The Boston Bruins did not fare well in their season opener against one of the teams they beat along the road to the organization's first Stanley Cup title in 39 years. They'll try again for that first victory against another club they eliminated in the postseason.
Trying to avoid dropping two straight to a open a season for the first time in six years, the Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night in an Eastern Conference finals rematch.
After raising the franchise's sixth Stanley Cup banner Thursday night, Boston could not hold an early one-goal lead and fell 2-1 to Philadelphia in a rematch of last season's conference semifinals.
Now that they can finally put behind all the emotion and distraction of officially celebrating their Stanley Cup victory, the Bruins are excited to focus on the future.
"It's just about finding that switch to get into game mode and turn the page," said forward Tyler Seguin, who assisted on Brad Marchand's first-period goal. "It didn't end with a (Thursday) but it's nice to get (the opener) out of the way."
While the Flyers had plenty of incentive after being swept by the Bruins last spring, Boston knows Tampa Bay will be equally as motivated after losing in seven games in the East finals. Boston won 1-0 at home in Game 7 as Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots to improve to 7-3-0 with a 2.41 goals-against average against the Lightning last season.
Thomas made 27 saves Thursday and did not allow a goal after the first period but his teammates were limited to 12 shots over the first two periods and 23 for the contest.
"I think we recognize our deficiencies, and we're going to work hard to fix them for next game," coach Claude Julien told the Bruins' official website.
In the opener, Marchand picked up where he left off after totaling 11 goals and eight assists in the postseason. However, the third-year center had two goals and an assist in 11 regular season and playoff games versus Tampa Bay in 2010-11.
The Bruins, who have not lost two straight to open a season since 2005-06, try for a fourth consecutive regular season victory overall and at home -- including the playoffs -- against the Lightning.
"It's all about focusing on what we've got to do to win hockey games," Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson said. "We focus on the now."
Tampa Bay, which plays its first five games on the road, hopes to end both skids by opening with two straight victories after winning 5-1 at Carolina on Friday. Martin St. Louis had a goal with an assist and Steven Stamkos added a pair of assists as the Lightning scored five unanswered goals over the final two periods.
Stamkos, who finished second in the NHL with 45 goals last season, had four with six assists in 11 overall games versus Boston in 2010-11. St. Louis was second in the league with 68 assists but had two with a goal in six games at TD Garden last season.
Roloson, who turns 42 Wednesday, could be in net again for this contest. The veteran went 2-3-0 with a 3.66 GAA versus Boston in the 2011 playoffs.