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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 01:28

Boston Bruins Strike Tampa Bay Lightning With 4-3 Win

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Zdeno Chara scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Lightning. Zdeno Chara scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Lightning. NESN

The Boston Bruins (25-21-6) traveled to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning (22-22-6) in their first game back on the ice since the All Star break. 

The black and gold faced off against the Lightning for the third time this season in their first game back after having a few much-needed days off due to the All Star break. 

In the first:

The Bruins were outshot 8-4 in the opening period and came within centimeters of being down 1-0, but thanks to the quick thinking of Colin Miller, the game remained tied through the first 20 minutes. 

Jimmy Hayes dropped the gloves with Alex Killorn for his third fighting major this season. Hayes has as many fighting majors as he does points. 

Colin Miller made the biggest save of the first when he got his stick on the puck as it was about to cross the line, bailing out Tuukka Rask and the Bruins from going down 1-0 in the first. 

 

Despite some big hits and some prime scoring chances, the two teams went into the first intermission tied at zero. 

In the second:

After dropping the gloves in the first with Hayes, Killorn did some more damage to the Bruins when he scored with just over 11 minutess remaining in the period to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

Frank Vatrano and Zdeno Chara both had a chance to tie the game but Ben Bishop stopped both of their shots, losing his stick in the process of saving Chara's slap shot. 

Boston went on the power play with just over two minutes left in the second, but it didn't last long because Matt Beleskey was called for boarding to make it  4-on-4. 

With 1:52 left, Adam McQuaid shot the puck from the blue line and Patrice Bergeron was posted up in front of the net to light the lamp and to tie the game at one. 

As time was expiring, David Krejci quickly released the puck to beat Bishop for a beautiful goal with less than a second left.

Boston took a 2-1 lead into the locker room.

In the third:

Killorn struck again just five minutes into the final 20 minutes when he beat Rask and tied the game at two.

Big Z came up big for his team and scored his fourth goal of the season to put the B's up by one once agin.

Brad Marchand had a huge opportunity to put his team up by two, but was denied by Bishop and the game remained 3-2.

Tampa Bay looked as if they were going to tie it after taking a few shots at Rask, but none found the back of the net. 

The Bruins went on the power play and took advantage of that with 7:37 left to play when Frank Vatrano scored his sixth goal of the season to give the visitors some insurance with a 4-2 lead.

The Lightning pulled Bishop with over two minutes to play for the extra skater on the ice, and the team capitalized when Brayden Point scored to bring his team within one.

Tampa Bay still kept Bishop on the bench in hopes to tie the game, but they could not muster another goal, and the Bruins escaped with the 4-3 win, good for their third-consecutive win.

My three stars:

3) Colin Miller - for making that save in the first to keep the game tied at zero. Without that save, the outcome of the game could have gone the other way.

2) Frank Vatrano - for giving the Bruins some much-needed insurance in the third.

1) Zdeno Chara - for scoring the game-winning goal.

What's Bruin next:

The Bruins get set to take on the Washington Capitals (33-10-6) in their second of back-to-back games. Puck drop is slated for 8:00 p.m.

If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Bruins Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below!   
Lauren Campbell

Lauren Campbell is a beat writer for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins at CLNS Radio. Currently, Lauren is also an account manager for Suburban Glass & Mirror.

Lauren studied at Framingham State University where she is a 2015 graduate with a degree in English and a concentration in journalism. She was the sports editor for the Universtiy's student newspaper, the Gatepost.

Before joining CLNS, Lauren interned at Comcast Sports Net New England, as well as the Medfield and Westwood Press newspapers.

Additionally, Lauren has been a freelance production assistant with MLB and NFL Network, and assisted in pre and post-game set up during the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. She has also worked for ESPN and MLB International.

Lauren has been a lifetime die-hard Red Sox fan and is a baseball enthusiast.

You can follow Lauren on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren

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