Extra Beats: Bruins Take A Licking; Lose in OT to Lightning

The Bruins played their best game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Lightning Friday night but still lost 4-3 in overtime


BOSTON- The Bruins played their best game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Lightning Friday night but still lost 4-3 in overtime on a Dan Girardi goal at 3:18 of the extra frame. The B’s now trail 3-1 in the series with Game 5 back in Tampa Bay on Sunday at 3 PM ET.

The Bruins fought back from being down 2-0 in the first ten minutes of the game on goals by Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point at 4:36 and 9:53 respectively. David Pastrnak scored his sixth goal of the playoffs on the power play at 15:28 and then Patrice Bergeron notched another goal on the man advantage with his fifth of the playoffs at 2:04 of the second period and suddenly TD Garden was rocking again! The packed house exploded in joy when Brad Marchand found Bergeron in front for a shorthanded tally at 6:36 of the third period and suddenly it appeared as if the B’s might be able to tie the series at two.

A missed opportunity on the powerplay 39 seconds later though and then a blatant non-call by the referees when Charlie McAvoy was tripped behind the Bruins net led right to the game-tying goal at 12:56 of the final frame.

1.) Good Marchand loses to Bad Marchand 3-1


Bad Marchand 1-0

Bad Marchand 2-0

Good Marchand

Bad Marchand

Good Marchand needs to win in Game 5 if the Bruins are to have a chance of winning Game 5 and forcing a Game 6 back in Beantown!

2.) Keep Calm And Bergeron

“We just need to bare down and do what we can to bring it back here to Boston,” said Bergeron who was by far the Bruins’s best player on the ice with two goals and his typical lead by example game. That’s the recipe Bergeron will use to force a Game 6 and his teammates should follow suit and Keep Calm And Bergeron!

3.) Special Teams was Brilliant

One thing that was special despite the heartbreaking loss in overtime was special teams for the Bruins. The power play went 2-for-4 and the penalty kill shut down three of the Lightning’ four power plays. The B’s will need that kill and PP to be perfect in Game 5 if they’re to force a Game 6.

4.) Krug Hurt After Bounce Back Performance

After a forgettable performance in Game 3, defenseman Torey Krug – as he always seems to do – bounced back and was tremendous in Game 4 with two beautiful assists on Pastrnak’s goal and Bergeron’s first lamplighter. In the third period though, Krug suffered what looked to be a serious ankle or foot injury and was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot and with crutches after the game. Cassidy said it “doesn’t look good” when asked about Krug playing in Game 5. Not sure how Alex Killorn doesn’t get looked at here by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

5.) Rask Did What He Could To Help B’s Win

Tuukka Rask made 24 saves and plenty of them were clutch and game-saving saves in Game 4. No one can say that he didn’t do what he had to in order to give his team a chance to win and this save of the playoffs candidate was a perfect example:

6. Cassidy Dismantles The Third Line

On Friday morning, Bruce Cassidy confirmed rookie Ryan Donato would be in the lineup for Game 4 and hinted that there may eb even more changes on the way. Well as reported here Friday afternoon, one of those changes was indeed veteran forward Brian Gionta who made his Bruins playoff debut. Out of the lineup were Riley Nash, Danton Heinen and Tommy Wingels. Here’s what the roster looked like in Game 4:

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Krejci – Rick Nash

Donato – Kuraly – Gionta

Schaller – Acciari – Backes

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Miller

Grzelcyk – McQuaid