Sunrise, Florida – Bouncing back from a mini post-Olympic break slump, the Bruins regained for and won three straight games prior to heading south for a weekend road trip. With back-to-back games against Tampa Bay Saturday night and then Florida tonight, the Bruins put on an impressive show of road hockey, winning both games and sweeping the weekend set.
In the first game of the weekend Saturday night, the B’s had to come from behind twice before stealing the second point from the Lightning in a seven round shootout. Tampa jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period, but the Bruins showed resilience and fought back to tie the game at 2 off goals from Dan Paille and Carl Soderberg. A Valterri Fillpula strike regained the lead for the Lightning, and the home team took a 3-2 lead into the third period. Johnny Boychuk’s blast from the point beat Ben Bishop midway through the third to tie the game back up and force extra time. After six rounds in the shootout, a Tuukka Rask stop followed by a Reilly Smith goal secured the win and the extra point for the Bruins as they headed straight to Sunrise for a Sunday night matchup with the Panthers.
Against Florida, the B’s would once again need a strong third period effort to come away with the victory. Dorchester native Jimmy Hayes opened the scoring for the home side, before new Bruin Andrej Meszaros beat Roberto Luongo with a strike from the point to tie the game up. That score held true going into the third, and the Bruins got four goals in the final stanza to power their way to a 5-2 win, completing the season-series sweep of the Panthers in the process. Boston got goals from Torey Krug, Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla (career goal number 550), and Chris Kelley on their way to the win.
Tuukka Rask took the win Saturday night in Tampa while backup Chad Johnson was solid in the win tonight in Sunrise. The B’s will now travel north of the border to take on the rival Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Wednesday night.