Claude Julien doesn’t like to see a game end in a shootout, but at least he saw a 3-2 win for his team.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both beat Ben Bishop after a wild overtime as the Bruins improved to 35-22-10 on the season. They now sit just two points behind the Capitals for the first wild card spot with one game in hand.
Julien said Thursday morning that he wanted to see three-on-three overtime next season. Thursday night, he got it.
With Chris Kelly getting called for a hook on Alex Killorn and the Tampa forward getting an embellishment call, the B’s and Lightning got some shortened three-on-three play before a Matt Bartkowski holding penalty sent the play to four-on-three.
David Pastrnak, who scored earlier in the game, had a couple of chances during three-on-three play, missing the net on one and getting robbed by Ben Bishop on the other.
Steven Stamkos was then given a 10-minute game misconduct when his stick went flying into the stands/bench area. That disqualified him from participating in the shootout.
The teams will next play March 22 in Tampa.
Here are four more things we learned Thursday:
Gregory Campbell has had his fair share of painful performances this season, but Thursday was literally painful for the veteran center.
Campbell had to leave the ice after a pass from Torey Krug went off a stick and up into Campbell’s face. He was bleeding significantly on the ice and missed most of the period. Though he returned 15 minutes later, he went into the boards head-first off a hit from Nikita Kucherov and was very slow to leave the ice.
Campbell finished the period with just three shifts and was injured in two of them. He was on the bench for the start of the second period and stayed in the game.
TYPICAL SPOONER LINE
Ryan Spooner’s line continued to prove that it does two things: score and spend a lot of time in the defensive zone.
David Pastrnak scored his ninth goal of the season when Spooner fed him in front with a pass that went off the winger’s left skate and in. The goal held up after a review.
Yet late in the second period, the line had yet another scary shift, as has been the norm of late. Tampa enjoyed two lengthy stays in Boston’s zone on the shift, and when Spooner finally got the puck, he iced it, forcing Claude Julien to burn a timeout to get his players a breather amidst what was a 1:59 shift for Spooner and Milan Lucic.
All three members of the line once again had negative possession numbers, but you can’t argue with the most important stat: Through nine games, the line (including four-on-four play and goals when two members of the line were on the ice) has scored seven goals and allowed four.
Spooner’s point streak is now at seven games (three goals, five assists). He has three goals and six assists in the nine games since his callup.
It’s worth noting that Julien has often sat his young players at crunch-time against tough opponents, but this marked the second time this season that he’s been willing to play Pastrnak late in a close game against Tampa.
TOP PAIR BLOWS IT VS. STAMKOS
Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton are used to facing the best players in the world in their first-pairing assignments. As such, their mistakes can be far more costly given the talent of their mistakes’ beneficiaries.
Such was the case late in the first period, when Chara turned the puck over to Steven Stamkos at the left circle. Hamilton was actually in good position to defend Stamkos at the right circle as Stamkos, a righty, tried to go to his strong side. Instead of staying put, however, Hamilton slid across to Stamkos all the space he needed to fire a wrist shot past Rask glove-side high.
Speaking of good players messing up’¦
The Bruins survived a late second-period push from the Lightning. For getting through that, they were seemingly rewarded an early third-period goal by Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.
In an attempt to glove Patrice Bergeron’s slapshot from high in the offensive zone, Bishop fanned as the puck sailed in to give Boston a 2-1 lead. The Lightning would get the goal back on Namestnikov’s goal.