Boston, Mass. (970 WFLA/620 WDAE)- Ever since Boston bounced the Bolts from the Eastern Conference Finals three seasons ago, there has been no love lost for the two clubs.
Much like the 2011 playoff series, the teams have played physical, tough hockey - unfortunately for the Lightning, the Bruins have come out on top in every contest, with the last meeting ending in a 5-0 shutout at the Forum on October 19th.
Monday afternoon, the Bruins extended their win streak, beating the Bolts 3-0 at the TD Garden in Boston.
The Lightning started out shaky falling behind in shots on goal 10-2 early, but as Jon Cooper's Bolts have proven their resiliency all season, the Lightning fought back to narrow the gap 12-7 at the end of the scoreless first period.
Anders Lindback, starting in net for Tampa Bay, made several big saves in the opening stanza, which kept the Lightning in the contest, despite their inability to move the puck from their own zone.
As play resumed in the second, so did the dogfight, with Boston's Tuuka Rask and Lindback each turning away every shot they faced. 12:49 into the period, Steven Stamkos skated into the net on a backcheck, which immediately sent the NHL's co-leader in goals to the ice writhing in pain. Surrounded by teammates, Stamkos covered his face, clearly in a considerate amount of pain as trainers mobilized him as he laid on a stretcher and carried him off.
The team after the game confirmed the center broke his right tibia and will be out indefinitely.
With 2:51 remaining in the middle frame, Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins on the board first, putting the puck past Lindback as the two teams scrambled in front of the net.
21 seconds later, Daniel Paille made it 2-0 Boston.
The Lightning's thoughts were clearly on their teammate, as Tampa Bay's radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin reported (later confirmed by the team) that Stamkos was on his way to a Boston hospital for X-Rays.
The scoreboard remained unchanged until Cooper opted to pull Lindback with just over a minute to go in regulation and Jerome Iginla made it a three-goal lead with an empty-netter with 58.7 to go in regulation, which would be the eventual final score.
Next up: The Lightning travel to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. The pre-game begins at 7pm on sister station 970WFLA.
INJURY UPDATE: The lastest news remains that Steven Stamkos was transported to a Boston hospital for X-Rays after crashing into the post in the second period. Sami Salo and Keith Aulie also left the game with injuries.