In the first home game since a 3-3 road trip, Tyler Johnson scored twice and the Tampa Bay Lightning came from behind twice, but it wasn’t enough as the Boston Bruins won 4-3 in a ten round shootout on Jimmy Hayes‘ goal.
Overall, Rask stopped 27 shots and Vasilevskiy handled 28 shots successfully.
Victor Hedman also scored for the Bolts on the power play in the first period.
Beat writer Joe Smith reminds us that the Lightning continued a frightening trend:
Cooper said the first game after a long road trip is always a challenge, and the Bruins jumped on Tampa Bay (6-4-1), which was coming off a six-game, 12-day trip. The Lightning continued it’s “troublesome” trend, as Cooper calls it, falling behind early. Tampa Bay was down 2-0 after the first period, giving up the first goal for the seventh time inn 11 games.
The reemergence of Tyler Johnson’s scoring touch was the best thing to come out of this game. Johnson’s two goals matched his total from the previous ten games.
“It’s nice to get some breaks here,” Johnson said. “It’s one of those things, sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. Hopefully I can carry that over, have some confidence.”
“We got one point which is good, but not good enough.” – Brayden Point
“I thought the guys, when they got their legs and everything under them, I thought they played well enough to win the game.” – Coach Jon Cooper
“His (Tyler Johnson’s) first goal is a typical Johnny goal. He played a great game.” – Victor Hedman
“Special teams is a big reason why we’re above .500 right now.” – Coach Jon Cooper
“Good teams find a way to win and we’ve done that a few times this year, but we don’t want to rely on that.”- Tyler Johnson
“Being down two goals and having to battle back… You’re not going to be able to do that every time.” – Victor Hedman
“We were pretty excited to come home. We wanted to be in front of our fans. We just have to do a better job on the ice.” – Tyler Johnson
The Bolts host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM.