Bolts Get Battered in Boston
BOSTON (CBS) Martin St. Louis netted his 300th career goal against the Bruins Saturday night, but the Lightning had a sluggish performance in a loss against the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
A 4-1 result for the bolts came on a night when they were outshot 42-26, with new Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon in the net for his season debut.
The Bruins got their first win of the season with the help of Rich Peverley, who scored two goals for Boston after taking a loss in the season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tampa Bay hoped to get a win against the Bruins after a game seven loss in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, but they were simply outplayed.
There was no scoring action until the second period, when Peverley scored from a deflection that landed right in front of him for an easy knock-in.
St. Louis tied it up a minute later on a breakaway opportunity to beat Tim Thomas and pick up his 300th career goal. The deadlock did not last long, and Boston left winger Daniel Paille scored on a deflection early in the second period to put the Bruins up 2-1.
Boston scored two insurance goals in the third period to secure the win, and the bolts could not keep pace or gain any momentum after a commanding win in Carolina the night before.
The Lightning will travel to Washington on Monday to face the Capitals, a team they swept in the playoffs last season.