The Boston Bruins have won their second game in a row, with their 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, essentially ending the Lightning’s playoff hopes. Here are my five observations.
Number Five: Zdeno Chara
On the night where he was honored for his 1,000th game, Zdeno Chara found himself in a key play to help the Bruins get their first goal of the period and the game. He charged down the side of the ice and shot on net, with Shawn Thornton picking up the rebound and putting it past Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson.
Number Four: Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton scored the first goal of the game for the Bruins, assisted by Chara. But that wasn’t his only impact of the night. He had another scoring chance late in the first period, a break away, and he almost managed to put it in the net.
Number Three: Brad Marchand
The second line is looking a lot better with the return of Rich Peverley, but perhaps playing best on that line is Brad Marchand. He had four shots on net through two periods, and ended up with six shots. He had twenty one shifts, and played 18:31 minutes on the power play. He also scored a goal in the third period to make the score 4-2 Bruins.
Number Two: Offense
The Bruins had 23 shots to the Lightning’s eight at the end of one period, and 37 to the Lightning’s 16 at the end of the game. The Bruins would score two late goals, and stole momentum off of a strong penalty kill in the third period.
Number One: Tim Thomas
In one of the best sequences this season, the Bruins killed a penalty in the third period, with Tim Thomas making two amazing saves. That then led to the goal by Benoit Pouliot to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead, but that never would have happened if not for Thomas.