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Entering Tuesday’s game, I didn’t know what to expect as the Bruins were playing a team that beat them 6-1 earlier in the month. In that game, the Bruins got some inconsistent goaltending play from both Marty Turco and Tim Thomas. Turco started the game and was shortly pulled in the first period. Tim Thomas came in to relieve and played just as bad, if not worse.
It seemed like March 13th all over again when Steven Stamkos scored his league leading 54th of the year just five minutes and three seconds into the game on a bad-angled shot, beating Tim Thomas.
The Bruins responded well though, scoring two unanswered from Shawn Thornton In the first period and Dennis Seidenberg in the second as the Bruins went into the locker room up two to one.
After a wild third period including four goals, the Bruins emerged out on top with a comfortable win of 5-2. The B’s goals came from familiar sticks of Brad Marchand, Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley.
The Lightning could have easily escaped Boston with a win with the help of two players, veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson and the most likely Rocket Richard trophy winner Steven Stamkos. Roloson was phenomenal, with 33 saves on 37 shots with barely any help from the defense. Stamkos, meanwhile, had two goals on five shots on net and played stellar also.
Big win for the Bruins, who need to keep playing like this as they continue to push away from Ottawa. They currently lead by five points with one less game played than the Sens.