Tonight the Boston Bruins were able to net the insurance goal that they couldn’t attain in Sunday’s meeting against the Winnipeg Jets thanks to Brad Marchand scoring his ninth of the season in the 4-2 victory.
The Bruins came out with a bee in their bonnet, scoring just a mere 1:11 into the first period with shot from Dougie Hamilton that Nathan Horton was able to rebound past Lindback for an early 1-0 lead. Just 1:49 later Patrice Bergeron showed no signs of illness as he netted his third of the season for a nice 2-0 lead against the Bolts. The Bruins only had one penalty to kill off in the opening frame, a high-sticking penalty served to Dougie Hamilton, but they killed it with ease. The Lightning were able to strike with a lightning fast shot from Steven Stamkos for his eleventh of the season at 8:13. Through the first twenty the Bruins held a thin 8-5 edge in shots and went into the locker room up 2-1.
The second period provided a more level and even-strength twenty minute round as both teams tied for shots on goal and notched a goal for their respective teams. Conacher was ablet o sneak in on Rask and go back door to tie the game, but Brad Marchand was able to snipe a rebound off of a shot that originated from Tyler Seguin to regain the lead heading into the third period.
Nathan Horton made a statement just 2:33 into the final frame when he sniped his second goal of the game past Linback and added the insurance for Boston. Despite efforts from former Bruin Benoit Pouliot, the Bolts were unable to come back from the two-goal deficit they suffered from early on and suffered the 4-2 disadvantage.
After the game Nathan Horton told NESN reporters:
“We had a good start, I think that’s what carried it through the game, we played smart.”
The Bruins next game is Sunday, February 24 against the Florida Panthers.