NHL Game Night 2/23: Bruins at Lightning

It would be extremely sad if Brad Richards or Dan Boyle's Lightning careers ended like this.

BOS-5
TB-3

Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 28 shots for the loss. From now until the end of the season this needs to be Karri Ramo's team, whether Holmer survives the deadline or not.

First Period
Tampa Bay 4:43, Mathieu Darche 5 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Boston 14:29, Milan Lucic 7 (power play) (Phil Kessel, Dennis Wideman)

Second Period
Boston 5:08, Mark Stuart 3 (Marco Sturm)
Tampa Bay 11:12, Michel Ouellet 8 (Brad Richards, Jan Hlavac)
Boston 18:25, Glen Murray 13 (power play) (Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard)

Third Period
Boston 0:17, Glen Murray 14 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 17:43, Vaclav Prospal 29 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Johan Holmqvist)
Boston 18:56, P.J. Axelsson 11 (shorthanded) (Glen Metropolit)

Tonight was probably Vaclav Prospal and (mercifully) Chris Gratton's last games in a Lightning uniform. It might've been the last go round for several other players as well. The irony of the last goal of tonight being scored by Vaclav Prospal, from Dan Boyle and Holmqvist was not lost on me. All three could conceivably be gone when the Lightning take to the ice Wednesday against the Wild.

The Lightning only dressed 5 defensemen tonight (as if only playing Janik 2-4 minutes a night wasn't enough of a clue the coaches have no faith in him) with Dan Boyle playing a ridiculous 37 minutes. The situation was exacerbated by Shane O'Brien only getting 14 minutes of ice time. What a mess. Recall Matt Smaby.

Just a sad, sad night, and this organization probably is going to have to wait until June at the draft before they have anything to really feel good about.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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Game last night

Torts is a joke. 5 d-men? Why no Smaby? I figured they might be waiting til Wed bc of Nor schedule. But after only dressing 5, I realize Torts is a moron, who just doesnt have that "IT" factor anymore. Sorry to say, but, Thanks for the Cup and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Same goes for Richards and Bolye!!! Keep Prospal and Gratton..Please....

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