Lightning maul Bruins in Game 1

The Lightning continued to pile on the goals in the first when Teddy Purcell stole a puck from Tomas Kaberle behind his own net and beat Thomas to give the Bolts a 3-0 lead. The Lightning gave up one goal on a great individual effort by rookie Tyler Seguin, but would take a 3-1 lead into the room.


That sequence was really the turning point of the game, because the Lightning would be able return to the 1-3-1 and give the Bruins all kinds of problems getting through the neutral zone.


After a scoreless second, the Lightning put the game away early in the third. With the Bruins shorthanded for taking a retaliation penalty, Marc-Andre Bergeron got a shot through from the point that beat a screened Thomas to extend the lead to 4-1, and for all intents and purposes, close out the game for the Bolts.


The Bruins, down by 3, still pulled the goalie, and promptly got scored on when Simon Gagne found the open net to extend the lead to 5-1. In Gagne’s first game back since returning from injury, it was his 3rd goal of the postseason. The Bruins would score a meaningless goal in the final minutes to make it 5-2, but that is as close as they would get, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead in the series.


With the game already decided, two Boston players attempted to send a message for the rest of the series. Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton both sucker punched Lightning players with less than a minute to go in the game. They got 2 plus 10 for their troubles.


The Lightning will look to win their second game in Boston on Tuesday night when the series resumes. Game time in that one is at 8pn.

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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.

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