BostonBruins.com - For the first time this season, the Bruins played a game beyond regulation on Thursday night in Tampa.
Five extra minutes wasn't enough, and 10 rounds of a shootout later, Jimmy Hayes fired in the winner for Boston's 4-3 win over the Lightning and a perfect 3-for-3 on the road trip through Detroit, Sunrise and Tampa.
After sitting through nine rounds, and garnering some advice from backup netminder Zane McIntyre on the bench, Hayes went in with a confident move, got Andrei Vasilevsky to go down for a left pad stop, before firing it by him glove side.
"[Zane] said just be patient," said Hayes. "There were a lot of guys going in there making their move and he was aggressive, he was holding his ground pretty strong, so just tried to be patient and get one by him."
Riley Nash and the Lightning's Brayden Point were the only other players to score in the shootout, with both scores coming in the fourth round.
"There are obviously some stats out there that give certain guys an advantage, but at one point, you have to go with your gut feeling, and Jimmy Hayes is a pretty good shooter," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following the win.
"He's one of those guys that can really let the puck go, he's got a quick release. At that point, I felt good about putting him out there and for some reason, I had the gut feeling he was going to do it and he didn't disappoint."
Hayes has been searching for his first point of the season, and while his goal in the 10th round of the shootout in the tenth game of the season won't count as a point, it was a key contribution at a key time.
"It feels nice to be able to contribute," said Hayes. "You want to be contributing and it's been up and down, but I've just got to continue to build off it and find a way to find the back of the net here."
"I think guys are always looking for a reason to get themselves going, and that's certainly a big boost for him to score the winning goal for us," said Julien. "We need four lines to be good for us this year to have success and we're trying to work on that right now."
The shootout could also be a boost for Hayes' centerman, as Nash is looking for his first point of the season as well. He certainly scored an important shootout goal. Without his tally to keep the rounds going, the Bolts would have walked away with the extra point. He also ended the night at 78 percent on draws, going 2-for-2 in the faceoff circle against Steven Stamkos and 5-for-7 against Tyler Johnson.
Video: BOS@TBL: Hayes gives Bruins the win in 10th round
Whether it was Tuukka Rask's patience during ten rounds of a shootout (his opinion about shootouts is well known), or his terrific stop on a Brayden Point partial breakaway against the Lightning, the netminder was once a calming force for the Bruins.
"Every guy can come with different speed, so you just try to adjust to their speed," Rask said of the long shootout. "That's probably the only thing you can do, try to stay patient and not get deked out, so try to stay relaxed and wait for their move."
With a 27-save performance, Rask improved to 6-0-0 on the season in his starts, with a 1.48 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.
"Since Tuukka's come back, our whole game's gotten better," said Julien. "So we're getting good goaltending. We're getting better as a team. I think we're playing harder, playing smarter."
"We continue to battle and it's not always pretty, but our guys are battlers, they're competitors and they respect what we're trying to get them to do."
The Bruins had the day off on Friday, before hosting the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Saturday (7:00 p.m. ET, NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
Power Play Produces
The Bruins' power play picked up its third goal of the season in the win, with Ryan Spooner one-timing in his second goal of the season and second on the man advantage. David Pastrnak has Boston's other power-play goal.
With a well-positioned triangle, Patrice Bergeron quickly fed Torey Krug at the top of the slot. The blueliner then sent a shot pass to the right circle, where Spooner fired it home. Krug picked up his first point of the season on the play.
The Bruins on now 3-for-35 on the power play, and will look to slowly climb the league chart.
"I think the secret is we moved the puck quick, and we got the puck to the top," said Spooner. "That seemed to work for us."
Video: BOS@TBL: Spooner blasts shot past Vasilevskiy for PPG
Pastrnak returned from his two-game suspension on Thursday night in Tampa, and contributed on the score sheet.
The winger picked up his team-leading sixth goal of the season, thanks to an attempted Bergeron to Brandon Carlo backdoor pass taking a fortuitous bounce off Pastrnak's leg and fooling Vasilevsky. The goal doesn't happen without Pastrnak getting towards the area around the net, though.
The goal may have not been "pretty," but the work Pastrnak, Bergeron and Brad Marchand did on the shift leading up to it certainly deserves that classification.
Carlo Going Strong
Through Carlo's first 10 NHL games, he has logged significant minutes playing alongside Zdeno Chara. He has impressed everybody along the way.
On Thursday, he opened the scoring for Boston with his second NHL goal just 4:01 into the first period, when he walked down the right wing and slipped a goal line shot through Vasilevsky.
"I saw a little spot there on the strong side, so I just put it there and it went in for me," he said. "It was right by his pad, actually, right by his glove and I just put it there and luckily it sneaked right in by his pad and saw it go in the net and pretty excited."
He also saved a goal late in the third period, when he came up with a big block. Rask had to respect Stamkos, who had the puck near the left circle. Carlo noticed, and covered the backdoor pass, stopping the shot from going into what would have been a wide open net.
"Stamkos was walking right into the slot there and there was a guy on the backdoor, so that's my responsibility there on the backdoor," said Carlo. "Because obviously I trust Tuukks to stop that puck there, so I'm glad I got it."
Video: BOS@TBL: Carlo denies Kucherov's wrister with block
It helped get the Bruins their third straight win - and a happy plane ride back to Boston.
"We were coming off a couple of games losing there and just to start a little streak for ourselves on the winning side of the side of things is a lot more fun for us," said Carlo. "Plane rides are a lot better back and it's really exciting for us to be able to go home on a good note."
Kuraly Gets a Taste
With Matt Beleskey being given a night up in the press box to re-evaluate and try to get his game going, forward Sean Kuraly made his NHL debut against the Lightning.
The 23-year-old played with Nash and Hayes. He logged 7:07 in ice time, but it was enough to understand the speed of the NHL. He was assigned to Providence on Friday.
"Obviously it's a fast game. It's fast. Your timing is quick, you don't have as much time with the puck," said Kuraly. "For me, I like to be a little more patient with the puck, but I mean, it's the NHL, it's the best league in the world, it's quick."
It will be a good benchmark for the former Miami University captain going forward.
"It was fun. I mean, oh man, you look around and you see all of the great players out there and I've been growing up watching a ton of the players on the ice, both sides," he said. "And to be on the ice in action, real action, it was fun. It was a lot of fun, and obviously good for us to get the win."
Video: The Bruins speak to media after a win in Tampa Bay