Playing the final game of a six-game road trip against one of the top teams in the league, the Lightning delivered a solid performance and were rewarded with two points.
It's true that the Lightning's penalty troubles continued - the Bruins received five power play chances and scored on three of them. But the Lightning played with a high compete-level and attention to detail throughout the night. They limited turnovers and defended hard in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy. They had a shooting mentality, finishing with 36 shots on net.
There were a few key moments along the way. Brayden Point scored on a breakaway with just over one second left in the first period. That goal tied the game at one - it was the second straight contest in which the Lightning tallied a goal in the closing seconds of the opening period. Mathieu Joseph's second period goal came just 3:06 after the Bruins had grabbed a 2-1 lead. Andrei Vasilevskiy made critical saves on Brett Ritchie early in the second period off an odd-man rush and on Matt Grzelcyk's overtime breakaway. Of course, he also held the Bruins without a goal during four rounds of the shootout.
In the end, it was a closely-contested, hard-fought game between two excellent teams. Regardless of the result, the Lightning, based on how they played, could have come out of it with their heads held high. But happily, they also got the result, banking two more points and finishing up the road trip with seven points over six games.
Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game:
- Andrei Vasilevskiy - Lightning. 34 saves.
- David Pastrnak - Bruins. Two goals and assist.
- Mathieu Joseph - Lightning. Goal.