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Bruins drop game 1, game 2 Tuesday night

The Bruins have dropped game 1, 5-2. It wasn’t a great game for the B’s, as they played flat most of the night. Bergeron did skate by himself earlier in the day, but did not play in the game. Bergeron being out was clearly a factor. The 2nd line was invisible all night. The only positive thing was that Tyler Seguin was great all game. He didn’t play nearly enough minutes, and Claude needs to roll him out more in game 2. Adam McQuaid appeared for the 1st time sense game 2 in the Philly series, where he suffered a neck strain after missing a check and hitting the boards head first. You might not want to, but let’s revisit game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Lightning celebrate goal in game 1.

Lightning take game 1 in Boston, 5-2.

1st Period

The game is on, and Boston has the 1st possession of the game. Ference almost got caught pinching in, and Tampa brought the puck up ice. A pass deflected the puck off a skate, and Lecavailer would be caught offsides. He followed that up with a post hit, just 2 minutes into the game. Tampa caught the Bruins in a line change, and Lecavailer had a breakaway. He deked to the forehand, and then back to the backhand to try to drag the puck in. But Thomas went spread-eagle, and made a tremendous save to keep the Lightning off the board. The Boston D was shoty, and gave Tampa Bay way too many chances early. The Lightning would strike first, when Headman took a shot from the top of the far circle that Thomas knocked down. Moore picked up the puck in the crease and took a shot that was blocked down again by Thomas. The puck came to Seidenberg in the crease, and he kicked it out. The puck was found by Bergenheim though, who had an open net to shoot at, and he scored his 8th goal of the playoffs at 11:15. It was 1-0 Tampa Bay. Clark got a backhand off, and it hit the arm of Thomas. The puck bounced off, and trickled into the net. Tampa was now up 2-0 just 19 seconds later. Kaberle was behind the net, but he struggled to get control of the puck. It was picked off by Purcell, who caught Thomas napping in net. Thomas quickly dropped to the far post, trying to make a leg save. But Tampa would get a gift, and at 12:30 took a 3-0 lead. In just 85 seconds, the Lightning had scored 3 goals. Pathetic defense by Boston, and they now face a very steep mountain in game 1. Ryder brought the puck through the neutral zone, and he passed to Seguin. With a burst of speed, Seguin split the Lightning defense, deked badly, and beat Roloson low glove side. Boston was finally on the board at 15:59, down now 3-1. Boston kept the pressure up. The 1st line of Boston kept the puck in the attacking zone. Horton tried to center a pass from behind the net for Kreci, but Roloson paddled it away. Chara got 2 bombs offs, but 1 was blocked down and 1 went wide. Tampa iced the puck on 2 straight shifts, and would call his timeout to give his team some rest. Lucic got a shot off the face-off win, but it was stopped by Roloson. Tampa Bay would escape a hectic last 5 minutes with a 3-1 lead in the 1st.

2nd Period

Tampa started with some good chances in the Boston zone. They were moving the puck very well around the boards, and it would result in a Boston mistake. Paille would hit Bergeron in the knee at the point, and he hit the ice. Boston would be called for tripping at 1:29, and were on the penalty kill. The Tampa powerplay looked in control for the first 30 seconds, but after a Boston clear things slowed down. Tampa finally got control of the puck back in the Boston zone with under 45 to go in the penalty. Clark took a point shot that was stopped by Thomas. The puck was picked up by Malone, who spun around a shot. Thomas made a ridiculous left kick save though to keep the puck out. The puck went all the way to the side boards, clearing the net-minder of any rebound attempts. With 1 second left on the powerplay, Steve Downey gave a shove to Seidenberg in the back in front of the net. That would result in an interference penalty at 3:29. After 1 second of 4-on-4, Boston went on the powerplay. And to everyone’s surprise, the Boston powerplay was awful. The boos rang down from TD Garden as the penalty expired. Once they were back to 5-on-5, Boston looked like a different team. Chara had the puck at the point, and got a rocket shot off. Roloson made the save, and the puck bounced up and over his left shoulder. Brewer found the puck, and sent it up the sideboards. The puck was pinned against the boards between 2 Lightning and Peverley. The puck squirted out right to Ryder in the far circle. He had open ice now, and skated into the slot. He got a shot off, but Roloson made a great left shoulder save to keep Boston off the board. Tampa had a chance off the rush by ST. Louis. He tried to go high on the near post, but Thomas hopped in the air to knock the puck away. Boston had a chance coming right back up ice. Marchand took the puck down behind the net, and centered a pass for Lucic in the high slot. He got a one-timer off, but it went wide far side. Marchand picked up the loose puck behind the net, and tried a wraparound attempt near post. Roloson laid out in front of the net, blocking any chances, and Tampa Bay cleared out. The 1st line of Boston had another chance coming up ice. Kreci had the puck in the high slot, and deked on Brewer. His stick caught Kreci in his skates, and Kreci hit the ice. Boston went back on the powerplay at 8:09 for tripping. Boston just had nothing going on the powerplay. The were passing the puck way too much, and not getting enough pucks on net. The game remained 3-1, midway through the 2nd. A crazy moment in front of Thomas, as Tampa got a point shot off that was knocked down by Chara in front. Thomas tried to cover the puck, but Stamkos knocked the puck away. The puck went back to the point, where another shot was taken. Thomas made the save, and Boston iced the puck. Right off the ensuing face-off, Kelly won the puck back. Malone hurried to get to the puck, and skated right into Kelly’s leg. Tripping was the call, and Boston was on the pk again at 11:55. The Boston pk looked great, suffocating the Lightning powerplay. The game remained 3-1, approaching 15:00 in the 2nd period. Off a face-off win by Tampa, Dominik Morre chipped the puck right between Peverley’s legs. Downey was right in front of Thomas for a shot, but Thomas hit the ice to make the save and covered the puck up. The 1st line for Boston brought the puck into the attacking zone. Kreci made another great deke, this time beating Hall. His stick got stuck between the blade and the skate of Kreci, and Kreci hit the ice. Boston would go back on the powerplay at 14:58. Boston had good pressure on the powerplay, loading up players in the slot. Kaberle finally took a shot on the powerplay, but the puck ricocheted off the post. But another powerplay gone for Boston, and the game was still 3-1. And that’s how the game would remain heading into the 3rd. Tampa Bay was up, 3-1.

3rd Period

Boston had an early chance off of some nice forechecking by Thornton. He banged into the boards behind the Tampa net, picked up the puck and tried a wraparound on the near post. Roloson held the post, and kept Boston off the board. The 4th line came off, and the 1st line came on for Boston. The 1st line kept the tempo up for Boston, holding the puck in the attacking zone. Not a lot of good shots on Roloson though, and the game remained 3-1. Boston won a face-off back in their own zone, and Boychuck picked up the puck behind the net. He had his stick knocked away by Gange, so he kicked it up the boards to Kreci. Kreci made a blind centering pass, and it went right to Purcell. He passed to Gange in the slot, who went to the backhand for a shot. Thomas went spread-eagle, and kicked the puck away with his left pad. Another spectacular save by Thomas, keeping the Bruins in the game. Boston then had a chance off a Tampa line change, as Lucic split the defense in the near slot to get a shot off. Roloson made the stop 5-hole, but Lecavailer would get called for slashing at 5:53. Boston was back on the powerplay for the 4th time in the game. Back to the old ways, as Boston was passing the puck around too much, and wasted away another powerplay. Midway though the 3rd period, the game was still 3-1. Boston had a good push from a reconfigured line of Recchi-Peverley-Ryder. They controlled the puck in the attacking zone, just wearing out the Tampa defense. After Roloson caught a drive in his gut, he froze the puck. Boston put the 1st line out there, looking for a quick goal. Good defense by Tampa kept the Bruins without control of the puck. As a new line came out for Boston, they brought the puck into the offensive zone. Boychuck pinched in, and leveled Gange. Lecavailer didn’t like that, and he abandoned the play and got in Boychuck’s face. He gave Boychuck a shove from behind, so Boychuck turned around and popped him in the face. After the dust settled, just 1 penalty was issued. It was to Johnny Boychuck for roughing at 12:04. Absolutely terrible officiating in that situation. And with 28 seconds left on the powerplay, a point shot by Clark hits the near post and deflected into the net. Tampa was now up 4-1, 13:37 into the 3rd period. The game was virtually over now, all that was left was for the clock to hit :00. The rest of the game was played out very quietly. Boston emptied the net in desperation, and Simon Gange put the puck in the net. It was now 5-1 Tampa at 17:29. Boston stayed strong, and attacked. And at 18:59 Johnny Boychuck would score off a centering pass by Seguin. Boston made the game 5-2, but it wouldn’t matter. Some testy moments late in the game though, as Milan Lucic laid a big hit on Steve Downie and then a cross checked Victor Headman. Nathan Horton did something during the ensuing scrum. Lucic would receive a roughing penalty served by Seguin, and a 10 minute misconduct at 19:23. Horton would receive the same, with Ryder serving his minor. It was 5-3 for the rest of the game. The game ended with the Bruins losing game 1, 5-2.

Post-Game Breakdown

Boston came out very flat in game 1. Thomas had a good game in net. The 1st and last goal he allowed were good scores, but the 2 in-between were very soft and ones that he needs to stop. I feel confident though that he’ll bounce back in game 2. Boston just can’t rely on him to make all the stops though like he did in the Philly series. The 1st line was good, just were unable to put the puck in the back of the net. Bergeron being out was a huge factor in the play of the 2nd line. Recchi and Marchand were invisible all night. The 1 really bright star was Tyler Seguin. He played great all night, and showed flares of improvement from this season. He played much harder than he had all regular season. I was surprised that he didn’t get more minutes, until midway through the 3rd period. Hopefully Claude rolls him out a few more times next game, cause he did look spectacular. His goal was particularly amazing. He showed what type of talent he truly has, and showed what pure finishing ability he has. The only thing you can say about Boston, is that their resilient. They’ve faced this before, being down 2-0 to Montreal earlier this postseason. This might only be 1 game, but a game 2 loss to Tampa would be very tough to overcome. I look for Boston to come out much stronger in game 2, especially if Bergeron is on the ice. I think Boston wins game 2 Tuesday night, and they will head to Tampa even.

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