Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Boston @ Tampa Bay Lightning

On Thursday night, Boston took on Tampa Bay, at the Tampa Bay Times  Forum Arena. This is the longest road trip for BOS since the season started on January 19th.

1st Period 

BOS started off the best and the quickest as BOS's Nathan Horton, scored in the first two minutes of the game. Horton fired into the wide open net from the left faceoff circle. TB were sloppy at times in their play and BOS picked up on that, and within four minutes were 2-0 up, BOS's Patrice Bergeron. It was a great feed from behind the goal by Brad Marchand who then slide the puck to Bergeron who then slotted the puck home. With 4:07 on the clock BOS's Dougie Hamilton went to the box for a hi-sticking call. 

It took nearly 5 minutes for TB to get into the game and in  8:13 TB scored. TB's Teddy Purcell could not get the stick on to the puck with the BOS defense in front, so TB's Steven Stamkos stepped into the slot and fired it over BOS's Tuukka Rask's glove to make the score BOS 2 TB 1.

After TB scored they had a few chances and the best one was when TB had the open net but it came back off the post and BOS's Tuukka Rask denied the follow up attempt by gloving right off a TB's stick. TB's Victor Hedman and BOS's Adam McQuaid got tangled near the boards in the trapezoid and they were a few shoves back and forth but nothing prevail. 

With just over a minute to go in the period and BOS's Rask had been the busier of the two goaltender with another great save this time on TB's Alex Killon, as Nate Thompson forechecked  and fed him right on front. 

The horn sounds to bring the 1st period to a close. BOS were still leading 2-1. 

2nd Period 

With two minutes gone in the 2nd TB had three more shots on Rask and BOS with the only one on TB's Andreas Lindback. There was a nice play by BOS's Milan Lucic, to use Hedman as a screen before firing a shot on Lindback and with Tyler Sequin working to draw defenders in front.  With nine minutes gone in the 2nd TB scored to tie the game 2-2. TB's rookie Cory Conacher from the left faceoff circle as his shot beats Rask and BOS's Rask was unlucky as it went under his glove. 

5 minutes after the tieing score BOS regained the lead. Seguin's shot got broken up and BOS Brad Marchand immediately jumped onto the puck at the harsh marks and rocketed the puck past TB's Lindback . 

 Sequin celebrating Marchand's goal to take a 3-2 goal lead. 

Rask stopped TB's Marty St Louis breakaway, just before BOS's rush for the go ahead tally. With less than a minute to go in the 2nd TB's Conacher drew a roughing penalty on BOS's captain Zdeno Chara. 

Not too sure what happened but it looked like TB's Conacher said something to riled up Marchand and Chara, a few shoves were involved and Chara went off. 

The horn sounds to end the 2nd. Boston leading 3-2 heading into the 3rd.

3rd Period 

With less than 3 minutes into the 3rd period BOS increased the lead to 4-2. Horton scored his 2nd goal of the night. It was perfectly executed deflection as Horton got his stick point shot from Chara.

Chara noticed that he did not have a clear shot, so he set up Horton for the redirected goal. There was some nice puck movement from David Krejci and Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton who then gave the puck to Chara, to set up the goal.

Not long after BOS scored, TB had a terrific chance to score, as TB's Benoit Pouliot's shot was saved by Rask in the crease. There was a nice pass from Seguin after a battle along the boards lead a chance in front of Lucic but TB's Lindback with a good pokecheck to deny.  With less than 6 minutes to go in the game, BOS's McQuaid went to the box for a tripping call.  With under a minute to go, TB pulled their goaltender Lindback. The last penalty of the game went to TB's Vincent Lecavalier went for a tripping call.

The horn sounds to end the game. Boston won the game 4-2..

The 3***s of the Game went to:

1* Nathan Horton
2** Teddy Purcell
3*** Patrice Bergeron

Boston now play Florida Panthers on Sunday in Sunset with a 3p start.

I would like to dedicate this report to a very good friend of mine Joey McDougall, who sadly passed away on Saturday and TB was his last game he saw....


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