This was a tough night for the Lightning, as the final score indicates. Full credit to the Boston Bruins. They are an elite team in the league and they brought their A-game. It was evident in the first 92 seconds when the Bruins scored the first goal. They added three goals in the second period to chase goaltender Ben Bishop and then another early in the third on Anders Lindback.
But the story of this game was how well Boston bottled up the Lightning in all three zones. Tampa Bay had seemingly no time or space to make plays. Part of that had to do with Lightning players not playing as crisply as they have in recent contests. But a lot of it had to do with the Bruins simply executing their game plan extremely well. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask earned the shutout with 23 saves, but honestly, he only had a handful of difficult saves throughout the game.
The Bolts will have a few days to get ready for another big challenge – Thursday’s game against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Lightning Radio Big Moment of the Game (as selected by Phil Esposito). Patrice Bergeron’s goal in the second period to extend the Boston lead to 3-0.
Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game (as selected by Phil Esposito).
- Patrice Bergeron – Bruins. Arguably the best player on the ice on a night when the Bruins got terrific performances from everyone on the roster. Goal. Great on penalty kill. Won key faceoffs all night.
- David Krejci – Bruins. Early goal set tone for the game.
- Tuukka Rask – Bruins. Shutout win with 23 saves.