Last night (Thursday, 5/19/2011), the Lightning skated fast, forced turnovers, won battles and successfully got shots through to Tim Thomas. The only thing they couldn’t do is get the puck past him. The Lightning played one of their best games of the year but couldn’t score.
The Bruins did a good job on defense and caused frustration by the Lightning. The Lightning had plenty of opportunities… power plays, break-aways, odd man rushes, excellent scoring opportunities and so on.
Boston on the other hand, had a terrific defensive game and an okay offensive game. Scoring just 1:09 into the game was David Krejci (from Lucic and Boychuk). It took all the way until the 3rd period to see another goal and it was the last goal of the game. Andrew Ference lit the lamp (from Ryder and Kelly) at 8:12 in the third. That was the final score, 2 – 0.
This was the type of game that both teams expected to play for every game of the series… low scoring, defensive games. Games 1 and 2 were purely offensive. To give you an idea of how offensive game 2 was, Tyler Seguin (second career playoff game), had 2 goals and 2 assists… in the 2nd period. Yes, that’s right, the 19 year old KID had part to do with 4 goals in the 2nd period alone. Through 3 playoff games, the rookie has 6 points.
This series is getting interesting! Next game is Saturday, May 21st, 2011. Go Bruins!