With just a few points separating the Boston Bruins from the middle of the playoff pack, and with the rival Montreal Canadiens (tied with the Bruins in points in the standings) in action in Winnipeg, the black and gold couldn’t afford another disappointing showing like the one on display Tuesday in Philadelphia. It would appear as if they received that message loud and clear last night, putting forth a solid, workman-like effort to earn a 2-0 shutout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dennis Seidenberg and Daniel Paille did the scoring and Tuukka Rask stopped all 26 shots he faced, including some dazzling saves on Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos, to lead the Bruins to the win.
After falling behind 2-0 after the first 20 minutes of play, the Boston Bruins rallied back with three unanswered goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon at TD Garden to earn their sixth straight win and temporarily leap frog the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division (the Canadiens take on the Penguins tonight). Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand had the goals for the B’s, and Anton Khudobin stopped 20 of 22 shots to earn the victory.
Despite only a single point and a -3 rating over his last four games, few fans would say that Nathan Horton hasn’t been playing reasonably well and getting quality scoring chances recently. Last night in Tampa, Horton was finally able to break through, tallying two goals and firing a team-high six shots on net in one of his better performances of the year. Patrice Bergeron added a goal and an assist and the Bruins played what might be their most complete game of the season in a 4-2 win over the Lightning.
Game 14: Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Thursday, February 21st, 7:30pm, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa Bay, FL
TV: NESN, NHL Network (US), SUN Tampa Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Just a day after it appeared the Bruins would likely be shorthanded on their current trip to the Sunshine State, all seven players that missed practice yesterday were accounted for as the team took to the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for their last full practice before tomorrow night’s game with the Lightning. Despite a hot start the Bolts have cooled off recently, going 4-5-1 in their last 10 games, but with offensive threats like Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis, the Black and Gold will have their work cut out for themselves.
Photo Credit Curt Nickisch (@CurtNickisch)
Tonight’s game between the Bruins and Lightning has been cancelled to due the poor conditions still present in and around the city of Boston. Expect this game to be rescheduled for later in the season.
Here’s the official release from BostonBruins.com:
TORONTO (February 9, 2013) – The NHL announced today, February 9, that Saturday’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, NHL Game No. 154, has been postponed due to the continuing, weather-related State of Emergency that remains in effect in Boston.
A make-up date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
Although both Clubs and the assigned on-ice officials are in Boston, travel conditions remain too hazardous for fans, security personnel and TD Garden staff to get to the arena.
The Bruins will now travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres tomorrow night. Puck drop is at 7pm.