Oct 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) battles with Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) for control of the puck during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Knee Jerk Reactions: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins – First Period

In the opening night for both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins, both teams are hungry, and both teams are looking for a notch in the win column tonight. Here are some of my initial reactions to the first period of play between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins.

The period started out slow for both teams tonight. First blood wouldn’t be drawn until 11:39 in the period when Bruins center Chris Kelly was awarded a penalty shot. Unfortunately, Lindback wasn’t able to hold on and the Bruins would score, making it 1-0 Bruins.

The one thing there was no shortage of this period was penalties.

The first one was on the Lightning at just 2:32. Matt Carle was given 2 minutes in the box for Interference against Daniel Paille.

The next one would come at 10:12 when right wing Reilly Smith was called for 2 minutes for a Hook to Alex Killorn.

At 18:04 came a flurry of penalties; the first of which was on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid for a Cross Check to Lightning right wing B.J. Crombeen.

That would be followed by 2 more penalties, one to Lightning left wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie and the other to Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton for 5 minutes each for fighting as a result of their dust up on the ice.

The good news for Bolts fans, I think it was painfully obvious that Nacho won that fight.

The last penalty would come at 18:11 when Bruins center Gregory Campbell was called for 2 minutes for Delay of Game. This would give the Bolts the 5 on 3.

Unfortunately, the Bolts were unable to capitalize.

Overall, the Bolts have come out determined to play. They have been aggressive and have made moves to control the puck. The Lightning outshot the Bruins 15-6 during the first period. They also won out in the fac-off circle 13-12.

I think if the Bolts can maintain the pressure on Rask, and the defense can keep the puck away from Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, the Bolts will have no issues coming back and taking charge of the game.

What do you think? Do you think the Bolts have what it takes to get back on top and send the Bruins back to the Locker Room with a ‘L’? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!


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