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Bruins blow 3 goal lead and lose game 4, 5-3

The Bruins dropped game 4 in Tampa Saturday afternoon, 5-3. This, after Boston lead in the 1st period 3-0. Mike Smith came in for Dwayn Roloson, and was perfect. He stopped all 21 shots that he faced. Boston received dome luck goals, and didn’t have any real good offensive chances all game. They will need to improve upon that, and their powerplay heading into game 5. Defensive miscues were again a big part of this game. All 3 of Boston’s goals were off of Tampa turnovers. Both teams need to improve the defense heading into game 5. So how did the Bruins blow this game?

Tampa celebrates goal

The Lightning come from behind to steal game 4, 5-3.

1st Period

The game started out slow, with no goal in the first few minutes this time. Tampa had the 1st good scoring chance, when Purcell had the puck skating through the slot. But good stick play by Marchand denied him a shot. Tampa had another great chance, when Downie brought the puck down the near boards. He sent a pass across ice to Bergenheim, but Thomas made a great move to stop the shot. Boston came back with a chance of there own. Ference took a shot from the point, and it was knocked down in the crease. Roloson was out of position to make a save, and Campbell tried jamming at the puck. But their was a couple of Lightning defenders on the ice, and they knocked the puck away before Campbell could attack. Both teams had just 3 shots on net midway thorough the game. Tampa would make another bad defensive mistake in their own zone, after Boston dumped the puck in. Headmen went behind the Lightning net, and reversed the puck towards Clark. Clark was not prepared, and the puck bounced away from him. Bergeron was pressuring the defense, and picked up the loose puck. He was right on the near post for a quick wraparound chance, but Roloson was ready and got his leg down to cover the post. Bergeron took a shot, and it ricocheted off Roloson left pad, and went through the 5-hole and across the line. Boston had taken a 1-0 lead off a gift goal at 11:47. Boston had an unintentional chance when McQuaid just chipped the puck off the far boards. The puck took a funny bounce, and came right towards Roloson. He made the save between his blocker and pad, but the puck trickled out. Roloson quickly dived on it, and froze the puck. Tampa won the ensuing face-off, and brought the puck into the neutral zone. Kelly forced a turnover in the neutral zone though, and Ryder brought the puck through the attacking zone into the near slot. He tried to get a pass across to Kelly, but it was deflected by a lightning stick. The puck flipped up and over Roloson as he was making a right-to-left move, anticipating the pass. Boston was now up 2-0 at 16:34, with both goals taking lucky bounces. Seconds later, Boston would go on the penalty kill. Steven Stamkos had skated behind the Boston net, and reversed his movement back. Seidenberg was covering him, and grabbed his stick to delay his reversal. Seidenberg would be called for high-sticking at 17:51, and the dangerous Tampa powerplay had a chance to get the Lightning back in the game. The powerplay started with a turnover at the point by Tampa. Stamkos tried to make a dee pass, but Bergeron was right in his face and took the puck away. He skated up to the near circle, and snapped a shot off through the 5-hole of Roloson. All of the sudden it was 3-0 Boston at 17:58. Roloson was pulled for Mike Smith after the goal. The pk was great for Boston, denying any good scoring chances by Tampa. Right as the period ended, Tampa had a chance jamming at the Boston net. The buzzer sounded for the end of the period, but Steve Downie started shoving Peverley. He just kept hitting him, well after the buzzer sounded. Peverley had had enough, and blew his top. He shoved Downie back, grabbed him, and a scrum ensued. Out of the scrum came Peverley and Marc-Andre Bergeron, who were now duking it out. It was a good bout, with Peverley getting in better shots. The ref broke up the fight, and they skated into the dressing rooms at the end of the period. The way the penalties shook out was like this; Peverley and Bergeron received fighting majors, Downie received a minor for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct. Boston was very opportunistic in the 1st period, and now had a big lead to work with. 3 turnovers by the Lightning, 3 goal by the Bruins, and it was 3-0 Bruins heading into the 2nd.

2nd Period

Boston opened the 2nd with a powerplay chance. The powerplay was pathetic, getting just 2 shots on net. Tampa had a chance off the rush, with Gange charging at the net and Stamkos taking a shot from the slot. The puck was blocked down by a Bruin, and Thomas and Gange bumped into each other. Gange would be called for goaltender interference at 3:52. Boston had another chance to score on the powerplay, and needed a good shift to jumpstart the powerplay. It was weak in game 3, and didn’t look any better in this game. The penalty ended without a whimper from the Bruins man-advantage. Boston would make a turnover of their own, when Tim Thomas went behind the net to play the puck. There was some confusion with Thomas and Chara, and 2 Lighting pressured the puck. Thomas left the puck to get back into the net, and Gange picked the puck up. He passed to the slot to Purcell, who deked to the backhand, and just snuck a shot by Thomas and his right pad. The game was 3-1 at 6:55.Tampa had another great chance, when Lecavalier came around the Boston net for a wraparound chance. Seguin appeared to have kicked the puck away to prevent a goal. The puck came out to Ohlund, who passed to Purcell in the far circle. There were tons of bodies in front of the net, and he roofed a shot for a goal. Lighting had struck twice in just 2:03. It was 3-2 Bruins, 7:58 into the 2nd. Then, Boston dumped the puck into the attacking zone. Marchand skated in hard, and cleaned out Stamkos. He would be called for interference at 8:17. Tampa had a huge chance to tie the game now, off of some Boston mistakes. Tampa had tons of pressure on the powerplay, but the Bruins defenders were blocking all of their shots. The tempo was up now, and Tampa had all the momentum in this game. The Lightning dumped the puck into the Boston zone. Bergenheim dug the puck out of the corner, and brought the puck into the slot. He snapped a shot off, and beat Thomas 5-hole. The game was tied at 3, 10:53 into the 2nd. The Bruins looked awful in this 2nd period of play. The defense was making mistakes left and right, and they had no offense. Tampa had complete control of the game now. The 1st line of Boston got them back into the game. The had good pressure in the attacking zone, forcing the Lightning to play back. Horton gave Downie a good shove from behind into the boards, and a penalty would be called. Downie hopped right back up, and would receive a penalty as well. Horton would be called for roughing, and Downie received a diving penalty at 17:25. So they skated 4-on-4 for 2 minutes. Boychuck had a chance off a good feed by Peverley, but his one-timer was denied. Seguin had a chance off a deflected puck in the neutral zone, but Smith made a chest save off the snap shot. The period would end with no more goals, and they headed to the dressing rooms tied at 3. Terrible period from the Bruins, and they must now regroup to get the lead back, and win this game.

3rd Period

Tampa started off with more quick chances. Bergenheim had a wraparound chance, but Thomas just kicked his left leg out for the save. Malone then picked off the puck in the neutral zone, and had a 1-on-1 in the Boston zone. He deked to the backhand, but Thomas dove across the crease, and his stick poked the puck away. Tampa Bay started the 3rd period with 6 shots in the first 5 minutes. The Bruins meanwhile had none. Tampa would capitalize on a Bruins turnover. Lucic gave the puck up to Ryan Malone. He skated into the near circle, and centered a pass for Simon Gange. He put the puck through the 5-hole, and Tampa was up 4-3 now at the 6:54 mark. The Boston offense started to come alive, getting a couple of shots on Smith. Midway through the 3rd, Boston was being outshot 9-3. Tampa almost scored another goal, when after Thomas made a blocker save, the puck bounced out to the slot. Luckily, the puck deflected off a Bruin skate, and the danger was averted. Boston almost capitalized off a turnover by Smith. He went behind the net to play the puck, and tossed it up the sideboards. Marchand picked the puck off, and threw a shot on net. But Smith stuffed the puck, and the game remained 4-3. The Boston offense started to pick up finally, as the game was under 5 minutes to play. Off a Tampa ice, Boucher called his time-out to settle his team down. Horton had a terrific deflection off a Ference point shot, but Smith somehow made the stop with his right pad and blocker at the near post. Boston would empty the net at 18:45, now in desperation mode. And the Lightning would capitalize, with St. Louis burying the empty netter at 19:53. The game was all but over now, 5-3. The final horn sounded, and the Lighting had come from behind to take game 4, 5-3.

Post-Game Breakdown

Terrible ending to this game by the Bruins. Boston played a good game, but not great. All 3 of their goals were gifts. 3 bad turnovers by Tampa, and Bergeron’s 2nd goal should have been stopped. This game came down to the mistakes that each team made, rather than their successes. The Bruins had an atrocious 2nd period, especially defensively. Losing a 3 goal lead is inexcusable. Thomas had a rough few minutes in the 2nd as well, but played great besides that. A few soft goals allowed was his downfall. The offense for Boston was invisible once Mike Smith came into net. He was perfect for the 2+ periods he was in net, stopping all 21 shots he faced. The Bruins need to get their powerplay moving again, as they had a couple of chances to put the game away early in the 2nd. They allowed the Lightning right back into this game because of their ineptitude. Boston is going to have to make some serious adjustments heading into game 5.

Very tough loss for the B’s, and hopefully they can put this one behind them. The Bruins need to come out strong at home in game 5. A win would be a huge boost for the Bruins. But, I feel that the Bruins are a much better team on the road, so I would still feel confident that they would force a game 7 if they lost game 5. I do think though that the Bruins will win this series in 6. I thought they’d win this game, and lose game 5. Well, let’s hope that gets reversed, and the Bruins can now win game 5 and 6 to end the series. I think the Bruins could do it, but it seems unlikely. Look for Boston to win game 5, and I expect it to be much closer than this game was. Both teams need to improve their defense heading into game 5 though. Tampa will give a good fight, and if the Bruins are not prepared, they will lose it.

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