March 27, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Lightning

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
TBL - 1
BOS - 2

SHOTS
TBL - 8
BOS - 23

Forty minutes are down here at the Garden where the Bruins lead the Lightning 2-1.

Boston out-shot Tampa by a drastic 12-3 margin in the second period, as Dwayne Roloson did a pretty damn good job of standing on his head and keeping his team in it.

That was, of course, until the 15:05 mark when Zdeno Chara let a bomb go and Dennis Seidenberg buried the rebound to make it 2-1.

With the helper, Chara has now assisted on both of the Bruins' goals.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
TBL - 1
BOS - 1

SHOTS
TBL - 5
BOS - 11

Twenty minutes are in the books here at the Garden where the Bruins and Lightning are tied 1-1.

Steven Stamkos got the Bolts on the board first, breaking on a 2-on-1 with Teddy Purcell before firing a bomb from the right side that Tim Thomas had zero chance on.

With a little over nine minutes left in the frame, Zdeno Chara -- honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th contest -- cut in and dangled through defenders. Shawn Thornton banged home a rebound to knot things up at 1-1.

 Boston had two power-play opportunities in the stanza. They looked good but couldn't cash in.

On the stat-sheet, the B's dominated at the dot, winning 14-of-20 faceoffs. They also out-hit the Bolts by a 12-8 margin.

PREGAME NOTES

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Thomas (32-19-0, 2.40 GAA, .920 Save %) vs.
Roloson (11-14-2, 3.65 GAA, .885 Save %). Thomas is 11-5-0 with a 2.37
GAA and .924 Save % in 17 career games against Tampa Bay. Roloson is
5-2-2 with a 1.97 GAA and .941 Save % in nine career games against
Boston.

1000 GAMES CEREMONY: The Bruins will honor Zdeno Chara in a special
pregame ceremony tonight to recognize his 1000th NHL game, which he
played on Saturday, March 24 in Los Angeles. Chara’s wife Tatiana and
daughter Elliz Victoria will join him on the ice for the festivities.

ON A ROLL: After notching 4-5=9 totals in 49 games with the Islanders,
Brian Rolston has put up 3-9=12 totals in 15 games with the Bruins,
including 3-8=11 totals during his current six game point streak.
Linemate Chris Kelly has a five game point streak of his own with 3-4=7
totals during this span.

LIGHTNING NOTEBOOK: The Tampa Bay Lightning enter tonight's contest
having won their past three games, all with goaltender Dwayne Roloson
manning the net… Steven Stamkos recorded his league leading 53rd goal in
last night’s win over Philadelphia, moving him past Vincent Lecavalier
for the Lightning's franchise record for most goals in a single season
The Lightning's AHL Affiliate, The Norfolk Admirals, are currently
riding a 20-game win streak, which is the longest win streak in AHL
history.