The Boston Bruins scored four goals in the first period and harnessed the Tampa Bay Lightning just enough through the remaining time in regulation, leaving the ice with a 5-4 victory Thursday night. The B’s have finally found their stride following a dismal ten game skid. They are now hoping to notch their fourth win in a row tomorrow night against the Florida Panthers.
“Two points are so valuable right now,” said coach Claude Julien. “We’ve lost some games that we should have won, and this one here I think we deserved to win. But we certainly did everything to shoot ourselves in the foot and make it exciting. We need to learn to control our games a lot better.”
Miroslav Satan found the net to start things off 4:24 into the first period. Milan Lucic later contributed with a goal before Michael Ryder took over for two scores of his own to conclude the second. Lucic came through again soon after to give Boston the all too casual 5-0 lead.
The Lightning then surged to pull within one. Two third period goals were supplied by Steve Downie to make it close, but by then their momentum had run out. “We showed character, but playing half the game is not going to be good enough, especially against teams like Boston that are fighting, too, to get in,” said Martin St Louis. “That first period was pretty embarrassing, but we fought back and I’m proud of that.”