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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Boston



(Thursday, October 3rd)

Final Score: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Kelly scored on a short-handed penalty shot and Patrice Bergeron added another man-down score, as the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins kicked off their 90th season with a 3-1 decision over the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

Milan Lucic also tallied and Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots for the Bruins, who have joined the new version of the Atlantic Division this season after 20 years in the Northeast.

"Our team's in a good place right now mentally and we're ready for another challenge this year," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien of his team which is coming off a second conference title in the last three seasons.

Valtteri Filppula lit the lamp in his debut for the Lightning, who have been relocated to the Atlantic after 15 years in the Southeast Division. Anders Lindback made 22 saves in the setback.

Trailing by a goal, Tampa enjoyed 1:32 of 5-on-3 action early in the third period when Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton were sent off in a three-second span, but failed to convert.

At the tail end of a 4-on-3 edge, created when Ryan Malone was whistled for interference, Bergeron's wrister from in close bled through Lindback's pads and over the goal line for a 3-1 Bruins edge.

"Bergy was Bergy. He didn't look like he missed a beat," Julien said of the 2012 Selke Trophy winner, who endured multiple debilitating injuries in the Cup Finals and recovery from subsequent surgeries.

Rask made the two-goal bulge hold up by stopping all 10 Bolts offerings in the period.

"Five-on-five you couldn't say one team is better than the other," Bolts head coach Jon Cooper said. "Both teams had their chances and I didn't think we gave up too much. Aside from the power play I was really happy with the way we played. You can go months without giving up two shorthanded goals, here we are giving up two in a game.

With Boston shorthanded in the first period, Kelly broke free into the Tampa zone, and while his path to the net was impeded by Bolts defenseman Mark Barberio, he unloaded two shots on net. When play was finally halted, with 8:21 on the clock, a penalty shot was called.

The gritty winger faked out Lindback before sliding a the puck home for a 1-0 lead.

"I try that move on Tuukka all the time in practice and he never bites," Kelly said following the contest. It worked tonight."

According to Elias Sports Bureau and NHL Public Relations, it was the first time the Bruins scored their first goal of the season on a penalty shot.

Rask was active in his crease at the end of the period, helping his club kill off almost two minutes of two-man disadvantage play. He stopped 15 shots in all in the opening frame.

Filppula equalized for the Lightning, left alone on the left side to one-time a backhanded dish from Eric Brewer just after the midway point of regulation.

The Bruins went to the break up by one, though, after Lucic snapped home his first of the year from the left circle off a David Krejci feed with 60 seconds to go.

Game Notes

The Bruins announced just after the drop of the puck that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was signed to a four-year contract extension worth $16 million ... Boston has won seven straight at home vs. Tampa Bay, upping its all-time home record against their new division rivals to 30-4-6 since 1993 ... Filppula bolted from Detroit and signed a five-year, $22.5 million deal with the Bolts on the first day of free agency in July.

10/03 23:31:34 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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