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game recap

Lightning 5, Bruins 3

Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 10:32 PM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 5, Bruins 3
Boston Bruins 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
Three Stars of the Game
Dominic Moore
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 16:00
Tom Pyatt
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:11
Ryan Malone
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:07

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NOTEWORTHY

  • Gilroy records his third two-assist game of the season tonight - his other two-assist games came on Oct. 17 vs. Florida and Dec. 12 vs. New Jersey
  • The Lightning are now 3-2-2 when tied after two periods this season; Boston drops to 5-5-0
  • Martin St. Louis has gone 12 games without scoring a goal, but has 14 assists, including one Tuesday, over the stretch
  • Lecavalier has 20 goals and 48 points in 47 games against Boston
  • Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 31st goal of the season on an empty net in the final minute of play
  • With his first period tally, Vincent Lecavalier has registered points in seven of his last eight games (5G, 6A)

Having recorded the game-deciding goal in four of the team’s past five shootout victories, Dominic Moore is no stranger to late-game heroics.

On Tuesday night, Moore proved that again, although this time in regulation.

Moore snapped a 3-3 tie at 16:15 of the final period, and Steven Stamkos added an empty-net goal for insurance to snap a seven-game losing streak and lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins in front of a sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“I thought there have been games where we deserved better,” Moore said. “But at the same time, we’ve got to earn our breaks every night. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction. Tomorrow’s a new day, so we’ll see what happens.”

Moore snapped an 11-game goal drought by ripping a slap shot from above the left circle that beat Tim Thomas to the top far post to give the Lightning a 4-3 lead with 3:45 left in regulation.

The goal was the Lightning forward’s first game-winner that didn’t come in a shootout since Mar. 26, 2011.

Vincent Lecavalier, Tom Pyatt and Ryan Malone also had goals for Tampa Bay, which earned its first victory of 2012 after starting the month of January with a record of 0-6-1.

Steve Downie and Matt Gilroy each added two assists for the Bolts, and Mathieu Garon chipped in 26 saves.

The defeat marked the Bruins’ third in eight games since opening up the New Year with a 6-1 win over New Jersey on Jan. 4.

Boston saw itself erase three one-goal deficits, and while never getting ahead, came right back and tied the game twice in the second period and once more in the third.

Nathan Horton scored twice and Daniel Paille added a shorthanded tally for Boston, while Thomas stopped 26 of 30 shots on the night.

The Bruins fell for the second time in three games after coming off a 3-2 shootout win in Florida against the Panthers just the night before.

“It’s not a confidence thing,” Boston head coach Claude Julien said of his team’s recent struggles. “It’s a compete-level thing. When we don’t compete, we’re no better than any other team in the league.”

Tampa Bay overcame its recent issue of slow starts by coming out with a lot of intensity in the first period, when it outshot the defending Stanley Cup champs 11-6. Boston saw more of its scoring chances come in the next two periods and evened out the shot differential, topping the Lightning in that department for the final 40 minutes.

“When the puck dropped, we had emotion,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “I find that at the beginning of periods or at the end of periods, we get scared and get off and lose confidence. I didn’t even care about the score. I wanted to fight. When the puck drops, we’re going to fight.”

Lecavalier grabbed Tampa Bay a quick 1-0 lead after gathering a rebound in the slot and slipping one past Thomas at 7:11.

Horton then pulled the Bruins even at 4:28 of the second when he backhanded a loose puck from the side of the net past Garon to tie it at one.

Horton has 24 goals and 44 points in 44 career games against Tampa Bay.

Thomas stopped Downie 14 minutes into the second, but couldn’t control the rebound, as Pyatt poked it home from his knees to put Tampa Bay up 2-1.

The Boston net minder would go on to finish the second period with a tremendous save on a one-timer chance by Teddy Purcell, helping keep the game tied at two after Horton’s second of the night tied it at 16:48.

The teams exchanged goals in a span of 5:55 in the third to keep the game even late.

First, Malone gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead after tapping one in from in-close at 4:58. Paille then made it 3-3 nearly six minutes later after scoring on a shorthanded breakaway.

The play unfolded when Vincent Lecavalier sent a pass from the end boards over to Martin St. Louis, who was parked at the blue line. St. Louis attempted to whack at the pass to settle it down and keep the play in, but instead missed, leaving Paille all alone one-on-one against Garon.

Paille has two of Boston's six short-handed goals this season. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has given up seven goals to its opponents while on the power play.

Stamkos’ goal at19:39 was his league-leading 31st of the season. He now has points in five straight games, including three goals and as many assists in that span.

Moore put Tampa Bay ahead for good just 3:24 earlier to seal the victory.

“We played a good team,” Stamkos said. “From the beginning, the game plan was to come out hard and come play physical. To do that for pretty much the whole 60 minutes, that’s the result we get against a really good hockey team.”

scoring summary
1st Period
07:11
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (18) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Gilroy (12), Martin St. Louis (27)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:28
BOS
Nathan Horton (15) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
14:11
TBL
Tom Pyatt (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Downie (11), Matt Gilroy (13)
2 - 1 TBL
16:48
BOS
Nathan Horton (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Ference (15), David Krejci (24)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
04:58
TBL
Ryan Malone (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Dominic Moore (12), Nate Thompson (4)
3 - 2 TBL
10:53
BOS
SHG - Daniel Paille (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Zdeno Chara (20), Dennis Seidenberg (13)
3 - 3 Tie
16:15
TBL
Dominic Moore (4) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Malone (17), Steve Downie (12)
4 - 3 TBL
19:39
TBL
EN - Steven Stamkos (31) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (18)
5 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:58
TBL
Bruno Gervais  Hi-sticking against  Benoit Pouliot
09:52
TBL
Dominic Moore  Elbowing against  Zach Hamill
14:24
BOS
Andrew Ference  Interference against  Tom Pyatt
19:55
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Holding against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
07:05
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Tripping against  Milan Lucic
19:23
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg  Holding against  Dominic Moore
3rd Period
10:14
BOS
Milan Lucic  Interference against  Ryan Malone
13:14
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Tyler Seguin
13:14
BOS
Tyler Seguin  Diving against  Steven Stamkos
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
18-9-0
SA: 30TOI: 59:16
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
SA: 29TOI: 59:53
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 1