The Boston Bruins did it again on Saturday afternoon scoring three unanswered goals to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 at TD Garden in front of another sold out crowd.
The Lightning scored on their first two power-plays of the game which was very uncharacteristic for the Bruins penalty kill, but again they battled adversity and clawed their way back
Steven Stamkos found himself back in the scorer’s column (shocking) as well as Alexander Killorn for the Bolts. The B’s scored two power-play goals on the day including Brad Marchand’s fourth game-winning goal of the season.
It was not the start the B’s wanted on Saturday afternoon as they trailed 2-0 before some fans found their way to their seats, but Claude Julien was not disappointed in his teams’ effort through the first period.
“I thought we still played a good first period,” said the Bruins coach. “We just seemed to have our legs and I thought five-on-five we were doing a good job, we were getting our chances. When you look back at the first, we missed two open nets where we couldn’t push the puck in. I told the guys we had 40 minutes left and that it was important for us to try to stay out of the penalty box.”
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The Bruins came out flying in the second period making the adjustments they needed to make. They started playing Bruins hockey yet again.
The Black and Gold actually scored a power-play goal off the stick of Tyler Seguin who got back on track Saturday afternoon. Minutes later, Rich Peverley received a beautiful feed from Adam McQuaid who then roofed the tying goal and displayed a fist pump much to the delight of Bruins fans.
Seguin hopes this goal can be a jumpstart for more goals as this big stretch for the Bruins is on the horizon.
“Sure. I’ve been going in every game the same way, but obviously it’s just about burying down those chances,” Seguin said. “I felt like I was definitely shooting more pucks tonight and I want to stick with that.”
The Bruins and Bolts skated step for step in the third period until a big double minor penalty was awarded to Brendan Mikkelson. The B’s made no mistake taking advantage of the man advantage (for a second time!) as Brad Marchand played hero yet again. Patrice Bergeron set Marchand up with an open net where he buried the game-winner with 2:16 remaining in regulation.
Marchand talked about how his game-winning goal unfolded.
“I think they were going out on a three-on-two. I’m not really sure, I was still talking to the ref at that point,” Marchand said. “I just saw the puck coming in the glass and turned up. Me and Bergy (Patrice Bergeron) had a two-on-one from our end and Bergy made a great play and I just tried to find a lane. He gave me a wide open net to shoot at, so it was nice.”
The Bruins once again did not put forth their best efforts, but after the first period, they played Bruins hockey. Three unanswered goals by the black and gold were almost unthinkable after the first 20 minutes, but Bruins fans are now use to these late come-from-behind wins.
The Bruins, now 14-2-2 (30 points), will face another big test tomorrow night as they host the Montreal Canadiens with first place in the Northeast Division on the line.