Lightning 6, Bruins 1: Marty Turco, Boston Throttled By Tampa Bay

Marty Turco never found a comfort zone as the veteran goaltender allowed four first-period goals, allowing the Tampa Bay Lightning to secure a 6-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.

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Bruins Overtime: Boston Throttled In 6-1 Defeat In Tampa

On Tuesday evening, the Boston Bruins were hoping to derail their recent struggles when they paid their final visit of the season to Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Unfortunately, things didn't exactly go as planned for the Black and Gold who simply couldn't find their skating legs all night long. Tampa never looked back after jumping out to a hot start, taking control of the game for a full sixty minutes en route to a 6-1 home ice victory.

Allowing three goals in the first 4:31, starting netminder Marty Turco was pulled in favor of Tim Thomas less than five minutes into Tuesday's contest. Tom Pyatt got things going under two minutes in when a centering pass deflected off his skate and into the Boston net. Only thirty seconds later, former-Bruin Nate Thompson took advantage of a defensive zone breakdown by the B's to put home his ninth of the year.

Ryan Shannon and Victor Hedman would each add a goal of their own before the buzzer sounded to signal the end of the first. The Bolts had more first period goals (four) than the Bruins had shots (two).

The only goal of the middle period would come from superstar Steven Stamkos, who pushed a wrap-around past Tim Thomas for his 49th tally of the season.

With the score already out of hand, Jordan Caron would get one back for the B's when he re-directed a Zdeno Chara shot past Dustin Tokarski to make it a 5-1 game.

At the 11:43 mark, Stamkos would join elite company, becoming only the sixth player in NHL history to score 50 goals in multiple seasons before reaching his 23rd birthday. An amazing accomplishment for the 22-year-old Markham, Ontario native.

Falling by a 6-1 final, the struggling Bruins have now dropped three games in a row. The team's record has now fallen to a dismal 16-17-2 since their New Year's Eve loss down in Dallas.

The B's will be back at it on Thursday when they visit the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning Score Update: Bolts Add Another To Take 5-0 Lead After Two

The second frame began much in the way the first did for a Bruins team that simply couldn’t find it’s skating legs on Tuesday. The phenom known as Steven Stamkos would tuck home his league leading 49th tally of the season just past the three minute mark of the frame to give the Bolts an astounding 5-0 lead.

This would pave the way for head coach Claude Julien to bring Marty Turco back into the game with the result no longer in doubt.

The B's would go on to out-shoot the Bolts by a whopping 15-3 margin during the middle frame, but could not find a way to solve Lightning' rookie netminder Dustin Tokarski.

After forty minutes of action, the B's lead the Bolts in shots by a combined 17-13 margin, but find themselves down by a 5-0 score. With the outcome all but determined, the Bruins are best suited to play it safe in the final period and attempt to avoid any more debilitating injuries.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning Score Update: The Route Is On In Tampa As B's Are Down 4-0 After First

On Tuesday evening the Boston Bruins looked to reverse their recent fortunes after dropping both games of a weekend doubleheader against the Capitals and Penguins. The hosting Tampa Bay Lightning were also coming off a weekend loss, when they fell 4-2 to the Hurricanes on Saturday.

To say that things got off to a "hot start" for the home team would undoubtedly be the hockey understatement of the year. Picking up three goals in the first 4:31 of the game, the Bolts effectively ended this game before it even began, as they were able to chase Marty Turco less than five minutes after puck drop.

The first Lightning goal was a questionable one, bouncing off the skate of Tom Pyatt and past Turco to give Tampa a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest. Only thirty seconds later, former Bruin Nate Thompson collected his ninth of the season after a defensive zone collapse by Boston. Former Boston College standout Ryan Shannon would add another when he beat Turco on a breakaway at the tail end of a power-play.

At the 15:38 mark, defenseman Victor Hedman blasted a slapshot past the newly inserted Tim Thomas to kick off the route in Tampa, making it a 4-0 game.

After one period, the Bruins have half as many shots on goal (two) as the Lightning have goals (four). Yikes.

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