Rapid Reaction: B's 3, Lightning 0
November, 11, 2013
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to three games with a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday afternoon at TD Garden.
The Bruins have played well during this stretch, and Monday received goals from Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille and Jarome Iginla (empty net) while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season.
With an assist on Bergeron's goal, defenseman Torey Krug extended his point streak to four games. He now has four goals and three assists for seven points in the last 10 games.
Despite a scoreless first period, the Bruins were buzzing and outshot the Lightning, 12-7. Boston created quality scoring chances but couldn't sneak one past Tampa goalie Anders Lindback. The Bruins' Jarome Iginla had a partial breakaway with 5:35 remaining in the opening period, but his shot rang off the left post and ricocheted into the corner.
The buzzing continued for the Bruins in the second period. And it took a span of 20 seconds for Boston to gain a 2-0 lead.
In the midst of a scramble in front of the Tampa net, Bergeron shoveled in the loose puck from the top of the crease to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 17:09 of the period. It was Bergeron's sixth goal of the season. Paille made it 2-0 at 17:29 when he beat Lindback with a backhander. It was Paille's second tally of the season.
It appeared the Bruins gained a three-goal lead when David Krejci's knocked one in with 1:37 remaining in regulation, but it was disallowed due to goaltender's interference. Tampa pulled its goalie in the closing minute and Iginla netted the empty-netter for a 3-0 final
STAR INJURED: Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos suffered a right leg injury and was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 7:11 remaining in the second period. The Bruins were crashing the net on the play when Stamkos was back-checking and got tied up with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Stamkos crashed into the right post and rolled over in obvious pain. Tampa team trainers Tom Mulligan and Mike Poirier, along with Bruins team doctor Peter Asnis, tended to the superstar forward. Stamkos entered the game with 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points, including a plus-11 rating in 16 games.
BART'S BACK: With defenseman Adam McQuaid sidelined due to a leg injury, fellow blueliner Matt Bartkowski returned to the lineup against the Lightning. Entering Monday's game, Bartkowski had been a healthy scratch for the majority of the season and had played in only four games. He last played on Nov. 2 against the New York Islanders. He has one assist in five games this season.
Bartkowski was paired with Johnny Boychuk, while Dennis Seidenberg and Torey Krug, and Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton were the other two defensive pairs.
With the Bruins holding a 2-0 lead in the third period, coach Claude Julien tweaked his pairings to protect the two-goal advantage as follows: Chara-Boychuk, Seidenberg-Hamilton, Bartkowski-Krug.
MILITARY APPRECIATION: The Bruins honored local military members and veterans throughout Monday's Veterans Day game at TD Garden. Bruins players Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg each purchased $2,500 worth of tickets and donated them to local military members and their families for the game.
Brian Babineau/NHLI/Getty ImagesTuukka Rask and his Bruins teammates wore special Veterans Day camouflage jerseys during warm-ups.
"I'm one of the few Americans on the team and I have members of my family in the military, one cousin has done a few tours already and my brother goes to West Point. It's a little more special," Bartkowski said.
Seidenberg, a native of West Germany, has been involved in this for the last few years.
The Bruins also planned to spend time with military members after the game.
"It's our way to say a small 'thank you' and our appreciation for their services," Seidenberg said. "It's great what they do and I'm really looking forward to seeing them after the game."
The Bruins also wore special camouflage jerseys during the pregame warmups.
"The jerseys are pretty sweet," Krug said. "Show our appreciation because freedom doesn't come free."
UP NEXT: The Bruins close out their current five-game homestand when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night at TD Garden.