BOSTON -- There was no way the Boston Bruins were going to lose this game.
Not on the night Bruins forward Marc Savard returned to the lineup for the first time this season after dealing with post-concussion syndrome. He was given a hero’s welcome, as the 17,565 in attendance gave him many ovations throughout the night as Boston completely dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning en route to an 8-1 victory at TD Garden.
It was a big night all around for the Bruins, as David Krejci scored two goals and added an assist, while Dennis Seidenberg, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler contributed a goal each. Boston goaltender Tim Thomas continued his stellar play, making 37 saves to improve to 13-2-1 this season.
SHARPSHOOTER: It had been a while since Krejci lit the lamp before Thursday’s game. In fact, prior to his two tallies against the Lightning, his last goal came on Oct. 30 against the Ottawa Senators. During that drought, he missed a total of seven games (six due to a concussion and one because of the flu). He added an assist on Lucic’s goal and now has six points in his past four games.
THE FAKE OUT: Seidenberg notched his first goal of the season when he made a 100-foot deke on Lightning goalie Mike Smith. Both teams were in the middle of a change when Seidenberg gained control of the puck at the red line in front of the penalty boxes. It appeared he was going to wrap the puck around the boards when Smith began to cheat and started towards the back of the net. But, the Boston blueliner took a shot on net and Smith couldn’t recover . The goal gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead at 19:40 of the first period.
QUIET MAN GETS LOUD: Thornton’s goal at 17:30 of the second period gave him a total of five this season. His highest season total in the NHL came with the Bruins during the 2008-09 season, when he notched six.
UP NEXT: The Bruins travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs as part of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.