Bruins overcome two one-goal deficits in win over Bolts
The Boston Bruins earned their fourth straight victory Tuesday night beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.
It wasn’t an easy win by any means as the Black and Gold overcame two one-goal deficits on the night, but it helped that their penalty kill was on cue as they held the Lightning scoreless (0-5) on the night.
Captain Zdeno Chara explained why the team was successful limiting the top team in the Eastern Conference to zero goals on the man advantage.
“We were just trying to outwork them,” Chara said. “And anytime we had a chance to clear the puck out of the zone we did and a lot of good second efforts.”
The Bruins got off to that dreaded slow start against the Lightning leading to an early hole on a goal by Steven Stamkos who was left uncovered in front of Tuukka Rask for his 24th of the year.
Brad Marchand wasn’t impressed as he notched the game-tying goal on a beautiful feed from Carl Soderberg who threaded the needle across the ice. It was Marchand’s team leading 12th of the season.
The left-winger was just happy about his team battling back after facing deficits early in the game.
“Yeah, we know we have a lot of character on this team and in this room and I think it’s starting to show,” Marchand said after his team’s 4-3 win.
“We’ve been playing a lot better lately and it seemed like earlier on in the season when we were down a goal or two we were deflated and now it seems like it doesn’t matter what the score is or how we are playing we know that we can come back in a game and you know we bounced back after we were down by a goal and this is what we need on this team especially if we are going to climb back in the standings and continue to push to get higher. We need that. There are a lot of really good games coming up here and we need to be able to push through adversity.”
Halfway through the second period, the B’s found themselves in trouble again as Stamkos was left alone atop the circle where he retrieved the puck from Ondrej Palat where he then fired a wrister past Rask giving the Lightning a 2-1 edge again.
But, don’t fear, David Pastrnak was there. The 18 year-old scored a highlight-reel goal to tie the game at 2-2 minutes later before Milan Lucic put the Black and Gold up for good.
Pastrnak scored an insurance goal early in the third period – his second of the night and fourth goal in his last two games – giving the B’s a two-goal lead and some breathing room.
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Ryan Callahan clawed his way closer with his 14th goal of the season, but it was too little too late.
“I think, like I said, I think that was probably a complete effort,” defenseman Dougie Hamilton said about the team’s response to the Lightning. “I think in the past, we all know that we haven’t been playing sixty minutes. I think we probably played a good sixty-minute game today. It was just a good all around game. So, I think we’ve got to be pretty happy about that.”
On the other side, a dejected Stamkos spoke to reporters after the game on how disappointing it was to lose a game after leading 1-0 and 2-1.
“The way we played, you can’t expect to win games against good teams in this league,” the Bolts superstar said after scoring twice in the losing effort. “Hopefully, we realize this now. You look at the standings we’ve played the most games in this league. That’s probably why we’re still up there.
“There’s going to be some teams that are catching us, so hopefully this is kind of a message that we’ve got to be a lot better, especially against teams like this who you’re going to have to compete with for playoff spots and if you do get to playoffs, you’re going to have to beat. So, definitely not a good enough effort by us tonight.”
Pastrnak definitely provided a spark, but if it wasn’t for the penalty-kill keeping the score at bay and the compete level of each player that dressed for the full 60 minutes, the Black and Gold could have been on the other end of the scoreboard. Instead, they’ll get to enjoy their fourth win in a row against the Atlantic Division leading Lightning.
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