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October 4, 2013

Bruins-Lightning summary

Score: Bruins 3, Lightning 1

Key stat: Bruins killed two 5-on-3 power plays for Tampa Bay.

Key stat II: Bruins scored two goals on the penalty kill.

Key stat III: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 32 saves, allowing one goal.

Key stat IV: Tampa’s Steve Stamkos only got two shots on goal despite playing 24-plus minutes, including five minutes on the power play. That won’t happen often.

Good first impression: New Bruin Jarome Iginla found a way to win back the fans, which booed him often when he was a member of the Penguins in last year’s playoffs. He fought Tampa’s Radko Gudas in the second period after Gudas checked him (legally) when he gave up the puck.

Great pass: Bruin David Krejci continued his smooth play with a beautiful pass to Milan Lucic in the slot. Lucic wristed it over goalie Anders Lindback’s shoulder in the final minute of the second period, giving the Bruins the lead for good, 2-1.

First time ever: Bruin Chris Kelly, who tallied only nine points last season, scored the season’s first goal on a penalty shot while the Bruins were on the power play. It was the first time in NHL history a team’s first goal of the season was on the penalty shot.

A bit of a rest: Bruins iron man Zdeno Chara only played 24 minutes last night, which is about five minutes fewer than he played per game in the playoffs last spring.

Say what?: “ I think our power play let us down tonight. Not in a million years, I thought, our power play would be the thing that would let us down tonight. Usually we’re pretty sharp on our PP, we just weren’t sharp (last night),” said Tampa veteran Martin St. Louis.

Did you know?: Martin St. Louis and former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, now with Florida, were teammates at the University of Vermont.

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