- James Murphy, Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- Rich Peverley had two goals and Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand each had two assists as the Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1, for their first win of the 2011-12 season. Daniel Paille and David Krejci also scored for the Bruins and Tim Thomas made 25 saves. Martin St. Louis had the lone goal for the Lightning.
Second line playing like the first line -- Through the first two games of the season, the second line looks more like the first line. The new trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley has looked great thus far. In the season opener Thursday, Marchand scored (albeit on the power play) and he and his linemates created chances on offense and prevented them on defense. On Saturday, Peverley lit the lamp twice, with Marchand assisting on both and Bergeron getting a helper on Peverley’s second goal. All three players are solid two-way skaters but it appears we could see more offense than expected out of the second line.
Seguin assisting his mates -- Tyler Seguin is off to a nice start this season. The 19-year-old forward now has three assists in his first two games after getting two helpers on Saturday and is generating plenty of offense. Seguin looks a lot more comfortable and therefore seems confident using his slick playmaking skills. One thing that really stands out is that he is not hesitating as much but still taking enough time to know his surroundings.
Paille showing his worth once again -- After riding the pine for most of last season, Daniel Paille worked his way into the lineup and became a key cog on the penalty kill and fourth line. In the playoffs he also showed he can score some timely goals. On Saturday he showed that again, scoring at 4:58 of the second period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead at the time. Paille is a strong defensive forward, but he can cash in with his speed and that's why he still has a regular spot in this lineup.
First line shows up -- After a dismal season opener where they looked out of sync, the top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton looked better on Saturday as Lucic set up Krejci for the Bruins’ third goal. Krejci has looked the best of the three so far, while Lucic and Horton -- mostly Horton on Saturday -- seem to still be shaking off the rust.
Thomas comes up big to preserve lead -- While he saw average action at best with Tampa Bay getting 26 shots, Tim Thomas came up big when needed, preserving the Bruins' lead and providing momentum for them to blow the game open in the third. Early in the third period with the Bruins leading 2-1, Lightning forward Teddy Purcell had a point-blank chance on a one-timer and was robbed by Thomas. Thomas then turned away a quick flurry of Lightning chances and Krejci scored soon after at 3:07 to pad the lead to two goals.
Pouliot and McQuaid in; Caron and Bartkowski out -- After missing the first game with the flu, Adam McQuaid was back on the blue line paired with Andrew Ference. Up front, Benoit Pouliot played his first game as a Bruin, replacing Jordan Caron on a line with Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin. McQuaid assisted on Paille’s second-period goal and Pouliot looked solid, playing a tenacious game in the corners.
Here’s what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid