The Boston Bruins went on the road to play the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night and won by a resounding score of 5-2. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak that the Bolts had and continued the Bruins’ win streak on the road. The B’s have now won two straight road games and four of their last five away from TD Garden.
Though the Bruins were outshot 13-7 in the first period, Boston dominated the period. David Pastrnak put the team on his back and scored two goals inside the first six and a half minutes in the game. The 25-year-old gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead going into the second.
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Unlike the initial period of play, the Bruins outshot the Lightning in the second, leading 12-7. Boston also lit the lamp twice in that period, giving them a nearly insurmountable lead of 4-0 going into the third. Goals were scored by Brad Marchand less than 30 seconds into the period and Anton Blidh 14:54 in the second.
The third period came and the Bolts looked to make a comeback, but it may have been too late to make a dent in the Bruin lead. Ondrej Palat scored 24 seconds into the third and was followed by Brayden Point more than 10 minutes later. However, that was all she wrote as Marchand went to score his second goal of the game and 14th of the season on the Tampa Bay empty net.
Linus Ullmark had his best start since December 11, saving 27-of-29 shots for a .931 save percentage. Ullmark’s season stats sit at .918 save percentage and he also recorded his ninth game of two or fewer goals given up.
Surprisingly, Andrei Vasilevskiy didn’t have his usual great play in between the pipes. He produced a .862 save percentage, only his fifth game under .900 save percentage this season in 28 games started.
The Bruins will hope to continue their win streak on the road as they head to Capital One Arena on Monday to play the Washington Capitals. A victory in Washington would be their 10th road win this year which would also be more than their home victories. Puck drop will take place at 7 pm in Washington, D.C.