TB at BOS: Steven Stamkos stretchered off after apparent leg injury

by Nov 11, 2:36 PM

During the second period of Monday afternoon's game between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Lightning forward Steven Stamkos tripped into his own net. Stamkos went into the net legs first and struck the post with his shin causing his leg to bend awkwardly. 

Here's a .gif of the painful looking collision: 

Stamkos' teammate, Lightning goaltender Ander Lindback, immediately gestured towards the Lightning bench requesting assistance from the trainer. Stamkos attempted to put weight onto his injured leg, but was unable to. He was ultimately stretchered off of the ice.

Nov 11, 4:09 PM

BOS 3, TB 0: Rask records shutout in Bruins victory

by Nov 11, 4:09 PM

The Boston Bruins managed to shutout the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 on memorial day in Boston. 

It was a costly loss for the Lightning. Not only did Tampa Bay lose their third in a row to a division rival in the Bruins, but they appear to have lost captain Steven Stamkos to a broken tibia (reportedly), and defenseman Sami Salo as well.

Here's what you need to know.

  • Patrice Bergeron had a dominant outing on Monday afternoon. The Bruins controlled nearly 70% of all shot attempts with him on the ice, he faced the stiffest competition among all Boston forwards, and he chipped in the game winning goal.
  • In three starts against the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, Bruins netminder Tuuka Rask has won every game while stopping .987% of shots faced. In total he's allowed a single goal against the Lightning.
  • Jarome Iginla scored an empty net goal, but took several five-bell chances and was dominant in puck battles throughout Monday night's game. Iginla legitimately looked 25 for extended stretches against Tampa.
  • The Keith Aulie, Eric Brewer pairing struggled enormously, and most of Boston's damage - in terms of both goals and territorial play - was done with them on the ice...

Relive all of the action through the storyline below.

Nov 11, 2:57 PM

TB at BOS: Sami Salo sustains injury, helped to dressing room

by Nov 11, 2:57 PM

During the second period of Monday afternoon's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins, oft-injured Lightning defenseman Sami Salo left the game with an injury.

Here's a description of what occurred, from CSNNE's Joe Haggerty:

Nov 11, 2:51 PM

TB at BOS: Bruins score two quick goals following Stamkos injury

by Nov 11, 2:51 PM

Following a devastating leg injury to Steven Stamkos in the second period of Monday afternoon's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins, the Bruins turned on the offense with two goals in a span of twenty seconds.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring with a tap in goal which occurred immediately after Lightning defenseman Sami Salo was injured. That opened up space for Bruins winger Brad Marchand on the rush and created this chance.

Bruins winger Daniel Paille then gave the Bruins a two goal lead just twenty seconds later, beating Anders Lindback with a lovely backhand tally:

Nov 11, 1:59 PM

TB at BOS: PHOTO - Zdeno Chara in memorial day camo

by Nov 11, 1:59 PM

The Boston Bruins, who hosted a memorial day afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, wore camo jerseys during warmups.

Here's a photo of Zdeno Chara modelling the memorial day sweater:

Nov 11, 12:36 PM

TB at BOS: Lightning G Lindback to start vs. Bruins

by Nov 11, 12:36 PM

Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback will start for the Lightning on Monday afternoon. That's according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times:

Lindback has struggled enormously for the Lightning in the early going this season, but will look to get his season back on track on Monday afternoon.

Nov 11, 11:27 AM

TB at BOS: 3 things you need to know

by Nov 11, 11:27 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning sport an impressive 12-4-0 record so far this season, and have won eight of their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins (10-5-1), meanwhile, occupy an unfamiliar position as they sit in the middle of the Atlantic Division pack after 16 games.

Can the Bruins beat the primary club their chasing in the standings on Monday afternoon?

Here are three things you need to know about this game before puck drop.

Grudge Match

The Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning met in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, and it was an incredibly hard-fought series. It was also a series jam packed with woeful goaltending, that until game 7 when the Bruins won 1-0 in a contest without any penalties.

These clubs have some postseason history, and have already faced each other this year. In two previous meetings so far this season, the Bruins have defeated the Lightning twice and have outscored them by a cumulative tally of 8-1. Could Tampa versus Boston develop into a burgeoning Atlantic Division rivalry?

Camouflage

The Bruins will wear camouflage jerseys in warmups on Monday afternoon, as their way of honouring veterans on Memorial Day:

Stamkos vs. Chara

The match-up between the league's single most dangerous goal scorer (Steven Stamkos) and the league's single most imposing shutdown defenseman (Zdeno Chara) seems like something that prove critical on Monday.

Since Stamkos entered the NHL, he's been matched up against Chara for roughly 140 even-strength minutes during the regular season. In those minutes Stamkos' Lightning have been outscored 3 to 1, and the Lightning have managed goals at roughly half the rate they've managed when Stamkos is on the ice against the rest of the league at evens. 

Can Stamkos get the best of this matchup on Monday, or will Chara's dominance of the league's premiere offensive weapon continue?