Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille
didn’t get any attempts in Monday night’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers, but against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, he often found himself with in open ice.
And after defenseman Zdeno Chara
dumped a puck into the Tampa Bay zone, which skidded past Lightning forward Martin St. Louis, Paille chased it down and used a nifty backhand move to beat Bolts goalie Mathieu Garon to even the game 3-3 midway through the third period.
Earlier in the period, Paille escaped for a breakaway with the game tied 2-2 but he wasn’t able to give his team the lead.
“I didn’t look behind me on the first one and see how much time I had, but I felt a little rushed there so I tried to go as fast as I can,” Paille said. “I know I got a good shot off, but he might’ve nicked it with his glove but I know it hit the crossbar – I was unfortunate there.
“The other one I had a lot more time, made sure I was patient with it. I tried to see an opening and I felt confident going back in.”
But the Bruins couldn’t capitalize on Paille’s tying goal as the Lightning went ahead on a goal from Dominic Moore, which set up a 141-foot empty-netter from Steven Stamkos for the 5-3 final.
It was the same story throughout the game, as the Black & Gold were constantly playing catch-up with the Lightning. Before Paille evened things off, it was forward Nathan Horton
who scored twice to tied the game at 1-1 and 2-2.
“Well the first one their D just rimmed it and I took the walls away – that’s what our game plan was, to try to get the net and I got the rebound,” Horton said. “But the second one was a shot to the net and deflected off someone’s stick, and I just shot it as hard as I could.”
The Bruins answered when they were down, but when Tampa Bay responded late in the game it was too much to come back from.
“They came out hungry tonight and it showed from the first period,” Paille said. “The whole game we were trying to catch up with them in scoring and they played hard.
"Their second and third line played really well tonight – we just have to better five-on-five.
"Right now we’re slacking there and it has to improve.”--- Anthony Gulizia