Lightning's power play sinks Bruins, 5-4


Lightning's power play sinks Bruins, 5-4

By Joe Haggerty

TAMPA The Tampa Bay Lightning had been waiting for special teams to become a difference-maker in the series, and Game 6 was their night.

The Bolts' power play snapped an 0-for-11 streak of futility against the Bruins in the series by scoring three goals. Boston's power play unit, on the other hand, sputtered to an 0-for-4 and the Lightning won, 5-4, forcing a Game 7 in Boston on Friday.

The Bs actually held the lead in the game after the first period despite giving up the games first goal just 36 seconds into the game. A Vinny Lecavalier face-off win turned into a Teddy Purcell one-timer that none of the Bruins appeared to pick up as it sizzled into the net.

But the Bs fought back while focusing their attack at the high glove side of Dwayne Roloson. Milan Lucic snagged his third goal of the playoffs with a shot that nicked off Rolosons glove hand, and David Krejci followed nine minutes later after a sweet backhanded feed from Daniel Paille.

Thats where the good times ended for the Bruins, however.

Tampa Bay took over in the second period and worked hard for power play goals from Marty St. Louis and Purcell once again. The St. Louis score arrived off a Dennis Seidenberg cross-checking call in front of the net, and was a third effort score as the puck bounced around the net.

Purcell took a nice Downie feed and somehow worked the puck between the right arm and chest of Tim Thomas 13:35 into the second period.

Steve Stamkos scored the eventual game-winner on a PP marker less than a minute into the third period, and provided Boston with much too high a hill to climb in a comeback.

Krejci potted a power goal midway through the third to make it a one-goal game, but a St. Louis odd man rush gave the Lightning a 5-3 lead.

Krejci scored again to earn a hat trick and cut the Bolts' lead to one, but the Bruins' scoring ended there. Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back


Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.


Morning Skate: No place for Gudas’ slash on Perreault


Morning Skate: No place for Gudas’ slash on Perreault

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the new Brown Sugar Cinnamon coffee flavor at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not Cookie Dough, but what is after all?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer James O’Brien has the details on Radko Gudas getting ejected for an ugly, reckless and dangerous slash to Mathieu Perreault’s head last night. Gudas should be facing a long suspension for a play that has no place in the NHL. It’s time for Flyers fans to stop making excuses for a player who’s no better than a cheap-shot artist and hatchet man. He has to face the music for consistently trying to hurt his fellow players.  

*Frank Seravalli has some of the details for a historic GM meeting in Montreal where NHL hockey was born in the first place.

*You always need to link to a service dog being part of the pregame face-off ceremonies. That’s like a rule here at the morning skate?

*Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, according to reports from the Athletic.

*It’s been quite an eventful year for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and some of it has been to the extreme both good and bad just a month into his first year as bench boss.

*For something completely different: Chris Mannix is all-in on the Celtics being the front-runners in the Eastern Conference after their big win over the Golden State Warriors.