Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bruins win, make playoffs

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on April 4, 2017.
The Bruins have clinched a playoff spot as they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 tonight with Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask leading the way. This was the Bruins 6th straight win.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened. Late in the period, Bruins Brad Marchand was given a 5-minute major and game misconduct for spearing a Lightning player in the groin. A dumb play by Marchand and now he risks missing playoff games.

In the second period, Bruins Drew Stafford scored his 7th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 33rd goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

In the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 9th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 34th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead.

Game notes
Bruins Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 28 shots he faced, earning his 8th shutout of the season. Rask is now 37-20-0-4 with a 2.27 GAA and a .914 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 69% faceoff percentage and in shots 38-28. The Lightning led the game in hits 33-21. Both teams had 13 blocked shots. The Bruins went 1-for-1 on the power-play while the Lightning went 0-for-1.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. David Backes led the Bruins with 5 hits. Brandon Carlo led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Jimmy Hayes, Frank Vatrano, Tim Schaller, Colin Miller and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is now 18-7 after taking over as coach of the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
2) Bruins forward David Pastrnak
3) Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 44-30-6 with 94 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 23-16-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday, when they host the Ottawa Senators, at 7pm ET.

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