NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 4th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (6-7-0) at Boston Bruins (3-5-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will wrap up a lengthy homestand tonight
as they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning for a battle at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins are 2-2-1 on the six-game stand and are coming off Thursday's 5-4
shootout loss to the mighty Buffalo Sabres. Boston held a 4-1 lead midway
through the third period, but the Sabres would rally to avoid losing for the
first time in regulation this season.
Ales Kotalik's goal with 1:35 left in the third period tied the game, and then
his goal in the shootout proved to be the difference for Buffalo.
Marc Savard had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who were looking to win
consecutive games for the first time this season. P.J. Axelsson added a goal
and an assist, while Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots for Boston.
The Bruins will be back on the road for Monday's contest in Atlanta.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, is in the midst of a four-game road trip. The club
kicked off the swing in fine fashion with Thursday's 5-2 victory over the
Martin St. Louis scored two goals and added an assist as the Lightning earned
the win at the Wachovia Center. Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and two assists
and Tim Taylor also scored for the Bolts, who stopped a three-game losing
Lecavalier has scored a goal in six straight games and has a point in seven
consecutive games. St. Louis is tied for the team lead with a seven-game point
streak of his own.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 30 shots for Tampa Bay, which has defeated
Philadelphia in 10 straight games. It was his first career win.
Boston edged Tampa, 3-2, on October 7 and has won five of the last six
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