now getting prepared for the visit of the Washington Capitals, a big night for Boston as they can clinch a Playoff place. 

Tuesdays 3 stars of the game went to: 1.Zdeno Chara  2.Steven Stamkos 3.Shawn Thornton

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