The Bruins wanted to get the road trip off to a good start, and they did just that by taking down the best hockey club they’ll see over the next week.
It started off with a bang as Boston potted a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the game, and the Black and Gold held on for the 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Times Forum. The win gives the Bruins a modest two-game winning streak and snapped a two-game winning stretch for the Bolts.
The difference was Brad Marchand’s strike in the middle of the second period after Matt Carle had blocked a Tyler Seguin shot from the left wing. The Nose Face Killah picked up the loose puck in the slot area and snapped it under the bar as Anders Lindback had already begun moving to stop Seguin’s initial shot.
Prior to that, Boston scored both of their goals early with Nathan Horton firing in the rebound of a Dougie Hamilton shot just 70 seconds into the game, and Marchand fighting off the bigger Victor Hedman and Eric Brewer to set up a Patrice Bergeron score.
Steve Stamkos and Corey Conacher took advantage of Boston breakdowns in both the first and second period, and tied things up until Marchand’s strike with 6:02 remaining in the middle period.
Horton added the insurance marker in the opening minutes of the third period when he perfectly tipped a Zdeno Chara slap-pass for his second goal of the night and his 25th career strike against the Lightning. The B’s score arrived almost immediately after the top-ranked Boston penalty kill unit salted away a roughing call on Chara from the end of the second frame.
Bruins strike Lightning, 4-2
CSN New England | Feb 22