NHL Game Summary - Boston at Tampa Bay
(Friday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Boston 6, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Brad Boyes scored two goals, as the Boston Bruins continued their domination of Tampa Bay with a 6-2 romp over the Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum.
Brandon Bochenski had a goal and two assists, while Marc Savard added three helpers for the Bruins, who won all four contests against Tampa Bay this season and eight of the last nine games in the series.
Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots for Boston, which has won four straight and six of seven, and is now five points back of Carolina for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
"The game felt good," said Boyes. "We got contributions from everyone. Bochenski stepped in and played very well."
Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle each scored a goal for the Lightning, who had won five of six coming into the game.
Marc Denis started the game in net, but was pulled after allowing two goals on seven shots. Johan Holmqvist finished the game in net and allowed four goals on 16 shots.
"That game was my fault," said Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella. "That's some bad decisions by the coach. We'll come back to work tomorrow, regroup and get ready to go back to work."
Boston drew first blood in the contest when Phil Kessel got the puck behind the net and sent it out front where Marco Sturm banged it in 1:46 into the contest.
The Lightning, though, answered less than four minutes later when Boyle snapped a wrist shot from the left circle that went over the right shoulder of Thomas to tie the game.
However, the Bruins took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission when Bobby Allen flicked a shot on net from the slot that Denis saved, but Boyes tapped in the rebound with 10:19 to play in the first.
Denis was pulled from net after the goal and replaced by Holmqvist.
Boston grabbed a 3-1 lead in the second when Savard took a pass at the Tampa blueline, skated to the left circle and fed the puck to Boyes, who was all alone in the low slot and slid a backhander between the pads of Holmqvist 3:58 in.
The Bruins then made it a 4-1 game when Kessel tapped in a rebound chance in front with 7:19 left in the second.
The game turned into a rout in the final period as Boston scored twice more in the frame.
On the power play, Savard sent a pass from the low right side to the slot where Bochenski one-timed it into the net for a 5-1 lead at the 4:30 mark.
A bit over five minutes later, Stanislav Chistov's wrist shot from the left circle went under the left pad of Holmqvist for a 6-1 advantage.
Kuba's ninth goal of the season with 5:31 to play accounted for the final score.
At the end of the game, Tampa Bay right wing Andre Roy, who received a roughing call with 22 seconds to play, received a game misconduct for abuse of officials. After the game he was suspended by the NHL for three games.
Boston wraps up its five-game road trip in Florida on Saturday...Tampa Bay hosts the Penguins on Sunday...Boston went 1-for-5 on the power play while Tampa Bay finished the game 1-for-4...Savard has 60 assists on the season, good for third place in that category...Tampa Bay recalled Kyle Wanvig from its American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield.
02/23 23:54:50 ET