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Recap: Bruins drop to Lightning 3-2, will fall to at least third seed

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The Bruins came back in the second, but couldn’t lose the books on this one against the Lightning.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins Photo by Andre/Ringuette/Getty Images

The Boston Bruins found their offense too late and fell 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for their second loss of the round robin at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

With two losses, the Bruins can seed no higher than third.

Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy were caught on an odd-man rush that led to the Lightning taking the lead at 7:33 of the first period. Ondrej Palat found Nikita Kucherov at Tuukka Rask’s paint where he tried to stuff a shot low on Rask. Rask made the initial save, but lost track of the puck. Point found it and stuffed the puck through Rask’s five-hole, to make the score, 1-0.

The Lightning extended their lead with a power-play goal at 10:32 of the first period. Victor Hedman’s one-timer from the point deflected Sean Kuraly’s stick and ultimately hit the right skate of Alex Killorn for a low goal on Rask’s stick side, just 13 seconds into the power play.

Torey Krug gave the team some energy after dropping the gloves on Blake Coleman, who had hit Brandon Carlo towards the end of the first. Still, that first period felt like the same story of this postseason with a lackluster performance.

The second period got off to a better start for the Bruins. David Pastrnak and Krug looked good on the power play, setting each other up for most of the time. Pastrnak played more like himself and generated some good chances. And at this point, that’s a positive takeaway from this game.

The Bruins got on the board at 16:43 of the second period with a goal from McAvoy. Patrice Bergeron won the face-off back to Krug who fed McAvoy a one-timer. The slapshot from the point traveled over the glove of Andrei Vasilevskiy, to make the score, 2-1.

Also, Rask could be a soccer star. Just look at that head save:

The Bruins started to pick up some more momentum in the third as Chris Wagner tied the game at 1:47 into the period. Chara’s shot from the point squeezed through Vasilevskiy to hit the post and sit in the paint where Wagner tapped the puck in.

Momentum shifted in the last minutes of the period to Tampa Bay’s favor. With under a minute and a half left in the period, the Lightning struck back and handed the Bruins their second loss of the round robin. Yanni Gourde took a shot from inside the left-wing circle and Johnson, who was crashing the net, picked up the rebound, to make the score 3-2 at 18:33 of the third period.

Game Notes:

  • Wagner is on a two-game goal streak
  • McAvoy has registered points in both round-robin games (1G, 1A)
  • Bruins were outshot 35-27
  • Bruins were 0/4 on the power play

The Bruins are back in action for their final game of the round robin on Sunday, August 9, when they will face the Washington Capitals.