Bruins Vs. Lightning: Chara's Three Assist Night Powers Boston's 5-2 Win Over Tampa Bay

The Boston Bruins are the winnings of three straight games with a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

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Bruins 5, Lightning 2 Final Score: B's Score Three Times In Third, Take Third Straight Win

Not only was tonight a special night for Bruins captain Zdeno Chara who was honored for hitting his 1,000th NHL career game over the weekend, but for the entire team who feels like they have caught some wind heading into the final six games of the season, especially after their 5-2 win over the Lightning tonight.

"Well, it’s obviously very nice to get that recognition and ceremony," Chara said. "Like I said, I very much appreciate it. It’s very nice from the NHL, the Boston Bruins organization, from my teammates and everybody that supported me. But when that ceremony is over, you have to focus on the game and you just got to be ready because you have to play 60 minutes. There’s no other way to really describe it, just be ready and play hard the whole game."

Though Chara didn't score at all on his big night, he did come up with three assists on the first three goals for the Bruins and helped power them through a team that creamed them just two weeks ago.

The B's fell behind in the first period, at the hands of Boston-killer Steven Stamkos who netted his 54th and 55th goals of the year tonight for the only two goals from the Lightning.

The Bruins fell behind only once in the game though, and came back to tie and then take the lead in the second period. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg found the right time to crash and pinch in the attacking zone, and picked up a Chara rebound to net his fourth goal of the season.

Stamkos tied the game in the third period, but the Bruins showed their resiliency in the final frame, and Benoit Pouliot showed his line's talent and wristed one past Dwayne Roloson to put the B's up 3-2.

After that, Brad Marchand added his own goal, shooting through traffic in front of the net and scoring his 26th goal of the year to add some assurance towards the end of the game.

Even Tim Thomas wanted to get in on the action a little bit.

With a minute to go in the game, Tampa Bay pulled Roloson and at one point, Thomas had the puck and attempted to rocket it from his own crease and into the empty net. Alas, it didn't even leave his own zone.

"I figured 'Why not?' I just wanted to get it off and give it a try," Thomas said. "I didn't really have time to load up on it, and unfortunately I couldn't get it over the blue line so it's going to be hard for me to ever get one."

Thomas faced just 18 shots on the night including just three in the second period. While Thomas described Stamkos' first goal as "the perfect shot," he said he didn't even see the second one until it had cleared by his defenseman Seidenberg.

Rich Peverley added the empty net goal to seal the 5-2 score into the scoring sheets, and they were able to add another solid effort win to their confidence levels.

"Well, I think we are on the right track like I’ve been saying, but there’s always room to improve and get better," Chara said. "We can’t be just sitting on three wins now and be happy about it. We can enjoy the win tonight, and get ready for tomorrow’s practice and the next opponent. It won’t be an easy game, which it never is. We have a tough opponent these last few games and we just got to be ready, we got to play up to our level and be the best every game."

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Bruins Vs. Lightning Score Update: B's Add One To Take 2-1 Lead After Second Period

The Bruins defense played a tough game, and also, in this period, played a little bit of offense as well.

Once again, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara set up another Boston goal, taking a shot from the blueline and generating a huge rebound off Dwayne Roloson. Dennis Seidenberg pinched in the left side just in time and sniped the rebound past and put the Bruins up 2-1 with less than five minutes to go in the period.

The Bruins continued to dominate the ice and left Tampa with little to be happy about. The Bolts only put up three shots in the period for a total of eight in the game. That includes their opportunity on the power play they had, 4:43 into the middle frame. Bruins forward Brad Marchand was called for tripping, but the Lightning could not generate any offense off it.

The Bolts will have a second chance going into the third period with Tyler Seguin sitting out the first 1:58 after Seguin tripped Steven Stamkos in the Bruins own end. Tampa Bay will start the third with the extra man and with the game to lose.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning Score Update: Chara Dangles, B's Tied 1-1 With Bolts After First Period

Zdeno Chara was adorned with gifts and praise before the beginning of tonight's game in honor of his 1,000th NHL game which played on Saturday, as the fans showered him with applause and everything a fan can give.

And he gave it right back to them. Although his was in the form of a dangle.

Though the Bruins were down 1-0 just five minutes into the game, after allowing Steven Stamkos into the zone in a 2-on-1, which he scored on, Chara came back five minutes later, taking the puck into the Lightning's zone and drove to the net. Though his shot didn't make it, Shawn Thornton was there to recover it and knock it into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

But Chara was given most of the credit for it.

Thornton almost delivered again later in the period, when he had a semi-breakaway but couldn't get it through Dwayne Roloson.

The Bruins continued to have a couple more chances in the period, including two bouts on the power play. They were unable to convert, but kept the Bolts to five shots the entire period. Meanwhile, the took 11 of their own.

One of their biggest chances was with 4:39 left in the period. On the second power play with just five minutes to go, Brad Marchand found Tyler Seguin out in front of the net, but Seguin couldn't lift it over the pads of Roloson for the goal.

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

Event: Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 17,565), Boston, MA.
Broadcast Info: Tuesday’s game between the Bruins and the Lightning will be broadcast live on NBCSN(HD), TSN2 and NESN(HD). 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: The Bruins picked up their second win in a row against the Ducks on Sunday and head back to Boston with some confidence in their stride.

Brian Rolston, Benoit Pouliot and Chris Kelly put on an extra stellar performance, each accumulating two points in the game. Rolston is now in the midst of a six-game point streak and has ten points in that span (2-8=10) and is gaining momentum heading into the playoffs.

They weren’t the only players that shined, as Marty Turco made 25 stops on 27 shots--a drastic difference from his last time out.

The Lightning have also gained momentum with a win against the Flyers on Monday. With Steven Stamkos scoring his 53rd goal this year, Tampa Bay picked up their third straight win and have given the Bruins some trouble this year as well.

Storyline: This is the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this year, and no doubt it will be a good one with both teams heading into the night with some momentum.

The last time out was just two weeks ago, when the Bruins took a tough 6-1 blow against them, and Turco gave up four goals in the first two periods of play. Tim Thomas was the first off the ice in this morning’s skate so he will most likely be the goaltender in net tonight.

Jordan Caron was the only Bruins player to score in that last game, though Rich Peverley has had some success against that team in the past. He will be playing in just his second game since he returned from his injury, so don’t be surprised if he continues to make an impact against them.

Players To Watch: There are a lot of players to keep your eyes on, and on both sides of the ice. Obviously Stamkos is always going to be a showstopper, and though his team has not had much success in the standings this year, he has made some big impacts on the ice.

For the Bruins, Rolston is heating up, as well as some of the young guys like Pouliot and Caron.

Prediction: The B’s are heading home for their second to last home stand of the regular season. Expect them to be excited and ready to come out and play. Final Score: Bruins 4, Lightning 3.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning: B's Want To Keep Ball Rolling Back In Boston

The clock is ticking towards the end of the season and the Bruins are hoping to end it on a good note heading into playoffs, but Steven Stamkos and the Lightning are looking to botch those plans tonight at TD Garden.

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