After a wild series with tons of goal scoring and only one shutout the entire series, we are 0-0 at the end of Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Bruins are looking to make their first Stanley Cup Final since 1990, while the Lightning look to qualify for the first time since 2004. This was just the third scoreless period of this entire series.
It was a largely Boston dominated period shotwise, though Tampa Bay made it very much an end-to-end game during long stretches. Boston out-shot Tampa 15-9 in the opening frame. Dwayne Roloson was superb, making a save on the period's only break-away, on Milan Lucic. Tim Thomas was also solid. All in all, though both teams got chances, with the exception of the Lucic break-away, most of them were very much stoppable chances. And the one great scoring chance got stopped.
The period was also notable for their being no penalties the entire way through. Eric Brewer led the Lightning in ice time in the first period with 7:46 on the ice, while Zdeno Chara of the Bruins led all skaters with a notable 8:55 spent on the rink during the first period. So far, a tense, exciting game with a breathless pace.