After Boston came out attacking early in the first period, Tampa generated a strong counter-attack but was foiled by Tim Thomas. In the second period, neither team was able to get the offense flowing
Dwayne Roloson continued to look over-taxed in net, struggling to track the puck and especially having difficulty fending off shots that the Bruins were able to get up high. The Bruins had two power play chances that didn't generate any goals, but when Eric Brewer went for hooking Patrice Bergeron late in the period, the Black and Gold were able to work the puck around the attacking zone, cycling well and keeping the puck in for a long period of time, forcing Guy Boucher to call a timeout after his team iced the puck with just over 40 seconds to go in the period.
Tim Thomas was again able to thwart a couple chances by Steven Stamkos, while Roloson was the recipient of some good luck as the Bruins weren't able to finish their odd-man rushes.
Boston continued to attack the Lightning in the neutral zone, gaining the offensive zone without much struggle and forcing Tampa Bay into numerous offsides penalties when the Bolts had the puck.
The Bruins outshot Tampa 12-6 in the period, and are now outshooting the Lightning 20-16. Zdeno Chara leads Boston in time on ice with 19:24, while Brewer leads Tampa with 16:22. Patrice Bergeron has 12:31 of ice time so far, tops among Boston forwards