NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Boston
(Thursday, November 30th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Tampa Bay 3 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Phil Kessel scored in the seventh round of the shootout, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Kessel beat Tampa netminder Marc Denis on a wrister, launching the puck under the crossbar and just over Denis' glove. Tim Thomas then sealed the win by stopping Ruslan Fedotenko's shot at the other end.
It was a hard-fought hockey game, there's no doubt," said Denis. Maybe I could've put my glove up sooner to get that one (the Kessel shot) but you never know. I'm not going to question myself right there."
"It's fun. It's a fun part of the game and I know no one in the building is sitting down and I know everyone at home is pumped. You saw them with their helmets on backwards and our team was up on our bench. It's an exciting part of the game. I don't know if it's any way to decide a hockey game so I don't think we're going to put too much stock in it. It would've been nice to get that extra point, though."
Brad Boyes, P.J. Axelsson and Glen Murray tallied regulation goals for the Bruins, who have won three of four and seven of their last nine, with five of those games decided in overtime or shootouts.
Patrice Bergeron added two assists to extend his point streak to eight games, while Thomas stopped 31 shots and improved to 8-2 in his past ten starts.
The Lightning got scores from Eric Perrin, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier but lost their second straight following a three-game winning streak.
The Bruins drew first blood, as Bergeron charged through the neutral zone, corralled the puck in traffic and maintained possession as the disc bounced off the boards. The speedy center then circled the net and threw the puck out in front for Boyes, who backhanded the disc out of mid-air and past Denis to make it 1-0 at 11:06 in the first.
Tampa offset the score, netting one of their own with 2:52 remaining. Perrin skated into the Boston end and fired a laser past Thomas for his sixth of the year.
Both teams followed with short-handed tallies in the second stanza.
The Lightning reclaimed the lead 4:44 in. With Doug Janik off for hooking, Tampa won the faceoff in the neutral zone before Brad Richards blocked a pass just off the blue line, made the steal and dished to St. Louis, who was camped on the doorstep. The right winger finished the one-time pass with a snapshot to give Tampa the 2-1 edge.
Boston responded with an end-to-end rush. Bergeron and Axelsson came up in a two-on-one that ended with Axelsson directing the puck up high over the glove of Denis with 1:34 left in the period.
Lecavalier and Murray's goals were separated by just 1:05 in the third period.
Thomas made two huge saves with 3:19 remaining in overtime to send the game into a shootout.
"He (Thomas) was the reason we were still in the game," Boston head coach Dave Lewis said. He's reading plays really well and he's moving really well and he's given us some confidence.
Boston is 3-2 in shootouts this season...The Lightning have three one-goal losses to the Bruins this season and are 1-6-1 in the past eight meetings...The official attendance was 11,150...Tampa visits Ottawa on Thursday, while the Bruins travel to Carolina on Saturday.
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