Lightning relax after Kucherov’s triumphant return, and pay a terrible price.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 29 shots for the loss.
1:11 BOS Pastrnak (10), (Hall, Forbort)
6:10 BOS Pastrnak (11), (Hall, Haula)
0:26 BOS Marchand (13), (Reilly, Bergeron)
14:54 BOS Blidh (2), (Steen)
0:24 TB Palat (14), (Cernak, Sergachev)
11:20 TB Point, (Cernak, Sergachev)
17:11 BOS Marchand (14), (Vaakanainen)(EN)
Mikhail Sergachev was the game’s third star.
McDonagh being out of the lineup was a big loss, but I felt more that the team exhaled a bit with Kucherov back in the lineup and maybe felt like they could just roll their helmets out and win. And, it just doesn’t work that way against a veteran team like Boston. Jon Cooper looked ready to chew through the microphone in the post game press conference, so I’m sure there will be a come to Jesus again between now and their next tilt. The team’s own healthy dislike of Boston is probably shame enough for a pretty good response next time out, though.
Boris Katchouk had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:52.
Taylor Raddysh had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:19.
Cal Foote was -2 with 6 hits in 15:14.