It was a good sight to see. The Bruins won a game. They defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.
The Bruins started off the game playing terribly. They couldn’t maintain any pressure in the offensive zone and were on the defense the entire period. The only thing that they had going for them was that they were playing hard hitting hockey. Also, Colin Miller made the save of the game by batting away a puck on the goal line to keep the game tied. It was a great hustle play and gave the Bruins a fighting chance.
Jimmy Hayes even ended up getting in a fight with Lightning center Alex Killorn. It was a 40-second fight but Hayes still managed to be terrible. What is Jimmy Hayes worse at fighting or playing hockey in general? The world may never know.
Then came the second period where the game changed completely. The Bruins finally managed to gain quality zone time and started to get scoring chances. Even Claude Julien agreed. “To be honest, I felt our will to win got better in the second and third, and I think that was the difference in the game.” Alex Killorn did manage to score for the Lightning, but this period was all about the Bruins.
Patrice Bergeron started off the second half of the season with a quality game. He was back to being the two-way center that Bruins fans have grown to love. He scored his 12th goal of the season to tie the game for the B’s. Then as the period was coming to a close David Krejci didn’t give up on the play and scored his 12th goal of the season with a second left in the period. “That was a big goal for us, obviously,” Julien said. “It gave us the opportunity to come in after two periods with a lead. Those one-goal differences mean a lot, especially at this stage of the year.” This is the effort that the Bruins need to have on a constant basis. The Bruins went into the all-star break being called out for not showing up to games so this was a start that the team desperately needed.
From this point on the Bruins never fell behind. They did give up two goals which are not a good thing but a win is a win at this point in the season. Alex Killorn scored his second goal of the game which brought his season total to 15 goals. Then the 6’9″ Captain Zdeno Chara put one past Ben Bishop for his 4th goal of the season. Then on the power play the “American Sniper,” Frank Vatrano rifled one past Bishop for his 6th goal of the game.
The Bruins have benefited immensely from Vatrano’s return from injury. He has been a humongous help on the powerplay and is a young scorer that the Bruins desperately need.
A point that made fans nervous was that with just over two minutes remaining Tuukka Rask let up a goal that cut the deficit to one. The Bruins struggled to maintain the lead but they were able to secure the victory.
It wasn’t an amazing game for Tuukka Rask but he made some good saves and stopped 18 shots. Also, Brad Marchand had a great game with two assists but once again showed his lack of discipline. He had another dangerous slew foot on Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman. Marchand got away with this once. He can’t get away with it twice. So he will likely be suspended for at least one game.
The Bruins play once again tonight against the mighty Washinton Capitals.