March 2, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) gets checked by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St Louis (26) during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Play Hard, Fall Short In Boston


After Thursday’s embarrassing loss to the New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning faced the Boston Bruins head on at TD Garden in Boston with fire. They played hard. They skated hard. They didn’t only play with intensity for the last 3 minutes, they played a full 60 minutes of hockey. It was entertaining to watch.

The refs were busy using their whistles throughout the first period. Tampa started the game with a blast, held on through the second, and finished strong. Only a stupid mistake, an unintentional penalty in the third lead to the Boston power play goal that broke the tie and caused the Bruins to win. The team seemed discouraged, frustrated even after Thursday’s loss. To come out and play so strong and still lose, I’m sure that this has to add to the frustration. But they were playing Boston. In Boston. They have to realize that. They are a good, hard hitting team that is difficult to beat, and even more so on their home ice. They can walk away from Saturday’s game with their heads held high. They have nothing to be embarrassed about by their performance on Saturday.

1st

5:11 Boston: Milan Lucic 2 minutes for interference
5:32 Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos (15th point) Power Play goal, wrist shot Assisted by Teddy Purcell (16th point) and Marc-Andre Bergeron (4th point)
5:45 Boston: Gregory Campbell 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct
5:45 Tampa Bay: Keith Aulie 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct
7:46 Boston: Andrew Ference 2 minutes for tripping
8:38 Tampa Bay: Alexander Killorn (3) Power Play goal, backhand Assisted by Teddy Purcell (17th point) and Martin St. Louis (21st point)
8:57 Boston: Adam McQuaid 5 minute major for fighting
8:57 Tampa Bay: Pierre-Cedric Labrie 5 minute major for fighting
10:45 Boston: Dennis Seidenberg 2 minutes for boarding
13:12 Tampa Bay: Keith Aulie 2 minutes for interference
19:51 Boston: Milan Lucic 2 minutes for boarding

Shots On Goal: Tampa Bay 5 Boston 7

2nd

2:04 Tampa Bay: Eric Brewer 2 minutes for interference
3:22 Boston: Tyler Seguin (4th point) Power Play goal, snap shot Assisted by Dougie Hamilton (9th point) and David Krejci (10th point)
4:39 Boston: Rich Peverly (3rd point) goal, Assisted by Adam McQuaid (2nd point) and Daniel Paille (4th point)
4:44 Tampa Bay: B.J. Crombeen 5 minute major for elbowing
4:44 Boston: Gregory Campbell 5 minute major for fighting
6:29 Tampa Bay: Vincent Lecavalier 2 minutes for boarding
9:28 Boston: Jay Pandolfo 2 minutes for boarding
15:49 Boston: Andrew Ference 4 minute double minor for hi sticking

Shots On Goal: Tampa Bay 8 Boston 9

3rd

10:46 Boston: Dougie Hamilton 2 minutes for holding the stick
14:21 Tampa Bay: Brendan Mikkelson 4 minute double minor for hi sticking
17:44 Boston: Brad Merchand (11th point) Power Play goal, snap shot Assisted by Patrice Bergeron (11th)

Shots On Goal Tampa Bay 9 Boston 11

Final

Tampa Bay 2 Boston 3

Total Shots On Goal Tampa Bay 22 Boston 27

Dolly Dolce
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