Bruins Beat Lightning 4-1 To End Their 10-Game Win Streak, Score Three Goals In 1:28, Now Have A Point In 15 Straight Games
You'd think that if one team was capable of ending the Bruins' 14-game point streak, it'd be the Tampa Bay Lightning. After all, they did enter TD Garden last night winners of a franchise-record 10 straight games, and owners of the NHL's best record at 49-11-4.
However, these facts didn't matter one bit to the Bruins, who skated away with a dominant 4-1 win against the team they're likely to meet soon in the playoffs.
David Backes set the tone early, dropping the gloves with Adam Erne just 2:54 into the game:
This fight energized the Bruins, as they outshot the high-powered Lightning 17-4 in the first period. This momentum carried into the second on a 15-5 note, giving the Bruins a 32-9 advantage in shots after 40 minutes (41-21 overall).
Jake DeBrusk scored the game's first goal on the power-play 8:43 into the second period for his 21st of the season and seventh in eight games:
Still leading 1-0 nearly 12 minutes into the third period, the Bruins erupted for three goals in a 1:28 span, as Noel Acciari (3rd), Patrice Bergeron (22nd), and Brad Marchand (26th) all found the back of the net:
Tampa Bay ended Boston's shutout bid as Anthony Cirelli scored his 13th of the season with 6:08 to play.
Torey Krug (39, 40) and Danton Heinen (14, 15) recorded two helpers each for the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask made 20 saves on 21 shots, as he's now 13-0-3 in his last 16 decisions, and just the fourth goalie in NHL history to record multiple point streaks of 16+ decisions.
Boston improved to 38-17-9 with the win, concluding February with an 11-0-2 record for their ninth month in franchise history without a regulation loss and first since November 2011 (12-0-1).
Since losing David Pastrnak, the Bruins are 7-0-1 and have outscored opponents 31-16...
Just imagine when he comes back.
Next for the Bruins will be the New Jersey Devils, who come to TD Garden tomorrow night at 7 pm ET.