Oct 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) handles the puck while being defended by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

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

The final buzzer has sounded on the first game of the season for both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins. Here are some of our initial reactions to the final 20 minutes of play between the Lightning and the Bruins.

The Bruins started off the scoring early in the third period.

At 4:02 in the period, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was able to fire the puck straight through the legs of Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback giving the Bruins a 2 goal lead.

With 22 seconds left in the game, Radko Gudas is sent to the dressing room after he is called for Cross Checking Bruins left wing Milan Lucic.

Unfortunately, this pretty much sealed the deal for the Boston Bruins.

The Lightning would fall to the Boston Bruins by the score of 3-1 in the Season Opener.

One of the biggest observations I have throughout this game is that the Lightning’s power play squad needs a lot of work. They have been pretty well unable to capitalize on anything tonight, and gave up not one, but two shorthanded goals.

The Lightning lead the Bruins the entire game in Shots on Goal; however, they just haven’t been able to make those shots really count.

I know that this team has the potential to come out on top this season. Let’s be real here, they have one of the best lines in all of hockey. We also have a stable of some of the most talented young players in our developmental system.

What we need to do now is to find a way to work together and make each of our gears work at their maximum potential.

As far as what really went wrong tonight, the jury is still out on that one. From what I have seen, Anders Lindback needs to work on his situational awareness a little bit. Two of those three goals should not have made it into the net tonight.

However, I am not one of those ‘Let’s just blame the goaltender.” type of people. The defense has to take their fair share of the blame here too. The defense needs to step it up, get in front of these shots, and keep the puck out of our defensive zone.

Towards the end of the game, the Bolts spent way too much time in the defensive zone. No matter how awesome on thinks they are, you are not very likely to score a goal from the defensive zone. Although I am sure that it is possible, it is not very likely.

While I think there are a few things that the Bolts need to tighten up on, I would not go as far as to call this a bad effort by the Bolts. They played a very physical game. They were able to hold their own with the Bruins and go toe to toe with one of the most physical teams in the league.

What did you think of the third period of play? What do you think the Lightning need to work on before they head into Chicago on Saturday? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!


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  • Mark

    You feel Gudas getting sent off “sealed the deal” for the Bruins? Hmmm…don’t think so. I’d say Gudas getting fed his lunch by Iginla was one “turning point” and another one was that self same Gudas getting schooled by Bergeron on a beakaway. Oh, yeah. That and the other two goals the Bruins scored. As far as your commebt of the Lightning having the potential to “come out on top” you need more than a Stamkos and St. Louis for that to happen. They will be lucky to contend for a wild card, which is unfortunate, because I like watching Stamkos play. One day he’ll have his chance at a Cup, but not in Tampa, I’m afraid.

  • Byron

    I thought the Bolts gave great effort to start the season. I was happy with what I saw. Did I want to see the two shorthanded goals? Of course not. They seemed to be overconfident in their transition game during the power plays and that’s how shorthanded goals happen. Their playing on their heels in the third was a bit disconcerting as well but lets not forget that the Bruins played in the finals last season. This is a great team. Lindback & Bishop need to tighten up of course and they will over time. Filppula was great! So excited to see more of him throughout the season. Loved his two way play. And to respond to Marks comment, Gudas did not get ‘fed his lunch’ by Iggy. They each got some shots and I’m happy Gudas dropped the gloves. He dropped em because he LAID out Iggy just seconds prior. He did get schooled on the Bergeron break away though and that’s on him. I think this team drew a tough first two games and even if they go 0-2 I hope Coop has them going forward with enough self confidence that they start to build because it looks like they have the pieces to. Do I think they make the playoffs this year in the new conference format? Unlikely. There are too many good teams and too few slots. I’m still excited to watch them play as they are fun to watch. Hopefully they get that scoring offense going more soon.