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Will The Real Tampa Bay Lightning Team Please Stand Up


The first seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning were a scoring fest. The Bolts netted 37 goals and went 6-1. Over the last four games, three on the road, the Bolts have scored just six goals and lost all four contests.

Tampa Bay is now 6-5 and leads the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets by one point in the Southeastern Division.

The best thing that happened on the Bolts first extended road trip of the season was the cancellation of their game versus the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. (Steven Stamkos photograph/Susan Ferlita)

On Sunday night the New York Hagelins trounced the Lightning 5-1. Carl Hagelin had t...

Tim Thomas to the Islanders, Good Deal or Bad Deal

Islanders trade for Tim Thomas. Is this a good move or not?

So Long Timmy: Bruins Trade Thomas To Islanders

A year ago today, if you told any Boston Bruins fan that Tim Thomas would be traded to the New York Islanders, they'd call you crazy and throw a cheap beer in your face...in all fairness it doesn't take much to get a Bostonian to throw a beer.

But that is what we heard today. The Vezina winning, Conn Smyth toting, brick wall of a beast who led the Bruins to an epic Cup run in 2010-2011, is heading down the Long Island Expressway.  The Bruins traded Thomas for a conditional second round pick in either 2014 or 2015.  The condition being if Thomas doesn't play for the Islanders or they don't trade his rights, the B's don't get the pick.  A second ...

Bruins Show Up In the Third To Beat The Habs and Claim First

Boston Bruins 2, Montreal Canadiens 1

So it looks like it's going to be one of "those" seasons with the Black and Gold.  The Bruins showed up to last night's game in Montreal, fashionably late, once again, and were somehow able to walk away with two points.  Thanks mostly to a stellar performance from Tuukka Rask.  This was the 718th time the two Original Six teams have met in NHL history.  Rask stopped eleven shots in the first period (Habs outshot the Bruins 11-4 in the first...ouch!), with pretty much zero help from his skaters.  The Bruins repeated their lack luster defensive performance from last Thursday, against Buffalo, in their fir...

Viva le Resistance! Bruins visit "Les Habitants"

Boston Bruins (6-1-1) at Montreal Canadiens (6-2-0)

The greatest rivals in all of sports (sorry Red Sox and Yankees) meet for the first of four games tonight.  Despite Montreal's pathetic showing in the standings last year, they really didn't play that terribly against the Bruins.  Boston won four of those six matchups but every game was tight and entertaining.  The Habs are "new and improved" with a new General Manager, new coach, no Scott Gomez, PK Subban playing for almost nothing, a new Carey Price and no longer being the biggest embarrassment to hockey fans (they have Sabres fans to thank for that!)...oh and here's something new...a winning ...

Bruins Remember Defense: Shutdown Toronto

Boston Bruins 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Oh there you are Bruins defense!  Boston played the solid defense we all know they are capable of in their first shutout of the season against the Maple Leafs Saturday night.  James Reimer played amazing for the Leafs, earning him the first star of the game.  Tuukka Rask's twelfth career shutout earned him the second star and the only player to score, Chris Bourque, the third.

As mentioned in the preview, this game was all about the new kids.  The third line must have heard all of the criticism and really stepped up.  Rich Peverley to Chris Kelly who tossed a perfect pass which landed bullseye on Bourque's...

AHL Players Center Stage As Bruins Visit Toronto

Boston Bruins (5-1-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (4-3-0)

The Bruins visit Toronto for the first of four meetings this season and try and leave the trauma of Thursday night's beat down against the Buffalo Sabres behind them.  Last season the B's swept the Leafs in all six meetings, outscoring them 36-10, in their last meeting in March, Boston shutout Toronto 8-0.

James Reimer started that game in net for the The Leafs and will be looking for redemption as he gets the start between the pipes.  Tuukka Rask will be starting for Boston as expected. 

Both the Leafs and Bruins have substantial injuries and have tapped into their AHL reserves for tonight's...

"Defensively Brain-dead" Bruins Hand Buffalo Two Points

Buffalo Sabres 7 - Boston Bruins 4

Well at least I was right about something in yesterday's preview...anyone looking for a skilled hockey was sorely disappointed in watching last night's beat down of the Bruins by the previously dismal Buffalo Sabres. 

Buffalo strolled into Boston with something to prove and right out of the gate they made sure the Bruins knew that they could be just as tough as the Big Bad Black and Gold.  Shawn Thornton and John Scott dropped the gloves early in the first and that was all of the hockey game "Twos" got to see.  Scott, 6' 8", took down the Bruins heavy weight champ without breaking a sweat. It was brut...

License to Kill: New York Islanders

With seven games in the books, Islander fans are left feeling oddly confident and pleasantly surprised with the team's success to begin their season. With a tough road trip that traveled through the cities of Toronto, Boston, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, the Islanders return home accomplishing what they had intended to do.

Stay afloat.

One of the most refreshing commentary about this team is that they are in every game. Yes, it is still early but they have not looked over matched and they had opportunities to win every game they've played in this year.

Fight Night In Boston: BooHoo Buffalo Visits Boston

Buffalo Sabres (2-3-1) at Boston Bruins (5-0-1)

Christmas comes early for Boston.  Anyone who's looking for some great, professional NHL hockey will be sorely disappointed tonight.  Rivalries are usually born out of two great teams going head to head, usually, but not here...Buffalo and Boston are rivals simply because they hate each other.  The Sabres come into tonight on a four game losing streak and the Bruins have won their last three and haven't lost a game in regulation all season.  Last year, the Sabres spent a lot of money to buy a roster (and a Cup) and they didn't even make the post season.  Tonight, knowing they are going to face a ski...