Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots and five
different players tallied, as the Boston Bruins chased previously undefeated
goaltender Ben Bishop and claimed a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning
David Krejci, Adam McQuaid, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton
lit the lamp for the Bruins, who have won the first two of a three-game road
trip which concludes in Buffalo on Wednesday.
"I think everyone showed up from the drop of the puck tonight and it showed on
the scoreboard," said Bergeron. "We kept pushing the whole game and wound up
with a good result."
Rask came away with his first whitewash of the season and 17th career shutout
to help Boston up its record to 5-2-0 and improve to 2-0 this year against
the Lightning, who dropped a 3-1 opening-night decision to the defending
Eastern Conference champions on Oct. 3.
Bishop had won all five of his starts this season, allowing just eight goals
in all, but was pulled late in the second after giving up four scores on 17
shots in defeat. Anders Lindback finished the contest with four saves.
"That wasn't the way we wanted to play, especially at home in front of our
fans," said Bishop. "We can play a lot better, and we will."
Boston struck just 1:32 into the contest, as Krejci beat his man to the top of
the Tampa crease to whack home a Milan Lucic centering feed.
Rask came across the crease to rob Steven Stamkos on a tip in just after the
two-minute mark of the second, and the Bruins eventually took a two-goal lead.
McQuaid gained a hold of a loose puck at the point, and his fluttering shot
appeared to be tipped home at 4:37 by Iginla, who screened Bishop completely.
However, the lumbering defenseman was credited with his first of the season.
It was a three-goal margin for the visitors with 5:08 on the second-period
clock on Bergeron's tally, then Brad Marchand fed Kelly to make it 4-0 only
55 seconds later.
Thornton's first of the season gave the Bruins a 5-0 edge just 34 seconds into
the final period, and minutes later Rask denied Stamkos again on a point-blank
chance from the right side.
Boston has won two in a row and three of the last five meetings on Florida's
Gulf Coast ... The victory was the Bruins' first by shutout on the road
against the Lightning in the regular season since Feb. 1, 1997, a 3-0 shutout
authored by Rob Tallas ... Twelve different Boston players recorded one point
... Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman finished a game-worst minus-5 in 19:24
of ice time.
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