Bruins 4, Lightning 1

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

The only things standing in the way of the Tampa Bay Lightning and their second consecutive win to start the season were a hot goaltender and a few bad bounces in an otherwise hard-fought effort.

Martin St. Louis scored for the second-straight night and Mathieu Garon made 38 saves in his Lightning debut, but the result was a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden Saturday night.

The game could have served as revenge of last spring’s Eastern Conference Finals in which Tampa Bay’s exciting postseason run ended in a one-goal defeat in the seventh and decisive game to Boston. Forward Steven Stamkos said Saturday’s game was not about getting even.

“We weren’t thinking of last year,” Stamkos said. “They had a different team and we had a different team. This is a new season now and we came in here focused on tonight’s game and doing what we have to do to win.”

St. Louis tied the game just 1:16 after Rich Peverley put Boston up 1-0. St. Louis beat Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas one-on-one with a wrist shot to the stick side. Vincent Lacavalier made a nice defensive play at center ice to get the play started by stripping Nathan Horton of the puck. Ryan Malone tapped the puck ahead and found St. Louis, who skated in all alone to finish things off. The goal was the Lightning forward’s 300th of his career

It was all the Lightning would muster, however, as Thomas seemed to still be riding the momentum from a terrific year in 2010-11 that earned him the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender at the conclusion of the season.

Thomas finished the night with 25 saves.

Daniel Paille and David Krejci also had goals for the Bruins, who earned their first win of the season. Boston dropped their opening game in a 2-1 defeat to the Flyers on Thursday night.

After earning a win Friday night at Carolina, Saturday’s loss left Tampa Bay with a reminder of the tough test it faces on its season-opening road trip. The stretch of five games in 10 days continues with a contest on Monday night against the reigning Southeast Division champion Washington Capitals.

“We knew coming in that this trip was going to be a good test for us,” Bolts forward Adam Hall said. “Obviously at the beginning of any season you want to come out strong and put your best foot forward, but at the same time we knew a lot of these teams were going to give us their best stuff.”

It showed, as Boston outshot Tampa Bay 42-26 in the game.

Although neither team could find the back of the net in the first period, the clubs combined for three goals in just five minutes to start the second.

After Peverley and St. Louis exchanged goals to open the middle frame, Paille followed up with his first of the season to close out the sequence at 4:58.

The remaining 15 minutes of the second period resembled the first 20 to start the game, with both teams generating a lot of chances, but neither being able to cash in.

“I think we exchanged opportunities too much at both ends,” Lightning forward Ryan Shannon said. “I think obviously we need to limit those opposing chances going back and forth, but I thought when we stuck to our structure, things went well for us.”

Tampa Bay, however, did not limit opportunities down in its own end, and paid the price.

Krejci’s goal off a rebound at 3:07 of the final period increased Boston’s lead to two and Peverley notched his second of the night to make it 4-1 just five minutes later to close out the scoring.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
02:04BOS Rich Peverley (1) ASST: Brad Marchand (1), Johnny Boychuk (1) 1 - 0 BOS
03:20TBL Martin St. Louis (2) ASST: Ryan Malone (1), Vincent Lecavalier (1) 1 - 1 Tie
04:58BOS Daniel Paille (1) ASST: Adam McQuaid (1), Tyler Seguin (2) 2 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
03:07BOS David Krejci (1) ASST: Milan Lucic (1), Tyler Seguin (3) 3 - 1 BOS
08:43BOS Rich Peverley (2) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (1), Brad Marchand (2) 4 - 1 BOS
Three Stars of the Game
Rich Peverley
Rich Peverley
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:33
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 26TOI: 59:59
GA: 1EV: 17-18
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: .962SH: 0-0
Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 4
+/-: 2TOI: 15:22
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:21TBL Matt Gilroy  Holding against  Brad Marchand
09:13BOS Brad Marchand  Roughing against  Steve Downie
09:13TBL Steve Downie  Roughing against  Brad Marchand
10:28BOS Johnny Boychuk  Slashing against  Victor Hedman
13:40TBL Brett Connolly  Tripping against  Tyler Seguin
16:31BOS Milan Lucic  Slashing against  Pavel Kubina
2nd Period
10:24TBL Eric Brewer  Tripping against  Milan Lucic
10:59BOS Tyler Seguin  Holding against  Pavel Kubina
13:21BOS Brad Marchand  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
13:21TBL Dominic Moore  Roughing against  Brad Marchand
14:04TBL Brett Connolly  Hooking against  Andrew Ference
19:52BOS Johnny Boychuk  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
3rd Period
10:19TBL Brett Connolly  Too many men/ice - bench
15:32BOS Nathan Horton  Cross checking against  Dominic Moore
15:32TBL Dominic Moore  Slashing against  Nathan Horton
17:37BOS Tyler Seguin  Tripping against  Steve Downie
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/50/5
Faceoff Wins3332
Blocked Shots229
Penalty Minutes1616
2E. BrewerD00-21221:09
4V. LecavalierC01-13017:26
7B. ClarkD00-10015:47
9S. DownieR00-11213:09
11T. PyattC00-14010:54
12R. MaloneL0102013:53
13P. KubinaD00-10020:39
14B. ConnollyR0002415:38
16T. PurcellL0001011:43
18A. HallR000309:31
19D. MooreC0000414:30
22R. ShannonR00-11013:09
26M. St. LouisR10-21017:33
44N. ThompsonC00-12013:45
47M. BergeronD00-10021:07
77V. HedmanD00-11022:59
91S. StamkosC00-24020:44
97M. GilroyD0000210:31
32M. Garon3842.90559:53
11G. CampbellC0002013:27
14J. CorvoD0003019:25
17M. LucicL0102215:09
18N. HortonR0001215:40
19T. SeguinC0225415:22
20D. PailleL1011011:54
21A. FerenceD0020016:10
22S. ThorntonL000208:04
23C. KellyC0013011:54
33Z. CharaD0015024:46
37P. BergeronC0122018:11
44D. SeidenbergD0002024:34
46D. KrejciC1002017:11
49R. PeverleyC2025016:33
54A. McQuaidD0111013:19
55J. BoychukD0112417:59
63B. MarchandL0222416:57
67B. PouliotL000207:42
30T. Thomas2526.96259:59