In fact, the Bruins lost the game 6-1, but turned in a much better effort throughout the remainder of the game.
One of the B's highlights in the last 40 minutes came from forward Jordan Caron
, who scored the team’s lone goal in the third period – a tip-in on a shot from defenseman Johnny Boychuk
“We were in the zone for a while with the power play, and Johnny took a good shot and I was screening and I tipped it on my backhand and it went in,” Caron said, who scored his seventh goal of the season.
After being outshot 10-2 in the first period, the Black & Gold outshot the Lighting 32-7, but the first-period damage was irreparable.
“I think we played hard in the second and third,” said Caron. “I think that’s our problem right now, I think we obviously need to start a game better.
"I think in the first period – that’s what’s killing us now."
Tuesday’s game marked the fourth time in the last six contests that the Bruins have been down by at least two goals in the first period. Moreover, in the last two matchups, Boston has faced a 7-0 deficit in the opening 20 minutes.
“We’re struggling in the first period right now, we’re always allowing two goals early in the game. We got such a good team, we just didn’t show it for our game.”
The loss is the third straight for the Bruins, who have not lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals after winning back-to-back games for the first time in over a month.
If the Ottawa Senators (36-25-9) beat the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday, they can tie the Bruins (40-26-3) with 83 points for the Northeast conference lead.
“We have to find a way, we have to stick together and stay positive,” Caron said. “It’s not easy right now, but just have to forget about those last three games and keep looking forward.
"We have  games left, so we have to play hard. If we want to stay where we are in the standings, we have to start winning some games.”