Boston is now 2-0-0 against Tampa Bay and look to make it three in a row this season.
The Bolts were looking to avenge the 8-1 loss at the hands of the Bruins in their last meeting.
Boston got on the board early. Just 20 seconds in, the Bruins were on the power play. Eight seconds later, Michael Ryder gathered up the rebound on Ellis' left side to pot in his 11th of the season. 1 - 0, Bruins.
Tampa Bay got back on even keel with a goal from none other than Steven Stamkos on the power play. Ryan Malone whiffed on a bouncing puck on a passing attempt but managed to pop it over a dropping Tim Thomas on his right only to have it batted in by Stamkos.
Bruins got the lead back on a Steven Kampfer goal. Kampfer received a pass from Marc Savard cross ice, and was all alone low in the slot. He waited for the puck to settle and that allowed him to wrist it in. This was Kampfer's first NHL goal and Savard's 200th assist. 2-1, Bruins.
Vincent Lecalavier put the Bolts back in it with a good hustle and grit. He skated up the center and battled through two Bruin defenders to skate behind the net. From Thomas' right to left, Lacalavier completed the play with a wrap around goal.
Brad Marchand opened up the final frame at the 17 minute mark with a rebound from Shawn Thornton's shot from the point. Marchand was at the doorstep just left on Ellis to again regain the lead for the Bruins. 3-2, Bruins.
The Bolts were not going away. Martin St. Louis got a pass from Stamkos from Thomas' left to right and St. Louis roofed it to knot the game at three.
With just 19.7 seconds left in the game, Mark Recchi scored the winner on the power play. Recchi was out all alone in the slot and wristed it to seal the win. The question is, should it have been a power play to begin with?
Stamkos was yanked to the penalty box for boarding on Greg Campbell to put the Bruins on the power play. Replay showed that the play was more of a shoulder on shoulder contact than any boarding call that I have seen.
The end result is a Bruins win and sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division.
Boston played hard against a fast and offensively capable team. Although they gave up the lead three times, they came back to score three more to ensure the two points. Thomas once again played well
Bruins would do well to stay out of Thomas' way as the wrap around looked like it could have been avoided if two Bruins defenders hadn't nearly fell on him.
The Stamkos boarding call is borderline at best...the VERY best. If the referees had seen this a little slower, the call would not have been made and this game would have went either way in the remaining two minutes, or into overtime and it would have given the Bolts at least a point. An ugly way to win, but the Bruins have been given bad breaks as well so I guess that's the game of hockey.
I'm a Bruins fan, but I'm also a hockey fan. As much I am happy to see the B's pull out a win, I don't like to see a win occur because of a bad call. Just the same as the Cammalleri penalty shot called that resulted in a goal back on Dec. 16 that resulted in a 4-3 loss against the Canadiens. Take the win, but I wouldn't relish in it.
This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard But Keep It Clean"