Lightning 5, Bruins 3: Tim Thomas, Boston Fall Flat Against Tampa Bay

Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins could not create a new winning streak on Tuesday night, as they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-3 at the St. Pete Times Forum In Tampa, Florida.

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Lightning 5, Bruins 3: Thomas, B's Fall Flat Against Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Dominic Moore netted the go-ahead goal with 3:45 left in the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

Vincent Lecavalier, Tom Pyatt, Ryan Malone and Steven Stamkos also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who got 26 saves from Mathieu Garon. Steve Downie and Matt Gilroy had two assists apiece.

Nathan Horton tallied twice and Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins, who have lost two of three.

Tim Thomas stopped 26-of-30 shots in defeat.

With the score tied, 2-2, heading into the third period, Malone put the Lightning in front at the 4:58 mark.

Nate Thompson sent a backhanded pass in front from the right boards and Malone poked the disc home in front of Thomas to give the Lightning a 3-2 advantage.

Paille -- who hit the crossbar earlier in the game on a breakaway -- lifted a backhander past Garon on a short-handed breakaway to tie the game just past the midway point of the third period.

Moore laced a slap shot from the top of the left circle for the go-ahead tally with 3:45 left.

Stamkos added an empty-netter to seal the win.

After an unsuccessful clearing attempt by the Bruins in front of their own net, Thomas fell down on the ice and Lecavalier pounced on the loose puck and backhanded it into the open net for a 1-0 advantage at the 7:11 mark of the opening period.

Horton tied the game at the 4:28 mark of the second. Horton initially took a wrister from the slot, but followed his own rebound and lifted a backhander past Garon.

After another failed clearing attempt by the Bruins, Downie received a pass in the left circle. Thomas was sent sprawling to the ice as he attempted to break up Downie's pass in front for Pyatt. Pyatt backhanded the disc into another wide-open net for a 2-1 lead with 5:49 remaining in the second period.

Horton's wrister from the slot beat Garon to tie the game late in the second period.

Game Notes

The Bruins have six short-handed goals this season...Stamkos recorded his 150th career goal...The Lightning avoided the club's longest skid since closing out the 2008-09 season with a 0-7-2 mark.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: Tampa Bay Times Forum (Capacity: 19,204), Tampa, FL.
Broadcast Info: Tuesday's game between the Bruins and the Lightning will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: Less than 24 hours ago the Bruins left Miami after taking a 3-2 shootout victory from the Florida Panthers. The win wasn’t at all pretty, and forward Patrice Bergeron scored the only two goals in regulation, as well as the goal in the shootout that kept them alive to get the eventual game winner.

David Krejci was the one to earn the goal, putting it through the five-hole of Scott Clemmensen, and stealing the team two points

Goaltender Tuukka Rask had to stop four breakaways in the game, before the shootout and still managed to stop 38 saves on 40 shots, including two in overtime.

Tampa Bay hasn’t had so much luck in the winning department, and is still looking for it’s first win of 2012. It’s last game was on Sunday, where they came back to tie the game 3-3, before the Pittsburgh Penguins leaned into them and picked up three unanswered goals, finishing the game 6-3.

They are now 0-6-1 in their last seven games, and have a tough schedule ahead of them.

Storyline: The hero from the last time these two teams met, Rich Peverley will not be in the lineup tonight after taking last game off for some personal reasons back in Boston. Peverley had two goals in the 4-1 win back in October--the first win of the season for the Bruins.

David Krejci and Daniel Paille also scored in that game. Martin St. Louis scored the lone goal for the Lightning.

The last time the Bruins were down in Tampa was Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, where the Lightning took a 5-4 win to force a Game 7 back in Boston.

Tampa Bay will have to try and step it up, because they currently sit in last place in the Eastern Conference, despite having Steven Stamkos who leads the NHL in goals this year (30).
Players To Watch:
David Krejci’s point streak finally came to a close against the Panthers, after 11 games. He did, however, score the game winner in the shootout, earning the two points.

But the person to watch is definitely Patrice Bergeron--not just because he scored twice last night, and again in the shootout. He has seven goals and four assists (11 points) in his last seven games, and, despite not making this year’s All-Star Game, is looking like he’s actually heating up going into the second part of the season.

For Tampa Bay, obviously keep an eye on Stamkos. He has 12 points in his last eight games, and 50 points on the season.

Prediction: The Bruins weren’t clicking at all in the beginning of the season, but they still managed to come out and beat this team. I think, even though they have struggled through the past couple of games, they should be able to find a way to win again. Final Score: Bruins 3, Lightning 1.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning: Both Teams Hoping For A Spark In Tonight's Game

The Bruins look to sweep up in the Sunshine State, and will have the opportunity tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7p.m.

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