Oct 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback (39) makes a save during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

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

We’re now through 40 minutes of play at the TD Garden in Boston as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Boston Bruins in their first game of the season. Here are some of our initial reactions to the second period of play between the Bolts and the Bruins.

Not a lot of action during the first ten minutes of the second period. Well…scoring action that is.

There was quite the fight between Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas and Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla. Apparently Iggy took exception to the hard hit that Gudas laid on him, and at 9:06 they dropped the gloves and went at it. Both players received 5 minute majors for fighting.

At 10:32, newly acquired center Valtteri Filppula broke open the scoring for the Lightning. He was able to fire one past Rask unassisted tying the score up at 1-1.

However, the tie wouldn’t last for long. With just 1 minute left in the period, Milan Lucic finds the back of the net putting the Bruins back on top. The assists on the Lucic goal would go to Bruins center David Krejci.

Through 40 minutes of play, the Lightning has outshot the Bruins 23-15.

I am really happy at the way the Bolts have been handling themselves on the ice. The Bruins have a knack for bullying players in front of the net and trying to get the tied up in unnecessary fighting and roughing penalties; penalties that the Lightning really can’t afford.

Whereas I wish the Lightning were heading into the third period with the lead on the Bruins, I still have faith in my team. I know that they have the ability to hold back the Bruins offense and get the Lightning back on top of this game.

What do you think? Will the Lightning find a way to overcome the deficit and bring home the win in their season opener? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

 

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