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Bruins, Lightning scoreless after one

The Bruins and Lightning are as close as it gets in the standings. It seems that has translated to Thursday’s game, as the two teams are scoreless after a period of play at the Garden.

The Lightning outshot the Bruins, 10-8, in the period. After an ill-advised maneuver by Tim Thomas [1] behind his net early on, he had to rush back to make a kick-save on Teddy Purcell. Thomas later robbed Mattias Ritola in front with just over 12 minutes left in the period, but the Milan Lucic [2] went to the box afterwards for a clear-as-day cross-check.

Simon Gagne had a great opportunity on the power play, but went the puck across the crease. With 25 seconds remaining on the penalty, Steven Stamos beat Thomas with a wrist-shot but clanked it off the post.

Adam Hall drew the Lightning’s only penalty, going off for hooking David Krejci [3] at 10:47. The Bruins are now 1-for-14 on the power play since Tomas Kaberle [4] entered the fold, though they’re getting their chances.

Brad Marchand [5] led the B’s with two shots in the period. Lightning goalie Mike Smith made a big stop on Patrice Bergeron [6] on perhaps the Bruins’ best scoring opportunity thus far.