Jeremy Swayman deserved a greater destiny in Tampa on Monay night time. The remainder of the Bruins? Not a lot.
Swayman made a season-high 41 saves, however the B’s allowed a 6-on-5 aim with lower than 5 seconds left in regulation and, on a nasty change, Brandon Hagel received it on a breakaway aim to raise the Lightning to a 5-4 win at Amalie Arena.
The B’s scored on three of the 4 photographs they might muster within the third interval and it seemed like they’d maintain up.
B’s coach Jim Montgomery didn’t like his staff’s try to shut out the sport, giving up two third-period leads. And he didn’t appear to like the best way the sport was officiated, expressed in a considerably passive/aggressive approach. The B’s had been known as for seven minors whereas the Bolts had been flagged for simply three.
“We killed seven penalties against … (a team) that was 34 percent (on the power play). What an amazing effort by our penaly killers to have to kill seven penalties. Pretty amazing in a game that was as close as it was that we had to kill seven penalties,” Montgomery instructed NESN. “That said, at the end of the game, we had the puck on our stick and you don’t put pucks up the middle, you have to put them up the walls. And we also can’t leave the zone before the puck has left (the zone), to secure the win.”
Charlie Coyle scored the go-ahead aim, his sixth of the season, with 3:51 left in regulation. From behind the Tampa internet, James van Riemsdyk fed Coyle for a one-timer that gave the B’s a 4-3 lead.
But issues obtained bushy after that. John Beecher took a high-sticking penalty with 2:20 left in regulation And the B’s pulled goalie Jonas Johansson for a 6-on-4. The B’s killed that off — although they handed up a few possibilities to get clears deep in the course of the kill — and it appeared to have the sport in hand. But within the ultimate seconds, Victor Hedman barely saved the puck in proper on the blue line and, with a number of B’s already going the mistaken approach, Nikita Kucherov arrange Steven Stamkos for the tying aim with 4.8 seconds left to power time beyond regulation.
“You’ve got to play to the end and it’s a shame we couldn’t pull it off,” stated Coyle. “We had a couple of third period leads and we can’t afford to give those up. Good teams are going to keep battling like that, but we’re a good team, too. We’ve got to make sure we play the right way and we’re doing the right thing, especially with a lead.”
In OT, the B’s by no means managed the puck. David Pastrnak modified whereas Tampa nonetheless possessed the puck and Hagel was sprung for the winner at 1:19 of the additional session.
For the primary time all season, Montgomery determined to play certainly one of his objectives in consecutive video games. In this case, it was Swayman, who performed Saturday towards Montreal. After the sport, Montgomery stated Linus Ullmark “needed a little maintenance,” so he simply selected to be secure and went with Swayman.
Fortunately for the Bruins, Swayman was on his sport, as a result of he was busy early, going through some high-danger possibilities. He was pelted with 19 photographs within the first interval, solely certainly one of which obtained behind him – and he definitely couldn’t have been faulted for it.
It was a back-and-forth first interval, with the B’s getting loads of possibilities themselves however giving up far an excessive amount of. Rookie defenseman Mason Lohrei had allowed a pair Bolts to get behind him. One time, Kucherov was given a clear shot kind the proper circle however Swayman snared his wrister effortlessly.
But Tampa obtained on the board on a cool play. Tanner Jeannot obtained behind the protection on a partial breakaway. Charlie McAvoy was going to be known as for holding, however Jeannot obtained a shot off. Swayman made the preliminary save then obtained bumped by Jeannot, permitting the puck to get previous him at 6:39. The B’s might need had an argument for goalie interference however, with the opportunity of going through a penalty shot, they didn’t problem.
At the opposite finish, the B’s had been forcing turnovers and had been ultimately had been rewarded with the tying aim at 8:55. Tampa defenseman Mikhail Sergachev despatched a backhander up the left boards that was picked off by Brad Marchand, who slipped a move all the way down to Pastrnak. Pastrnak circled in entrance of the web and had a fantastic look however, as he dragged Johansson with him, he made an excellent move again towards the grain to Pavel Zacha for an open internet. It was Zacha’s seventh of the season.
The second interval was scoreless for the primary 19:30, however the Bolts regained the lead within the ultimate minute after the B’s shot themselves within the foot.
Swayman continued to make terrific stops. His finest ones had been on Hagel, first on a breakaway after which on a 4-on-3. But the B’s had been tempting destiny. They survived an early 5-on-3 and began to get annoyed after they weren’t getting calls. Marchand was upset when he thought he was fouled on a scoring probability and Pastrnak believed he was hacked on a clear breakaway. While they had been yapping so much on the refs, what stung them was a late roughing penalty on Pastrnak.
On the facility play, Nick Paul deflected house a Sergachev shot with 30 seconds left within the interval and the B’s had their work lower out for them within the third.
But the B’s regained the lead with two objectives in 1:21 within the third.
The B’s began poorly within the third, with the Bolts with contorl for a lot of the third, however when the B’s obtained their first probability, Pastrnak evened it up with lengthy distance wrister at 6:24 together with his twelfth.
Then they took a 3-2 lead on John Beecher’s second aim of the yr. Danton Heinen did a fantastic job of holding the blue line and shoveling the puck again in. Beecher picked it up in area and wasted little time in snapping his personal wrist shot previous Johansson.
But Tampa clapped again with an equalizer simply 57 seconds later when, after a failed clear by the B’s, Anthony Cirelli fed Austin Watson in entrance to even it up.
That arrange the wild and, from the B’s perspective, unfulfilling ending.