NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 7th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (0-1-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will have their home opener tonight
when they invite the Boston Bruins to the St. Pete Times Forum.
The Lightning opened the season on the road this Thursday and earned a
shootout victory over Atlanta. Vincent Lecavalier scored the lone goal of the
shootout and Marc Denis stopped all three Atlanta shooters as Tampa Bay beat
the Thrashers 3-2.
Ryan Craig scored both regulation goals for the Lightning, while Denis
finished with nine saves.
Tampa Bay can also begin a campaign with back-to-back wins for the first time
since its Stanley Cup championship season of 2003-04, when it won six in a row
to start the year.
The Bruins began the season on Friday night at Florida and were handed an 8-3
loss by the Panthers. Todd Bertuzzi led the way for Florida with one goal and
Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist and Glen Murray and Wayne Primeau each
tallied a goal for the Bruins, who are now 34-32-16 in their season opener.
Tim Thomas was shelled for seven goals on 34 shots and Hannu Toivonen stopped
three of the four shots he faced.
Boston, which finished 13th overall in the Eastern Conference last season,
made some major changes in the offseason and signed the most coveted free
agent in 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara. Also, the club managed to grab
playmaking center Marc Savard to provide some offensive punch.
New moves in the office and behind the bench have Peter Chiarelli as the new
general manager and Dave Lewis serving as the new head coach.
The Bruins won three of four meetings with the Lightning last season.
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