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Highlights: Bruins lose 4-3 in OT

A tough loss across the board.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

1st Period:

Bruce started the game with some interesting lineup choices, taking Tommy Wingels, Danton Heinen and Riley Nash out in favor of Tim Schaller, Ryan Donato and Brian Gionta. Most agree that changes needed to be made, but I doubt many could’ve guessed this was the way Cassidy would go. The Bruins started the game stronger than Game 3, landing 2 credited SOG in the opening minutes, but every attempt was from above the dots, a theme in this series. Unfortunately, a turnover from a top six forward resulted in a goal, this time off of Rick Nash’s stick. The Bruins give up the first goal, again.

Nash followed up with a tripping penalty giving Tampa Bay their first power play opportunity of the game, and 13th of the series. Chara then sent the puck over the glass with 19 seconds left in the Rick Nash penalty, putting Tampa on a brief 5 on 3. The Lightning score on the 5 on 4, Kucherov’s first of the series and the game is looking out of reach for the home team in the first 10 minutes. Assists to Hedman and Stamkos.

Yanni Gourde takes a offensive zone tripping penalty and the Bruins get a chance to get on the board with their first power play. They do manage 4 SOG, however they were easily stopped by Vasilevskiy, with very little lateral movement needed. The Bruins still not screening the goalie and settling for the perimeter shots too often and they fail to convert.

Steven Stamkos takes another penalty with a hit to the head at the 15 minute mark and the Bruins get another crack at a PPG.

David Pastrnak puts the team on his back on the power play and does his best baseball impression, bunting a falling puck into an open net. Krug and Marchand are credited with the assists.

2nd Period:

The 2nd period starts off with a Bruins power play in the first minute on a Tyler Johnson tripping call, and Patrice Bergeron does his thing, tying the game with a shot out in front of Vasilevskiy.

Stamkos gets a grade A breakaway immediately following but Tuukka Rask stones him to maintain the tie. Huge stop by the net minder, and the Bruins flip the switch, taking over the game completely, owning possession and landing SOG, including a dented post by Torey Krug. The long stretch of play ends on a weird sequence where a Marchand hit results in a McQuaid vs. Paquette fight while Pastrnak and Co. are streaking towards the goal, at which point the ref blew the play dead and the fight was stopped. Probably some angry Bruins fans after that sequence.

In the ensuing madness, Brad Marchand may or may not have kissed/licked a Tampa Bay player. Judge for yourself below.

Needless to say, there is never a dull moment when Brad Marchand is on the ice, for better or worse. The Bruins head to the locker room with a 23-15 SOG advantage and seemingly all of the momentum, but still tied on the scoreboard at two apiece.

3rd Period:

The 3rd period started evenly, with both teams trading chances, up until one of the softest calls all postseason went against Noel Acciari for a “hook” that was a total embellishment by the Tampa player. Yet again, the officials make a bad call at a key time.

Fear not Bruins fans, as Patrice Bergeron gets a shorthanded breakaway pass from his partner in crime, Brad Marchand and puts it past the Tampa net minder and the Bruins have their first lead of the game.

Tampa’s Tyler Johnson decides to spear Chara in the groin after a brief shoving match and is sent to the penalty box for his actions.

Torey Krug goes hard into the boards, ankle first and is helped off the ice and down the tunnel.

Shortly after, the Bruins get trapped in their defensive zone, McAvoy is hooked without a call and Stamkos immediately capitalizes with a blast from between the dots. The refs strike again.

The two teams play fairly evenly, and conservatively for the remainder of the 3rd period.

Overtime:

The two teams traded chances until a redirect of a Killorn shot finds it way past Tuukka off of Girardi’s stick. Gamer over, and the fans are furious, throwing debris, towels and insults at the officials as they leave the ice.