Tampa Bay at Boston

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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been solid in net lately, earning his second straight shutout in a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay. (USATSI)

Paille added a goal toward the end of the period and that was more than enough for Rask. St. Louis had a chance to pull Tampa Bay within 2-1 with 4:33 left in the third with a sharp wrist shot that Rask stretched to grab with his glove. Rask caught a break a couple of minutes later when Tom Pyatt nearly beat him with a shot that clanged off the post and bounced back in front through Rask’s pads. The puck could easily have rebounded right back into the net and given the Lightning a chance to tie in the closing minutes, but Rask’s luck held and he picked up his fifth shutout of the season. “When a goalie starts getting confidence, good things can happen — especially in this league. I feel for our guys,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “I think, truthfully, we may have made less mistakes than the Bruins but we couldn’t bury our chances.” Anders Lindback had 22 saves for the Lightning. The Bruins were sluggish early and were outshot 9-4 in the first period, but Rask kept the Lightning out of the net, then Seidenberg scored 4:22 into the second period. Brad Marchand carried the puck up the ice, skated across the Lightning zone and fed Seidenberg for a slap shot from the point that Lindback couldn’t see through the traffic. Paille put Boston up 2-0 on a one-timer off a circle-to-circle pass from Gregory Campbell that left Lindback helplessly lunging to get from one post to the other as Paille scored his 10th goal of the season. Long since eliminated from playoff contention, the Lightning appeared determined not to leave Boston without getting in a few shots before the end of the season. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20130425_TB%40BOS/bruins-shut-out-lightning-stay-on-track-for-division-title

Three Reasons Tampa Bay Lightning Didn’t Make the Playoffs

Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager, made attempts to tackle this issue leading up to the NHL trade deadline. Yzerman acquired defenseman Mike Commodore from the Detroit Red Wings , Keith Aulie from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brian Lee from the Ottawa Senators to alleviate some problems in the defense zone. Still, last year’s added defensemen did not have enough time to develop within the team and failed to produce on the ice — despite Yzerman’s efforts. The Lightning failed to hit the mark on the ice this season, landing 14th in the Eastern Conference standings, and it comes to no surprise to anyone who follows them that they didn’t make the playoffs. NHL camps will start this summer, and it’s clear that the Lightning have a lot of work to do if they want to get out of this slump. More changes are to be made before the Lightning hit the ice again in the fall. Hopefully, tackling big issues that will reflect wins on the ice will be at the top of their list. Tia Marie is a Canadian native who contributes to the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Tia Marie’s work can be found on multiple sports websites, including JrHockeyRecruit.com. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/three-reasons-tampa-bay-lightning-didn-t-playoffs-161900085.html

LIGHTNING ‘BOSTON STONG’ HELMET AUCTION ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT

The once-in-a-lifetime auction items have already generated nearly 100 bids. Helmets are currently as low as $150, but some have received as many as 17 bids ( Steven Stamkos ) and go as high as $850. Each member of the Lightning who played in the game, excluding goaltenders, has a helmet available. The helmets are white and feature ribbon stickers with the words ‘Boston Strong’ along with the blue and yellow colors of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The One Fund Boston was established by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in response to the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15. The purpose of the One Fund Boston is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded that day. To date the One Fund Boston has received more than $26 million in donations. Tampa Bay Storm tampabaylightning.com is the official Web site of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay Lightning and tampabaylightning.com are trademarks of Lightning Hockey L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Lightning Hockey, L.P. source: http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=668385

Bruins recapture edge vs. Lightning

“Tonight, he did exactly what ignites our team, ignites our fans and when he’s like that he’s at his best. I certainly like the direction he’s taking, and if he keeps going that way, we can’t ask for better timing.” From a goaltending standpoint, Rask was strong between the pipes. He made timely saves and flashed the pads as a true No. 1 goalie in this league can do. He’s in contention for the Vezina Trophy, and the Bruins will need that type of performance from their netminder once the puck drops on the playoffs. “You need a guy to stand tall and be good. You need a guy to go into the playoffs with confidence, and hopefully that’s what Tuukka’s creating here,” Julien said. The goal every season is to sprint into the playoffs and have a strong, confident feeling about the team’s play. Julien is not about to compare his team’s mindset this season to what it was like in the 2010-11 season. “I don’t know, to be honest with you,” Julien said. “The feeling around the team and the room two years ago, I’m not sure I even remember that as much. We were focused on what we had to do, but you hate making comparisons because that’s like saying, ‘We went through that two years ago, so we should win the Cup this year.’ Every year is a different year, a different challenge. source: http://espn.go.com/boston/nhl/story/_/id/9213618/boston-bruins-recapture-edge-vs-tampa-bay-lightning

 

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