Dominic Moore, Lightning Shock Bruins In Tampa

The Tampa Bay Lightning rebound at home against the Boston Bruins.

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Dominic Moore, Bolts Shock Bruins

Where the Lightning were aggressive in the first two periods, the Bolts were in a panic for the final 20 minutes. With the game tied and with Tampa desperate for a win, the players were losing their cool. Finally, the Bolts scored 4 min in, after dumping the puck behind the Boston net. Goalie Tim Thomas retrieved the puck and sent it back up ice, but Nate Thompson made a quick steal and passed to Dominic Moore, who in turn gave the puck to Ryan Malone in front of the goal. Malone tucked the puck between Thomas's knees before he could get set back in front of the net. Thomas fell backwards, trying to sit on it, but he was far too late.

That said, the Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was quite a spectacle this evening, diving backwards and making dramatic saves that made you wonder if he is really, really good or if luck has been involved. Replay showed Thomas stopping a would be goal from Brett Connolly in the second with his mask. Another shot was on-goal after ricocheting off a skate blade, but Thomas adjusted, threw himself backwards, took the puck to the waist, and it slid and to a stop against the post, magically staying out of the net until a Bruin defender stole the puck away.

The Bears (Bruins) tied the game at 3-3 when Daniel Paille scored shorthanded for Boston. Both teams in turn survived a heartpounding 4-on-4 shortly after and both teams were clearly losing their cool. The Lightning then pulled ahead when Dominc Moore sent a fastball over the high glove of Thomas. Moore's fourth on the season came in the 17th minute and was shot from 43 feet. The Bruins, in shock, then went into a frenzy and desperately tried to score. The puck did not leave from the Lightning side until Garon fell on it to stop the clock with 26 seconds remaining. The puck dropped after a quick timeout, and then Stamkos iced the Bruins by scoring on an empty net. The game ends 5-3, in a thrilling and much needed fashion for the Bolts.

Easily overlooked in this game will be Matt Gilroy, who kept the puck on net whenever he hit the ice. Gilroy scored his first goal for the Bolts on Sunday against the Penguins, and had an assist in the first and the second for each goal scored.

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Lightning Look Strong, Bruins Tie Bolts Through Second 2-2

The Boston Bruins have been playing in a fog. At least, that's what it looked like on the ice through the first period. The Lightning started strong with 9 shots to Boston's 2 through the eighth minute when Vincent Lecavalier scored. The Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas was out of place and Vinny stuck after a Bolts defensive stop. After the first, the Bolts had 11 shots to Boston's 6.

Tampa Bay is playing physical hockey and skating circles around the Bruins. This seems understandable, the Bruins current win total is nearly double what Tampa Bay's has been and tonight was not expected to be a difficult match up, but it's encouraging to see the Bolts putting up a fight. The Lightning's second goal came from the backhand of Tom Pyatt, his fifth on the season.

The Bruins have tied the game quickly. Nathan Horton returned the favor in the 5th minute of the second, scoring a lone goal over Bolts goalie Garon, then scored again in the 17th minute. These are his 15th and 16th goals of the season.

The Lightning are dead last for the league in goals against. The Bolts need to be wary of the Power play, killing only 79% on the season, and converting a paltry 14%. Both stats are good for 25th in the NHL. The bolts have survived three penalties, the Bruins two. A high energy Third period is on the way!


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