Game Night 12/30: Bruins at Lightning

Tip of the cap to Hannu Toivonen. BOS-2 TB-1 I attended the game and have to say, I thought the Lightning played pretty well but had a point or two stolen by Hannu Toivonen. They generated some outstanding chances but tonight the young Finn was simply better. He gave them a chance to win and a terrible weak pass from Modin to Richards on the power play and the resulting Patrice Bergeron breakaway was the difference. Sean Burke played well in my opinion, but you simply cannot allow breakways because the old man simply is not quick enough anymore to handle one on ones. Let him play his angles and use his size though and he will eat shots up all night long, which is what he did most of this night. Ryan Craig led the rookies with 17:19 of ice time and was +1. He has settled onto the team's second penalty killing unit and got a lot of even strength ice time because the checking line played well tonight. He was 0-for-3 in the faceoff circle though, and the whole Lightning team got their lunch eaten in that category tonight. Paul Ranger played 13:58 of even hockey and was good with the exception of a second period miscue that nearly ended up in the back of the net. One of the best players in the game though, in my opinion, was young Evgeny Artyukhin. He had 5 hits in 12:05 of playing time and 4 3rd period shots in the comeback bid. Most impressive of all was a play where he chipped the puck to himself off the right wing boards and nearly beat both Bruins defenders to get a partial breakaway to draw a late power play. He gave the Lightning a golden opportunity to score the tying goal which is outstanding to get out of a checking liner. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020559.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]