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Friday, 24 March 2017 03:35

Bruins' Playoff Hopes Dwindling After Disastrous 6-3 Loss to Lightning

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Just when it looked like their postseason drought would be snapped this season, the Big Bad Bruins have reverted back to just plain bad.

Tampa Bay scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to defeat the Boston Bruins 6-3 on Thursday night at TD Garden.

Boston had the lead three times in the second period, but their advantage lasted a combined 2:43, as the Lightning quickly responded to each Bruins’ tally. 

The B’s scored twice on special teams, with David Pastrnak notching his 32nd goal of the season on the power play early in the second while Zdeno Chara struck for a shorthanded goal near the eight-minute mark of the period.

Riley Nash assisted on Chara’s goal, and found the net with less than seven minutes left in the second to give the B’s a 3-2 lead, but Lightning goalie Peter Budaj tightened up in front of his net and did not allow another puck past him after Nash’s fifth goal of the year.

Nikita Kucherov had a hat trick, including two power play goals and an empty netter, for Tampa Bay, who moved to just three points behind the Bruins in the Atlantic Division.  Tampa also has a game in hand.

Jonathan Drouin notched the game-winning goal with 4:12 elapsed in the third period, which snapped a 13-game scoreless streak for the 22-year-old winger.  Kucherov followed with his league-leading 17th power play goal of the year, and then capped the scoring with his empty net goal with 1:57 left in the third.

Tuukka Rask was downright awful in net for the B’s, allowing five goals on 28 shots faced while being totally incapable of protecting a lead.  Rask has lost four starts in a row.

Boston has also lost four straight games, including three this week against the teams that are closest to them in the Eastern Conference standings.  They entered the week firmly in third place in the Atlantic, but lost to second-place Ottawa on Monday, then got jumped in the division by Toronto after a loss on Tuesday, and now gave up even more ground after Thursday’s defeat.

The B’s are just two points clear of the New York Islanders for the final Wild Card spot in the East, and the two teams will face off with each other on Saturday night in another pivotal contest.

If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Bruins Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below and check us out on ITUNES as well!

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.