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Comeback is too Litlle too Late as Bolts Fall 3-2
The Bolts played a horrible first two periods and they would pay for it. They turned the puck over and were stuck in their own zone for the majority of the game. The Bolts also could not win a faceoff which really hurt them to get pucks out and forced them to get stuck in their own zone. The Bolts did turn it around in the third but it was too little too late as they fell to the Bruins 3-2.
The Bolts got off to a slow start in this one, as they seemed to have no energy early, the Bolts only had 3 shots on goal for most of this period and that’s not going to get you any goals. The Bolts could not get into the Boston zone as they were constantly chipping it in or turning it over. Meanwhile Boston came out flying and they dominated the first, the Bruins spent most of the first in the Tampa zone and shut down the Bolts offensively. The Bruins would then get a shot from the point from the rookie, Charlie McAvoy, that went right past Vasy but was waved off for interference. The Bruins coaches decided to challenge and were successful as there was no goaltender interference so the Bruins lead 1-0. The Bruins continued to dominate and were rewarded when Bruins forward, Riley Nash, rifled one past Vasy to put them up 2-0. This period was all Bruins and it showed on the stats sheet.
Goals: 2-0 Bruins
Shots: 19-5 Bruins
The Second period was more of the same early as the Bruins dominated again. The Bruins would be rewarded when Tory Krug ripped a one-timer home to put the Bruins up 3-0. The Bolts were finally able to get on the board with 9:00 to go in the second as none other than the birthday boy, Andrej Sustr, sniped one from the point to make it 3-1 Bruins. The Bolts finally started to play better and got a few chances, however, Boston regained control and the Bolts couldn’t get on the board again. Tyler Johnson would have a huge chance after he flew right towards Tuuka Rask and initially thought he scored, but after review, replays would show the puck got past Rask and bounce off the post and along the goal line and never made it across. Johnson was the best player on the ice for the Bolts in the second as he showed the most energy than anyone on the team, even though he couldn’t get some luck and score a goal. The Bolts continued to look sloppy and slow and would need 2 after this period to tie it up.
Goals: 3-1 Bruins
Shots: 32-12 Bruins
After two bad periods, the Bolts finally started to look like their old selves a little. The Bolts would get an early power play to try and get back into this one and halfway through that powerplay some familiar faces made a comeback. Nikita Kucherov made all the Bruins players think he was about to take a slapshot but quickly made the pass, that Bolts fans know all too well, across the ice to a wide-open Steven Stamkos and he made no mistake to make it 3-2 Bruins and put the bolts within one. The Bolts picked up momentum after that power play goal and looked better than ever getting tons of more chances and putting pressure on the Bruins. The Bolts would continue to play well in the third but Tuuka Rask decided he would too and kept the Bolts off the board until the final horn sounded,
Goals: 3-2 Bruins
Shots 36-21 Bruins
- Charlie McAvoy
- Tuuka Rask
- Tyler Johonson
The Bolts will head home as they look to bounce back and start a big homestand Saturday against the Sharks at 7:00 Pm.