After a week and a half off, and plenty of talk from the Boston side about both the team and the fans in Tampa, there was only the sounds of silence coming from the TD Garden on Saturday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning shocked the Boston Bruins with a 5-2 victory in a game that was not really as close as the score indicated.
During the long layoff between series, much of the talk was about the goaltending matchup between Boston’s Tim Thomas and the Lightning’s Dwayne Roloson. On this night, round one went to Roloson, even with some miraculous saves from Thomas to keep the score from totally getting out of hand.
The game opened up with a quick pace that saw both teams get a number of good scoring chances, including Vincent Lecavalier's breakaway that Tim Tomas turned away with a sprawling glove save. The Lightning really caught Boston off guard in the early going when they opened the game playing an aggressive 2-3 with forecheckers going deep into the zone trying to cause turnovers. The brilliance in this was the entire building thinking the Lightning was going to play their typical 1-3-1 in the early going.
The Bolts struck early and often in the first, however, when Sean Bergenheim, who is turning into quite the legend in these parts, knocked home a rebound just over half way through the first period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. For Bergenheim, it was his 8th goal of the postseason. The Lightning rode that momentum to score again almost immediately, when defenseman Brett Clark went coast to coast and beat Thomas with a backhander up high to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead.