Friday, March 24, 2017

Bruins lose 4th straight game, 6-3 to Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on March 23, 2017.
The Bruins are in trouble once again as they dropped their fourth straight game on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Bruins 6-3.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, at 1:33, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 32nd goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Lightning Brayden Point scored, tying the game 1-1. At 7:50, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 8th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Only 24 seconds later, Lightning Nikita Kucherov scored a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2. At 13:18, Bruins Riley Nash scored his 5th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead. At 14:53, Lightning Anton Stralman scored, tying the game 3-3.

In the third period, at 4:12, Lightning Jonathan Drouin scored, giving the Lightning a 4-3 lead. At 10:11, Lightning Nikita Kucherov scored a power-play goal, giving the Lightning a 5-3 lead. At 18:03, Lightning Nikita Kucherov scored an empty-net goal, giving the Lightning a 6-3 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 23 saves on 28 shots. Rask is now 33-20-0-4 with a 2.38 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 59% faceoff percentage, in shots 31-29 and hits 26-25. The Lightning led the game in blocked shots 13-12. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Lightning went 2-for-5.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 5 shots. Drew Stafford, David Backes and Noel Acciari all led the Bruins with 3 hits each. Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots each.

Jimmy Hayes, Tim Schaller, John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is now 12-7 after taking over as coach of the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov
2) Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin
3) Bruins forward Riley Nash

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 38-30-6 with 82 points this season and are in 4th place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 19-16-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday, when they visit the New York Islanders, at 7pm ET.

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