My Pick: Bruins in five games
If you like scoring, then you loved the game last night. Game two was a shootout. It did not take long for the scoring to begin. Thirteen seconds into the game, Adam Hall gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead. Bruins fans were thinking, “Here we go again.” Nathan Horton tied the game for the Bruins 13:58 into the period. Now the fans were back in the game. Then, Martin St. Louis demoralized the Bruins faithful by scoring with only seven seconds left in the period. However, Boston scored five goals on only nine shots in the second period. Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson was broken and yanked in the second period. The Lightning made a furious comeback scoring three more goals and pulling within one. In the final minutes, Tim Thomas made spectacular saves, and preserved the lead for the Bruins. The series is tied at one thanks to the great play of Tyler Seguin and Michael Ryder for the Bruins. Seguin has scored three goals since filling in for injured Patrice Bergeron this series. Now the two teams head to Tampa Bay. The Lightning should feel confident after splitting the two games in Boston, and scoring five goals on the best goalie in hockey in the first two games. Boston needs to tighten up their defense for the rest of the series.
Turnovers kill a team, and the Bruins learned the hard way. The Bruins got off to a sloppy start in the game and the series. Eleven minutes into the game, a Dennis Seidenberg turnover led to a fury of shots by the Lightning, and Sean Bergenheim gave Tampa Bay the lead 15 seconds later. Then, 19 seconds later, Lighting defenseman Brett Clark skated through the Boston Bruins defense and scored on a back-hander past Tim Thomas. A minute and six seconds later, the Lightning struck again, Ted Purcell took the puck from Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle and stuffed it in the net. Game over. The Bruins could never come back from that deficit and lost the game 5-2. Boston hoped to play better in front of their crowd in game two.