Reilly Smith beat Ben Bishop in the seventh round of a shootout Saturday night to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Lightning.
The Bruins never led in the game, but Smith, who is still without a goal since Jan. 28, was able to beat Bishop five-hole to secure the victory for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped all seven shots he saw in the shootout.
After the Bruins turned in a rather lethargic first period in which they put just five shots on Ben Bishop, the Lightning scored the game’s first goal with a shorthanded tally from Ondrej Palet in the second period. Mark Barberio made it 2-0 before goals from Daniel Paille and Carl Soderberg tied it, but a Valtteri Filppila tally made it 3-2.
Johnny Boychuk tied the game with a shot from the point at 8:11 of the third period.
The B’s will complete their Florida trip Sunday when they face the Panthers. They will then have two days to prepare for the Canadiens in Montreal
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- The win marked the first time this season that the Bruins have won a game in which they trailed by two goals at one point.
- Though the B’s trailed after the second period, both of the goals they scored in the second were beauties. Paille bounced off Tyler Johnson at the right circle, got control of the puck in front and sent it behind him and past Bishop.
Soderberg’s goal, meanwhile, saw Chris Kelly find him in the neutral zone after Soderberg had snuck past the Tampa defense, giving Soderberg a breakaway on which he deked Bishop before sliding the puck through the Tampa goalie’s legs on the backhand.
- For the second straight game, the B’s really limited their opponent’s shots on goal. Boston allowed 18 shots on goal to Washington on Thursday before holding Tampa to 16 shots on goal Saturday night.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- The Bruins missed out on a power play goal that would have tied the game in the third period. Patrice Bergeron put a loose puck past Bishop, had his hands up in celebration and the whistle was blown to rule the play dead. Replays showed the puck was in the net well before the whistle was blown, but it was called no-goal thanks to the NHL‘s absurd “intent to blow” call that allows officials to retroactively call plays dead because they meant to blow the whistle earlier than they did.
The positive was that it made for a pretty funny display from Julien, as he appeared to say “Is that one good?” to an official after Boychuk tied the game.
- The Bruins finally saw more time on the power play after having just two power plays over a three-game span, but the results weren’t pretty. Palat’s goal was the sixth shorthanded goal the B’s have allowed this season.
- Smith was demoted to the fourth line to start the third period, as Claude Julien put Paille on Patrice Bergeron’s line for the earlygoing of the third.