Sunday, May 15, 2011
Lightning-Bruins: Nasty finish to Game 1
By Scott Burnside
The end of Game 1 featured a nasty little altercation with Milan Lucic throwing a punch into the face of an unsuspecting Victor Hedman.
The Tampa defenseman hooked the leg of David Krejci, and Lucic responded by giving him a gloved smash to the face.
"Well there's not too much to say. That is part of the game, too. I have to expect that and there is nothing I can do about it. That's what he did and I wasn't expecting it. So that's why it took me a little aback," Hedman said.
Gagne returns to lineupThe Lightning welcomed Simon Gagne back to the lineup for the first time since Game 1 of the last round. The veteran winger, who has a history of concussion problems and was out with a head injury, was belted by Johnny Boychuk in Game 1.
"It was a clean hit. That was good. I had the puck in my skate," Gagne said of the big hit from Boychuk.
"He is a pretty good, physical defenseman and he got me in the chest. It was a clean hit. It was good. Nothing happened."
Remembering BoogaardThe NHL honored New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard, who died suddenly Friday evening, with a moment of silence before the start of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night in Boston.
By the numbersThe Bruins and Lightning were a combined 13-0 when scoring first heading into Game 1. The Lightning are now 8-0 when scoring first.
Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand both entered Game 1 riding five-game point streaks, and Krejci had a four-game point streak. All of those streaks ended Saturday.