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Tampa Bay Lightning 0, Boston Bruins 2 FINAL

Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 10:42 PM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Tampa Bay Lightning 0, Boston Bruins 2 FINAL
Tampa Bay Lightning 0, Boston Bruins 2
Three Stars of the Game
Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Dennis Seidenberg
Dennis Seidenberg
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 24:34
Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 0PIM: 5
+/-: 0TOI: 12:43

Perhaps the final score did not accurately reflect the performance of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay, playing in a makeup game from earlier in the season, couldn’t solve goaltender Tuukka Rask, and as a result, fell 2-0 to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

The game was initially scheduled for the second month of the season, but was postponed until Thursday night due to a severe snowstorm in the Boston area at the time.

With that said, and keeping in mind the short travel schedule in traveling to Boston overnight, the Lightning certainly played well, and certainly saw its fair share of chances, considering they were playing in their second game in as many nights after earning a 5-2 win at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“We did a good job on defense, blocking shots and getting to their guys,” Lightning assistant coach Dan Lacroix said. “We played last night, so we wanted to keep it as simple as we can, being that it was a road game.”

Marty St. Louis maintained his two point lead in the League scoring race, but did not register any points Thursday night.

Tampa Bay certainly did that, as Steven Stamkos had a prime opportunity to put the Bolts on the board early, but was robbed by Rask, as the goaltender slid across the crease to make a glove save on the Lightning forward.

Moments later, Alex Killorn had not one, but two chances for Tampa Bay, but again, Rask was equal to the task.

Dennis Seidenberg and Daniel Paille each had goals for the Bruins, which one for the second time in three tries.

Rask made 30 saves.

After Ben Bishop made an appearance in net for the Lightning on Wednesday night, just 24 hours before Thursday’s puck drop, Anders Lindback earned the nod against the Bruins, stopping 22 of 24 shots faced on the net.

After a scoreless first, Seidenberg opened the scoring at 4:22 of the second with a booming slap shot past Lindback that made it 1-0 in favor of the Bruins.

Paille then doubled the advantage with a quick shot that also snuck past the Lightning netminder, bringing the score to 2-0 with 6:29 remaining in the middle frame.

Still, even down by a pair of goals, Tampa Bay continued to press in the third, including matching the Bruins’ shot total at 12 apiece in the final period after outshooting Boston by a combined total of 18-12 through the first 40 minutes.

Despite peppering Rask in the final frame with shot after shot, the Bruins netminder stood tall to earn the win.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Dennis Seidenberg (3) ASST: Brad Marchand (18), Tyler Seguin (16)
1 - 0 BOS
Daniel Paille (10) ASST: Gregory Campbell (9), Shawn Thornton (4)
2 - 0 BOS
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Chris Kelly  Hi-sticking against  Vincent Lecavalier
Andrew Ference  Fighting (maj) against  Benoit Pouliot
Benoit Pouliot  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Ference
Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Alex Killorn
2nd Period
Patrice Bergeron  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Aulie
Keith Aulie  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
3rd Period
Victor Hedman  Hooking against  David Krejci
goalie stats
Anders Lindback
SA: 24TOI: 59:09
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .917SH: 2 - 2
Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0