NHL Game Night 3/31: Lightning at Bruins

The Lightning's forecheck officially belongs on a milk carton.

TB-1
BOS-3

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 39 shots in the loss. He rebounded from a couple of puck handling errors and was otherwise very solid. The Lightning have a tough decision to make with McKenna. Ordinarily, you would want a veteran #3 goaltender like McKenna in your organization. But, it will be very tough for the Lightning to send Riku Helenius or Dustin Tokarski down to the Coast if they do re-sign McKenna.

First Period
14:03 BOS Wheeler (20), (Savard)

Second Period
06:56 BOS Chara (17), (Bergeron, Krejci)(PP)
13:35 BOS Kobasew (20), (Chara, Krejci)(PP)

Third Period
12:07 TB Stamkos (20), (Malone, Lashoff)

Other than Stammer's 20th of the season tonight, there's not a whole lot to be excited about from the past couple of games.

Noah Welch had 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 11:34.

Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 hits in 20:30. Good to have the big guy back. I thought he moved pretty well tonight after sitting out the game against Ottawa.

Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:55.

Richard Petiot was +1 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 5 hits in 19:42.

Matt Lashoff had 1 assist and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 21:41. There were one or two plays tonight where Lashoff made plays that are hopefully indicative of the way his game is going to evolve next season: playing the proper angle defensively and then cancelling out the opposing forward physically. I'm just guessing he had a little extra juice playing against his old organization, but if he can do that consistently, he's going to be a stud defenseman in this league. The offense is there (6 assists in 8 games so far with the Lightning). If his defensive game rounds out, he's going to be every bit as good as Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros.

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