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Bruins win slugfest in game 2, head to Tampa tied at 1

A very exciting game 2 leads us to an even series now. Boston took game 2, 6-5. It looked like they were going to run away with this one, scoring 5 goals on 9 shots in the 2nd period. But the Lightning fought back, and had a couple bounces go their way. But the Bruins hung on to win 6-5. Bergeron practiced with the team prior to game 2, but he was still out for the game. Look for him to play in game 3 though, and that will create an interesting debate about the starting lineup. There’s no way he can take Seguin out. The kid had 4 points in game 2, and now has 6 points in his first 2 playoff games. Just incredible. The Lightning didn’t have a great game, but they kept grinding away, and never lost hope. The Bruins better learn from this, and step on their neck the next time they are in this position. On to the game that was!

Tyler Seguin breakaway goal, 2nd period in game 2

Tyler Seguin nets his 1st of 2 goals on the evening, on his way to 4 points, leading Boston to a 6-5 win in game 2

1st Period

The game is on, and the Lightning have scored. The theme continues for Boston. A shot from the far circle went wide, but it took a good bounce for Tampa. The puck was picked up by Hall, as Thomas was still looking around for the puck. He easily put it in the back of the net, and Tampa was up 1-0, just 13 seconds into the game. This is the 4th time in 13 postseason games they have allowed a goal within the first 30 seconds of the game. Tampa is 8-0 when scoring first, so this will be an uphill battle for the Bruins. Boston came back hard, getting their legs under them early. As the Bruins rushed in and got in a shot from the point, Roloson made the save. Ference sprayed Roloson with some snow, and Headmen didn’t like that. After a little push from another Lightning player, Headmen came in and cleaned him out. Both players would receive matching minors for roughing, and they played 4-on-4 for 2 minutes. Peverley had a chance late in the 4-on-4, drawing the puck into the slot. He skated right in front of Roloson, but the defense clamped down on him, and he couldn’t get the shot off. The Bruins had incredible pressure once the penalties ended. Boston held the attacking zone for a good minute or 2. Absolutely incredible shift by the 1st line. Tampa finally iced the puck, and the Lightning coach Boucher called his timeout to regroup the players. The Lightning cleared the puck out of their zone, but Boston came up with the puck. Seidenberg had the puck, and passed across ice. Malone came flying in with his elbow, and hit Seidenberg, luckily, with his shoulder. Boston would go on the powerplay for elbowing at 6:32. The Boston powerplay was weak again. Kelly had a chance late, but Roloson made a stick save. The game remained 1-0 midway through the 1st period. The 1st line got the Boston offense moving again, but no goal yet. Tampa dumped the puck in the Boston zone, and McQuaid would take it up ice. McQuaid came screaming trough the attacking zone, and fired a shot just wide of the net. Recchi who was trailing, was knocked over by Malone as he went towards the end boards for the loose puck. Boston would go back on the powerplay for interference at 11:20. The powerplay was moving the puck very well early, but Roloson looked equally as good in net. Kreci passed to Horton behind the net, and he found Lucic in the slot for a one-timer. But Roloson made an incredible save, and froze the puck. After the play ended, Hall hit Seidenberg, and he would receive a roughing penalty at 11:59. It was now 5-on-3 for the Bruins. The powerplay looked incredible, just attacking relentlessly. But Roloson was just too good, keeping the Bruins off the board. The 5-on-3 ended, but Boston still had 35 seconds left on the 2nd penalty. The Boston forecheck was relentless, and they had bodies in front of Roloson all powerplay. Seidenberg set up a shot at the point, but it was blocked down. The puck came right to Seidenberg, who passed to Kaberle and then back to Seidenberg for another one-timer. His shot went to the left of Roloson, and was deflected by Horton. Finally, the Bruins had broken through the seal, and scored with 1 second left on the penalty. Boston made these 2 powerplays count, and had tied the game 1-1 at 13:58. The Bruins had clamped down on defense, allowing just 2 shots by the Lightning after the 3:06 mark. As the Bruins were bringing the puck into the attacking zone, Horton ran over More. This resulted in an interference call at 17:16, and the Lightning went on the powerplay. An incredible shift from Daniel Paille, resulted in a shorthanded bid for the Bruins. Kelly got a bad angle shot off, but Roloson made the save. Paille appeared to have taken off 20-30 seconds of the penalty by clogging up the neutral zone by himself. The Lightning had a good chance by Teddy Purcell coming through the high slot. Thomas barely made the save, and the Bruins were able to block the net, and cover the puck up to get a whistle. There was a small scrum afterwards, which Steve Downie decided to attack Chara. Downie took a shot a Chara, trying to get some sort of retaliation. The 2 would receive offsetting minors, roughing for Downie, and unsportsmanlike for Chara. I don’t know why Chara got 2 minutes, but they were off the ice. Because of the previous Boston penalty, it remained 5-on-4 for Tampa. Although, the Lightning did nothing with the rest of their powerplay, so they skated 5-on-5. At the end of the period, Stamkos came storming into the Boston zone, with St. Louis on his left. Stamkos went to the far circle, and spun around a backhand shot towards the net. The puck was deflected by St. Louis, and bounced off Johnny Boychuck into the net. Tampa had taken a 2-1 lead with just 7 seconds left in the period. So, the 1st period ended with the Bruins down, 2-1. This felt like a period the Bruins dominated, and it is very unfortunate for them to exit the period down a goal. They have to stay positive, and come out ready to play in the 2nd.

2nd Period

The Lightning started with a quick chance by St. Louis off a long pass, but Thomas made a hoping blocker save. Tyler Seguin decided to take the game into his own hands, again. Seguin took the puck through center ice off a pass from Ryder, and split the defense at the point with some nice dekes. It was now a breakaway for they rookie, as he deked to the backhand and scored. What a play by the youngster, and he is looking like a real gem this series. Boston had tied the game 2-2, just 46 seconds into the 2nd period. The crowd was alive, and the Bruins were feeling it now. The 2nd line followed that up with a great shift, keeping the Lightning on their heels. The 1st line followed that up with an incredible shift of their own. Horton brought the puck into the attacking zone, and through the near circle. He centered a pass to Kreci in the high slot. You could see him slow the game down, and he made a pass to the far circle to Seidenberg. He dragged the puck around the circle, and passed into the slot to Kreci for a tip-in goal at 2:24. Boston had quickly asserted themselves, and taken the lead 3-2. The Bruins played very well in the 1st, and deserved to end the period with the lead. They didn’t get discouraged though, and kept the tempo up to start the 2nd. The Bruins look great in this game, doing everything fast and effective. Off a face-off win by Boston, the puck was picked off by Tampa. Ryan Malone skated behind the defense, and had a breakaway chance now. But an incredible save by Thomas with the right pad kept the Lightning off the board. Boston now had numbers of their own, as Horton and Seguin were in a 2-on-1 situation. Horton took the puck into the attacking zone, and passed across ice to Seguin. Seguin took the puck into the far slot, and got a wrist shot off high glove side and scored again. Boston was up 4-2 at 6:30, and they looked like a juggernaut in this game. Tampa stayed in the game, just gutting through this period. Off a face-off in the Boston zone, the Bruins tried to clear the puck. It was knocked down, and a shot was taken from the point. There was a pileup for the puck, and Recchi cleaned out a Tampa player. He would be called for cross-checking at 7:29. The Lightning had a great chance to get back in the game now, back on the powerplay. Tampa won the face-off back, and Lecavalier had the puck at the point. He feint a shot as he skated closer to the near circle, and then took his shot. The puck bounced off Thomas’s left pad, and went right through the 5-hole. Tampa had closed the gap to 4-3 at 7:48. Suddenly, Tampa was right back in this game. Tampa would go back on the powerplay after Chara was called for tripping on Stamkos at 10:18. The penalty-kill was much better for Boston this time around, allowing just 1 shot on net. The penalty was killed off, and the game remained 4-3. It was a crucial penalty kill, but the Lightning had the momentum now. Tampa had a 2-on-1 chance with Stamkos, but great stick work by Boychuck deflected his centering pass away. As Boston entered the attacking zone, Lecavailer would get called for hooking Brad Marchand at 15:04. Boston was back on the powerplay, but it was slow to start. With under a minute left, Kaberle set up the umbrella for Boston. He passed to the near circle to Seguin, who let a one-timer go. The puck was blocked by Roloson, but Ryder was in front of the net for a rebound attempt. He made it count, as he roofed a backhand into the net. Boston had taken a 5-3 lead at 16:16. Lecavailer givith, and Lecavailer taketh away! The Bruins were playing very aggressive now, and it almost cost them. Gange received a pass just in between the Bruins defenders, and he had a semi breakaway. With good back pressure from the D, Gange was forced to get a backhand shot off, and it went wide. Boston kept the pedal to the metal though, and Seguin again forced another play. Seguin stopped a clear by the Lightning, and made a behind-the-back centering pass to Kelly.  His shot was stopped by Roloson, but a juicy rebound was found by Ryder again. He got a shot off skating through the slot, and into the back of the net. Boston was up 6-3 with just 19 seconds left in the 2nd period. The period finally ended, and Boston had scored 5 goals on Dwayne Roloson to take a 6-3 lead. Roloson had stood on his head in the 1st period, but the Bruins found a chink in the armor. Thomas hadn’t been great, but he had made some spectacular saves to keep the Bruins in the game. The key catalyst to the period was quite obvious. Tyler Seguin looked like a true pro, scoring 4 points in the 2nd period. The Bruins just needed to play smart hockey in the 3rd, and they would shut the door on this game.

3rd Period

Mike Smith switched in net for the Lightning to start the 3rd period. As the period started, a giveaway by Ference nearly resulted in a goal by the Lightning. Then as the Bruins brought the puck into the attacking zone, Tampa was called for interference. Dominik Moore knocked into a Bruin at the bench area, resulting in the penalty just 32 seconds into the 3rd. Nothing happening though on this powerplay, and the game remained 6-3. Hall had a takeaway in the neutral zone, and passed ahead to Stamkos. Stamkos just fired a bullet from high in the near slot, and scored under the bar blocker side. The lead was cut into, now 6-4 at 3:47. Tampa was controlling the puck early in the period, and Boston just seemed to allow it. The Bruins were not playing for offense, and they seemed content to just collapse around the puck. Stamkos had another chance in the slot, after Gange came up with a takeaway in the neutral zone. Thomas was strong on the ice, and kept the puck out. Another turnover in the Boston zone by the Bruins defense, and Tampa had a great scoring chance in the slot. Lecavalier and St. Louis worked a give and go in the far slot, but Thomas somehow made an extension with his right leg, and made the save. As the Bruins brought the puck up ice, the play would be blown dead. Nathan Horton would be called for elbowing at 10:07, and the Bruins faced a critical penalty-kill in this game, and series. Tampa just held the puck in the Boston zone, getting tons of shots on Thomas. Then Johnny Boychuck lost his stick with 30 seconds left in the penalty. Kreci tried to get him his stick, but it was dropped in transition, and Kreci picked it back up. That paid off actually, as Kreci stole a pass from Downie and cleared the puck. Boston killed off the penalty, and Claude Julien called a time-out to regroup his team. Things got very worse though, after a point shot from Headmen hit the far post, and then bounced across to the near post. The puck bounced to the far side of the net. The Lightning pounced on the puck, and Thomas lost his helmet when McQuaid inadvertently fell on him. No whistle was called, and the Lightning put the puck in the net. Thomas came up bleeding a bit above his left eye, and the puck actually bounced off him into the net. Just horrible officiating, and the game was now 6-5 at 13:15. Tampa came back with a rush attempt, and Ryan Malone crashed into Thomas after he made a save. Boston would go on the powerplay for goalie interference at 13:36. The powerplay was sad though, and the game remained 6-5. Tampa came with another big rush attempt. A shot was taken from the far circle that Thomas stopped, but the puck bounced right to Lecavalier with an open net now. Ryder clamped down on Lecavalier though, denying him a shot. Thomas dove across in an attempt to bock the shot, and now found himself on the ice, with his pads stacked. The puck was all alone in the near circle, and Marc-Andre Bergeron picked it up. He got a snap shot off on the sideways Thomas, but he stretched his glove arm up, and knocked the puck down. Thomas covered up the puck, and it was still 6-5. Tampa was attacking furiously now, as the game was under 2 minutes to play. Tampa emptied the net with a minute and a half left. After a blocked shot, Horton and Lucic were coming up ice in a 2-on-1. Horton passed across to Lucic at the near point. The Lightning defender hit the ice, and Lucic’s shot went wide. Tampa brought the puck back into the Boston zone, and had 30 seconds now to score. But it would not be enough, and the Bruins had won game 2, 6-5.

Post-Game Breakdown

What an exciting game in Boston tonight. The Bruins dominated most of the 1st period, and all of the 2nd. The 3rd though, not so much. Let’s break it down, period by period. Boston allowed a goal 13 seconds into the game, and with 7 seconds left in the period. But all that time in between, they dominated. Boston had held the Lightning to 2 shots within a 15 minute span at one point. Lucic just missed cashing twice on the powerplay, but Horton eventually got a deflection goal. Boston had worked so hard for that 1st goal, especially with how good Roloson played in the 1st. He stopped 17 of 18 shots. That last second goal though, was very deflating. But, give the Bruins credit. They came guns a blazing in the 2nd period. That was all thanks to Tyler Seguin. The kid looked amazing, netting 2 goals on 3 shots, and adding 2 assists in the period alone. He helped the powerplay greatly, and injected life into the crowd, and bench. You could see his energy rubbing off on his teammates. With Bergeron most likely coming back for game 3 on Thursday night, Claude will now have some questions to face. He has to keep Seguin in, so who will he scratch for Bergeron? I think he should scratch Paille. Paille is only useful on the pk, and is replaceable on the 4th line. Claude should move Peverley to the 3rd line, and Kelly to the 4th line, and that would put Bergeron back on the 2nd line. Bregeron is desperately needed on the 2nd line, as Marchand and Recchi have been invisible in these 2 Lightning games. The 3rd period is what scared me in this game

Boston just sat back in the 3rd, and let Tampa right back into the game. The defense was very shaky in the 3rd, turning the puck over numerous times. Tampa had a couple breakaways, but Thomas stopped every one of them. The offense was not given any chances really, as they were too focused on not blowing this game away. That is a big problem. Claude needed to have them in attack mode once Tampa started to get some momentum back. They need to be focused on winning, instead of not losing. But great play by the defense late, allowed the bruins to escape with a 6-5 win. This was a game decided by 1 period. If Seguin didn’t get things rolling in the 2nd period for the Bruins, they easily could have lost this game.

Thomas was good, but not great in game 2. There were 2 goals that he could do nothing about. Those being the one that bounced off of Boychuck, and the one that hit Thomas in the face. That play should have been blown dead anyways, and I don’t think the puck didn’t appear to cross the line when it hit the posts. So I don’t think that goal should have counted. So if you take those 2 goals away, and Tampa only had 3 goals. And the Lecavalier powerplay goal was a softy. I expect Thomas to make that save next time he’s in that situation. Thomas will be better in game 3, but what about his counterpart? Roloson was outstanding in the 1st period, but was horrible in the 2nd. Roloson stopped 17 of 18 shots in the 1st, but only 4 of 9 in the 2nd. Look for both goaltenders to have a bounce-back game in game 3, and I expect a very low scoring game. Boston is a great team on the road, so I expect them to at least split the series in Tampa. But, I think it is more likely that they will win both games in Tampa. I expect Boston to win game 3, and take the lead in this series.

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