BOS
28-14-6
TBL
18-26-4

26 SOG
26 SOG

Bruins 4, Lightning 2

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 10:42 PM

A hard-fought effort, even in defeat, served as no indication of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s recent play on Thursday night.

Steven Stamkos and Cory Conacher each scored goals, and Anders Lindback made 22 saves, but as the Bolts fell to the Boston Bruins 4-2 in front of a 10th consecutive sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The defeat snapped Tampa Bay’s modest two-game win streak, while the Bruins’ victory was their second in as many games.

“Our players definitely competed today, although this was probably the most intense game all year by far,” Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said. “That [Boston] was a great team out there, and the way they played, that’s why they’ve only lost two games.”

Although nearly two years removed from a Game 7 finale in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, Thursday night’s contest had a lot of that same playoff-type feel to it, as both sides competed hard and entertained fans with a lot of back-and-forth action.

Nathan Horton had two goals for the Bruins and Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, which improved to 7-1-1 on the road the season.

Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton had two assists in the win, while goaltender Tuukka Rask turned aside 24 of 26 shots against.

“The effort was there and everything else,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said.

It hardly took any time at all for the Bruins to get out to a quick 2-0 lead just 3:50 into the game.

Horton opened the scoring just 71 seconds following the opening puck drop after collecting a rebound and backhanding a shot past Lindback for a 1-0 lead.

Bergeron then doubled the advantage just 2:39 later to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

“We had a good start,” Horton said. “I think that’s what carried us throughout the game.”

Tampa Bay, though, came right back to pull even with the Boston nearly midway through the middle frame.

Stamkos first brought the Lightning to within one at 8:13 of the first when his wrist shot from the high slot beat Rask to make it 2-1.

Conacher tied it at 9:00 of the second after finishing off a 3-on-2 odd-man rush and snapping a shot past Rask, as well as an eight-game goal scoring drought.

The Lightning rookie now leads all NHL first-year players with six goals and 15 points.

Marchand made it 3-2 at 13:58 of the second, with his ninth of the year standing up as the game-winner, as an initial shot by Tyler Seguin bounced right onto his teammate’s stick to reclaim Boston’s lead.

Horton’s second and final goal of the game capped the scoring at 2:33 of the third.

“We battled back and we worked hard,” Stamkos said. “There was no worry with our work ethic, but again, we have to find a way to score and create some momentum. That’s on us. We have to be better.”

1st2nd3rdT
BOS
TBL
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:11BOS Nathan Horton (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Dougie Hamilton (6) 1 - 0 BOS
03:50BOS Patrice Bergeron (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Marchand (2) 2 - 0 BOS
08:13TBL Steven Stamkos (11) Snap shot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (12), Marc-Andre Bergeron (3) 2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
09:00TBL Cory Conacher (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (13), Steven Stamkos (13) 2 - 2 Tie
13:58BOS Brad Marchand (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Seguin (6), Patrice Bergeron (8) 3 - 2 BOS
3rd Period
02:33BOS Nathan Horton (6) Tip-in - ASST: Zdeno Chara (5), Dougie Hamilton (7) 4 - 2 BOS
Three Stars of the Game
Nathan Horton
1st
Nathan Horton
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:09
Teddy Purcell
2nd
Teddy Purcell
RW
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:11
Patrice Bergeron
3rd
Patrice Bergeron
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:02
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:07BOS Dougie Hamilton  Hi-sticking against  Cory Conacher
2nd Period
19:35BOS Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Cory Conacher
3rd Period
14:15BOS Adam McQuaid  Tripping against  Matthew Carle
20:00TBL Vincent Lecavalier  Tripping against  Nathan Horton
shots by period
PeriodBOSTBL
1st85
2nd1212
3rd69
Total2626
Team Stats
CategoryBOSTBL
Power Plays0/00/3
Hits2227
Faceoff Wins2723
Giveaways813
Takeaways710
Blocked Shots1210
Penalty Minutes62
  • BOSTON
  • TAMPA BAY
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11G. CampbellC0001010:49
17M. LucicL0013016:29
18N. HortonR2016018:09
19T. SeguinC0113014:30
20D. PailleL0001010:27
21A. FerenceD0010020:03
22S. ThorntonL000108:12
23C. KellyC0002016:35
27D. HamiltonD0211210:00
33Z. CharaD0110226:23
37P. BergeronC1111016:02
44D. SeidenbergD0000026:12
46D. KrejciC0011019:55
48C. BourqueL0001012:30
49R. PeverleyC0001014:47
54A. McQuaidD0011215:01
55J. BoychukD0001022:57
63B. MarchandL1112014:59
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
40T. Rask2426.92360:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2E. BrewerD00-21021:17
4V. LecavalierC00-11220:39
6S. SaloD0001021:05
11T. PyattC00-10013:15
15B. LeeD00-10012:29
16T. PurcellR0211020:11
17A. KillornC0004012:09
18A. HallR000207:15
19B. CrombeenR000007:20
25M. CarleD00-12023:25
26M. St. LouisR00-25023:03
44N. ThompsonC00-10011:33
47M. BergeronD0110018:16
67B. PouliotL0003018:03
71R. PanikR00-2009:05
77V. HedmanD00-12020:33
89C. ConacherC1002018:32
91S. StamkosC1102023:18
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
39A. Lindback2226.84658:32