NHL Game Night: 10-8-11 Lightning at Bruins

Not quite ready for prime time, yet.

TB-1
BOS-4

Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 42 shots for the loss. I thought he kept the Lightning alive in the game longer than they probably deserved. The winning goal was a little weak, but he only got 1 goal of support.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
BOS Peverley (1), (Marchand, Boychuk), 2:04
TB St. Louis (2), (Malone, Lecavalier), 3:20
BOS Paille (1), (McQuaid, Seguin), 4:58

Third Period
BOS Krejci (1), (Lucic, Seguin), 3:07
BOS Peverley (2), (Bergeron, Marchand), 8:43

The shot board says it all: Boston 42, Tampa Bay 26. The Lightning looked stiff and slow. They were poor in puck pursuit and on the odd occasion they were in position to compete for a loose puck they lost battles. Hopefully, this kind of result makes the Lightning realize their energy level must be higher. No one's going to concede wins to this team, and certainly not the defending champs.

Brett Connolly had 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 15:38. It was a mixed bag tonight. The young man has world class vision when he has the puck. He had a few slick setups tonight and almost snuck a goal past Tim Thomas five-hole for a score in the first period. On the other side of the coin, he was caught reaching in puck pursuit a couple of times and was thrown in the sin bin accordingly. Body positioning and knowing when to move your feet to stay in the play to be able to compete for the puck are things he needs to learn. When you're a stick length behind a guy and reaching, it's an obvious call for the ref to make.

Box score from yahoo.com.